- Dec 11, 2017
You assume that the humaniod races not being evil was started as a reaction to events in 2020, I believe it was actually already in motion, but political events 2020 pushed them to go further on that front then originally intended, but that they were already heading in that general direction.
Look at RA Salvatore's last novel Relentless, look at Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, look at how Eberron deals with humaniods (including how it treats Gnolls), look at how Theros changed Minotaurs (they were beastly before, barely having culture and all of a sudden they got their own city and deep culture), and look at how Larian treats goblins, as people, instead of angry sacks of xp (this shift would have to have been in motion before the race riots to be in the first chapter of the game). This shift in perpective had to have started BEFORE the racist woke Orcs are black people bullshit, it just accessorated and expanded it.
Plus Orcs and Kobolds having negative modifiers was wildly unpopular when Volo's Guide to Monsters came out and Vistani have getting WotC well deserved flack for years now.
Because Social Justice started yesterday. WotC was always quite progressive in the last few years, the race stuff is 100% reactionary politics.
Also Vistani flak well deserved? Fuck off, they were a cool part off the adventure. Also much better portrayed than 99% of Europe views Gypsies.
The trend and work on the mystery book with racial variants started at least a year or more ago, Wildemount started several years before being published earlier this year, Eberron goes back to 3e and the 5e version bucked the earlier trends of 5e like Gnolls are uniformily chaotic evil insane monsters. RA Salvatore started writing Rentless at least last year at some point.
So the whole trend of no more humaniods as inheriantly evil as wasn't the case in early 5e, was already set in motion several years ago, and was largely driven by the shift in settings away from FR and larger cultural moves away from that type of thinking in fantasy.
The driving force behind this was a mix of World of Warcraft, Everquest, Matt Mercier, Eberron fans, and other cultural influences shifting away from human races (species) being inheriantly evil.
The whole Orcs are racist stupidity was likely an idiot blending that trend with woke bullshit to take a reasonable cultural shift into the realm of the absurd and ironically racism.