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For questions about the half-elf, a fictional race found in many fantasy settings. Half-Elves are typically the descendants of both humans and elves. They are frequently depicted as a hybrid of elves and humans in many ways, from their build to their age. Often, they are seen as outsiders by both elves and humans.

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Are half-elves and half-orcs sterile, or can they interbreed with each other(their respective race) like normal races?

I see that humans can interbreed with either orcs or elves in addition to humans, and the offspring is either a half-elf or half-orc. I realized though, that this offspring is very much like a mule, a ...
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Would this character be overpowered? If so, how could I balance him? [closed]

The character is a half-elf (a Fey Wanderer ranger) by physical standards, using half-elf bonuses and all proficiencies except language. (he can speak Common and Draconic) (TL,DR: dragon egg sold to ...
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What variants/alternative options are there for half-elves?

The 3.5e half-elf is underpowered; even WotC admits it. The issue is, I want the Mark of Storm, which is exclusive to the half-elven d’Lyrandar family, one of Eberron’s Dragonmarked Houses. The Least ...
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After a Mark of Detection half-elf casts a spell using the Magical Detection trait, can they cast the trait's other spells before taking a long rest?

The Variant Half-Elf: Mark of Detection, from Eberron: Rising from the Last War p. 40, replaces the PHB half-elf's Skill Versatility trait with several new traits, one of which is the Magical ...
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Mixed race from half-elf and half-dwarf

I'm creating a character and looking for help on how to go about applying racial traits. My character's father is half human, half dwarf and her mother is half-elf. I've only been playing for maybe ...
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Are Half-Elves supposed to have a slender build like Elves, or are they supposed to have a build that's intermediate between Humans and Elves?

The Player's Handbook's weight descriptions for Half-Elves are inconsistent. The Half-Elf section in Chapter 2 (pg. 38) says: They range from under 5 feet to about 6 feet tall, and from 100 to 180 ...
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Is half-orc and half-elf a possiblity?

I'm involved in a home brew where my DM has allowed me to play as a combination of half-orc and half-elf. My character has the stats of a half-orc that simply has a slightly increased lifespan and ...
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Is the offspring of an elf and a half-elf an elf or a half-elf?

If an elf and a half-elf (let's assume the elf and the half-elf's elven parent are of the same subrace, to exclude that complication) were to have a child, would the child be an elf or a half-elf? I ...
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Is there any major mechanical advantage to playing a Drow Elf (full) rather than a Drow Half-Elf?

Looking at racial features, half-elf Drow seem to have all the "best" features of full drow, with none of the downsides. Past the "Drow Weapon Training" trait, is there any major benefit to playing ...
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What does an Aquatic Half-Elf Variant mean?

Though I know this has been addressed somewhat here, here, and here, I am still getting a little confused on what changes come to half-elf variants when it comes to looks, ability differences, and ...
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How to use skill versatility? [closed]

I'm new to D&D and am making my first character. As she is a half-elf bard, I'm given 'skill versatility, which gives proficiency in any two skills. Where and when does this get added and how is ...
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Are half-elves of Birthright immortal?

In Birthright, elves are immortal, like stated in Rulebook, page 7: Cerilian elves are creatures of faerie dust and starlight, gifted with immortality and powers of mind and body beyond those of ...
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How many proficiencies and languages does a noble half-elf Knowledge Domain cleric start with?

I'm starting a new character sheet for a noble half-elf cleric (Knowledge Domain), and I'm just wondering about proficiencies and languages. How many things would I be proficient in, and how many ...
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Do all Half-Elf subraces forgo the Skill Versatility feature?

On D&D Beyond, the Half-Elf page has this structure, and roughly the following content: Half-Elf variants (saying that some variants forego Skill Versatility) Half-Elf traits (showing all ...
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Does the race of half-elves on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

In Eberron, specifically on the continent of Khorvaire, the half-elves have lived on the continent for centuries, to the extent that the majority of half-elves are descended from half-elven parents, ...
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I am confused about making a half-elf that is a drow [duplicate]

I am thinking about making a new character and was wondering what would a half-elf with a drow history act like and if it would have something new. For example, would it have the drow magic trait? Or ...
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How many bardic performances extra does a Half-elf gain?

I am new to Pathfinder and want to make sure I am reading these effects correctly. So a bard gets a number of bardic performances per day as listed here: He can use this ability for a number of ...
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Can a Half-Elf choose the same Ability Score for the +1's of Ability Score Increase?

The Half-Elf has a trait called Ability Score Increase which states: Your Charisma score increases by 2, and two other ability scores of your choice increase by 1. Do these "other ability scores" ...
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History and Lore of Elves

My son has recently started playing D&D 5e and he asked me to play. I played back in the early to mid 80's with the 1st edition. I am really excited to play again but wanted to find out about ...
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To what extent are half-breeds treated as humans?

I went through the first page of an extensive forum from 2010 that asks a similar question and doesn't get an answer. Now that there is more information on the subject, I'd like to know for a build I'...
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Can a Half-Elf have Drow Ancestry?

One of the players in my campaign has created a Half-Elf Ranger and picked The Underdark as his preferred terrain. We are busy fleshing out his background and he is an escaped slave of the Drow. Can ...
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Sleep's hp total and (half-) elf targets

Situation: A Gnome Bard sits in a prison cell, next to her in another cell sits a half-elf Ranger. There is one guard with them in the room, with two or three more in the next room. The Bard casts ...
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Variant Half-Elf: is this meant to be Keen Senses AND another trait?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says: Some half-elves in Faerûn have a racial trait in place of the Skill Versatility trait. If your DM allows it, your half-elf character can forgo Skill ...
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Compatibility of races

Two of the races you're allowed to use in D&D are half-elf and half-orc. My first character was a half-elf. Usually the other half is human but is it possible to have a character who is half-elf ...
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Do half-elves get the abilities of both their races?

In 5e D&D, do half-elves get elf abilities as well as those listed under parent races abilities? For example, elves get +2 Dex, keen senses (proficiency in perception), and trance, dark vision, ...
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Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...
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Dilettante replaced by Encounter-atk replacing feat?

I'm trying to create a Blackguard multiclass-vampire. One of the multiclass-vampire feats called "Thirst for Blood" allows you to "Choose one of your encounter attack powers that has a level. You lose ...
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Can a Half-Elf pass for a Full Human, or a Full Elf, using a disguise kit?

If a half-elf where to disguise himself with a disguise kit, would he be able to change his appearance enough to pass as a full human among humans, or as a full elf among elves? I'm assuming the ...
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Half Dragon applied to Elf - is it a half-elf or an elf?

3.5 - the half dragon template which grants the cool shindigs, applied to an elf. Do I get the racial benefits of being the base elf race, or the half-elf race?
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Definition of 'bent' used in D&D lore [closed]

What is the meaning of bent in this sentence (from the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook 5th edition)? Half-elves share the chaotic bent of their elven heritage. I have tried looking this ...
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I have an Ardent-Battlemind, and I need some ideas for feats

I am playing in 4e, and I had decided to make a level five half-elf Ardent/Battlemind hybrid, with Charisma and Constitution as my top scores. Its main role is defender, with the secondary role of ...
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How do prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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Replacing Dilettante power with a level 13 encounter power

My players just hit level 13 and get to replace one old encounter attack power with a new level 13 power. Is there any reason why a half-elf player couldn't choose to replace his Dilettante power?
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Can half-elves multiclass at 1st level?

Half-elves get a trait called "multitalented." The rules describe it briefly: Half-elves choose two favored classes at first level and gain +1 hit point or +1 skill point whenever they take a level in ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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The half-elf: is it balanced?

I always had the feeling that the half-elf is unbalanced in D&D 3. It gets some racial bonuses on saving throws, immunity to sleep, low-light vision and a couple of pluses in abilities, but it ...
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