Half-Eladrin (4e Race)
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|By Matt Wilson|
Heroes born of humans and eladrin who possess an innate talent for command and deceit alike.
|Average Height: 5'5 – 6'2|
|Average Weight: 130 – 200 lbs|
|Ability Scores: +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma or Dexterity|
|Speed: 6 squares squares|
|Vision: Low-light vision|
|Languages: Common, Elven|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Bluff, +2 Insight|
|Natural Skill: You are trained in one additional skill of your choice|
|Dual Heritage: You can take feats that have either eladrin or human as a prerequisite (as well as those specifically for half-eladrin) as long as you meet any other requirements.|
|Fey Ancestry: You gain a moderate racial bonus to saving throws against charm effects.|
|Trance: Rather than sleep, eladrin enter a meditative state known as trance. You need to spend 4 hours in this state to gain the same benefits other races gain from taking a 6-hour extended rest. While in a trance, you are fully aware of your surroundings and notice approaching enemies and other events as normal.|
|Mixed Vitality: You can use tenacity as a daily power.|
|Tenacity||Half-Eladrin Racial Power|
|The blood within you is from stubborn warriors, which means you don't give up either.|
|Trigger: You are dropped to 0 hit points or fewer|
|Effect: You can expend a healing surge (if you have any).|
The children of humans and eladrin, half-eladrin are a race more rare than their half-elf counterparts but no less important.
Play a half-eladrin if you want…
- to be a cunning and agile-minded warrior
- to be a charming and alluring leader who draws others to them
- to be a member of a race that favors the Wizard, warlock, or warlord classes
Half-eladrin are about the same height as full-blooded eladrin but possess greater muscle mass generally speaking. Compared to humans they are rather slim, though not as much as an eladrin or elf would be. A half-eladrin typically takes after their human parent in skin complexion, though fairer from the eladrin influence on the bloodline. Half-eladrin eyes and hair are however often of a variety uncommon to humans, though seen frequently amongst eladrin. Like humans, half-eladrin males can grow facial hair, though they are less likely to do so than half-elves. Half-eladrin generally wear what is typical for the culture they were raised in. For a half-eladrin raised among humans that can be just about anything. Half-eladrin raised amongst full-blood eladrin however tend to favor the same loose, elaborate robes that are favored amongst eladrin. Some half-eladrin prefer to gather items from both cultures, either out of a desire for variety or a sense of belonging to both races.
Half-eladrin lifespans are equal to those expected amongst half-elves, slightly longer than that of a human. Like half-elves, eladrin, and elves, half-eladrin do not age substantially as they approach death, remaining spry even as they near their mortal end.
Attitudes and Beliefs
Half-eladrin share a similar situation with their eladrin ancestors. They straddle the line between fey and human. Born of a union between the two, they see themselves as mixed and have a hard time fitting in with either. Pureblood fey like elves and pure eladrin see them as second class. They usually fit in better with humans, but their unnatural charisma, intelligence and grace sometimes leaves them isolated like odd pariahs. They find themselves most comfortable thus with beings like half-elves or other beings of mixed ancestry. This has culminated a hatred in some of pureblood creatures.
Most half-eladrin grow up with their human parent in human society. They often venture off when they find themselves displeased with how they fit in or don't fit in. As their mental and physical grace is enviable, sometimes this means young half-eladrin are subjects of spite from humans. For the few who grow up in fey communities, they are usually seen as underperforming compared to true fey grace and wit, and more bulky than the usual fey litheness. Thus, most never stay with one or the other, instead going out into the world to seek a place where they, as half-breeds, can belong.
Three sample Half-Eladrin adventurers are described below.
Leshanna is a half-eladrin warlock whose charisma draws others to her in spite of her dark connections. Leshanna has made pacts with infernal spirits, granting her magical powers that exceed those of many lesser individuals. Leshanna is most at home amongst her human family, though she has lived with both sides of her heritage at various points in time and her parents remain together. Unlike man half-eladrin Leshanna does not think about her mixed heritage, to her its just another mundane facet of an otherwise interesting life.
Soveliss is a half-eladrin warlord who lives in a duchy in which humans and eladrin live side by side. Far from an abnormality Soveliss is actually something of an expected occurrence and many half-eladrin in his land have half-eladrin parents themselves. Soveliss is one of them and both of his parents are also half-eladrin. In this cosmopolitan and open-minded culture Soveliss thrived, rising through the ranks of its revered military to become an officer. Soveliss leads his soldiers into battle with the intelligence of a human and the grace of an eladrin, betraying both sides of his mixed heritage in a land where such qualities are considered the norm.
Baelfir is a half-eladrin wizard with a big chip on his shoulder. Raised in a human village, he was sometimes bullied for his talent in charisma and wit. As a result, he took to learning magic in that he would better defend himself from those kinds of people again. This sentiment grew up with him, until he culminated a slight hatred for humans in his heart. He went to study in elven academies and for once found himself the least of a group. Nursing his wounded pride, he now trains in magical arts in earnest so that he might best both human and fey once and for all.
Roleplaying a Half-Eladrin
When creating a Half-Eladrin adventurer, here are a few points to consider.
Versatile. Half-eladrin, like all true half-breeds, are more than just a random combination of their two heritages. While they are indeed ambitious and versatile like humans as well as possessing some of the sense and flexibility of their eladrin ancestors a half-eladrin also possesses a little more. Amongst both humans and eladrin they possess a personal presence that is uncommon, drawing attention and serving well as leaders or con men.
Sneaky. Half-eladrin, much like half-elves, like to be around other people though unlike half-elves they tend to be more deceitful and suspicious than either of their two ancestral bloodlines would merit. All the same a half-eladrin, regardless of their motives, can draw others to them like a beacon of light around which others rally. As such half-eladrin often make excellent officers or thieves, depending on their morality.
Realistic. Half-eladrin are often of a grimmer and more contemplative nature than half-elves or humans but possess none of the distant and aloof nature that separates eladrin from other races. Instead, half-eladrin eagerly seek out members of most other races as potential allies, though they may be less inclined to ally themselves with a half-orc than they would a dwarf or halfling. Nor do half-eladrin generally trust tieflings, though they are known to make exceptions.
Pertinacious. Their varied upbringing usually brings out this nature of half-eladrin most attribute to humans. When in the face of hardship or adversity, half-eladrin may be pragmatic, but they sure as hell will not give up if the stakes are high. This makes them valuable allies, as they will lay their life on the line for others. Sometimes it makes them rather inspiring figures on the battlefield.
Half-Eladrin Characteristics: Adaptable, alluring, ambitious, bold, deliberate, friendly, graceful, open-minded, tenacious
Half-Eladrin Names: Typically eladrin or human names, though some half-eladrin have names more typical of other races.