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All About the Halflings

By Craig McGregor on February 27, 2004 | Previews | Comments

All About the Halflings

3D Rendering of Warhammer Online Halflings
Halflings are a race short in numbers as well as size. Those who have not become an integral part of human society now inhabit an independent pastoral state, which is wholly contained within the Empire and lives under its protection.

The origins of Halflings stretch back at least as far as those of humans, but now, partly due to their peaceable nature, their numbers are on the decline.

Halflings are an overfed and peaceful folk, more concerned with the welfare of their crops and herd and the timing of the next meal than with military pursuits.

They are excellent hosts, welcoming and trusting, happy to provide food and shelter to travellers. Nevertheless, they are a determined, even stubborn race and will defend their homes, livelihoods and lunch with considerable vigour, even though they are not effective fighters. They may strive manfully to raise a militia in the face of some threat and may show considerable individual courage in defending their homes, but their size and unwarlike nature counts heavily against them.

Halfling communities tend to be small villages, nominally headed by an elder. Elders meet occasionally to discuss common issues over a large banquet, but overall organisation is very loose, with little or no formalised government. Halfling religion and folklore revolves around their lifestyle, and their main deities are concerned with fertility and the weather. Their legendary heroes tend to be Halflings who reaped bumper harvests, or organised enormous banquets in time of famine, rather than great fighters or explorers. Adventuring is somewhat frowned upon but some Halflings may travel in human lands, hiring themselves out as cooks and the like.

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