On the Shoulders of Heroes
In the east the hobgoblins rule. They are a rough, warlike people of animalistic savages with an alien culture based on racial pride and honour.
Hobgoblins are slightly taller than humans. Their faces are sharp and fierce, with yellow or beige skin. Males have reddish or blueish noses. Most file their teeth to sharp fangs.
When the evil gods had no more use for the hobgoblins they simply discarded them. The hobgoblins left for the lands in the east, over the mountains, and found their own gods in the long journey there. The build a mighty temple for these gods, the San, in the mountains and followed a path along the holy river which they decorated with impressive statues of their pantheon. They called their new land Sukkō and their capitol Hokekkan.
The hobgoblin dynasty goes back hundreds of generations, it started when the first hobgoblins crossed the mountains. The other peoples had difficulties trusting the warmongering hobgoblins and it took many years to form feeble alliances out of necessity. The bugbears that had lived in Sukkō before the hobgoblins, feared their fire and strange masks. They quickly became their slaves. The hobgoblin lands are rich in fruits, seeds and ores that are not easily found in the lands of the common people.
Hobgoblins live in their own country: Sukkō. Under the tyrannical reign of Shogun Tjung-Gi they are kept under tight control and relations with the common races have improved. Hobgoblins only need the slightest reason for provocation, however. Yet they trade, although not always fairly, with the common folk in most larger cities. The greatest enemies of their dynasty remain the bugbears, who wage guerilla war on their masters.
Family honour is extremely important to hobgoblins. They are a proud and vain people that quickly feel disadvantages by others. Every hobgoblin serves a local lord, or leads a group of warriors himself. They live of agriculture, cattle breeding and slavery. As hobgoblins wage constant war on others and each other men who cannot wield a weapon are sold as slaves or meat by their own family.
Although hobgoblins are often evil by nature they accelerate in following orders from their superiors. They are often intelligent, but tough, and are known as sly merchants. Although they have trouble expressing emotions in words, they are famous for expressing themselves in sculptures.
Artwork: Kasper V.
Hobgoblins worship their own pantheon of gods, the San. They believe that everything has a soul, and a protective spirit, that deserve their prayers. In the centre of every city and village stands a stone temple with an access to the east or north, where offers are placed.
- +2 Dexterity, -2 Charisma. Hobgoblins are quick but lack empathic abilities.
- Medium: As Medium creatures, hobgoblins have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Hobgoblin base land speed is 30 feet.
- Low-Light Vision: A hobgoblin can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
- Warrior Culture: Hobgoblins come from a militaristic culture and they may start out with an additional weapon group of their choice. They are considered proficient with armour one category heavier than common for their class, although they still suffer arcane spell failure as normal.
- +2 racial bonus on stealth checks: hobgoblins are silent and deadly.
- Racial Grudge: Hobgoblins harbour a grudge against bugbears, dwarves and elves. While fighting these opponents they get +1 to hit on their attack rolls.
- Automatic Languages: Hob, some learn Bug, a common language or Goblin as well.
- Favored Class: Rogue.