True Half-elves have one Human and one Elven parent. They must choose relatively early in life whether they shall be mortal (and of men) or immortal and of Elvenkind. Should they choose immortality, they usually follow the lifestyle and course of their Elven parent. They are akin to “High Men,” for the latter may (depending on race and game setting) have varying degrees of Elven blood.
Build: Strong and slender, thinner than Men but stouter than Elves. They have thin, angular features. Males average 190 pounds, females 135 pounds.
Coloring: Fair, generally with brown or black hair and grey eyes.
Endurance: Considerable. Half-elves need but 4 hours rest a day: sleep for mortals or meditation for the immortals.
Height: Males average 6’3”, females 5’11”.
Lifespan: Mortal Half-elves live 250-500 years.
Resistance: Half-elves are highly resistant to disease and natural illness. They have a +5 DB and RR bonus versus cold attacks.
Special Abilities: Half-elves can see extremely well in the dark. Under moonlight or starlight they can see perfectly for 500’. In other darkness situations they see as Elves do (50’ to 100’ if a light source is available).
Clothing & Decoration: Varies, although it is generally well-made and beautifully and subtly adorned. Favored colors are deep blues and greens, greys and grey-greens, silver, and white.
Fears & Inabilities: Nothing special.
Lifestyle: Varies, although they generally live in secluded retreats or havens, or among elvenkind. Their culture is much like that of the Grey Elves, although they are constantly concerned with the ways of Men.
Marriage Pattern: Monogamous. The line is traced through the male or female.
Religion: Quiet, personal, and involving meditation—in general, they are like the Elves in this (see Section A- 3.0).
Demeanor: Patient, reserved, considerate, balanced, mellow, and thoughtful.