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|Alignment||Any, though usually True Neutral|
|Type||Outsider (3rd edition), Elemental (4th edition) (Native (3rd edition))|
|Source books||Monsters of Faerûn, Dragon #293, Races of Faerûn, Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2nd and 3rd editions), Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, Dragon #376, Dragon #380|
The air genasi, the earth genasi, the fire genasi, and the water genasi appeared in the third edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in Monsters of Faerûn (2001), under the "planetouched" entry. The four genasi types appeared as player character races in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001), Dragon #293 (March 2002), and Races of Faerûn (2003). The dust para-genasi, the ice para-genasi, the magma para-genasi, the ooze para-genasi, the smoke para-genasi, the steam para-genasi appeared in Dragon #297 (July 2002).
In 4th edition, genasi appear in Monster Manual 2 (2009) and in Forgotten Realms Players' Guide as a player race. Their role in the default Dungeons & Dragons setting is detailed in Ecology of the Genasi in Dragon #367, and Abyssal Genasi are introduced in Dragon #380.
The most common genasi by far are the ones who are related to the four classical elements - air, earth, fire and water - though para-elemental genasi also exist. Genasi resemble humans only with one or two unusual features which correspond to their element, such as wispy hair for Air Genasi or red skin for Fire Genasi. Genasi also have special abilities which correspond to their element.
In 4th edition, Genasi are a single race rather than a group of related races. Genasi have five elemental manifestations corresponding to the four classical elements and lightning: Firesoul, Watersoul, Earthsoul, Windsoul, and Stormsoul. Each manifestation provides a passive defensive bonus and a racial power. One manifestation must be chosen during character creation, and additional manifestations may be acquired through feats, allowing the player to switch manifestations between encounters, and the Elemental Tempest paragon path allows Genasi to use two manifestations simultaneously.
Abyssal genasi are genasi whose elemental nature has been twisted by the Abyss, introduced in Dragon #380. Their corrupted manifestations are inversions of four of the regular elements genasi manifest. These manifestations are Cindersoul, Causticsoul, Plaguesoul, and Voidsoul.
The genasi of Athas can have one of four different manifestations that match the setting introduced in 'Dragon' #396. These manifestations are Sunsoul, Magmasoul, Sandsoul, and Embersoul.
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- Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
- Reynolds, Sean K. "The Elemental Planetouched." Dragon #293 (Paizo Publishing, 2002)
- Stout, Travis. "Children of the Cosmos." Dragon #297 (Paizo Publishing, 2002)