The Neverwinter Campaign Guide includes rules for some backgrounds. Does this mean that characters for this season of encounters may use a background for their character in addition to a theme?
Unless you have the book already, I wasn't so lucky, the only source for these Background Themes are the cards in the GameDay bags.[snip]Either get the Neverwinter guide book or grab those cards if you can.
I have been making Neverwinter-centric pre-gens for our Encounters group and I have run into a few "quirks" with Character Builder.If you choose the Lost Crown of Neverwinter setup for your character the backgrounds are indeed open, but only those related to backgrounds in the Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS).If you want to select a FR Diety, you cannot use the Lost Crown setup.Work around: Use the Forgotten Realms one instead to get the complete FR deity list. Warning: If you do so you will have to be careful about power, feat, theme, background selection because options that are not legal to campaign will be available (unless your DDE group is not restricting themselves to Essentials+, then swing away).The Uthgardt Barbarian theme says its possible to be a half-orc or half-elf but the system will not let you choose the them with those races selected. Work around: Select human as your race, then select the Uthgardt Barbarian theme. Then go an switch your race back to half-orc or half-elf. It will give you a warning (the color of the theme choice changes from green to orange-red) but it lets you use it.That's all I have found so far.Bryan BlumklotzAKA SaracenusDDE WPN Coordinator for Guardian Games
Pack Outcast Theme:Race Prerequisite: Human, half-elf and half-orc.
If they were legal options not needing DM adjudication they would read:Pack Outcast Theme:Race Prerequisite: Human, half-elf and half-orc.In what you quoted above everything after the period following Human is additional fluff, to give the DM some wiggle room with the themes, and not part of the Prerequisite itself