Halflings are essentially very short humans. They live a little bit longer than humans, perhaps directly because of their small size, or perhaps because of other changes. Although short, they are still proportioned like humans – to the point where if there is nothing to indicate scale, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. They do have a slight slope to their skulls, which is not always obvious on older generations of halflings.
Halflings tend to have light to medium brown skin and dark brown to black hair which is often curly. Light blue eyes are common with various shades of brown as the second most. Red hair exists about as commonly as it does in humans.
They have the same need for sleep as humans but obviously, require less food (field rations for a halfling are about half of those for a normal-sized human) and water. Due to the fact that they seldom wear shoes, halflings have thick, leathery soles on their feet – this is a combination of genetics and environment. Halflings who are not from Pulikuk have more human-like feet, although they still have a tendency to prefer to go barefoot when possible. Many halflings are uncomfortable on the land in flat, open spaces, where there is nothing to climb.
Halflings are definitely not fragile and, in fact, can be tougher than humans. They are also incredibly agile. Halflings are god-gifted with leaping ability and most are also talented acrobats, especially those raised on ships or lomaguns. The combination of this means that halflings tend to fight in a fast style that makes use of the vertical environment when possible.
Because they spend so much time at sea, halflings tend to have developed immunity to motion sickness.