Halflings around the Vodospa
Halflings live alongside the humans throughout the valley. Unlike their larger cousins they are very concerned with family and good food, and they are less concerned with high politics or magic. Most halflings, like most humans, live in farming communities throughout the valley, and most of the higher classes of Zamtravi simply treat them as hwop. The halflings are a bit better off than the human farmers, there tight nit communities support each other, eliminating the need for loans from Zamtarvi, which allows the halflings to keep and sell more of what they produce. The majority of halflings are more than happy to live off the land, relatively safe from orc raids, and with just enough novelty from the Zamtarvi trade boats.
However, some halflings have taken to the road, or more aptly the rivers. A few halflings realized that their light weight and nimbleness allowed them to be quite successful river boat traders. These families are known as the light, or sometimes lightfoot halflings, as opposed to their more sedentary cousins, often called stout halflings as heavy seemed a bit too mean. Thought the lightfoot families were few to start out with, they found a wide world available to them and quickly expanded into it, and halflings can now be found trading from the dwarven halls to Kerito. One family, the Banya, are in charge one of the most successful trading company in the valley rivaling the profits of the Vielmoza, though few of the nobles are even aware of their competitor; the Banya keep a low profile, like most of their kin.
The scholars are unsure quiet what brought the halflings to the valley in the first place. It is well known that the elves and humans had to climb the edge, and the dwarves still tell tales of their trek to the surface from deep within the earth, but the halfling predate them all. And many scholars have suggested that these quiet and practical people may be here after the taller folk are gonel. The scholars may overestimate the meekness of a kind smile, as the small folk have cunning and ambition of their own.