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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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