Half-elves are a hybrid race, the product of human and elven parents. There is no general rule for their conception; they are as likely to be born from congress between an elven woman and a human male as by an elven male's interference with a human woman. The issue of any such union is a person who shows some traits from each race, but fully belongs to neither - a fate universal to all hybridized individuals.
Half-elves tend to show the physical build of the human parent, but this is not always the case. They range widely from 60 to 75 inches in height, weigh between 600 and 1,100 stone, and have a natural lifespan of some 400 years or more.
At times they can pass as fully human or fully elven, but they can almost always be spotted by the trained observer by a blend of features which is common to neither race. Even when they are small in stature, they have ordinary human proportions and lack the elongated arms, legs, fingers and toes of an elf.
The character of any given half-elf depends largely upon his or her upbringing, and whether they were chiefly raised in elven or human company. Although they lack the deep and ingrained relationship with living things which elves exhibit, they do seem to commune somewhat with nature, and often express a love of animals or spending time out-of-doors.
They do not display any of the arrogance which one associates with elves, and very rarely show an elven prejudice against other races; the only exception to this rule appears to be full-blooded orcs, whom they instinctively loathe, just as humans and elves do.
View in SocietyEdit
Half-elves are not harshly discriminated against in human nor elven society, but neither are they ever entirely at ease. When they live among elves, their pure-blooded relations rarely greet them as "brother" or "sister", even if they are closely affiliated with the half-elf's elven parent; a half-elf is instead called "cousin," a firm reminder that they are not-entirely-welcome outsiders, and always will be.
Amongst humans they mix freely in society, finding their own way as others do, but their longevity is something of an obstacle to forming lasting attachments.
Half-elves show the same innate magickal quality which one associates with their elven progenitors, although to a lesser degree. They make very fine mages, should they choose to study the Art. They are also not entirely free of an elf's difficulty in mastering the uses of Natural Law, and often find themselves at something of a disadvantage in becoming Technologists; however, this can be easily overcome with concentration and hard work, when the student is properly motivated. In any case, they can hold any sort of profession they desire, and the lack of overt racial prejudice makes them fine barristers, tradesmen and shop-keepers. A great many half-elves also live in rural areas and work as farmers, herdsmen and hunters; with the keen vision and marksmanship afforded by their elven heritage, half-elf hunters and guides are much sought-after.