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Source: Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook, pg(s). 26
A halfling is a short humanoid and the smallest of the civilized races of Golarion. They tend to be around three feet tall, though mostly human in proportion, with perhaps rounder heads and slightly more childlike proportions. Their coloration is as variable as the locales they call home. Their skin tends to be somewhere between a rich almond color and a pale nut-brown. Many have brown hair, though quite a large proportion of them are as fair as the Ulfen. The eyes of halflings tend to be fair, with green and blue being the most common colors. Many, though not all, have variations in color that make them seem more similar to other humanoids, typically humans, who live in the region they share. All halflings have very durable feet, the soles of which are very tough. As such, they rarely wear shoes, though some wear 'spats'. Halflings have a fine growth of soft, warm hair on the tops of their feet to keep them warm.
Sexual dimorphism in halflings is similar to that in humans, with males being slightly larger and heavier, though many of the larger races do not notice this difference which seems much more obvious to the small folk. Males generally only grow facial hair as sideburns, and tend to be a good two to three inches taller. Females are slimmer and shorter, appearing much like a human woman of half size, though both sexes typically have pleasant round faces, and big cheery smiles.
Their small size allows adventurous or guileful halflings to get into some rather tight spots, and they use their cunning and uncanny luck to get out of just as many, if not more, tough situations.
Halflings grew up among the human cultures of Avistan, alongside and often overlooked by the growth and success of those nations and regions they inhabited. They have their own rich tales and heroes that few of the bigger folk have ever even guessed at.
Finding evidence of halflings throughout the ages has proven difficult, as gravitate towards human societies where they tend to be overlooked. The first recorded evidence of halflings is from Ancient Osirion, although the elves claim to have noticed the race before Earthfall. Despite this, little is mentioned of halflings during this time.
Often working in service professions such as maids, cooks, and innkeepers, halflings tend to find themselves in the perfect position to observe the world around them. This knowledge is invaluable to a halfling, given their generally defenseless position. It is not uncommon for halflings to be exploited for their labor, and they are one of the most common races of slaves in the Inner Sea region, especially in Cheliax, where they are seen as less-than-people.
Halflings may speak many languages, but they also have their own racial language which is also called 'Halfling': please see Nonhuman languages of Golarion.
See also: Category:Halfling/Inhabitants
There is a major sourcebook, a Pathfinder Player Companion, about this subject: Halflings of Golarion.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 16-17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
- ↑ Hal Maclean and Amber E. Scott. (2010). Halflings of Golarion, p. 2. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-278-4
- ↑ Hal Maclean & Jeff Quick. (2008). Elves of Golarion, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-143-5
- ↑ Erik Mona & Jason Bulmahn. (2008). Gazetteer, p. 7. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-077-3