Sunday, September 21, 2014

Demihuman Height Reference

The 5e Player's Handbook gives us the following height ranges for demihumans: Dwarf, 4-5 ft.; Elf, under 5-over 6 ft.; Halfling: 3 ft.; Gnome: 3-4 ft. Here's a few images illustrating what those heights actual mean.


In the halfling and gnome range is homo florensis. The skeleton discovered was a bit over 3.5 ft.


In the dwarf and short elf height range are the Pygmy peoples of Central Africa. Height for males is under 4'11". I imagine dwarves are built less like pygmies and more like Neanderthals, though.


5 comments:

Tim Shorts said...

Very cool perspective. Concrete example helps my brain wrap around concepts such as demi-human size and how damn small they really would be.

Chris C. said...

That does give a good perspective. You just need to photoshop a beard onto the neanderthal woman to make her look like a true dwarven lass. :)

Kitchen Wolf said...

Pretty small variation on the demihumans. Humans vary a lot - male US military recruits are *required* (as in some people get rejected) to be between 60 and 80 inches in height. Some guys even exceed the top end because they don't get kicked out for growing.

Trey said...

Maybe they do, or perhaps the numbers given are just the "range" of the peak of the bell curve and still have similar variation. Pygmy dwarves?

Unknown said...

For additional perspective.

http://www.viralspell.com/two-university-of-kentucky-basketball-players-with-their-cheerleaders-for-perspective/