Ralsu, the answer is in the question. Attributes ARE abilities. And abilities are attributes. How zen.
In this week's Vanguard poll, Ralsu wants to know which factor carries more weight in Vanguard character creation for you--the racial attribute bonuses or the racial abilities.
With the races of Vanguard having very different adventuring attribute progression and racial abilities, it is clear that a player's choice of race is a big factor.
Go vote at Ten Ton Hammer's VG site.