A nomadic people originally from eastern Khorvaire, halflings have spread throughout the continent and have come to occupy all niches of society. They claim few territories, and they are at home in most places. After humans, they are one of Eberron’s most ubiquitous races.
Background and History
Halflings began as a tribal people who dwelled in the Talenta Plains. There, they lived undisturbed by others for many generations. As their search for grazing lands expanded, halflings encountered increasing numbers of humans, dwarves, elves, and other races. What began as trade soon became exodus as tribes of halflings moved beyond the Talenta Plains, exploring the world with an innate curiosity and an ability to assimilate into other cultures. The halflings’ nomadic traditions made them excellent couriers and traveling merchants, and their practices of tribal loyalty made them trusted companions. However, the halflings’ ignorance of others’ laws and their loose definitions of personal property lured many into criminal activity.
One can find halflings in all the same positions and industries that one would find humans. When the Kingdom of Galifar claimed the Talenta Plains, the halflings scarcely noticed, for their lifestyle changed only slightly throughout the years of Galifar’s rule and the Last War. Halfling religious beliefs have remained the same over the centuries, focusing on specific deities within the Sovereign Host, especially Balinor.
Halfling tribes still roam the Talenta Plains, using the great reptiles of that land as mounts, quarry, and herd stock. Occasionally the halflings assemble at camps or cities for trade and news. Although a few halfling tribes exist beyond the Talenta Plains, they are typically nomadic and don’t greatly resemble their Talentan kin. Individual halflings, on the other hand, live within most cultures, occupying positions on virtually every tier of society.
Halflings that bear the Mark of Hospitality are often members of House Ghallanda. Halflings that have the mark frequently manage inns and taverns. The mark makes the halflings a reliable source from which to obtain food, water, and shelter. As a traditionally nomadic race, halflings claim to understand the importance of occasional luxuries better than anyone. Halflings are also known for the Mark of Healing, which earns them the respect of most Khorvairians.