Abridged History of the 10th Age
Halfling settlements are rarely defensive in structure; Indeed, they are often particularly indefensible. Halflings tend to build with pleasantness and nearness in mind. Their houses are usually fully or half built into hills, and it is common to call such a dwelling a “hobbit hole.” They are a generally peaceful agrarian people (except for when they are wandering, taken over by the powerful wanderlust of their race).
The most important things in a halfling settlement are the inn and the granary, both of which are usually near each other. Halflings love to eat, and thus making sure the general storage areas are accessible to all houses. In most halfling settlements the little creatures also elect a mayor, though this is as far as halflings generally care to expand their government.