The Righteous Hand of Hextor
The halflings of Apple Fen Shore have long been an introspective community, concerned mainly with their own affairs.
Good natured and fair minded, they are happy to carry on as they always have unless their personal harmony is threatened.
Apart from small amounts of trade very little passed between the Halfllings and the rest of the Western Elond races, until news of the war spread.
Worshipping Yondalla, the halflings immediately saw the threat of the armies of evil, corruption and temptation.
Whilst halflings are good creatures with pure intentions for the most part, there is a hidden temptation in their nature to turn to ways of opportunistic living and thievery.
Seeing this as a very real threat to their happy community, the religious leaders of the Halfling communities actively sought to sign up with the Heironeous Lance in order to remove any notion of temptation from the minds of their flock.
“Halflings are cunning, resourceful survivors and opportunists who find room for
themselves wherever they can. They might be reliable, hard-working citizens or thieves just waiting for their big chance. Halflings stand about 3 feet tall and usually weigh between 30 and 35 pounds. They have brown or black eyes. Halfling men often
have long sideburns, but beards are rare among them and mustaches almost unseen. Halflings prefer simple, comfortable, and practical clothes. Unlike members of most races, they prefer actual comfort to shows of wealth. Halflings reach adulthood in their early twenties and generally live into the middle of their second century. Halflings speak Halfling and Common.”
They were welcomed with open arms by the Elves and their Dwarven and Human neighbours. Since the war started, Halflings have become much more integrated into other societies and many now live in Lance Du Sacre Terre as well as the Apple Fen Shore.
Apple Fen shore is a rolling dale of farms, orchards and along the coast, fisheries and docks.
Much of the food consumed by the Forces of Light is grown by Halflings.
Yondalla whilst not as prominent as Heironeous or Pelor is one of the most respected deities in the forces of light.
Symbol of Yondalla:
“Yondalla espouses harmony within the halfling race and stalwart defense against its enemies. She urges her people to work with others but to remain true to their halfling heritage. Most halflings heed this advice, which allows them to form close-knit enclaves where halflings are welcomed, even when they have settled in areas where other creatures predominate. Yondalla also teaches that opportunities are there to be seized, which leads most halflings to be both adaptable and somewhat opportunistic. Yondalla brooks no evil among halflings, but she does not despise any halfling. Rather, she seeks to guide halflings who have lost their way back to their homes and friends”
Halflings in this setting has a distinct Hobbit feel about them and are much more Lord of the Rings Shire than anything else.
Halfling naming conventions are traditional Celtic names which in the setting have been passed down through generations of halflings.