The Warforged are a race of sentient human-like constructs created to fight in an ancient war. The souls of dying warriors who wished to continue fighting were pulled from their mortal shells and placed inside androgynous humanoid bodies. These bodies have a similar consistency and durability to human bodies, made of artificial blood, muscle, sinew and bone. These bodies, while not terribly harder to kill than any other capable warrior, lack the need to eat, sleep or breath. Their tireless endurance allowed them to move, fight, and survive in situations where other soldiers could not. Even when a Warforged “dies”, this does not spell the end. With the proper magic (or even enough time for its natural healing to do the work) it’s relatively simple to bring one back from the grave, though their memories will have been erased. Warforged are designed to lose their memories after each “lifetime”, whether through grievous injury or time. It was hypothesized that if a human mind could remember its own violent death or centuries of war-torn life, it may eventually go insane.
The Warforged were the turning point in the war they were created for (what the war was called or who it was fought between has been lost to the ravages of time), and served in many minor skirmishes and battles for years to come. For some unknown reason, whether through philosophical reasons or some other influence, the Warforged went to war against humanity as a whole. Vastly outnumbered, they stood no chance in their apparent mass-suicide. Some Warforged still survive to this day, doing everything from mercenary jobs to agricultural work. Since most of the facts about the origins of Warforged are vague or unknown, the surviving individuals are typically viewed with scorn and suspicion. It’s a common stereotype that Warforged are soulless “robots” with no personality or that they can be “programmed” to behave a certain way.