Peoples of Tòlanar #17: Saradwà (Western Halflings)

SARADWÀ (Western Halflings)


This subrace of halflings is not so common as the Malòim but exists in significant numbers in the of temperate woodlands of their homeland. Averaging a little over 4′ in height, Saradwàs are slender and light-boned, weighing little more than the average Malòim. They wear their hair long, often topped by a small brightly-colored cap.

Male and female Saradwà scouts.
Male and female Saradwà scouts.

The longest-lived of all halfling subraces, Saradwàs have an average life expectancy of 180 years, with the eldest exceeding 250 years. Like the Malòim, Saradwàs shun footwear. Their characteristic foot-fur is somewhat sparser and finer than that of their cousins.

Saradwàs favor woodland shades of brown, yellow, and green and have developed several vibrant shades of the latter color through unique dyes. They enjoy the company of elves, and where a Saradwà village is found near a a population of that sylvan folk, a flourishing trade usually exists between the two peoples.

Saradwàs are the halflings most closely integrated into human society. They will work for human employers or hire human laborers, and many a Saradwà merchant has made his or her fortune by appealing to the human elite of a city’s population. While they will dwell in buildings in human neighborhoods, Saradwàs do prefer to live among others of their own kind. Preferring to live above ground, Saradwàs often dwell in spacious houses of wood, with many windows. Indeed, the ceiling of a Saradwà house will typically be nearly 6′ above the floor! Though the house will often have a cellar, this will be used primarily for storage. However, during days of hot summer Saradwàs will often retire to their underground chambers for a long evening’s conversation and sleep.

Saradwàs display the greatest affinity toward working with wood of any halfling. They make splendid carpenters (often building boats or wagons for human customers), as well as loggers, carvers, pipesmiths, musicians, shepherds, liverymen, dairymen, cheese-makers, hunters, and scouts. They are good farmers, although not as good as the Malòim, and more adept than any other people at harvesting natural bounties of berries, nuts, roots, and wild grains.

The only halflings who enjoy much proficiency at riding, Saradwàs favor small ponies. Indeed, many unique breeds of diminutive horse have been bred among Saradwà clans: fast, shaggy-maned, nimble mounts with great endurance. In a charge, of course, they lack the impact of a human-mounted warhorse; nonetheless, Saradwà companies have served admirably as light lancers and horsearchers during many a hard-fought campaign.

Saradwà Lands
Saradwà Lands

On foot, Saradwàs wield spears with rare skill. They are adept at forming bristling `porcupine’ formations with these weapons, creating such a menacing array that horses and footmen alike are deterred from attacking. This is one of the few halfling formations capable of standing toe-to-toe with a larger opponent in the open field.

Saradwà characters have the following game-specific (3.5) characteristics.

  • Stat Adjustments: +2 Dexterity, –2 Strength.
  • Size: Small (As a Small creature, a Saradwà gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but she uses smaller weapons than humans use, and her lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character).
  • Movement: Saradwà base land speed is 20 feet.
  • Saving Throws: Saradwà get a +1 racial bonus on all saving throws. They also get a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against fear, which with the Saradwà’s +1 bonus on saving throws in general).
  • Weapon Bonus: Saradwà get a +1 racial bonus on attack rolls with spears and slings.
  • Skill Bonuses: Saradwà get a +2 racial bonus on Search, Spot, and Listen checks. Like an elf, a Saradwà who merely passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door is entitled to a Search check as though actively looking for it.
  • Favored Class: Rogue.   Level Adjustment: +0

Based on the Tallfellow Halfling article on the D&D Wiki and in the Complete Handbook of Gnomes and Halflings (PHBR 9).

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