A Shadow over Akeroth
The Halflings are one of the major Races that occupy Akeroth and are noted for being clever, capable opportunists. Halfling individuals and clans find room for themselves wherever they can. Often they are strangers and wanderers, and others react to them with curiosity or suspicion. Depending on the clan, Halflings might be reliable hardworking types (depending on if they remained with their clan), or simply thieves looking for a big score, and disappear in the dead of night. Regardless Halflings are cunning resourceful, survivors.
Halfling Regions and Lands; The Halflings were originally native to parts of Tavarith, Lous, and Evermare, when Man arrived and started the Battle for Akeroth the Halflings were pushed back solely into Evermare. The Halflings resided in their forested lands until 7A when the unified Orcish Horde descended from Orcanum, crossed through the Kythric Lands in Elwynn, and descended down upon Evermare; it was then that the Orcs began raiding the land and ultimately razing the entirety of Evermare.
After Evermare was razed the Halflings were forced out in a mass exodus from their lands beginning their nomadic lifestyle. Unlike the Kender who were forced from their home in 5A, the Halflings have never been able to find a new homeland and thus continue on in a caravan lifestyle.
Personality: Halflings prefer trouble to Boredom, much like their Kender cousins. They are notoriously curious. Relying on their ability to survive or escape danger, they demonstrate a daring that many larger people can not match. Halfling clans are Nomadic, wandering where ever circumstance or curiosity take them. Halflings enjoy wealth and the pleasures it brings, and tend to spend gold as quickly as they acquire it. Halflings are also famous collectors. While more orthodox Halflings collect books, weapons, or jewelry. some collect such objects as the hides of wild beasts, or the beasts themselves. Wealthy Halflings will often employ adventures to find items to complete their collections.
Physical Description: Halflings stand about 3 feet tall and weigh between 30-35 pounds. Their skin is ruddy, and their hair is typically black, thick, and straight, and they have brown or black eyes. The men typically wear long sideburns, however, beards are rare among Halflings (as most can not grow more facial hair). They like to wear simple, practical, and comfortable clothes. Halflings reach adult hood around 20, and typically live to around 250.
Relations: Halflings try to get along with everyone else. They are adept at fitting into a community of Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Gnomes, and Kender, always making themselves valuable and welcome. Since Human society changes faster than the society of the other races, it is Human society that most frequently offers Halflings opportunities to exploit, so Halflings are typically found among Human Lands.
Alignment: Halflings tend to be Neutral. While they are comfortable with change (Chaotic), they also tend to rely on intangible constants, such as clan ties and personal honor (Lawful).
Halfling Lands: Halflings have no lands of their own, instead they live in the lands of other races, where they can benefit from the resources of that area. Halflings often form tight-knit communities among human or Dwarven cities, while they often make friends with others they prefer the company of their own kind. Halflings are also known to settle in self-reliant villages, however Halfling communities have been known to pick up everything, and move en masse once they find new opportunity. Some Halfling communities on the other hand, take to traveling as a way of life, driving wagons or guiding boats from place to place and maintaining no permanent home.
Religion: The chief Halfling deity is Yondalla, the Blessed One, protector of the Halflings. Yondalla promises blessings and protection those who heed her guidance, defend her clans, and cherish their families. Halflings also worship various lesser gods who command individual lakes, villages, forests, the Halflings worship these gods a s assurance they will make it place to place.
Language: Halflings speak their own language, which uses the Common script. They write very little in their own language, unlike the Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes. Halfling oral tradition on the other hand is very strong. While the Halfling language is not secret they loathe to teach it to others. Almost all Halflings speak Common as it is the language of trade among the lands they travel.
Names: A halfling has a given name, a family name, and on occasion a nickname. Family names among Halflings are nicknames that have stuck through the generations.