A fresh take on halflings that makes the species more interesting and enjoyable, complete with original lore in line with The Homebrood universe.
Developed by Quill.
Halflings are diminutive humanoids that range in height from 3 - 4 feet tall, typically. Their size for the sake of mechanics is Small. They have sharp teeth, claws, and tails. Due to the tapetum lucidum layer behind their retina, they are able to see in the dark. Their ears are large and pointed, and they have control over their movement, like their tails. Some halfling ears are furred and some are not. Halfling skin tones, body types and facial features vary greatly. Halfling skin tones tend to be like human natural tones, so halflings can be very dark or light skinned and all in between. Halflings tend to have large portions of their bodies covered in fur including their legs, thighs, chest, belly and forearms. They also have manes though the length and coverage vary.
Hair or Fur?
For brevity's sake, most halflings refer to their hairdo as hair and their body hair as fur. But this terminology can change halfling to halfling and doesn't particularly matter.
Halfling fur comes in tons of textures, so go wild with hairstyles, it can hold just about any shape. Halfling hair can vary greatly in texture just like it can in us. There is no one correct hair texture.
The Many Mini
Halflings have the highest population of any race. This may not be obvious, as they tend to avoid bustling cities, but take a trip out into the edges of civilization and you will likely stumble upon a halfling warren or two. These hardy people are an ancient race who have seen the rise and fall of many civilizations. Amazingly, they have not only managed to survive, but thrive. They are loving and accepting of strangers. If an adventurer is in need of anything, they will likely find support in a halfling warren.
Despite their appearance, halflings are not evolutionarily related to humans, dwarves, elves, or gnomes. They come from an entirely separate evolutionary chain stemming from imps, which stemmed from early mammal-like creatures touched by magic. Halflings as a species are ancient, one of the first primordial sapients alongside orcs, oni, seraphim and dwarves, though halflings were recognized as Helflin and more resembled mammalian imps at this time in history. The existence of almost all other sapient races (humans, elves, trolls, goblins, gnomes, etc) stem from these four primordials.
Halflings could be thought of as the cosmic underdog. During the early development of life in general, the common ancestor of halflings was busy trying to survive while the common ancestors of orcs, seraphim and oni were capable of planet-altering magic, during a time where ley was even more unstable than it is now... if you've got a mental image in your head of a little mouse scurrying beneath the feet of brawling magical behemoths, you wouldn't be far off from the truth. Halflings don't come from the magical stock that other humanoid species do, but they are the most populous of all the races, their influence now spread far and wide.
Halfling-run cities are almost unheard of. They prefer the humble nature of a village - which halflings refer to as a warren. Halfling warrens rarely grow above a few thousand in terms of population, and that is considered large. They prefer to spread their communities out all over the world, in small bunches. They have no official governing body, and instead, each warren is mostly left to its own devices. They may have a matriarch, mayor, chief, or some other similar role overseeing the warren, but usually the warren simply obeys the governing body of the region in which they live.
Halflings are amazing farmers, and can manage to grow or raise something to eat even in the harshest conditions. Most warrens are surrounded by farmland, which is overseen as a community. Some warrens have been observed as being entirely nomadic.
Though halfling cuisine varies culture-to-culture, one thing halflings seem to share particularly in common is their renowned cooking. Obviously not all halflings are chefs, but if your chef is a halfling, you're probably in for both a very delicious and filling meal. Cooking is just one of the many ways creativity has permeated halfling culture. Halflings also rarely have kitchen measuring tools or cutlery as they simply use their hands for both measuring and eating food (and yes, their recipes are written according to hand measurements).
Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual Dimorphism
Halfling society (and society in general in our canon) widely regards gender as the spectrum that it is. Gender and sexual identity is not something hotly debated in halfling society as it's simply accepted as a normal part of one's identity. All pronouns, names and identities are perfectly acceptable. For instance, a halfling typically wouldn't assume someone's identity right away by seeing them - they would ask first, like a name, what they want to be referred to as.
As for the biological aspects, all halflings regardless of sex grow fur in the same areas on their bodies, including their face and jaw. There are a few sexually dimorphic differences as well, which are mostly similar to our own.
Halflings have litters! Single babies are uncommon, whereas twins are most common. Triplets, quadruplets, etc are more common than single-born halflings. Most halfling families that choose to have children have several, common numbers being 5-15 children. Halflings have no trouble being the most population-dense of any other race, as polyamory and big families are fairly common across all halfling cultures, and family is regarded as important - but family can be what a halfling makes of it and is not defined by blood relation alone.
Halfling newborns are tiny, almost entirely covered in fur, and have a strong urge to cling on to things, so most halfling parents will simply let their babies cling to their clothes while they go about their day.
A faun child & baby halfling. Artwork by Ashley Grace @willowsquest
Oz, halfling leymancer
In 2017, I began developing my take on halflings. At first, they weren't intended to have a lot of lore, but as time went on and The Homebrood's setting became more fleshed out, I found fun ways to tie halflings into the history of the universe.
Why halflings? Well, I was looking to play something new, and my friends suggested I play a halfling, since I'm short as fuck irl and have terrible luck with dice. Being the shallow jerk I am, I hated the bobble-headed things in all the popular settings, so I took it upon myself to take canon and slow bake it at 200 degrees for 10 hours.
The result was my halfling Oscar, otherwise known as Rook. Now I would literally die for him and he lives in my head rent free. What started as pin the tail on the halfling, turned into... whatever this is! So here you go, a much requested informational site.
4/2/21: Site finished and published! Still plan to add more in the future, specific updates will go here.
A primeval ancestor of modern halflings, the Helflin was a small mammal-like devil. They possessed sapient intelligence, were almost entirely furred, and grew to a maximum of two feet tall when standing bipedally.
Pure and raw magic, a naturally occurring resource in the universe.
A powerful mage capable of using and manipulating ley.
A group of baby halflings born to a parent at a single time, such as twins or triplets or more.
A group of halflings.
A halfling village or settlement.
TL;DR: Individuals kinda do what y'all want and maybe give me/my podcast a shoutout if you were inspired by our halflings and you'd like to help us out in return. I'd also love to see your halfling OCs!
Corporations/popular folks keep fuckin readin lol:
Using "My" Halfling Design
I have no say in what you do here. I cannot realistically claim halflings with tails on its own is a unique concept. But, I do ask a few things:
If my halflings made you love halflings, at least throw me a shoutout or RT my stuff! You don't have to, obviously, but even just linking this informational site or something would help me out a lot! I also just enjoy seeing halfling OCs so I do genuinely want to hear about them if you make them based on my redesign (I'd also like to see them if you don't base them off my redesign, i just like, wanna see halflings man)
Using My Halfling Lore
If you do end up using my halfling design AND lore point-for-point (it's easy enough to pin a tail on a halfling but come on its literally my podcast's lore), I would definitely like you to give me a shoutout of some kind, or maybe go give my podcast a follow/boost? Like, I won't come after you if you don't, but I probably won't like you if you don't either lol, so up to you.
Using My Halflings At All If You're WOTC, any other popular publication, or A Popular TTRPG Podcast
My business email is firstname.lastname@example.org 😊🌹 and it's a great day not to steal from an unknown, broke, trans creator!
Using My Halflings At All If You're a bigot
begone, bitch! If I can sue you I will! Try it!