Will rob you blind for calling him small. Or just 'cause.
Tom grew up in Fallcrest, though he’d never admit it. He would never admit belonging to the family that stuck him with a very odd name for a halfling, he would never admit to the years of teasing and bullying by the other kids, and depending on who was asking, he would never admit to being kicked out of the thieve’s guild for stealing.
You wouldn’t think that the thieve’s guild would get bent out of shape when one of their prized student’s steals from them as part of his master’s thesis. Frankly, neither did Tom.