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Elfling

Elflings, or luathaigh, are often perceived as dark fey due to their curiosity and capriciousness—but they are neither. They do maintain a deep connection to the fey, praying to the Seelie and Unseelie courts for guidance and strength. Most races call them elflings due to their diminutive size, thinking they are merely hybrid elves and halflings. The truth is more complex in that the so-called elflings are a melting pot of fey races.

Deceptive Appearance

The luathaigh appear to be diminutive elves, with exaggerated ears and vulpine features. They stand three to four feet tall and are sometimes mistaken for thin halflings, a point of contention for these proud fey-blooded elves. They often contend they are much taller, though, in truth, they are roughly the same size or slightly smaller than halflings. They have a definite advantage when impersonating halflings.

Feyborn and Fair

Some bear the beauty of the elves and their grace. Others enjoy the charisma and luck of the halflings. Others have more pronounced fey features, such as mouths that seem to be perpetually smirking or smiling at some joke only they know about or eyes that seem to twinkle visibly.

But it is well known that the Luathaigh are deeply connected to the fey, and despite their capricious nature, loved and respected deeply by the elves overall.

Keen-Eyed and Fleet of Foot

Elflings tend to serve the elves as spies and scouts. Few opponents ever know the elflings are watching them, and rumors of forest spirits are often attributed to the silent watchers. The fastest among them serve as runners, communicating from outpost to outpost, rapidly outpacing intruders and allowing the elves to prepare for any intruders.

The “elflings,” as they are commonly known, are generally good-natured and likable. Some of the more dour races find their hijinks and chaotic natures entirely too much to handle. Those that do befriend them find an eternal friend, despite their capricious natures.

Traits

No elfling is alike, each carrying often-distinct traits and abilities of other numerous elven or more surprising fey bloodlines. Elflings do not have variants; their ancestry is so diverse and mixed that no two are similar enough.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Charisma by 1.

Alignment. Neutral

Speed. Elflings have a movement rate of 30 feet.

Language(s). You can speak, read, and write Common, Elven, and Sylvan.

Type. Elflings are fey with the elf and halfling subtypes. You are considered elf, fey, and halfling for the purpose of qualifying for abilities regarding race.

Senses. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Keen Senses. Elflings are proficient in the Perception skill.

Shifty. Elflings have a reputation for larceny and guile—and sometimes it’s well deserved. Elflings gain proficiency in the Deception and Sleight of Hand skills.

Fey Ancestry. Elflings are immune to magic sleep effects and have advantage on all saves against enchantment magic.

Fey Luck. Once per long rest, the elfling may reroll any failed attack, save or skill check.

d4 Elfling Quirks
1 You hold great superstitions of the forests and warn your friends of the great dangers whenever you see those lands.
2 You leave offerings for hags, whom you respect and treat as keepers of ancient wisdom.
3 You speak an odd sylvan dialect of tongue clicking that others find bizarre.
4 You have a new hobby every week. It seems to consume your life until you get bored and pick up the next one.
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