Players love to make characters that have deep and rich backstories, filled with all sorts of details. What was their childhood like? What sort of cultural upbringing did they have? In Heroes From the Fringe, a new book for Pathfinder, Paizo takes a look at some fairly common RPG races, such as gnomes, dwarves, and elves, and gives you some alternate backgrounds and societies that they could have been part of during their lives. You can pick up your copies now.
From the website:
Heroes From the Fringe features a section on each of our non-human races, dwarves, elves, gnomes, half-elves, half-orcs, and halflings, plus a few others. Each section shines a spotlight on a few different cultures and groups, such as the Pahmet dwarves in Osirion, the Jinniese elves of Tian Xia, gnomes that have undergone the Bleaching, and the Song'o halflings from deep in the Mwangi Expanse. Every entry also has a new set of alternate racial traits that helps you better tie your characters to these groups and regions.
This book also presents a number of interesting player options that are tied to each of these new groups. Dwarves have all new dwarven weapons and fighting styles. Ekujae elf calamity callers are able to call blizzards and lightning against their enemies. Gnomes bring new magic with them from the First World. Half-elves and half-orcs have new abilities depending on from where the hail. Aquatic half-elves can use ocean water to create potions, while Darklands half-orcs can draw upon psychic power to fill their enemies' minds with nightmares. Segadan halflings have new unique tricks allowing them to disarm foes or heal allies with the help of slings.
This book is perfect for any player that's tired of playing the typical dwarf or elf or is looking to learn more about the different races in Golarion. If this all sounds exciting to you, make sure to pick up Heroes From the Fringe!