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Goblinoids

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by totemaster
In Addition to the Mighty Mocking Frog, many other amphibious mutants were thrust into existence sometime after the bombs dropped. These amphibious creatures, often nicknamed “Goblinoids” due to their stout appearance and often first glance human like postures, often prefer damp, dark conditions, and dislike bright light.   Salt is another major weakness due to their sensitive skin, though this is less pronounced in the more terrestrial forms like the Brownie and Common Goblin. Common Goblins can even tolerate beachcombing, provided it’s either raining, or if there is a nearby source of freshwater.   Goblinoids or at least ones that follow the same mutational path of the Kappa have the most advanced sense of smell of any amphibian. Their noses are long twin tubes lined with smell receptors, that detect even the tiniest scent particles. They also hunt by sight, and are nocturnal. Though this does not stop people from hunting them, as their hunted to make shoes or coats like snakes, only their skin is more waterproof.  

Types

 
  • The Brownie (Microgoblinus domesticus) is about the size of a small toddler. This highly inquisitive nocturnal creature prefers small mammals and large invertebrates. In the past it was sometimes tolerated in human households as a sort of “pest-controller”. All the brownie needed was a little “cat-flap” on the door so it could access a nearby pond or stream to moisturize or breed. However, brownies never ended up being as popular pest-controlling pets as domestic cats, due to their unfortunate habit of trying to swallow human babies if left unsupervised, as well as being too stupid to grasp the concept of a “litter box”.
 
  • The Grindylow (Cheirovenator cymruensis) is about 4 feet tall, not including its hugely elongated arms. This ambush predator catches smaller prey as it comes down to the water to drink.
 
  • The Kappa (Kappa japonica) is about the size of a small child (about 8-12). It is an ambush predator that sometimes hunts in packs. This creature, as a result of multiple cross culture naming owes its multitude of names to various cultures.   To People of Chinese Descent, this creature is known as 水鬼[37] "Shui Gui", or the Water Ghost, or Water Monkey.   To People of Japanese Descent, this creature is famously known as Kappa, after the Yokai from traditional Japanese Folklore. It is named Kappa for the familiarity of the notable depression on its head called its “dish” (sara), which retains water, and if this is damaged or its liquid is lost (either through spilling or drying up), the kappa is severely weakened and or dies.
 
  • The Loveland frogman (Anthropobatrachus lovelandensis) is about the size of the kappa, standing 4 feet tall when upright. It feeds mainly on large, slow-moving catfish. It was named after the Cryptid allegedly spotted in Loveland, Ohio of the same name.
 
  • The Dover demon (Anthropobatrachus infernalis) is smaller, slightly bigger than the brownie. It is an arboreal hunter that stalks the canopy in search of squirrels and baby birds and is named after the famous “Demon of Dover”, a cryptid from Dover, Massachusetts.
 
  • The Water leaper (Palustroptera gigantea) is REALLY big. Its wingspan is about 4 metres (12 feet), bigger than a condor. It was named after the malicious creature from Welsh mythology and folklore that lived in swamps, ponds, rivers, and lakes. Much like its name sake this is a giant, limbless frog or toad with a bat’s membranous wings and a long, reptilian tail with a large stinger at the tip. It leaps across the water using its wings, hence its name and its favorite prey are fish, poor sheep who wandered too close to the water’s edge, or even fisherman!!
 
  • The Redcap (Rufocephalus scoticus) and Common Goblin (Goblinus goblinus) are the biggest at just under 5 feet, and the grindylow is about the same size as the kappa. Redcaps are by far the most notoriously aggressive, either working alone or in small gangs to take down surprisingly large prey. They have proportionately the biggest and strongest teeth of any amphibian (except maybe for the tusks of the Triassic Mastodonsaurus), and they resemble those of crocodiles. This aggression and ferocious dentition (they also have sharp talons like the kappa), combined with the fact that captured redcaps always died due to not getting their gill-skin moisturized in time, led to the myth of the redcap constantly needing to re-dye its cap red with the blood of its victims, the exact same situation with myth of the Kappa passing out if it bows and spills the water out of its head bowl.
 

Additonal Info

  • Dover Demon Frogs are one of the only mutated species of Frogs that actually do NOT go through a metamorphosis. Unlike many other species such as the Waterleaper and the Mocking Frog, Dover Demon Tadpoles do not go through the standard metamorphosis that all other tadpoles go through, instead they just grow to their adult size like many other species of animals. And unlike many adult frogs that loose their infant like qualities after their final morph, Adult Dover Demons also still exhibit adolescent qualities such as a tadpole like “Swimmer Tail” though much shorter and abnormally long back legs, which are thought to aid them not only in climbing but actually in swimming as they, funnily enough are actually very poor swimmers, who prefer when not climbing on trees to eat baby birds and small rodents, to lie at the bottom of muck rivers during high sun too feed on small invertebrates and other water borne creatures.
 
  • As the name entails, Waterleapers do not actually fly. Their large wing-like appendages are built more for leaping and gliding then they are actual flight. Though despite this, they still make excellent arial predators.


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20 Nov, 2020 05:48

Yo, rad Gobbos Snuffy; I find the approach of them being amphibians particularly interesting and clever how you were able to meld things like kappas and redcaps in this creature category.

20 Nov, 2020 05:59

Much Appreciation my friend :D thank you