Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Goblins: Unlike the ‘good’ races, who all share a common ancestor, Goblins and Orcs do not share any recent ancestors. While Orcs are more reptilian, goblins evolved from large burrowing rodent like creatures. Consequently they live most commonly in burrows deep in the earth, or large cave systems.They are the traditional enemies of the Dwarves, whose homes they would tunnel into and attack. Goblins make up the majority of the ‘evil’ races population because they breed quickly and are very aggressive. Also unlike the Orcs, there are few if any Goblins that wish to reform and join life outside their island sanctuaries. Part of this is due to the lower intelligence of most Goblins, equivalent of a human child or young teenager. Goblins are content to spend their days harvesting roots and raising the small animals that they eat and their nights drinking and telling fantastic stories around their communal fires. Goblin families usually consist of one male with several wives. When a son matures he must leave the family den and venture to a new tribe or community to seek his first wife and then start his own family. Without their knowledge, Goblins have been given strict doses of medication to keep their population at a reasonable level, since they refuse the help of any outsiders that they consider unclean, those being mainly of the ‘good’ races that conquered them. They have little innate magic, and what they do have is mainly reserved for shamans who use life energy to perform their spells.
- Physical Characteristics: Goblins are small in stature, though mostly due to their habit of hunching over on all fours as they scamper from one place to another. What they lack in size, they make up for in speed, their four limbed stride moving them along incredibly quickly. When standing up, they measure just under 4 feet. Their frames are gaunt and covered in shaggy fur they hide beneath even more tattered hide cloth. Their fur ranges from brown and black, to brilliant white, depending on the season. Like dwarves, they see excellently in near darkness, and their rodent like noses can smell natural gas deposits through solid stone.