Black Spire III: A Twisted King
In the Shadow of Men
The halflings, much like humans, are foreign to these lands. They once shared a homeland with their big cousins, and it is said that in this past age, they were treated as equals – but since the establishment of the Alkerathi Kingdoms, halflings have frequently been distrusted and labeled as thieves.
In the days of The Alkerathi Empire, halflings were settling the land alongside Men. They were commonly scouts, pilgrims and explorers on the frontier, surveying their new homeland with gusto. They delved into The Greenwood and many were able to diplomatically reason with the wood elves, tying important connections for the coming humans – some even stayed there, forming groups of elusive “wood halflings” and – it is said – interbreeding with the elves. Unfortunately, their eagerness to live on the frontier cut them off from the politics in the Alkerathi capital, and they were slowly disenfranchised over the years. Nobody represented the halflings in the Imperial court, and when the Empire collapsed and civil war broke out, the halflings found themselves without an army.
Today, halflings frequently live in communities of their own on the outskirts of the Alkerathi Kingdoms. They still have a bad reputation among Men, probably because many of them were forced to subsist on stealing and looting during the aftermath of the war.