The children of the witch-kings, blasphemers against the Old Gods
Base Racial Traits
Ability Scores: (+4 Dexterity, -2 Strength, -2 Charisma) Goblins are fast, but weak and unpleasant to be around. Type: Goblins are humanoids with the goblinoid subtype. Size: Goblins are small size creatures and gain all the bonuses and penalties because of it. Speed: Goblins are fast for their size, and have a base speed of 30ft. Senses: Goblins can see perfectly in the dark up to 60ft. Languages: Goblins begin play speaking The Regional Language(See Languages of Zheng-Kitar) that reflects their origins, and Goblin. Goblins with high intelligence may choose from the following languages:(Draconic, Necril, Aquan, Gnome, Halfing, Abyssal, Celestial, and Orc) Hiders and Riders: Goblins gain a +4 racial bonus on Ride and Stealth checks. A Race seeking Redemption: Though their past sins are great, many Goblins have begun to break away from the Witch-Kings to try and make lives of their own. Goblins gain any one charisma-based skill as a class skill, and gain a +2 racial bonus to that chosen skill. Tinkerer: Goblins love to tinker and craft, and their new home has let them expand their crafting knowledge greatly. They gain a Craft() skill as a class skill and gain a racial +2 bonus on all Craft() skill checks. The Fire Inside: Imbued with the foul witch-magics of the Witch-Kings, Goblin bodies burn with a most foul, profane fire. Goblins gain fire resistance 5, and add +1 to the DC of any spell with the [fire] descriptor/subschool, instead adding an amount to the damage of the spell equal to 1/2 their current HD if the spell has no DC or saving throw. Witch-King Scions: Created artificially by the legendary goblin Witch-Kings, goblins were bred to be worthless fodder in their creator's never-ending war against the Spirit Kings and the Old Gods, and their blood still boils with the profane witch-magics that spawned them. Goblin sorcerers with the Aberrant or Impossible bloodlines treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities. When Injured (AKA Below Max HP) Goblins gain a ranged touch attack they can make from their own blood(or from a willing injured ally within 5ft) that deals 2d4 damage, crits on a 20, and has a x2 crit range and a 20ft range increment. This attack can deal P / B / S damage. Martial Discipline: Goblins have had the teachings of martial might burned into their very bones, and gain weapon proficiency with Greatswords, Halberds, and Spears, and treat any weapon with the word "Goblin" in its name as a martial weapon. They also gain +4 to their CMD against any combat maneuvers originating from a creature with the Goblinoid Subtype.
Goblin bodies are often short but powerful, with two short legs and arms attached to a central torso with a head located atop the torso. Their bodies are short but often muscular and scarred due to their often thankless and dangerous upbringing where few of them survive, though Goblins born into more civilized lives and areas can grow up lacking much of the muscle mass their more savage fellows possess. Their anatomy is mostly normal for humanoid creatures; their organs are all consistent with human norms, though they simply function at a much quicker rate than others. Their biological functions, organs, metabolism, and everything else function at nearly twice the rate of humans and other longer lived humanoids...and it is this hyper-fast biology that leads to their short lives as their bodies degrade at a much quicker rate than others. As beings born from the experiments of the ancient and twisted Witch-Kings, goblins on Zheng-Kitar are twisted, malformed things born with evil bones and malformed bodies born from the twisted vats of the Witch-Kings laboratories in ages past - and while many have spread across the land and other still strive to break the control the witch kings have on their lives, the marks of their creation endure.
Genetics and Reproduction
Goblin reproduce through sexual reproduction, and more than anything else, it is a thing they do often and incredibly well. Goblins are almost always fertile even far into their venerable years - and their reproductive systems are almost the first part of their bodies that fully develops as newborns into adults...and much like humans, Goblins are capable of mating with and reproducing with almost any other race with even a remotely similar biology. As creatures that live and die quickly, goblins can have children with almost any race - though the more drastic the difference between goblin and a mate, the more painful and agonizing the process becomes for both, and the more likely that mutations or stillbirths occur in the child. However, the sheer amount of children capable of being produced by them often far outpaces the failure rate of these pregnancies...meaning that in a civilized area, Goblins can very VERY quickly overpopulate unless they take care to manage their libidos to adjust for the much lower mortality rates of their children in those civilized areas. Females often give birth to multiple children at a time, who are often kept in cages or other storage areas in more barbaric tribes to reduce the burden on goblin parents...and in such areas, it is incredibly common for goblin children to murder and cannibalize each other to survive, ensuring only the stronger survive their short but brutal childhoods into adulthood. In more civilized areas this can differ in terms of how the children are treated, but the amount produced does not.
Growth Rate & Stages
Quicker than almost any other race on Zheng-Kitar, Goblins grow to adulthood in two scant months at a frighteningly quick pace that sees them become fully grown adults before most other newborns of other races can barely walk. They grow alarming quick and learn even quicker, though their brutal and barbaric societies often hold them back from civilization. Once a goblin reaches adulthood around 2 to 3 months old, they become middle aged around age 20, old around age 30, and become venerable around age 40 and die shortly thereafter...and while the eldest goblins can reach 50 and even 60 years old, they almost all invariably die long before they reach even middle age.
Ecology and Habitats
Most goblins, whether directly settling in an area on orders from their Witch-King masters or living in an area as descendants of such goblins in ages past, 'traditional' Goblins prefer to dwell in caves, amid large and dense thickets of thistles and brambles, or in structures built and then abandoned by others. Very few goblins have the drive to build structures of their own. Coastlines are favored, as goblins are quite fond of sifting through junk and flotsam in an unending quest to find treasures among the refuse of more civilized races. These goblins often raid and invade the surrounding area out of neccesity to aquire resources to keep themselves fed and supplied, and attack and kill others both to capture more attractive members of other races to produce more children with as well as for simple reasons such as food, entertainment, and more. More civilized Goblins tend to show up in any area near cities and towns - generally ones on the fringe of civilization to lessen their chances of being killed on sight.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Goblins are voracious and can eat their body weight in food daily without growing fat, and often keep massive larders or storehouses in their lairs or dwellings to accomodate these massive appetites, while the less civilized goblins might keep a stock of live animals or prey nearby to satiate this immense hunger at a moment's notice. They will quite literally eat anything, and for good reasons are squads of hungry goblins compared to termites, with teeth sharp enough they can eat an entire wooden dwelling down to bare ground in barely a day.
As they age, goblins grow old and wither both mentally and physically, their strength leaving them on all fronts as what little hair they often have turns grey and white, their fangs dull, and their skin wrinkles. However, they rarely to become old in barbaric goblin societies and are often eaten or kill by their cohorts for resources.
Goblins have a hard time growing hair on their heads, so they rarely have facial hair or long head hair, but their faces are generally green and brutish, with sharp fangs and brutal eyes.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Though their inception at the hands of the Witch-Kings happened Eons ago, their legacy as footsoldiers and blasphemous warriors to fight against the Old Gods and Spirit Kings lives on - their long war ages ago carried them to each and every corner of Zheng-Kitar, and beyond. And while not every goblin may actively serve the Witch-Kings(Though all still tell tales of them, some believed they have passed into myth and legend), all exist as relics of their most terrible existence...and the rare few civilized goblins can be found anywhere their more common barbaric kin can be found - though generally they approach civilization on the borders, in the hopes that prejudice on the border towns and cities is less enough that they might not be killed on sight.
While they have a stigma associated with them as dumb brutish animals, goblins can in fact become just as smart as other races, though they often simply lack the desire or drive to do such things as "read books" or "study".
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Favoring caves and underground homes, Goblin eyes are incredibly well-adapted to the dark and allow them to see normally in darkness out to sixty feet.
Civilization and Culture
Goblin names reflect the chaotic, unpredictable natures of the goblins themselves, and are often unified only by their shortness, and frequent use of sharp sounds and syllables. Male Names: Boorgub, Chuffy, Churkus, Drubbus, Gawg, Ghorg, Gogmurch, Irnk, Kavak, Lunthus, Mogmurch, Mogawg, Murch, Nurpus, Pogus, Poog, Ronk, Rotfoot, Unk, Vogun, Zobmaggle, Zord Female Names: Aka, Chee, Fevva, Geedra, Goomluga, Gretcha, Hoglob, Janka, Klongy, Luckums, Lupi, Medge, Namby, Olba, Rempy, Reta, Ruxi, Vruta, Yalla, Ziku
Goblins are an extremely plentiful species which needs no conservation or protection, to such a degree that many joke about the incredible speed with which goblins reproduce and grow to adulthood. Many often say such things as "There's too many of them!".
1.96ft - 3.3ft (0.6 - 1.0 Meters)
22.04lbs - 33.06lbs (10kg - 15kg)
Goblins are generally short and lanky, but can become bulky and muscular with muscular and active lifestyles.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Goblins’ skin tone varies based on the surrounding environment; common skin tones include green, gray, and blue, though black and even pale white goblins have been sighted.
The Witch-Kings' CreationsForged with burning evil curses and filled with boiling blood that simmers then and still with a veritable plethora of sources most villanous and vile, goblins were forged and spread throughout the continent as a race designed to consume and destroy all in their path - a race of worthless peons designed to win their battles through numbers rather than power. Now, though the Witch-Kings long since vanished in the hours leading up to and after the climactic final confrontation that saw them 'slain' atop their vile black-iron citadels, their influence yet burns in goblin culture. Many goblin tribes yet claim to serve the will of their creators, and as a race have mostly turned their backs on the Spirit Kings and Old Gods - refusing their worship in favor of the Witch-Kings, and rarely some other more tribal idols. And though many have since freed themselves from the Witch-Kings direct control, they are yet descended from them - and serve as a race that carries on their creator's intentions as they blaspheme and rage against the Old Gods and Spirit Kings, still seeking to tear down their churches wherever they can be found...and only a few goblins grow smart and independent enough to wish to break this control, to varying degrees of success - though none can deny the process has been picking up in recent years, as more and more goblins seek to break the shackles of the Witch-Kings and find a place in the civilized world...though the stigma imposed upon them by their racial legacy and their more barbaric ancestors ensures they are met with no small degree of hostility and suspicion.