There are a variety of races to choose from when you start making a character in 5th edition, but the Halfling seems to be underutilized (in my opinion). Their diminutive size can be easily overlooked (see what I did there), but you should not discount them. Here are some reasons to have your next character be a Halfling.
1. They are Genuine
They are what they seem, and they seem awesome and agreeable. In a campaign with new relationships, mistrust and hesitancy will be a natural occurrence. But, incorporating a character where others know where they stand is a great asset. Through their nature you are able to have a sounding board for other characters in the campaign. Perhaps they will even have some charismatic bent to unite the group, but even if they don’t, everyone can have an ally.
2. They Like You; They Really Like You
Even when the other player characters can easily be annoyed by the little ones with them, a Halfling still likes THEM. “Look over there at that surly, sarcastic Dwarf! Oh! Him! I love how he speaks clearly what is on his mind and is he ever funny!” But this loving nature doesn’t just stay with people. They love everything. Food, company, adventure, home-life, new experiences, and everything else you can name all top the list of favourites. They are the epitome of eyes full of wonder. You will see your new area and new situations with fresh perspective.
3. They are Underestimated
Though not the biggest and most imposing races, they have skills that can be useful in a campaign. Due to the fact that they are underestimated, they can be an unknown foe when facing off against ruffians you may encounter. Keeping people off guard is never a bad strategy.
4. Lucky, Little Things
I am so glad that 5th has incorporated the lucky trait into halfling life. Somehow, they make less epic blunders than anyone else. Epic rolls of 1, can be the difference between some total-party-wipes and the thwarting of many monsters. This can be a game-changer. This along with their extra dextrous small size, means that you can often send the Halfling into situations where others just cannot go.
5. Lightfoot or Stout
5th gives you the ability to slightly alter some stats depending on your sub-race. Want to be slightly sneakier and charismatic, then the Lightfoot should fit your ideal. More interested in a hearty character, then the tougher Stout option is for you.
Add on a class, and your new shiny Halfling is ready to take for a spin. Try it out, you may fall in love.
This article was written by Vanessa who is a sarcastic, 30-something wife and mother. She likes things and stuff, but not simultaneously. When she isn’t involved in things and stuff, she teaches middle school science, math, art, and other random subjects. She loves new teenagers in action. They make her laugh and shake her head and her world is much better with laughter. She thinks everyone should be roleplaying. She is also trying out this new twitter handle at @sarasma_nessa
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