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AD&D Character Race:  Half-elf
  Half-elves, as they are called, are half human.  They are not generally considered a race in themselves, but almost always have a human parent and an elven one.  They struggle to find a place in either human society or elven society, but are generally not fully accepted by either.  There are three general variants, but Drow Half-elves have no advantages, so only Krynn Half-elves and Occidental Half-elves are generally played.

 Drow Half-elves have none of the advantages of the drow or of other half-elves, but have the disadvantages relative to light.  They do get the comeliness bonus of half-elves.

 Krynn Half-elves look a lot like elves, but have facial hair and human hair colors.  They are particularly despised by elves, accepted only by the Qualinesti, who tolerate them disdainfully.  They tend to be rebellious, anti-social, and insecure, but to exhibit unreasonable courage to overcompensate.  They gain a +2 bonus to dexterity, and have minimum scores of 3/4/3/6/6/3/3.  They may be Knights of Solamnia (any order), Fighters, Rangers, Magic-users, Wizards of High Sorcery, Thieves, Thief-Acrobats, Clerics, Druids, and Holy Orders of the Stars, but may not be multi-classed.

 Occidental half-elves are of high or gray stock, but are essentially the same if descended from wood or valley elves, and can be clerics, druids, fighters, rangers, magic-users, thieves, thief-acrobats, or assassins, and can be any of several multi-classed combinations.  Half-elven multiclassed magic-users may cast spells while in the armor of the other class, as their elven ancestors.  They are 30% resistant to sleep and charm magic, and have 6" infravision.  Their chance of locating secret doors and portals is identical to that of the elves.  They speak their alignment language, common, elfish, gnome, halfling, goblin, hobgoblin, orcish, and gnoll.  They can learn one additional language per point of intelligence over 16.  They get no adjustments to any ability score.

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