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Fantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by Tyshea Fantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by Tyshea
WOW THIS TOOK LIKE TWO WEEKS? Well maybe more like 4 days overall, since I only worked on them over the weekends.

I'll probably be making more (as well as environments and creatures), but first I wanted to explore the races I had in mind for the world me and *Ai-Bee are building for this.
This project is currently unnamed, but it's something I've wanted to do ever since I was in middle school.

A lot of High Fantasy is very overdone and all the designs are inbred, so as a kid I wanted to see a fantasy world that was more diverse, but used a lot of familiar things from the genre.
I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway.
(sorry any Tolkien/D&D-die-hards, this project probably isn't for you)

I reference a lot of cultures and plan to mix them with more typical fantasy elements, but if anyone who belongs to the cultures that inspired me, by all means please let me know if I've done anything seriously wrong or offensive and I will look into it and fix it as best as I can. And yes, I know where the names I'm using came from.

No body shaming will be tolerated. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)

So without any further ado, here is some thought-vomit on each of the races and sub-races!


    Dwarves: Infamous for pillaging and pirating, these stout, powerful warriors are dignified sailors, hunters, and musicians. They typically live in small villages within a larger clan, where younglings are promoted to either apprentice under their parents’ occupation or become warriors. As a customary coming of age ceremony, young Dwarves are often taken on big “Hunts” where they find and slay giant monsters from the neighboring seas or woodlands, which they bring home for tanning and food. Though in-fighting is common among the clans, the Dwarves are surprisingly friendly with most other races. However, they once had wonderful relations with the Goblins before the slave trade began in the West, so they tend to dislike most of the other Western races.
    Inspirations and notes: Viking/Nordic and Celtic cultures. Thick, muscular bodies, tallest Halfling race. Lion-inspired hair and tails. North European features

    Gnomes: Professional, fast-paced, and ambitious, the Gnomes are straight-forward and business-minded, known for their amazing inventions, clockwork, and weapons market. They hold technological advancement in the highest regard, working in a closely-knit society dedicated to the next scientific break-through. Because of their work-oriented lives, families are rarely heard of and children are usually raised by caretakers (usually Goblins) rather than birth-parents. While Goblin-rights are slowly making progress in their society, Gnomes are still the worst perpetrators of low-income employment. Their industries can be rather cutthroat and dog-eat-dog, but to them, that’s the excitement of life.
    Inspirations and notes: Renaissance era Italian culture and clockpunk. Portly, fluffy bodies. Kangaroo rat ears and tail. Mediterranean/Slavic features

    Fae: Elusive and mysterious, the Fae are a very secretive, almost cultish, people who live deep within the forest-marshes of the East. They value mortal humility and discipline, believing the acknowledgement of weakness is the first step to enlightenment. Most of their society is religious, congregating around monasteries grown out of the tree roots. Their religion has spread throughout the East, influencing the Garuda most, who they see as students or a sibling-culture for them to guide— though they are very picky about the ones they allow into their haven. They are very in-tune with nature and magic, and shun many of the other races. As a result, they’re not very well-known for anything, and most knowledge of them is actually hearsay.
    Inspirations and notes: Ancient Inca culture. Petite, short, and thin; deer tails. Central to South American features.

    Kobolds: Known as some of the most beautiful people in the south, the Kobolds are a collection of small tribes and villages that populate the Southern Plains. A simple people, they are generally peaceful and light-hearted among their own communities, but can be defensive and closed-off to outsiders. They don’t interact much with Giants and Djinni who live in the neighboring Great Desert, but they do trade frequently with the the Gorgons; having very good relations with their culture. Kobolds are amazing hunters and pride themselves in their pelts, animal ornamentation, jewelry, and basket-weaving. Their lifestyle is fairly simple, led by village elders, witch doctors, and mystical seers. Though not particularly religious, their superstitions and faith in their spiritual leaders often go unquestioned.
    Inspirations and notes: Himba culture, with a mix of general southern African cultures. Muscular, short, jackal ears and tail. South African features.

The other races:

To see more of this world, please visit this gallery!
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XNarakonaroX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
That girl beard though... <3
Tyshea Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D :D :D
XNarakonaroX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
ksj7700 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also like how they all have different animal features!
Tyshea Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
ksj7700 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
ksj7700 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the east fae are my favorites! I love that they are influenced by the inca culture!
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I love how you took the fact that Tolkien made Dwarves and Hobbits really hairy and turned all halflings into superhairy people with animal features, that's unique idea, but makes sense based on the generic dwarves and halflings copied from Tolkien without any further thought.

You took the Dwarves back to their Scandinavian roots, but because most of my exposure to Dwarves has been Tolkien they kind of feel un-dwarf-like because they are so different, but maybe that's the good thing, since at least they aren't yet another generic copy from Tolkien. I like how they are so muscular, but with a healthy layer of fat over it all. They have bodybuilds like weight-lifters, which is what I imagine Tolkien Dwarves to have as well, so the similarity helps me to accept them as Dwarves. I really like the way their arms have bodyhair, it's interesting and does actually remind me of the shape of lions legs, which combined with the other lion inspired features just makes it clearer.

I love the way the Gnomes look like and the Italian Renaissance inspiration, but I have always disliked this Gnomes=Mechanical skills thing going on with most fantasy settings, mostly because the technological skills would make more sense for the typical Dwarves who almost always are smiths and craftsmen. I guess I would have easier time accepting this since your Dwarves aren't like that, but because this type of characterization is pretty common among other fantasy Gnomes, I kind of just feel dissapointed about following the generic route. The shoulder and knee hair is really cute looking and I love the kangaroo ears. I can't really see anything kangaroo-like about the tails, since my first association with tails like that is some kind of feline or maybe a tailed primate, but maybe there is some kangaroo that doesn't have the typical thick and huge tail for balancing.

I love the Fae culture and the way they look like, but I'm kind of annoyed that all of the Eastern people are so slender compared to the other people of same races. I mean if they were actually able to breed together and all that, I could see all eastern people being slim and often shorter than the rest of the world, but because you have noted that the subraces might not even be able to breed together let alone being able to breed outside their own race, kind of makes it weird that all the slender people would have developed in the same region.

Kobolds are kind of like Hobbits, but adjusted to suit African cultures, since there are lot of similarities to Tolkiens characterization of them as a culture, but there are enough differences for me to enjoy. Especially since often now days halflings end up being pretty unlike Tolkien Hobbits apart from being the token short race. I also like the Hobbit like hair on their feet and that you also gave similar hair to the backs of their hands. They also actually look beautiful like you describe them as, and they would seem more attractive to cultures outside the south, since Giants and Gorgons are pretty muscular and don't nessecarily fit all cultures perceptions of beauty, and they have normal skintones, unlike the Djinni and Gorgons. Does the Kobold woman have small beard under her lip? It looks like she does, but it could also be makeup.

I will comment on the Elves one day.
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, my Dwarves are a bit of a departure from typical ones, since I wanted to make them more warrior-like, rather than miners and craftsmen. They still have those occupations, of course, but as a culture I thought it'd be cool to make them more like Vikings. It's why I ended up giving that to the Gnomes, even if it was a little stereotypical :XD: d'oh. But ah, they're based on Kangaroo RATS, not just kangaroos, sorry for the misunderstanding!

The Fae were actually drawn thin because they're based on fairies. I always wanted to include fairies into a high fantasy world as something more tangible, and since they're usually miniature, I thought making them halflings would be really fitting. Never noticed that all the Eastern races were thin until now, ugh, thank you very much for pointing that out.

Kobolds are the Hobbit equivalent, yes! Good catch again :D The Kobold woman does in fact have a small beard!

And no rush on commenting on the Elves, I'm honestly so happy that you took the time to offer such generous comments as it is! Thanks again!
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
At least the dwarves=vikings thing makes sense, since Tolkien was inspired by Scandinavian mythology, when he created his versions, so it's like you went to the roots of the dwarves and figured out another way for them to turn out based on that. Most people tend to make dwarves Scottish for some reason.
Gnomes are kind of stereotypical crafts men and all, but at least you had some reason beond everyone else makes Gnomes like this, so I must copy it for my Gnomes, even if there is nothing else similar about them. Kangaroo rats are so cute and the tails make much more sense now that I have seen a kangaroo rat. :D

I do like the idea of making fairies more halfling sized, since it does make some sense, since aren't the Brittish Fae supposed to be human sized and look very human like in all the ways and only later on Fae were shrunk to be very tiny little insect people. I kind of noticed the thiness of the eastern races, since they are at the same part in every character sheet, so there are the more muscular/round people and the second from left are really thin and often very short. :D

Kobolds feel like very good intereptation of Hobbits, since the fundamental aspects of the culture have been maintained, but you changed the Brittish country side people into being based on African people who due to very different environment would have very different lives. The Kobold woman and her little beard are very cute. :)

I love commenting on peoples works and any one who manages to make medieval fantasy settings be less white deserves praise for it. As well for the fact that they incorporate large variety of cultures, but manage to still make their own intereptations of them.
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