Halfling


Halflings are small humanoids renowned simultaneously for their simple agrarian lifestyle and their incredible bravery in the face of danger.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Halflings resemble humans in many respects, though true to their name, they are only half the size, being around 3 feet tall and weighing only an average of 40 or 45 pounds. Some halflings have pointed ears, though not all do. Their skintone is akin to humans, as are their hair, though it tends to be wavy.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Some speculate that Avandra was responsible for the creation of the halflings.[2] According to another folktale, the Allhammer accidentally created halflings when, after he sculpted the first dwarves, a little bit of remaining clay slipped from his hands and took the shape of the first halflings.[3]

The historical records of the Cobalt Soul assert that halflings along with Tal'Dorei's first humans journeyed from Issylra across the Ozmit Sea, colonizing the new land in peaceful harmony.[3]

During the Scattered War, the halflings of Tal'Dorei were divided: some of the halflings, impressed by Drassig's strength, joined on the side of the Kingdom of Drassig, while the Stoutheart Clan, felt that the Drassig was "emblematic of all humanity's evils", decided to fight a guerilla warfare against the the human kingdom as they encroached on their lands. Another clan, the Lightfoots, remained neutral, concluding that "all humans couldn't be condemned for the evil actions of one king, and highlighted the thousands of halflings and other non-humans who had allied themselves with Drassig’s evil regime as proof". Closer to the war's closure, they eventually united with their brethrens to deal the final blow alongside the armies of Zan Tal'Dorei. In the aftermath of the Scattered War, these clans dissolved, and many halflings migrated into the human settlements that appeared around that time across the Dividing Plains. Others moved south to the Mornset Countryside and began a new life there.[3][4]

Society[edit | edit source]

Tal'Dorei[edit | edit source]

Halflings dwell all across the Dividing Plains of Tal'Dorei, and in the Mornset Countryside.[4]

Wildemount[edit | edit source]

Halflings can be found in significant number all across the Dwendalian Empire and the Menagerie Coast, to the point that accommodations are often made for their stature.[5] The largest population of halflings is the town of Felderwin, originally founded by the Felder clan. Because of Felderwin's role as the Empire's breadbasket, halflings are closely associated with the simple, rural lifestyle. While halflings are nearly nonexistent within the Kryn Dynasty, a small population of halflings do make their home within Xhorhas. In the village of Charis nestled within the Lotusden Greenwood, these reclusive halflings live in harmony with nature, as well as the many dragonborn refugees from the ruins of Draconia.[5]

Powers, abilities, and subraces[edit | edit source]

Official art of a Lotusden Halfling, by adragonswinging.[art 2]

A halfling's nimbleness is one of their greatest assets, allowing them to dart between the legs of the taller folk to give them an edge in a fight. Halflings are renowned for their staunch bravery, as well as their considerable luck.[1] Lightfoots and Stouthearts are halflings who either the distant relatives who trace their lineage to the clans that bore these names, or simply identify with their ideals.[6]

Lightfoot halflings[edit | edit source]

Mechanically, Lightfoots are the most charismatic of their kind, and have a knack for hiding, even behind other creatures.[7]

Those halflings who firmly identify with the Lightfoot Clan ideals keep to themselves, like to stay in the comforts of their home, and, in most cases, firt of all attempt to elude conflict than to meet it head-on. Nevertheless, many Lightfoot halflings feel a particular suppressed hunger to explore and live an adventuring lifestyle. Many adventuring halflings are Lightfoots.[6]

Stoutheart halflings[edit | edit source]

Mechanically, Stouthearts have the best constitution of halflings, and are even able to resist poison better than others.[7]

Those halflings who strongly identify with the Stoutheart Clan ideals renown for their boldness and courage even if the odds are greatly against them. "Stouthearts often surprise those who know of halflings only through their experiences with more laidback Lightfoot folk. Some Stouthearts use this surprise to their advantage to become cunning diplomats".[6]

Lotusden halflings[edit | edit source]

Halflings of the Lotusden Greenwood use their wisdom to become in tune with nature, letting them easily pass through the underbrush of their home while leaving very little to trace. They also have a talent for druidic magics, able to do such small things as predict the weather or cause plants to bloom. More powerful Lotusdens can conjure plants from the ground to restrain their foes, and can magically cover the ground in razor-sharp thorns.[2]

Notable halflings[edit | edit source]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

Between the campaigns of Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

PCs[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[edit | edit source]

Exandria Unlimited and Campaign 3[edit | edit source]

PCs[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Player's Handbook, 5th edition, p. 26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 164.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 160.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 24.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 164.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 161.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Player's Handbook, 5th edition, p. 28.
  8. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 34.
  9. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 2: "Factions and Societies", p. 53.
  10. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 2: "Factions and Societies", p. 46.
  11. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 58.

Art:

  1. Official art of a stoutheart halfling (left) and lightfoot halfling (right), by Kathryn Wheeler from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, page 160. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of a Lotusden Halfling, by adragonswinging (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.

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