Kender (Halfling)

Children of the world.

Halflings on the world of Krynn are known as Kender. Armed with a childlike curiosity, a scathing taunt, and the ability to pick any lock or pocket, kender are often branded nuissances. Yet they are born to adventure, driven by wanderlust, and on occasion, driven to heroism.

For more information on Kender, see Races of Ansalon.

Racial Traits

Average Height: 3′ 10″ – 4′ 2″
Average Weight: 75 – 85 lbs.

Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma or +2 Constitution
Size: Small
Speed: 6 squares
Vision: Normal

Languages: Common, Kenderspeak
Skill Bonuses: +2 Perception, +2 Thievery
Fearless: You gain a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against fear.
Nimble Reaction: You gain a +2 racial bonus to AC against opportunity attacks.
Taunt: You can use Taunt as an encounter power. This ability replaces the Second Chance power of the standard halfling.

Taunt ◊ Kender Racial Power

You unleash a verbal assault against your foe that throws him into a rage.
Encounter ◊ Charm
Minor Action ◊ Ranged
Target: One creature
Attack: Charisma vs. Will
Hit: The target is marked, and you gain combat advantage against him until the end of your next turn. Allies adjacent to the target also gain combat advantage.
Sustain Minor: The target is pulled one square toward you.



Afflicted Kender (Marak)

Lost Children

While true kender delight in the discovery of the world around them, afflicted kender shirk in fear. They have lost the joy, hope, and innocence that true kender possess. Rather than draw attention to themselves with garish colors, they dress in dark browns and blacks.

Many kender become afflicted through curiosity of the shadow power source. Drawing power from the Shadowfell requires sacrifice, which often comes in the form of a kender’s innocence.

For more information on Afflicted Kender, see Races of Ansalon.

Racial Traits

Afflicted kender use the same racial traits as the standard halfling from the Player’s Handbook 4th edition, with the following exception:

Skill Bonuses: +2 Athletics, +2 Stealth

Afflicted kender do not get the Bold ability.

About Trampas "Dragonhelm" Whiteman

Trampas “Dragonhelm” Whiteman is best known for co-creating and administering the Dragonlance Nexus fan site. He is co-author of three Dragonlance books – Holy Orders of the Stars, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and Races of Ansalon. When not evangelizing Dragonlance and other settings, Trampas is a husband, father, podcaster, and web designer. Trampas also enjoys reading comics, reading fantasy and scifi novels, and playing D&D.
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  1. Hello there!
    Is there a place with the Dragonland Races for the Skills and Powers (AD&D 2nd edition)?
    Thank you!

    • Hey Fabio!

      We don’t have much 2e material on the site, let alone for Skills and Powers. If you wanted to write something up about that and submit it, let me know.

  2. I want to point out that Kender are not halflings. It’s weird that a place using the name Dragonlance would get that wrong.

    • Yes, we’re aware, but you have to understand the purpose of this article. This was written to be in sync with WotC design philosophies at the time.

      Please understand, too, that kender are a part of the halfling evolution. When Dragonlance was written, halflings lived in their shires and didn’t go on adventures. Kender, in comparison, had wanderlust and wanted nothing but adventure!

      When D&D 3e came about, the halfling took a LOT of inspiration from kender (i.e. resistance to fear). This has persisted to this day.

      So are kender halflings? Technically no, but I can see a case being argued for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if kender landed up being a halfling subrace if kender stats become official for 5e.

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