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An epic planar high fantasy MMO from renowned EverQuest creator Brad McQuaid.

The Halfling

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Cunning Craftsmen
Origin World: Dohmchanta
Current Homeland: The Blackwoods
Pantheon: Ryn’Etryas (The Eternal Rings)
Language: Dohma
Classes: TBA

The Halflings are stubby humanoid race with a preference for domestic tranquility rather than high adventure. Being a small race in a dangerous world, they have honed their skills of stealth and acrobatics to hide from or evade threats. Most would consider the humble looking humanoids nothing more than helpless children with the prowess to match, but that would be far from the truth of the agile Halflings. Their powerful legs and tactical spryness make them difficult targets to strike. The Halfling settlements are built into and onto the forest realm they live within to help conceal their presence from wandering giants and soaring dragons. Their communities are agrarian and they specialize in unique crops that only exist within the shaded fields of their villages. They are perhaps the most resourceful race, learning to craft superior goods from meager environments. Their skills with the needle and whittling blade have developed fine bows, leading them to become excellent archers. They are a gracious folk, welcoming to all; even a clumsy Ogre, if his temper has been tamed. It is rare to encounter Halflings outside of their towns, but when they are, it is often as a guide to adventure or thief to your purse.

The Halflings originated on a world called Dohmchanta, a relatively peaceful place with nearly no history of war. They had no actual contact with their sole deity, Cailloc the Mother of All. When a chunk of their world was magically relocated to Terminus, the Mother of All made her grand appearance before her reverent followers. The Halflings believed she came to deliver them from their cataclysmic predicament. They were extremely mistaken. Cailloc was angered and her truth was revealed. The tranquility of Dohmchanta fueled the beauty of her divine garden, a realm she wished to walk alone. Now separated from her eternal garden, the exposed witch hoped to steal the fragment of Dohmchanta for herself. With the last of her godly power she cast her followers to the winds of Terminus, either caring little that she would no longer be a god or oblivious to the fact. Many Halflings perished, but survivors did find their way to the continent of Celestius. With both Mother and world lost, the Halflings began a long search for a new homeland. What they encountered on Celestius was a world of worlds far more dangerous than the worst Dohmchanta had to offer. Surviving trials and attrition, they came to find a withering piece of unusually shaded woodland that seemed to be ignored or undiscovered. There in the Blackwoods the Halflings used their unique agrarian talents to give new life to dying woodlands and forged a refuge they named Hollowdown. It was not soon after that the Fal’Etryan (Wood Elves) discovered the beauty this stubby folk brought to a realm though dead. Finding that both races shared a reverence for nature, the two began a strong alliance. So strong is that alliance that the Etryan gods ascended a Halfling champion into their divine circle they call the Ryn’Etryas. As for their former Mother of All, the witch Cailloc and the fragment of Dohmchanta have never been seen again, but are surely lurking out in the unknown of Terminus.

The Halfing is currently a stretch goal.

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    1. Creator P99MaxalasBLUE on February 10, 2014

      I really love the lore behind this race. I want to hear more.

    2. Creator Susan Platter on February 9, 2014

      Oh I like these too! I like the idea of a class of mystics, semi-real perhaps. Ogres don't appeal at all and never have.

    3. Creator Amaziah Hadithi/Ethosian Aspect on February 9, 2014

      I usually don't care about halflings but I like these!

    4. Creator Wilburt-Firiona Vie-Florendyl on February 9, 2014

      This is perhaps the most unique and impressive implementation of Halflings into a fantasy world I have read since Tolkien. I love it! (Halflings are my favorite race in fantasy settings) Although I have a question, while i'm not sure you have got this far in concept, I have to ask. =)

      "Are we talkin more Hobbit looking halflings like in EQ1 with hairy feet and a little gut, or are we talkin more like Vanguard where they just look and sound like children?" (btw at least one curly hairstyle is a MUST)

      Either would be great, but the more hobbit (without copyright infringement) the better. =)

      Thanks, Wilburt

    5. Creator ottopaul on February 9, 2014

      I am on the team of people who think sharing "stretch goal" info is a great idea to get more people interested. I'm already a supporter, but hearing about a class or race concept that I have loved in the past(like halfling or bard) as a potential "down the line" in the game universe makes me want to support the project with an even higher dollar amount.

    6. Creator P99 - Lizard - Blue on February 9, 2014

      "" It was not soon after that the Fal’Etryan (Wood Elves) discovered the beauty this stubby folk brought to a realm though dead. Finding that both races shared a reverence for nature, the two began a strong alliance. ""

      and no druids? :'(

    7. Creator MurZerker on February 9, 2014

      They need to give us info on every potential race and class, because there are people out there waiting on this info. Just because something is a stretch goal, doesn't mean it is off the table if it's not reached. It just means it may be introduced at a later date.

      Introducing them into the discussion may be what it takes to get the initial funding for the KS, which then opens up the doors to additional funding, whether it be crowd sourced, or through venture capital.

      The more we know the better IMO.

    8. Creator Xandarra on February 9, 2014

      I think knowing what we are aiming for with stretch goals can also be an incentive to some people who may be on the fence.

    9. Creator Khayos on February 9, 2014

      I dont mean to sound negative in any way, but I agree with @ITPalg I don't see the point with giving us information about stretch goals because we have not even reached our main goal yet. People need to get excited about what IS in game right now.

    10. Creator Eldaran_SoL on February 9, 2014

      Great writeup!

    11. Creator ITPalg on February 9, 2014

      I don't understand the point of all these stretch goals that are BEFORE the funding goal.
      It doesn't matter if the pre-funding stretch goals are met if the funding goal isn't met.

    12. Creator Steel Forged Games on February 9, 2014

      Halfling shamans for sure.

    13. Creator Oddgeir Olberg on February 9, 2014

      Love it, long live the halflings!

    14. Creator J on February 9, 2014

      Halflings!!!!! <3 Get rid of elves and put them in instead.

    15. Creator MurZerker on February 9, 2014

      Hoorah for Halflings! Like the lore for these little twerps. Sounds like a perfect fit for...Ranger.