Legends in Isaldor
This isn’t 1954. You are not reading a regurgitation of “The Hobbit.” In Isaldor, halflings are the gifted “doo-it-yourself”-ers of settling. One does not simply stumble upon a halfling settlement, either. They are notoriously difficult to notice. Halflings have grown communities within other civilized communities, but have gone all but completely unnoticed. In cities, they live underfoot. In the country, they could hide an entire village on a single abandoned farm.
Halflings are industrious and very simple in lifestyle. They often shun the use of impractical tools and “forage” for better ones. They are inscrutable thieves by nature, but they do not see taking from the “tall-folk” to be a crime, since they have a habit of returning items in a better condition than when they “borrowed” them. Also, they are not opposed to leaving some form of payment in place of their “borrowing” if they don’t plan on returning the item. They are not well-liked by rural farmers because well… the thefts are more noticeable. In cities, they are liked for their fastidious cleanliness. In exchange for being able to pick through refuse, a community of halflings will clean the homes of their hosts, stitch their clothes, do their laundry, and even reload mousetraps. They require little, but serve so well in return. This symbiotic relationship extends to most of the civilized peoples, but is centralized around human towns, as humans are the most open to them. They are often mistreated by many other cultures, but they don’t really seem to mind anything short of physical abuse and outright oppression.
Halflings are believed by some cultures to not have a language of their own, although it is thought by scholars that halflings are the reason that there is a common language at all. No one knows just how many halflings there are in the world, but their origins are not a mystery.
Halflings are the product of faerie creatures known as Brownies, and the first gnomes. The small-folk have lost whatever magical heritage they had from their faerie cousins. Instead, they have honed their ability to be lucky… if that was at all possible. Not many people believe it, but halflings definitely have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.