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An elven child watches as people mourn his mother, a great hero to her people. He cries over his own loss. But an even greater loss is still to come. A little bit older, though still a child, the young elf watches his father leave on a journey. The father does not explain his actions, though to all observing the man leaving, a burden weighs heavily upon him. The young boy grows into a young man driven and determined to find out why. Why did the man who is his father leave? If any in his village knows the answer, they are staying silent. The young elf sets off on his own journey, only to find…

In a fringe town, built along the edge of the Elven Woods, a young woman gives birth to a little girl. The girl, the only one in town of mixed heritage, is at times both shunned and sought out because of her uniqueness. As a very young child, she watches her father leave. Her only inheritance from him is a simple spell he taught her when she was younger still. Her memories of him are faded by time, but still shaded in curiosity. As she nears womanhood, during an excursion to gather wild berries in the nearby woodlands, she is met by a strange representative of surprising persuasion. She accepts the Pact offered and takes up the mantle of the Feywild. Not long after that she is visited by a young elf searching for his father… and hers…

A halfling toddler looks out at the world with curious eyes. He sits at the feet of the wise men and women of his clan and listens to the songs of his people that teach him lessons and the tales that teach him histories, not just of his people, but of the larger folk. As he grows older, he asks questions some of the others cannot answer. Where do new songs and tales come from? How do we know they are truth? The elders try to emphasize the necessity of truth in the telling of histories, but he does not seem to understand. As he begins to exaggerate and to embellish more and more stories, the elders quietly convince his family it may be best if he travels the world to see history and why it is important, just the way it is. So the halfling youth sets off on a great journey to meet others and learn about the world. What will he find during his travels? The answer begins as he reaches the base of the mountain pass that goes to the South…

A young halfling boy of 9 goes into the woods for a day of fun and exploring. He falls asleep in a small cave and passes the night there. When he awakens, worry sets in. Knowing he will be in trouble, the young halfling hurries home only to find his home and village burned to the ground. He leaves his former home behind, and goes in search of work and food. During his travels he befriends many people. While working as a stable boy, the halfling finds a measure of peace from a worshipper of The Raven Queen. He sets off again to learn more about his world. During a time spent with the elves he learns the ways of the woods, finding he is a natural hunter and protector of the wild places. Now he wanders, still seeking to bury his past and live in the now… Where will the future take him…?

Lightning flashes across the sky as a young boy of seven struggles through a driving rainstorm. The morning is as black as night and his teeth chatter from the chill of the biting wind as it whips shards of water into his face. He looks up in time to catch a glimpse of lit windows and a building that is backlit by the next lightning flash. He struggles to the door and leans heavily against the jamb. He knocks on the door, pounding against it to be heard over the rolling thunder. As the door opens, there is a break in the storm, abrupt and unnatural. The sun shines upon him standing on the top step as the priest who opened the door looks on. The boy remembers nothing of that morning or of the following few days. He eventually awoke in a bed in a church. He had no memory of his own name, let alone how he came to be wandering in a storm. As he grows older, the priest watches over him. Pelor seems to take a special interest in the boy and he shows great adeptness at healing at a young age. When he comes of age, the priest wants him to travel and learn, and to maybe find a clue to his past. So the priest sends him south hoping that he will find some answers…

In a tower, a boy watches his master take in an elven traveler. The two men sequester themselves in the master’s study. The boy goes to bed while the two men are still locked away in the study. The morning brings with it a shattering of the boy’s security. As he looks around for his master and the elven stranger, he finds a scene of destruction and death. His master has been murdered and the elf is no where to be found. The young boy finds among the items laying around scattered and broken, an orb. Still scared and dazed by the turn of events, he wanders into the open room of the master. There he sees a door he has never noticed before. He wanders through it only to find himself in a large room filled with doors just like it. He walks through another door and ends up next to a well near several stone structures. The dwarven couple who finds him there takes him into their home. Years later a group of adventurers come through and he feels drawn to follow where they go….

— Story as it began, known as “The Devourer’s Awakening”, in Journals of a Halfling TaleKeeper

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