Typical Character:
Provincial, Methodical

Game Background
There were no Halfling settlements and very few Halflings in the Mazari before they arrived with the Gnomes of the Devil's Horn Canal, though there have long been stories of Hobbit wanderers travelling through the Mazari. Typically, their genius is for farming and agriculture, or in organizing their communities and households.

There are many amongst them, however, who have a great passion for mountaineering. Young Halflings, inspired by their Gnomish compatriots, experience a type of wanderlust called "the Yondering." Normally this translates into a love of hiking, walking and mountain climbing, "Just to see what there is to see," they say. Occasionally the Yondering produces great travelers and adventurers, some of whose tales could hardly be believed by even the most seasoned adventurers. The Yondering has never led to the great territorial expansion of their nation, because it always ended back at home and hearth. The great Halfling ideal is to retire to write their memoirs on large estates purchased with the fruits of their adventures. Like Gnomes, Halflings are respected citizens of Sunterranse, and there are many who are considered amongst the heroes of Independence.

Hobbits were overlooked by the Elites of the Old Order as too small to be a threat. They were utterly unprepared for Hobbitish notions of democracy, justice, fairness and just "not being such a bother to others," to speed the abolition of slavery in much of the Mazari and spawn the Sunterranse Federation. Today, the elites of the Old Order no longer regard Hobbits, or their decency, as "non-threatening."

Pass the butter cakes please.

Like Gnomes, Hobbits see nothing more precious than living life itself. But whereas Gnomes revel in discovering its technical complexities - Hobbits revel in its simple pleasures. Good food, friends, family, working in the garden, making a list of things to do, a good story, or a nice long walk. They get excited by Gnomish energy and enthusiasm. Then they get tired. Why make life more complex than it already is? Ah well... as long as no one gets hurt, Gnomes will be Gnomes!

Because they tend to acknowledge the strengths of others, what Hobbits lack in stature, they more than make up for in common sense. Hobbits appear, then, to be relentlessly positive about other races, sometimes to the point of seeming Pollyanna and naive. Even their Gnomish kin make jokes, but, while other races believe the jokes, Gnomes have long known not to underestimate the real power of Hobbitish decency.

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