Monday, January 25, 2021

Elves Don't Do Magic!

My kid has become a fan of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, a British animated series about the comedic exploits of a community of fairies and elves. These particular elves are certainly more of the Santa's and Keebler's varieties rather than Tolkien's. While the Little Kingdom elves are likely unsuitable as a PC rave in D&D as presented, I think their adaptable. 

Unlike your standard elf, they eschew magic. They are practical, hardworking beings, largely responsible for keeping fairy society up and going by filling positions in most trades and using and repairing modern technology.

Adult male elves tend to have beards. All elves seen to favor pointed caps.

Note that these elves are capable of using magic. Some are artificers of magical devices. They just believe that using magic inherently leads to trouble and it offends their personal work ethic.

Elf traits:
Ability Score Increase: Intelligence score increases by 2. Any other ability score of the player's choice can increased by 1.
Size: Small. (Elves in the cartoon are actually Tiny, but we're adapting here.)
Speed: Base walking speed is 25 feet.
Industrious: An elf is proficient in one skill and one artisan tool or vehicle of the player's choice. Whenever you make an ability check with the chosen skill or tool, roll a d4 and add the number rolled to the check's total.
Technologically Savvy: Elves may add their proficiency bonus to any check relating to advanced
technology or mechanical devices.
Languages: Elves can speak, read, and write Elvish, Common, and another language of their choice.


Anne said...

The Santa's elf or shoemaker elf archetype isn't one you usually see in D&D settings is it? I feel like these folks belong in the same setting as your folkloric dwarves.

Akavakaku said...

So essentially they're Rock Gnomes?

Trey said...

That would be the closest direct D&D approximation, though only loosely.