Goblin Manservant and Entertainer
Grouse has the gnarled stature and green skin of his kind, but he carries it well. He dresses in well-made, well-fitted clothes. He speaks the language of the Empire excellently, and is capable of holding deep discourse philosophically. He tends to act with deference toward those who have not been cursed by the gods.
Goblins, as befits their curse, often wallow in savagery and madness. Grouse was always an odd one. He was curious, intelligent, and a natural leader. He saw, in the goblin wars, how his people could be unified to a single purpose, but understood on a level beyond most of his ilk that this semblance of civilization could only hold together as long as the Great Khan lived. The Empire, however, was built on ideals, philosophy, religion, and other abstract principles his fellow goblinoids couldn’t understand or explicitly rejected.
When he saw the immense display of power and magic from the mage tower of Argent the Panegyric, he knew that his people and what passed for “culture” among them, was doomed. The Empire was the way of the future. Using all his charisma and cunning he defected from the Khan’s army and joined Argent’s service. His intel helped further rout the goblinoids, and he spent some years in the tower absorbing everything he could on the Empire’s history, religion, and arcane secrets. When Argent left the tower, Grouse came with him to help the old man with his day-to-day needs.