Wizards of the Coast wants your money by officially replacing two
monster manuals with a new one:
Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse
>Includes more than 30 playable races—brings the game’s setting-agnostic races into one book, complementing the races in the Player’s Handbook
Which race isn't
setting-agnostic in 5E? You've pretty much opened up every race and every class for any official setting touched by 5E, whether it makes sense or not.
? You guys are still
using the term "race"? I think you haven't learned your lessons
>A multiverse of lore—includes updates to monster lore that refocuses their stories on the D&D multiverse, rather than on any particular world
see this as a course correction from the early years of 5E, where everything was written from the perspective of the Forgotten Realms.
But it's more likely this is another part of their "DON'T STEREOTYPE!" movement, which caused the de-canonized Volo's Guide to Monsters
to have a shitload fluff removed via errata. How dare
a book meant to be an in-universe
guide to monster's settle on orcs being generally evil and mindflayers being fucking assholes
I mean, what is even the point of blokes like hobgoblins if we can't stereotype? They're pretty much just orcs, but disciplined.
The update lore migh talso over-simplify the established lore for more virtue signaling. It's what they did during their "Not all
Drow are evil" retcon last year or so:
>ignoring that "evil Drow have been corrupted by Lloth" isn't new (it's like the defining trait of the stereotypical Drow: their main goddess is a sadistic bitch who uses their entire species like a gimp)
>ignoring already established Drow resistance movements who prefer worshipping the gods of their pantheon that aren't complete douchebags, just so their two flavors of brand-new and super-reclusive good Drow come across as something stunning and brave
>devaluing Drizzt as one of the few prominent good Drow
>simultaneously validating the blight of Drizzt clones
I bet they're flanderizing the shit out of the "old" orcs. Nevermind settings like Eberron that have already done "Not every orc is evil". Fuck, they're even relatively nuanced and diverse in Mystara, despite the fact that their sourcebook was a fucking joke book.