yes yes practical armor is super rad and stuff BUT IT IS A BLACK WOMAN REPRESENTING VANILLA ASS HUMANS IN A D&D HANDBOOK. THIS IS HUGE FOR ME! SHE’S NOT SOME “TRIBESWOMAN FROM THE SOUTHERN WILDS” OR SOME OTHER STUPID BULLSHIT THAT TRIES TO CONVINCE US BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE THEIR EXISTENCE EXPLAINED IN A FANTASY WORLD, GOD DAMMIT THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY
It’s not just that.
The illustrations in the PHB are wonderful. The archtypical wizard is a black man, the gnome is a female ranger. They are getting a lot of shit for their wording not being tumblr-precise in the statement of genders, and for who they recruited for ideas, but this is how things change. They change by the examples in books being diverse, by phrases in books by people that those not fighting see as establishment. By the right way becoming a background thing that is just there, is not highlighted.
As a friend of mine said “I look forward to the day when this isn’t remarkable”.
It’s not perfect. And by the time we reach perfect, perfect will have changed. but it’s a step towards better, and by those steps does perfect come closer.