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If it’s true that opposites attract, then elves and humans are the best proof. Despite their general distrust of non-elves, many elves find humanity’s passionate energy, dedication to living in the moment, and ability to accomplish so much in their short lives deeply appealing—a flame that burns all the brighter for its brevity. At the same time, many humans are attracted to elves’ lean bodies, elegant style, and centuries of wisdom. Where the two populations interact, half-elves occasionally result.

Half-elves are the interracial children of human and elven parents or the descendants of such children. While they can often pass for human by hiding their Modestly pointed ears, they nevertheless tend toward the tall, slim physiques of their elven parents, with life spans twice as long as those of their human kin. Despite being seen as generally attractive by both races, half-elves often feel like outsiders in both societies, always exoticized and never quite accepted as part of either group. This leads many half-elves to band together with others of their kind or else abandon both their parent races in favor of new friends and families among aliens who lack those preconceptions. Since half-elves breed true, many second- or third-generation half-elves have no firsthand knowledge of their parent cultures.

As cultural chameleons, half-elves slide easily into other societies, adapting smoothly to alien mindsets. They have a particular affinity for androids, ysoki, and any groups treated as outsiders by mainstream society, as well as for alien races like the shirrens who are different enough biologically that it would never occur to them to Focus on such minor racial differences as pointed ears or eye color. Many half-elves are fond of wandering, with a strong desire to prove themselves, seeking out new worlds for fame and glory or in the hope of establishing new colonies. Though their often complicated relationship with their parent races makes them natural iconoclasts, they also tend toward kindness and understanding.

With their extreme versatility, half-elves are a perfect fit for nearly any profession, though in recent years an unusually large number have become operatives or soldiers.

Most half-elves stand from 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 feet tall and weigh 100–200 pounds. They’re considered adults at 20 and naturally live up to 180 years.

Racial Traits

Ability Adjustments +2 to any one ability score

Alternate Ability Adjustments

Source SCOM

The offspring of a half-elf and an elf, or an individual with only one non-elven ancestor over several generations, can still display mixed heritage. Even among half-elves who have a human parent, some take after their elven parent, especially those raised among elves. These half-elves have +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, and -2 Constitution in place of the standard half-elf racial ability adjustments.

Hit Points 4

Size and Type

Half-elves are Medium humanoids with both the elf and human subtypes.


Half-elves receive Skill Focus as a bonus feat at 1st level.

Elven Blood

Half-elves are immune to magic sleep effects and receive a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against enchantment Spells and effects.

Keen Senses

Half-elves receive a +2 racial bonus to Perception skill checks.

Low-Light Vision

Half-elves can see dim light as if it were normal light. See Vision and Light.

Alternate Racial Traits

Cultural Chameleon

Source SCOM

Half-elves are often highly skilled at fitting in with a broad variety of people and getting others to like them. These half-elves gain a +2 racial bonus to Culture checks. If such a half-elf fails a Diplomacy check to change someone’s attitude, they can reroll the check and take the second result.

This replaces adaptability.


Source SCOM

Like elves, some half-elves are born with darkvision with a range of 60 feet. When these half-elves are in no light or dim light and they are exposed to bright light, they are dazzled for 1 round.

This replaces low-light vision.


Source SCOM

Half-ryphorians can have summerborn or winterborn ryphorian features. These half-elves have the elf and ryphorian subtypes, but no human subtype. They also gain resistance 2 to cold and fire, which stacks with one other form of resistance. In conditions of severe cold or heat, they must attempt Fortitude saves only once per hour instead of once every 10 minutes.

This replaces adaptability.