Goblins are often seen as small green ill tempered humanoids that take pleasure from performing pranks and others mischievous deeds in order to make peoples lives as miserable as possible; that stereotype could not be any further from the truth. Goblins are among the most successful industrial races in the world. But as a people they are hated due to their long bloody fued with the Dwarven race.
Goblins have had an eternal feud with the Dwarves since the fall of the ancients. No one is sure as to how this feud was started, but for thousands of years the two races had fought over control of underground tunnels, mines, technology and resources. With the invention of gun powder their battles only got worse. Eventually their conflict spread to the surface. In the end the Dwarven race won and the goblin civilizations fell apart.
Where the goblins stood alone and disorganized, the Dwarves sought allies among humans and elves. Together the three races nearly drove goblin kind to extinction. In other parts of the continent, goblin nations surrendered to invading orc and ogre clans, giving them selves to slavery. Since then the goblins have won their freedom, but still face overwhelming prejudice.
A long time ago goblins lived in underground tribes, each tribe was ruled by a chieftain which consisted of the strongest member of the tribe. Then a group of tribes made up a nation that was ruled by a king appointed by the other chieftains. Kingship in goblin society was not hereditary and the process of appointing a king was often bloody as many chieftains would dual each other to gain favor. As result goblin nations where prone to constant civil wars. Modern goblins have abandoned the tribal nation structure in favor of close knit family unites. These family unites are loosely connected across cities and each specializes in some form of engineering trade which is passed down over generations. Many serve as clock makers and airship mechanics. Family ties are strengthened during reunions which occur every 5 years.
Appearance and physiology
Goblins are humanoid in shape but stand a measly 3-4 feet. They appear quite thin but are as strong most average humans. Goblins have large pointy ears and very large round eyes that allow them to see extremely well in the dark. This also makes them very sensitive to day light; goblins are mostly nocturnal. Their skin is pasty, and colors ranges from the typical hues of green to shades of blue.
The difference in color has led to two different sub species of goblin. Night Goblins and Forest Goblins.
Forest Goblins are green in color and can usually tolerate bright lights, but they are notorious for their bad temperament.
Night Goblins are blue and are generally not as rowdy as their greener cousins but cant tolerate any kind of bright light. They often wear dark tinted goggles and only come out at night.
Stereotypes and other info
- Goblins are all small, green, violent and not very smart.
- The quintessential cannon fodder monsters of most old stories. The heroes of bards tales often slay these little beasties by the hundreds.