Halflings in Bretonia


Halflings are a race of short and cheerful folk. They are fond of stories told around the hearth, and they place great importance on the bonds of family and friendship, as well as the comforts and luxuries of simple life. Their culture varies a little, depending on the family, but most hobbits are members of family groups called clans. Naturally, these clans can be quite expansive, with little to no blood relation between two members of an actual clan, but who can conceivably trace their ancestry back to a single ancestor. Due to the importance of family, genealogy and heraldry is a favored past-time of many halflings.

They are a talented agricultural people, with a natural talent for gardening and raising crops. It is considered good luck to have the lands farmed by halflings, which is why many kings permit the halflings to farm without bothering them too much. For this reason, a great many halfling clans remain nomadic, farming one area for a year, and then moving on to the next, taking their homes and villages with them. Though a few have permanently settled, and created what have been called ‘free towns’.

In villages and towns it is not strange to see halflings who have come there to trade, or who might even live there, depending on the proximity to rural lands. They are no strangers to the cities either, though city halflings have a different culture to them. There they have a reputation for being thieves, rogues, gamblers, and confidence tricksters. Some of these rumors are unfounded, but some of them are also true, and there are unfortunately some halflings who reinforce the stereotypes. In cities halflings tend to live in gathered communities called Burrows.

Their religion varies from household to household, but traditionally halflings venerate the Old Ways over the other regional religions. They can be quiet and respectful about it, practicing their faith behind closed doors, but they rarely truly convert to another religion unless raised outside of halfling traditions.

They are extremely fond of music, songs, poetry, prose, and oral story-telling. They have a rich historical tradition, and a rich story-telling tradition, to the point that the line between fact and fiction can be blurred even more than it usually is. Of course, it’s all in a good-nature. Sometimes the tale of what actually happened needs a story-teller to come along and craft it into something worth listening to. They have a rich bardic tradition among their people.

It is rumored that they originally hailed from Otherworld, but they are not a common people there any longer, and the cause or reason for their migration has long been lost, if there ever was one at all.

Otherwise, halflings are as they are typically depicted in other realms of fiction, and as presented in the PHB.



  • Caerleon: Common
  • Angelia: Common
  • Cymru: Common
  • Essen: Common
  • Ixling: Common
  • Lothia: Common
  • Caledon: Uncommon
  • Pictavia: Rare
  • Atlantia: None Native
  • Hibernia: Common
  • Austrasia: Uncommon
  • Iberia: Rare
  • Valsgarde: Rare
  • Aksum: Rare
  • Ardina: Rare
  • Harshan: Uncommon
  • Parthia: Rare
  • Shangri: Uncommon
  • Vaticana: Uncommon
  • Volgarra: Rare

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Halflings in Bretonia

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