On Halfsies.

As you may already be aware, Felix is a fictional character from Antiquity’s Gate.  He is a major player, and someone with whom, should you read the book, you will become closely acquainted.  He is a fun-loving, joke-cracking, fiercely loyal Halfsie.

Hold up.  What’s a Halfsie?

In the world of Antiquity’s Gate, a Halfsie is the result of interbreeding between Humans and Elves.  Despite this slang term for this small but important group of people, these are not necessarily Half-Human, Half-Elven persons.  The name has extended in use through the generations to include any non-pure blood people, including those with a Halfsie and a Human parent, an Elven and a Halfsie parent, or two Halfsie parents…you get the idea.

Generally shunned as second-class citizens, Halfsies are surprisingly resilient.  Felix, in particular, has seen more than his share of hard times, but has managed to become who he is in spite of, and perhaps also because of, how he has been treated.

Sanctuary, with a population ten thousand strong, has a relatively small Halfsie population of a few hundred or so.  Yet they should not be ignored, or underestimated.  Sure, there is strength in numbers.  But that is not the only source of strength…is it?


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