July 05, 2021 8 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Half-Elves in D&D 5e walk a fine line between their heritages, often finding themselves lost. Here's how you can make your Half-Elf just as enthralling.
While Half-Orcs get accepted in Orcish villages with displays of bravery and strength, a Half-Elfmight not have the same welcome from both their Human and Elven sides. A Half-Elf in Dungeons & Dragonscan live with humans and see their loved ones pass away, or live with Elves and see themselves age slowly while their friends age much slower. Half-Elves combine the curiosity of Humans with the refined sense of Elves which, unfortunately, force them to be outcasts from either side. Most Half-Elves end up embarking on a life of adventure, making sense of their place in the world while exploring the world. Players interested in making a character hoping to “belong” can make quite the compelling story arc with a Half-Elf.
In this quick guide, we’ll explore the many things that make a Half-Elf, one of the most interesting characters players can create, alongside the many characteristics they can use to make this character a compelling addition to any D&D 5e adventuring party.
Thanks to their heritage, Half-Elves get the “best” of both their Elven and Human ancestry. Their innate Charisma and skill in almost anything make them extremely versatile characters. They also share these traits:
Half-Elves can boast their innate Charisma, immediately making them the go-to for things such as performances, diplomacy, and anything that gets the conversation going. As such, Half-Elves often get type casted into roles that deal with adventure, be it of their own volition or not.
Technicalities-wise, their natural Charisma makes them natural Warlocks and Bards, both of which may even fit the flavor of any campaign. As a “hybrid” that treads the line between two cultures, it seems natural for Half-Elves to lean towards classes that encourage them to travel, be it for fame, honor, or even for power.
Here are some classes your Half-Elf can become that tries to combine their joint heritage:
Half-Elves always get in conflict with their heritage, as both their Human and Elven ancestry seem awry with the idea of a “hybrid” in their midst. This journey towards acceptance and finding one’s place is a staple trope in many stories, and a lot of campaigns often don’t want to change this crux as it forms such a potentially compelling storyline for their Half-Elves.
Unfortunately, this storyline might seem a bit cliché. If you’re a player looking into a twist for your Half-Elf’s origins and method of interacting with the world, here are some interesting choices for backgrounds they can take: