Arthe Dale Tale
Halflings of Riverhaven
Halfling Alliance with River Elves (The Elven Folk)
River Elves - Perhaps the most curious of the Elven people, the River Elves
roam over the waters of Elanthia on the backs of great boats and skiffs.
Sometimes called the "Floaters", their Elven name means "Wayward
Flowers on the Cool Currents". River Elves are great traders, but are often
mercurial and not fond of worldly things such as war and politics. Their
allies are, oddly enough, the Halflings, who share their free-spirited heart.
Wiry and thin, River Elves have darkened skin and sandy blonde hair. Often seen wearing the takbahn (a type of straw hat designed so the wind will not sweep it from their brow), the Floaters do not wear shoes often, and a River Elf is lucky to touch down on land for more than an hour in his or her long life. They tend to be shorter than other Elves, which has been speculated to be the cause of too much fish in their diet. Untrue to popular belief, River Elves do not have gills or fins.
River Elves are good friends with the merfolk. A ship crafted by a River Elf is a masterpiece of Elven workmanship; to be given one as a gift is as great an honor as a suit of armor from the Mountain King. River Elves are the only species on Elanthia who know what lies on the other side of the great white and blue waves.
Their current leader is an Elven woman named Truly T'neir, granddaughter of the Two's fourth child, Rili'ki.
Role in Elven-Human Wars (An Account of the Elven Human War)
It was soon learned that the forces of the now falsely named Elven-Human Wars were equally matched. While the Human side had far more brawn and manpower with its Dwarven and Gor allies, the Elven side had unmatched magics with the S'kra, and foresight and war counsel from the Moon Mages of the Eloths. Halflings were hired as scouts or spies, and the small folk took coins from both sides since, in their opinion, neither side deserved any form of respect.
Origin Myth (Origins of the Realms)
Elanthia was a mass of fire and ice, vapor and seas, from which the Immortals fashioned continents to shelter and provide succor for the First Beings, low creatures of all ilk. From the First Beings came the races. From those with scales that crawled or slithered upon their bellies through swamp and desert came the S'Kra Mur; from the brutes who walked bent over upon their knuckles in savanna and upland were descended the Gor'Tog; from those small, furry, clever creatures that darted among the roots of trees, the green glades and the bases of rocks came the Halflings; from the strong, stout beings that supported the very ground itself upon their backs and dwelt in the maw beneath the earth, came the Dwarves; from the sturdy, crafty beasts of the fields and plains came the Humans; from the blithe beings that mastered the currents of air and water in wildwood and cascading rill, came the Elves, and from the pure thought and will of the Immortals themselves, came the Ethloeans.
Arthe Dale Politics: Democracy (A Brief History of Alchemy)
The governmental structure of Trefan Maug is exceptional. It would be called democratic in the sense that Arthe Dale is democratic, save that S'kra Mur maintain equality of formal community control out of a sense of suspicion rather than idealism. The village is ruled by a Council of Three universally elected officials known as the Tys Arna'grah, or 3 Watchers of the Rock. Every 3 months in rotation one of the Arna'grah also bears the title Poho'Danath, or Anointed Groundfather. The Poho'Danath can break voting ties between the other 2 Arna'grah, but otherwise has no special powers. Most decisions in any case are made by the community at large, general consensus being formally announced by the Tys Arna'grah. To do otherwise and counter the prevailing will is to risk loss-of-face, lra'tnah.
"There is a saying among Halflings. Do not look a gift dragon in the mouth." --Lanival the Redeemer (Human Histories - Lanival's Tale)
Our Place in Elanthia: Lanival's Promise (Human Histories - Lanival's Tale)
With the end of the war, Lanival began to divide the lands amongst their peoples. In the center of what had been the former Empire he established the city called The Crossing, where -- mid-war -- he and his soldiers had captured the Segoltha. To the Elves and Elotheans he left the ancient Ilithi lands -- and the Spine of the World Dragon Mountains -- and to the Humans he bequeathed all of Zoluren. Therengia became home to a line of Barons, and the remaining two realms he left to the S'kra, Dwarves, and 'Togs. The Halflings, ever the wayward types, requested that all lands be their lands, and Lanival ensured this.
Ka'len "The Sea Drake": Lanival's right hand maritime warlord (see Ka'len)
Baraliban... "As gracious as Baraliban"
From the book, "Dwarven Expressions" by Rirl Threwsvadh:
When it came time for the Seven-Pointed Star to be formed by Verek and his council, they wanted... needed, I should say, for the Dwarves to join up. But the Dwarves at that time were hesitant. They had suffered greatly by getting involved in the affairs of others during the Elven-Human War, some of them had even been warred upon by the chieftain Akroeg -- they were not eager to involve themselves further. But, the Dwarves formed a delegation, and sent it to meet with Verek's council and members of the other races. This delegation was led by the famous Taratochs the Wide-Armed, a heroine of the Elven- Human War.
Initially, the Dwarves found the idea of the Empire to be foolishness, and they resisted quite thoroughly, with all the force that Taratochs had used to cleave Elven skulls during the battles. The other racial delegations were furious, as were most of Verek's council... except for one man. Baraliban, a member of that council, Baraliban the Halfling. While others screamed bitter words and shook fists, Baraliban got up and stood upon the oak table. All fell silent as he spoke, addressing the Dwarves, pleading with them to join the Empire and work towards the unity and peace. When he was finished, he bowed low to the Dwarves, got down, and sat upon his seat again.
This is accounted a matter of disarming politeness by the attending Dwarves, who communicate the anecdote back home. In subsequent years it becomes a common Dwarven catchphrase to describe other people and things.
"Halfling" as a unit of measurement (Arthimur's Guide to Human Cuisine)
ex. 1 Halfling spoon of salt
One would guess "Halfling" here means smaller spoon, like a teaspoon compares to a tablespoon.
Elanthian Calendar (full text)
Ka'len, called the Sea Drake, gives his name to the second month. A great sailor he was and therefore it is appropriate that this month, at the end of which the sailing season begins, is named after him.
Dolefaren, the brigantine of Ka'len, gives its name to the ninth month, for it was in this month that the ship and her captain slipped down through the icy waves as the lands of Elanthia fall into the chill of winter's grip.