People love making Tieflings with all arrays of skin color. What do the rules say about that? And should you listen? Let’s scope out some infernal bloodlines.
The D&D Player’s Handbook has the following to say about Tiefling skin color:
“Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red.”D&D Player’s Handbook, p. 42
We get an idea where this came from in Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, which basically explains that Asmodeus took over all the Warlocks:
“Asmodeus and a coven of warlocks, the Toril Thirteen, performed a rite wherein the archdevil claimed all tieflings in the world as his own, cursing them to bear “the blood of Asmodeus .” This act marked all tieflings as “descendants” of the Lord of the Nine Hells, regardless of their true heritage, and changed them into creatures that resembled their supposed progenitor.”Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, p. 118
But, not every setting is Forgotten Realms.
Who’s to say where your infernal bloodline comes from? Maybe Hellboy isn’t your aesthetic. Pick whatever color suits your concept! Your PC’s skin color has no impact on the mechanics of the game. Just be sure to work with your DM and the other players to make sure you’re in sync with the world.
Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide even contemplates Tieflings who are not the blood of Asmodeus. It suggests multiple alternative appearances, including “dark blue” skin:
Check out these infernal specimens for some inspiration:
Blue: Blue Abishai
Purple: Bearded Devil
White: Bone Devil
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