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For those who weren't around, originally we only had one option for racial statistics per race. Then we got the awesome change that gave 4-5 options for each race, which is the system currently in place today.
Correct me of I am wrong, but the motive behind this change was to further RP so that you didn't have to be a Mhun to be the best serpent, or a troll for the highest strength. Some of this still stands, such as Atavian serpent or grook/siren Magi.
What about adding custom stats?
From what I can tell, the pattern is "Lose two, add three" from ground level stats (12 str, 12 dex, 12 int, 12 const). So for example, a Grook Scholar adds three points to intelligence, but removes two from strength. My numbers could be off, but this seems to be the case in quite a few of the race stat choices.
Point is, it would be awesome if I could be whatever race, start at 12/12/12/12 then when I get level 10 have the ability to start playing with different stats until level 30, at which point my stats then become permanent with 1 free reincarnation.
My first concern was a Troll Serpent, and other stuff like that. But Trolls already have a 14 dext option so the extra point isnt going to make much of a difference.