Does anyone know about Halfling creation?

I have been playing tabletop RPGs for a number of years, specifically HackMaster 4E.

At the moment, I am doing some extensive worldbuilding, and even to extent of developing my own creationist theories for the world. I have ideas for how the gods created the Dwarves, Elves, Gnomes, and even Humans. I have not, however, got any clue about how the Halfling creationist theory would work.

I have been researching for a number of weeks, and have turned up empty.

Does anyone have any ideas, or know of where I need to look to continue my research?

Thanks

Ed

What happens if someone casts Dissonant Whisper on my halfling?

Specifically, what do I get from my Brave halfling ability:

  • I roll 2d20 for the Advantage, and this "succeed or fail the save" is directly applied TO THE ENTIRE SPELL.

or

  • I roll 2d20 but I roll them "in order" (we use 2 different colors to tell which is d20 #1 and d20 #2), and the result is applied TO THE EFFECTS OF THE SPELL, CHECKING IF THE ADVANTAGE DICE APPLIES OR NOT TO EACH SEPARATE EFFECT. Meaning, the 2nd d20 is used for Advantage only against the specific "vs Frightened Condition" part of the spell , while only the 1st d20 aka "I do not have Advantage" is used against the damage part of the spell.

That DM does that kind of logic for everything else too, and he just loves to use "damage + several different effects" situations. Such as a DEX Save for half damage vs 8d6 damage half fire and half bludgeoning, let’s say when escaping a burning room full of flaming falling wooden beams.

All players think it should be done the 1st way. Simple enough, right?

But the DM says that it "obviously" has to be done the 2nd way, while also insisting that this is not a house rule, but that this is the real "RAW" way to interpret how Advantage on Saves should work.

Please help un-confuse us!

Does the Halfling deity Brandobaris have any known offspring?

I’m writing an adventure that features an Emyprean, who for story purposes would ideally be an offspring of Brandobaris. I’d like to know if there are any offspring of Brandobaris referenced in any of the Forgotten Realms lore. The answer need not be limited to 5th edition- if there are references from previous editions, novels or even other campaign settings, I’d like to take that into consideration.

How do I calculate d20 success probability using the Halfling ‘lucky’ trait with (dis)advantage?

Here is a comprehensive DPR calculator, and here is the mathematics behind it. I’m trying to follow along with the equations.

At the bottom of the second page are formulas for success probability $ L$ of a Halfling (who has luck) in normal circumstances and with advantage and disadvantage: $ $ L = P + \frac{1}{20}P,$ $ $ $ L_{adv} = P_{adv} + \left(\frac{2}{20}(1 – P) – \frac{1}{400}\right)P,$ $ $ $ L_{dis} = P_{dis} + \frac{2}{20}P^2,$ $ where:

  • $ P$ is the probability of succeeding on any single roll,
  • $ P_{adv} = 1 – (1 – P)^2$ is the probability of succeeding with advantage (not failing both rolls), and
  • $ P_{dis} = P^2$ is the probability of succeeding with disadvantage (succeeding both rolls).

The $ P$ s are quite easy to derive, and $ L$ is just passing outright OR [rolling a 1 AND THEN passing]: $ $ P + \left(\frac{1}{20}*P\right).$ $ But I’m struggling with deriving $ L_{adv}$ and $ L_{dis}$ . Please can someone show a derivation?

Would a Ghostwise Halfling Druid be able to use Silent Speech to communicate while in Wild Shape?

A player in the campaign I am preparing to run has asked me if he could play a Ghostwise Halfling from Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide so he could mitigate not being able to communicate with the party while in Wild Shape, thus allowing him to spend more time as a beast.

My initial decision is no, because:

  1. the book states that is an extremely rare race of halfling
  2. he just wants it to min/max his character, not for any thematic or storyline value, which I have a slight problem with.

I am curious, however, if this would even work the way he thinks.

Also, am I being overbearing and unreasonable by not allowing this?

Go up two sizes: How do I RAW get a Halfling from size Small to size Large?

How do I turn a size Small Halfling into a size Large combatant? I am a GM and the PCs are Level Four. I want to throw the PCs a curve they are not expecting while keeping it “mid level” (not Mythic nor Epic). This is for an NPC.

The Enlarge Person spell says:

This spell causes instant growth of a humanoid creature, doubling its height and multiplying its weight by 8. This increase changes the creature’s size category to the next larger one.

Enlarge Person also says:

Multiple magical effects that increase size do not stack.

The Polymorph spell says it functions like Alter Self. Alter Self says:

When you cast this spell, you can assume the form of any Small or Medium creature of the humanoid type.

Does that mean RAW my Halfling can somehow take a potion of alter self to become size M, then a potion of Enlarge Person to become size L? I suspect this is not intended to work.

While I would like the NPC to be a humanoid, it could be another creature type.

What are the options to go up two sizes, RAW, without getting into spells of levels 7 to 9?

(Edit: I thought Duergar had this ability, but they start at size M not size S.)

Go up two sizes: How do I RAW get a Halfling from size Small to size Large?

How do I turn a size Small Halfling into a size Large combatant? I am a GM and the PCs are Level Four. I want to throw the PCs a curve they are not expecting while keeping it “mid level” (not Mythic nor Epic). This is for an NPC.

The Enlarge Person spell says:

This spell causes instant growth of a humanoid creature, doubling its height and multiplying its weight by 8. This increase changes the creature’s size category to the next larger one.

Enlarge Person also says:

Multiple magical effects that increase size do not stack.

The Polymorph spell says it functions like Alter Self. Alter Self says:

When you cast this spell, you can assume the form of any Small or Medium creature of the humanoid type.

Does that mean RAW my Halfling can somehow take a potion of alter self to become size M, then a potion of Enlarge Person to become size L? I suspect this is not intended to work.

While I would like the NPC to be a humanoid, it could be another creature type.

What are the options to go up two sizes, RAW, without getting into spells of levels 7 to 9?

(Edit: I thought Duergar had this ability, but they start at size M not size S.)

Does the Ghostwise Halfling Silent Speech allow two-way communication?

The description of the ghostwise halfling’s Silent Speech trait (SCAG, p. 110) says:

You can speak telepathically to any creature within 30 feet of you. The creature understands you only if the two of you share a language. You can speak telepathically in this way to one creature at a time.

If I am understanding that correctly as written, it only allows the Halfling to speak to the target (not with) and does not allow for a telepathic reply. Is that correct?

If that is the case, it is definitely different than similar things like the Message or Telepathy spells…