"Demihuman" was a collective name for races that were not human but had a similar appearance. Among them were peoples of the dwarves, elves (including drow), halflings, and gnomes.[1][2] Half-elfs and half-orcs held a special position, as they were indeed half human.[3]


  1. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 11. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  2. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  3. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.