Tieflings have been part of D&D since the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. They were part of the original Planescape (1994) and were part-human and part-lower-plane, but not half-fiends.
Their big break, so to speak, came in 2008 when where made a playable race in the Player’s Handbook for D&D 4e. In other words; they were one of the first races illustrated and detailed in the rules.
In D&D 5e the Tieflings once again made the list of playable races in the Player’s Handbook. A variant Tiefling build later appeared in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes.
No edition of D&D presented Tieflings are inherently evil. In D&D 3e and 3.5 they tended to have a strange air around them that made people uncomfortable. In D&D 5e it was suggested many Tieflings ended up becoming evil due to the prejudice they encountered.
In Pathfinder, mainly due to the limitations of the Open Game License, Tieflings are present too; as Hellspawn.
How do you pronounce the word? There are three common usages;
Which do you use?
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