Range: Halflings are native to Elcenia. They live on all continents.
Lifespan: 150 Elcenian years (110 Barashin years)
Halflings typically range from 2'4" to 3' tall and 35-45 lbs. (men a little taller and heavier than women). They are humanoid, with pointed ears, and in fact look much like miniature half- or quarter-elves. They live all over Elcenia, and while they can function adequately in cultures designed for taller folk given reasonable accommodations, they form the principal population of several countries arranged to suit them more specifically. Halflings age one and a half times slower than humans.
By and large, halflings are not prone to extremism of creed or behavior. They may hold a wide variety of opinions, but do not share the tendency of some other species to compete with each other to express these beliefs more stridently or with more credible passion, let alone to prove it with more extravagant deeds. (This does not, in practice, make groups of halflings less prone to war; they simply fight over more concrete things such as borders, resources, or even revenge, rather than abstract ideologies.) In times of stress or emergency, halflings are natively prone to defer to local authorities (heads of families, political or religious officials, etc.), however rebellious they may feel during calmer moments, but individuals inclined to fight this tendency can do so.
Halflings include the following notable ethnic subgroups, which may not be exhaustive but jointly constitute the majority of the population:
The following characters are halflings: