Humans? Yawn. Dark Elves? Been there, done that. Orcs and dwarves? Join the club. By virtue of their similar fantasy settings, MMOs often fall into the trap of giving players too many clichéd race choices (species, not nationality) when it comes to character creation. The more homogenous your game’s inhabitants, the less special each hero feels. But some MMO developers have wisely chosen to think outside the box, offering options to their players that will truly distinguish them from your typical RPG protagonist.
These unlikely heroes (and villains) may not be the stereotypical image of fantasy leads--but it’s that rare distinctiveness that makes them so special. To catalogue every last MMO race, would be madness; instead, these are the playable MMO races that infuse refreshing diversity into the game worlds they occupy. You won’t fit in with the masses if you play as members of these races--and dammit, that’s the way it ought to be.