Hobbits

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Hobbits are the forgotten people of Feyworld, though they are almost as prolific and wide-spread as humans. Hobbits can be found living in any human land, usually in a small village or hamlet just out of sight of the nearest human city and well away from any trouble. They are farmers and craftsmen and prefer to live out their lives without interruption or discomfort. As such, they are usually viewed as lazy and unsophisticated and are generally ignored. When they are forced into confrontation, however, few are as resolute and tireless in their endeavors.

Personality: Hobbits are a very practical people, but they enjoy the creature comforts of life. They tend to prefer uncomplicated lives, so they tend to be farmers and craftsmen; this outlook is maintained even when thrust into complicated situations. Hobbits are usually happy, friendly people, even when faced with bigotry and hatred, and always seem to have a saying or local colloquialism hidden in their back pocket for just such situations. Hobbits make friends easily and have a difficult time understanding deception and distrust. Rarely do they own anything of import that would make such an attitude dangerous.

Physical Description: Hobbits are very short, rarely topping three feet tall. They have round, human-like faces and slightly pointed ears. Hobbits are extremely hirsute everywhere but on their lips and chins, even growing long hair on the tops of their feet. Their feet tend to be a bit large for their size, but they are very tough, usually forming calluses as hard as leather early in life. Hobbits do not wear shoes, as they are extremely uncomfortable for them, but they are not treated as being barefoot due to their thick calluses. Hobbits tend to wear simple clothes in the same fashion as simple folk of the region they live in. Hobbits love to eat and tend to be a bit pudgy, usually weighing around 150 pounds.

Relations: Hobbits, themselves, get along with anyone, whether they be a grumpy dwarf or a slavering orc. They treat everyone they meet as they would want to be treated, which is welcome to share in their food and company. To a hobbit, the other races tend to take things entirely too seriously and humans are constantly running around on some over-important errand or such. The other races tend to regard hobbits as a bit lazy, if excellent craftsmen, when they regard them at all. They do not make good slaves or good leaders and do not have a need for expensive things or power and, thus, are generally ignored by the other races.

Hobbit lands: Hobbits prefer hilly country and often build their homes in hillsides. In some areas, particularly where hills are uncommon, hobbits construct low, simple houses that are easy to maintain. In these lands, a house is not just a house…it is a hobbit house, and that means comfort.

Religion: Hobbits are not particularly religious creatures, though they have several traditions which venerate Podalirius, who they simply call Podal (when they’re not using some affectionate nickname, like “Old Man” or “the Green”).

Language: The hobbit language is very, very old and has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. It is remarkably similar to Gaelish and many historians are curious as to the reason. In many areas, the hobbit tongue is dying as the local human tongue slowly replaces it.

Names: Hobbit names tend to be simple and practical, though they often chose a name more for the sound it makes than any serious tradition, assuming they do not use a human name appropriate to the region. Family names are much more important than given names and a hobbit will often make assumptions about another hobbit’s personality based on his family name and heritage.

Male Names: Dunstan, John, Milo, Odo, Ossig, Trumstan, Wellsby
Female Names: Begilda, Billa, Biona, Dunna, Gwen, Mary, Merideth
Hobbit Surnames: Burrum, Fusyard, Tutt, Ryeward, Wilshire

Adventurers: Hobbit adventurers are rare, but not so rare as elven adventurers. Some hobbits are simply taken with an unusual need to wander or an inquisitive nature, both traits that are discouraged in hobbit lands. Unlike in most societies, hobbit adventurers are often viewed as embarrassments to their families and will be treated with hesitation and apprehension if they return home.

Halfling Racial Template

Original article: Halfling Racial Template
15 points

Attributes: ST -2 [-20], DX +1 [20]

Secondary Attributes: Basic Move -1 [-5]

Advantages: Fearlessness 3 [6] Flexibility [5], Silence 4 [20]

Disadvantages: Increased Consumption 1 [-10], Overweight [-1]

Features: Size Modifier -2

Halfling Cultural Templates

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