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Goblin Varg

Lupine creatures that might be smarter than the goblins who bred them.

As far as goblins are concerned, goblin vargar are the pinnacle of varg evolution and breeding. For their part, goblin vargar agree with them. Goblin vargar were bred for friendliness, and as a side effect, they became brighter. As the vargar became more sociable towards goblins, the goblins saw to it that they got a healthier share of the food, which included a high fish diet, as goblins like to settle on coasts. The high fish diet led to denser brains and the vargar developed sapience. Though like all canines, vargar lack the lip and tongue structure to form words as we know them, they definitely understand what is being said, and those who take the time to learn the varg language, even though we are unable to vocalize it, will find the language rich with complex concepts.   Goblin Varg Stats - Pathfinder 1e

Basic Information

Anatomy

Goblin vargar stand about 1 m (3.5 feet) at the shoulder, weigh about 180 kg (400 lb) and are 1.5 m (5 feet) or so long. They are usually monochrome, with one color dominating the fur pattern of an entire pack, except when youths are adopted from other packs. They can be white, grey, brown, red or black and when they do have multiple colors it is usually a bib, boots and/or tail that vary in colour. Goblin vargar have bright, icy blue eyes which immediately separates them from throwbacks born to the same litter, and allows the vargar to keep them from breeding through goblin veterinarians spaying or neutering the cubs.

Genetics and Reproduction

Gestation is a period of approximately 90 days with females going into heat in January after they have determined that they are going to make it through the winter. Cubs are born in early summer and are helplessly blind for 9-12 days. They don't leave the lair for the first 3 weeks and nursing females are dependent on packmates and goblin allies (usually Emm'Kevirda) for food. They begin eating solid food after about 4.5 weeks.

Growth Rate & Stages

A goblin varg will multiply its birth weight by 30 times in the first 4 months going from about 2.5 lb to 75 lb. The remainder of their 400 lb. come over the next 2 years 8 months, gaining about 10 lb. per month.

Ecology and Habitats

Goblin vargar tend to lair with their preferred people, the goblins. When they can't lair with goblins, they will make their lairs close to civilization by humanoids in the hopes of befriending one of them, usually a youth. Goblin vargar respect the usefulness of opposable thumbs.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Goblin vargar are omnivores but prefer animal protein. They can and do eat grass, berries, fruit, tubers, and leaves. Vegetarian vargar are not unheard of.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Goblin vargar live in extended families, usually with a father and mother in charge as coequals, grandparents, brothers and sisters and their mates and their children. They seem to have no concept of racial difference within the pack, so even adopted goblins are treated the same as everybody else, and can even be alpha male or female. Occasionally, when packs meet they exchange children, with some children from pack A squaring off with cubs from pack B and leaving to be with their new families. Goblin vargar do not have concern for vargar of other packs, so they lose interest in these children very quickly and take on an interest in their new children and siblings.

Uses, Products & Exploitation

Technically, it might be said that goblins exploit goblin vargar for their protective value, but in the same breath you would have to say the vargar exploit the goblins for their opposable thumbs.

Average Intelligence

Goblin vargar are definitely self aware and sentient. They lack the vocal apparatus to form words in humanoid languages, but definitely understand what is being said. They possess their own language which possesses the concepts of religion (they follow the Wolf Mother or Fenris) and art (they have songs). The average goblin varg is about as intelligent as the average humanoid, maybe even slightly more so.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Goblin vargar have the scent ability of a bloodhound and see in full colour, with visual accuity extending into the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums, and scent extending to pheremones.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Goblin vargar are usually content with the names that their goblins give them. They usually translate these into sounds in their own language for dealing with each other.
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Genetic Ancestor(s)
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus Sapiens
Lifespan
75 years
Average Height
1m (3.5 feet)
Average Weight
180 kg (400 lb)
Average Length
1.5 m (5 feet)


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