After the Great War had
settled, and the rebuilding of Serin began, Stryth introduced a new peaceful, highly sociable
race to the realms. Halflings are short, generally plump people, very much like small
humans, averaging 3 and 1/2 feet
tall. Their faces are round and broad and often quite florid. Their hair is typically curly
and the tops of their feet are covered with coarse hair. Their typical life expectancy is
approximately 150 years.
Halflings are sturdy and industrious, generally quiet and peaceful. Overall they prefer the
comforts of home to dangerous adventuring. However, though they may never look for adventure,
they have a strange knack for stumbling across them. And, more than occasionally, adventure
finds them. Because of their lives filled with collecting comforts and trinkets, they have
the benefit of above average wisdom,
a result of their life experiences.
Halflings are not forward, but they are observant and conversational if in friendly company.
They see wealth only as a means of gaining creature comforts, which they love. Although halflings
are about the same height as gnomes,
their stout and sturdy build gives them a hearty constitution.
And, because of their size and light weight as well as their peace loving nature, they've grown
amazingly agile and dextrous, able to dodge many of the attacks of those who seek to harm
them. Halflings make excellent thieves,
as they seek to avoid direct conflicts by relying on their speed and agility to get them out of
dangerous situations. They are lacking, however, in strength, due to their small
size and peaceful lifestyle.
Roleplaying with other races
Elves generally like halflings in
a patronizing sort of way. Dwarves
cheerfully tolerate them, thinking halflings somewhat soft and harmless. Gnomes, although they drink
more and eat less, like halflings best, feeling them kindred spirits. Halflings are more open and
outgoing than any of the above races, so they get along with other races far better.
- Because of high dexterity (dexterity adds hitroll) but low strength (strength adds damroll),
consider wearing more than average +damroll armor.
- Halflings make excellent thieves.
- They are excellent at dodging but poor at parrying.
- When fighting halflings, attempt to gain combat style superiority to counter the halfling dodging.
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