The Tarutaru are a race of skilled magic users who call Windurst their home. Masters of the magical arts, the Tarutaru have honed their abilities through dutiful study of the world around them.
The 5 playable races are comprised of 16 character models for each race and applicable gender for a total of 128 Character Models. If that's not enough, each model can be also be assigned the size of small, medium, or large for a total of 384 unique looks. Furthermore, with 3 different nations, 18 different jobs and 75 different levels, the odds of meeting someone who is your virtual twin would be 1 in 1,555,200.
There's quite a bit of freedom to choose whatever race best suits your personal tastes. While, the base stats will vary for each race, most of the impact will be on what type of equipment you wear versus what job you decide to play. It is also common for players to play several jobs, so picking a race that's "perfect" for all of them isn't practical or necessary. There are some exceptions, though. If you want to be the strongest melee and plan to stack Strength gear you'd choose Elvaan. If you want the most intelligence and largest MP pool for your black mage, choose Tarutaru. Finally, if you want the most rounded stats because you plan on leveling several different types jobs, Hume is a good choice. Also note that your stats will remain static in terms of gender and model size; a large Elvaan isn't stronger than a medium or small one.