Since I wrote about this the other day, I’ve had almost no time to build on it. But my mind has been a blur with all the crazy insights and ideas. I remember back when I wanted to create a connection between the Elven language and the Entangle spell, or Celestial and Healing — and now I know how I can do it.

Before the problem was “knowing” languages, and where the connection was. How did you gain more languages, how long did it take, what made one language different from another, and so forth. With a language represented not only by a race, but characterized by a racial power, it should be easy.

A racial power takes its lead from its race and helps characterize it at the same time. The race and its associated power help to characterize the “language” that race speaks. If everyone can understand each other — and if they didn’t, we wouldn’t have a game — what makes one race any different from another?

We get this feedback loop in which the race informs the power and the power informs the race. Makes you kind of wonder what kind of language you speak.

Connections between races and classes should be far easier to make, and racial feats should practically write themselves. Want a particular racial feat associated with a particular class? Well, how do you imagine a Tiefling’s “Infernal Wrath” interacting with a Druid’s Wildshape power? How “Dragon Breath?”

I almost want to say “the possibilities are endless,” but I think the possibilities are actually quite finite — in a good way. Each race has one racial power, and each class has a handful of features and powers. While it’s possible that a race might have some interaction with each aspect of a class, it’s unlikely.

So what you have in the end is an approximately race-times-class number of feats. Some races will favor some classes, so you can expect more feats in those areas, but generally you’ll have a small handful. It’s “add to taste,” like condiments.