Tinderbox: Fall of the Tran
The lot of a Half-Elf is varied. The term itself is something of an archaic misnomer, as no “elf” has been naturally born within the Kingdom of Silks for many hundreds of Eladric generations. Its commonplace use reflects something of the prevailing attitude towards the halfbreeds within the Kingdom; not outright rejection, certainly, but a kind of casual racism that permeates most levels of “enlightened” Kingdom society. Half-Elves are produced when members of a specific bloodline breed with a pure-blooded Eladrin. Certain bloodlines, notably Deva and Changelings, are incapable of producing Half-Elves due to the dramatic physical changes their bodies have undergone. Other bloodlines, such as some Tiefling families and all Genasi, only produce a Half-Elf if the individual has undergone the necessary covenant; otherwise their child is simply an Eladrin.
Half-Elves have the ability to enter Genasic and Tiefling covenants, becoming fully-manifested members of those bloodlines. Similarly, a Half-Elf can be changed into a Changeling or Deva just as any other Eladric race. It is because of these possibilities that the true “Half-Elf,” the individual who chooses not to accept any of these paths to power, is so disdained. Most Half-Elves in the Kingdom are from families too poor to warrant the attention of a bloodline, and thus often enter martial military service. Of course, some are driven to excel precisely because of these cultural prejudices, either through application of concentrated study and physical conditioning or shorter, more dangerous paths to power. Half-Elves who have formed poorly considered pacts with the Infernal and Elemental forces are among the most common sources of violence and disturbance within the Kingdom. As such, many Half-Elves travel the world, settling into lives of adventure or banditry in the Tran Empire or Ruby Caliphate.