Half Elf

Walking in two worlds but truly belonging to neither, half-elves combine what some say are the best qualities of their elf and human parents: human curiosity, inventiveness, and ambition tempered by the refined senses, love of nature, and artistic tastes of the elves. Some half-elves live among humans, set apart by their emotional and physical differences, watching friends and loved ones age while time barely touches them. Others live with the elves, growing restless as they reach adulthood in the timeless elven realms, while their peers continue to live as children. Many half-elves, unable to fit into either society, choose lives of solitary wandering or join with other misfits and outcasts in the adventuring life.

Half-elf Traits

  • Ability Score Increases: Your Charisma score increase by 2, and two other ability scores of your choice each increase by 1.
  • Age: Half-eves age at much the same rate as humans, reaching adulthood at the age of 20. They live much longer than humans, however, often exceeding 180 years.
  • Alignment: Half-elves share the chaotic bent of their elven heritage. They both value personal freedom and creative expression, demonstrating neither love of leaders nor desire for followers. They chafe at rules, resent others' demands, and sometimes prove unreliable, or at least unpredictable. They are good and evil in equal numbers, a trait they share with their human parents.
  • Size: Half-elves are more or less the same size as humans, ranging from 5 to 6 feet tall. Your size is Medium. Weight approximately 120 lbs
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  • Darkvision: Thanks to your elven heritage, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. 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.
  • Fey Ancestry: You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
  • Skill Versatility: You gain proficiency in two skills of your choice.
  • Languages: You can read, speak, and write Common, Elven, and one language of your choice.

Variants

Some half-elves take after their elven parent more than their human parent. Such half-elves may take one of the following traits in place of the Skill Versatility trait.

  • Elf Weapon Training (High Elf or Wood Elf): You have proficiency with the longsword, shortsword, shortbow, and longbow.
  • Cantrip (High Elf): You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard list. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.
  • Fleet of Foot (Wood Elf): Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.
  • Mask of the Wild (Wood Elf): You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain, falling snow, mist, and other natural phenomena.
  • Drow Magic (Dark Elf): You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast faerie fire once, and it recharges after a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast darkness once, and it recharges after a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
  • Swim Speed (Sea Elf): You have a swimming speed of 30 feet.

EXCELLENT AMBASSADORS
Many half-elves learn at an early age to get along with everyone, defusing hostility and finding common ground. As a race, they have elven grace without elven aloofness and human energy without human boorishness. They often make excellent ambassadors and go betweens (except between elves and humans, since each side suspects the half-elf of favoring the other).

Additional Information

OF TWO WORLDS

To humans, half-elves look like elves, and to elves, they look human. In height, they're on par with both parents, though they're neither as slender as elves nor as broad as humans. They range from under 5 feet to about 6 feet tall, and from 100 to 180 pounds, with men only slightly taller and heavier than women. Half-elf men do have facial hair, and sometimes grow beards to mark their elven ancestry. Half-elven coloration and features lie somewhere between their human and elf parents, and thus sh'ow a variety even more pronounced than that found among either race. They tend to have the eyes of their elven parents.

DIPLOMATS OR WANDERERS

Half-elves have no lands of their own, though they are welcome in human cities and somewhat less welcome in elven forests. In large cities in regions where elves and humans interact often, half-elves are sometimes numerous enough to form small communities of their own. They enjoy the company of other half-elves, the only people who truly understand what it is to live between these two worlds.
In most parts of the world. though, half-elves are uncommon enough that one might live for years without meeting another. Some half-elves prefer to avoid company altogether, wandering the wilds as trappers, foresters, hunters, or adventurers and visiting civilization only rarely. Like elves, they are driven by the wanderlust that comes of their longevity. Others, in contrast, throw themselves into the thick of society, putting their charisma and social skills to great use in diplomatic roles or as swindlers.

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