A brownie was sometimes said to be distant relative of the halfling (perhaps half halfling, half pixie), but were smaller and far less common.[citation needed]


Brownies appeared as small elves roughly one and a half feet tall. They favored brightly colored garments.[citation needed]


Whatever their origin - whether a mixed breed or a type of fey all to their own - brownies were generally friendly to humans and their ilk. However, they were very shy and seldom allowed themselves to be seen. The fact that they had exceptional senses in general and were never surprised helped them to accomplish this goal.[citation needed]


Brownies tended to prefer quiet, pastoral areas. They were sometimes said to inhabit houses or barns, and in return, they would help the owners out with household tasks - making or repairing small items of leather, metal, or wood, for example. In keeping with their shyness, they only worked at night, perhaps in exchange for small gifts or food. They were easily offended, however, and would abandon a house if their gifts were called payments or if they were offered gifts of clothing (no matter how shabby their own clothes are).[citation needed]

If encountered on friendly terms, brownies could often be convinced to help lawful characters. Brownies did not usually carry weapons other than short swords. They had a number of special powers including the ability to cause Confusion and employ other spells of distraction or misleading.[citation needed]


Brownies were one of the many fey races known to serve the Seldarine.[6]

Notable browniesEdit



Short stories

Further ReadingEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. Template:Cite dragon/420/Fey of Wood and Wind
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Robert Wiese & Skip Williams (2004-10-06). Adventure Locales: The Silent Manse. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2018-10-01. Retrieved on 2015-09-20.
  4. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  5. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 119. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  6. Wolfgang Baur and Lester Smith (1994-07-01). “The Book of Chaos”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Chaos (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 1560768746.
  7. 7.0 7.1 David Cook (1995). “Too Familiar”. In Brian Thomsen and J. Robert King ed. Realms of Magic (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0303-1.
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