How fantasy races work

This is a silly post riffing off of Angus McThag, who is also interested in fantasy and roleplaying games.

Start with the basic premise. You have humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, and orcs considered "playable races" (though orcs are often excluded from being playable). You then have interbreeding: half-orcs and half-elves.

Angus speculated: what if humans are what you get when elves and orcs interbreed? The combined mismash of genes then becomes dominant, so you get humans forever after, unless a fresh influx of elven or orcish blood produces a half-elf or half-orc (really, a quarter-orc or quarter-elf).

This provides the perfect opportunity for me to produce a related thought. What is a halfling? Half of what? Half of a human? How exactly does that work, and what would a human have to interbreed with to produce a halfling?


Halflings are obviously half-dwarf, half-gnome.

This entry was published Tue Jan 08 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-01-08 07:47:30.0. [Tweet]

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