Strongheart halflings, also known as stout halflings[9][10] or the good folk by other races, were a subrace of halfling.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Strongheart halflings were moderately shorter and stockier than their lightfoot kin.[2] They also had a greater tendency for wearing armor of all kinds.[8] Their skin tones and hair colors roughly ranged the same gamut as humans. Though brown, blond, and black hair were most common. Their eyes tended to be blue or green.[2]

Both male and female stronghearts were incapable of growing beards or mustaches, though they were known to grow sideburns down to mid-cheek. Members of both genders often plaited these sideburns into long braids.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

There was very little that could upset most stronghearts or corrupt them. Their outlook on life stressed cooperation above all else, with one's skill in teamwork being among the most valued of behaviors in their lands. Some races stereotyped them as being fat or lazy due to their sedentary nature and love of fine food. However, they were simply patient as well as very industrious. They put great emphasis on quality.[2]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Prior to the Time of Troubles, the eyes of stout halflings were capable of seeing very well in the dark, a sense known as infravision.[8][5] Another trait they shared with dwarves was their innate sense of detecting sloping passageways. They also tended to excel at swimming.[5]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Spellcasting[edit | edit source]

Out of all halflings, stronghearts invested the most into the practition of magic and stationery magic items were somewhat common. Many communities had continual flames lighting their town squares at night or walls that repelled the arrows of attackers. Spellcasters among them tended to devote their time to improving the lot of their communities.[11]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Much like lightfoots, many were rogues or warsling snipers,[11] though the latter were less common.[12] Compared to lightfoots, clerics, fighters, paladins, and rangers were more common and widespread among stronghearts.[11]

Like many halflings, the stout tended to fight with short bows, slings, small swords, spears, and hand axes.[6] However, they were also known to favor morningstars.[8][5] They also utilized equipment uniquely invented by halflings, such as hornblades and wagon shields.[11]

History[edit | edit source]

Prior to the Hin Ghostwars, stronghearts had a largely nomadic hunter-gather society.[11] Following that conflict, they remained in their native Luiren unlike the lightfoots and over time they became the majority population.[7][13]

In 1371 DR, sages studying the halfling diaspora in Calimshan speculated that stout halflings had a trace of dwarven ancestry. In evidence of their theory, they cited old dwarven records from Shanatar. These told of runaway halfling slaves from the Calim Empire who took refuge beneath the peaks of the Marching Mountains and merged with the dwarven communities there-in for several generations before eventually leaving to found their own.[14]

Society[edit | edit source]

Stronghearts lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle. With businesses, families, and even whole clans moving around Luiren.[11]

Many stout halflings took the up the profession of a jeweler, stonecutter,[5] weaver, woodcutter, potter, basket maker, painter, or farmer. Due to their industrious nature, emphasis on quality, and nimble hands they tended to excel in most of these professions.[2]

Diet[edit | edit source]

Much like other halflings, stouts were an omnivorous people. They loved breads, fruits, vegetables, and the occasional pheasant.[5]

Homelands[edit | edit source]

Stout halflings tended to live in temperate hilly,[15] mountainous,[5] or plains regions.[3] Some were known to live in Shaar and Waterdeep.[15] However, their race primarily inhabited the halfling homeland of Luiren.[11]

Unlike the ever wandering lightfoot, these halflings sought places where they could permanently settle. They made their best effort to fit into the communities where they settled, becoming an essential part of it.[2]

Languages[edit | edit source]

Outside of the Halfling language and Common,[4][7] stout halflings were often able to speak dwarvish.[8] Their race as a whole were largely literate.[11]

Religions[edit | edit source]

Strongheart halflings in Luiren tended to worship all members of the halfling pantheon. However, the most popular deities among Stronghearts across Faerûn were Arvoreen followed by their patron, the goddess Yondalla. The worship of Yondalla was especially prominent among those who lived in Luiren.[11] Their druids and rangers tended to worship the halfling goddess Sheela Peryroyl.[11]

Stronghearts actively discouraged all halflings from worshiping the deities of other races.[11]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Stout halflings tended get along well with dwarves and enjoyed their company.[8][5] However, they rarely mixed together with elves or humans.[5]

Notable Stronghearts[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 26–28. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 108–110. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 149–150. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 78–79. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 51. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  9. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  10. Roger E. Moore (January 1999). Demihumans of the Realms. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-1316-9.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 78–79. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  12. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 188. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  13. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 195. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  14. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 162. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Roger E. Moore (January 1999). Demihumans of the Realms. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-1316-9.


Connections[edit | edit source]

Subraces
AnadianGhostwiseLightfootShort OnesStrongheartWild
Related Races
Wispling
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