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Created from the unions of goblins with either humans or sometimes elves they are more aggressive and organized. They wage perpetual war on other humanoids. Standing slightly taller than humans, they are hairy and burly Hobgoblins' hair color ranges from long gray, white, brown to black hair. They have gray to olive-colored skin. Hobgoblins' eyes are are usually brown, green or sometimes hazel. Their garments tend to be brightly colored, often blood red with black-tinted leather. Their weaponry is kept polished and in good repair.
Hobgoblins speak Goblin and Common.
Most hobgoblins encountered outside their homes are warriors; the information in the statistics block is for one of 1st level.
Source(s) 3.5E Monster Manual I, 3E Monster Manual I, 3E Player's Handbook, Dragon#309, Monstrous Compendium Volume 1, 1E Monster Manual 1, Basic Boxed Set, Rules Cyclopedia, Tales of the Lance, Classic D&D Game, Monstrous Manual, Introduction to AD&D
|Hobgoblin, 1st-Level Warrior|
|Medium Humanoid (Goblinoid)|
|Hit Dice||1d8+2 (6 hp)|
|Speed||30 ft. (6 squares)|
|Armor Class||15 (+1 Dexterity, +3 studded leather, +1 light shield), touch 11, flat-footed 14|
|Attack||longsword +2 melee (1d8+1/19-20) or javelin +2 ranged (1d6+1)|
|Full Attack||longsword +2 melee (1d8+1/19-20) or javelin +2 ranged (1d6+1)|
|Space/Reach||5 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Qualities||Darkvision 60 ft.|
|Saves||Fort +4, Ref +1, Will -1|
|Abilities||Strength 13, Dexterity 13, Constitution 14, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 9, Charisma 8|
|Organization||Gang (4-9), band (10-100 plus 50% noncombatants plus 1 3rd-level squire per 20 adults and 1 Knight of 4th-6th level), warband (10-24), or tribe (30-300 plus 50% noncombatants plus 1 3rd-level squire per 20 adults, 1 or 2 Knights of 4th or 5th level, 1 Lord of 6th-8th level, 2-4 dire wolves, and 1-4 ogres or 1-2 trolls)|
|Alignment||Usually lawful evil|
|Advancement||By character class|
creatures have a strong grasp of strategy and tactics and are capable of carrying
out sophisticated battle plans. Under the leadership of a skilled strategist or
tactician, their discipline can prove a deciding factor. Hobgoblins hate elves
and attack them first, in preference to other opponents.
Skills Hobgoblins have a +4 racial bonus on Move
hobgoblin warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial
adjustments: Strength 13, Dexterity 11, Constitution 12, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 9, Charisma 8.
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is not quite a race unto itself. Created from the unions of goblins with either humans or sometimes elves, hobgoblins frequently face a hardlife
from the day they are born. Still, being strong and cunning, most hobgoblin
look for ways to improve their lives, and get revenge on those who mistreat
them. While many try to gain the acceptance of their human or sidhe parents,
most end up understanding that it seldom happens. To survive, hobgoblins often
have to create their own place in society using not only force, but their intellect
Most hobgoblins are suspicious, gruff, impatient with other people and bully those they feel are weak. Hobgoblins respect power, whether it is skill with a sword, magic or the ability to command a large group of people. Hobgoblins act much more composed and formal around people they consider successful and often try to learn the methods those people used to become powerful.
Most hobgoblins view power as a means of gaining security and respect, which are things they have little of living on the edges of society. Being mortal, most hobgoblins want to gain power quickly and are not interested in long and complex routes to achieve this end. Hobgoblins are very impatient and often look for swift results that get them what they want.
Hobgoblins have a difficult time making friends but are usually loyal to the friends they do have. Those people who befriend hobgoblins often have to be careful that they are not simply being used by the hobgoblins.
Obtaining good weapons and armor is important to hobgoblins, but gaining large amounts of wealth is not. Hobgoblins believe that having wealth doesnt always win respect, and gold can be lost as easily as it is gained. Most hobgoblins see wealth only as a tool and not something to be hoarded.
While many hobgoblin yearn to be knights, few are skilled in the art of sword fighting. Instead most hobgoblin use greataxes, Scythes and heavy maces in combat. Hobgoblins can use longbows and crossbows, but prefer spears and javelins for ranged attacks. Hobgoblins arent often tactically skilled with magic, so they usually use magic only to attack an enemy at range. Hobgoblin knights are fearsome to behold on the battlefield to friend and foe alike. hobgoblins are generally fearless in combat, and are known for trying to defeat as many opponents as possible. Hobgoblin knights enjoy demonstrating their abilities and vanquishing many enemies in front of other human and sidhe knights in a form of one-upmanship.
have fought against or along side hobgoblins tend to view their typical fighting
style as grandiose and risky. The truth is that hobgoblins carefully choose
when and where to enter a battle, looking for weaknesses in the enemy and then
quickly exploiting them. Other knights note that hobgoblins often join a fight
only after the enemy is fully engaged and then choose adversaries that are easy
for them to deal with, leaving the more difficult enemies for their allies to
defeat. Many knights question how honorable these tactics are, and those hobgoblin
knights who have developed a reputation for pragmatism are not given much respect.
Other races do not see hobgoblins frequently, so they usually have a strong reaction when a hobgoblin arrives in a town or village. Part of this is due to the tall ,well-built hobgoblin physique; they average around 6 feet tall, with a lean and ropy build. Their features are classically goblinish, with long and pointed ears and noses, sharp chins,and wide mouths. Hobgoblins have gray to olive-colored skin, and long gray, white, brown or black hair. Their eyes are usually brown, green or sometimes hazel. Even those hobgoblins with elf blood tend to be considered ugly by other races, so they try to avoid unneeded social contact or wear their helmets except when eating and sleeping.
Despite sometimes having fae parents, no hobgoblin has difficulty wearing iron armor. Being part fae has not given the hobgoblin an extended lifespan. Like most mortals, hobgoblin usually live 50 to 75 years.
take great pains to keep their appearance as neat as possible. While their clothing
and equipment are often second hand, they take good care of their things and
often try to improve them if they can. Those hobgoblins who have good armor
and weapons keep them in excellent condition. Hobgoblin knights often arrive
at tournaments wearing ornate and well-polished armor, a contrast to their goblinish
features, even those given to black-lacquered or red-stained armor.
Most races view hobgoblins as cursed, deformed or wicked beings that associate with devils. Tales of hobgoblin curdling milk, causing animals to behave strangely, and making children sick are common in many communities. Stories aside, other races mostly tolerate the presence of hobgoblin in their communities and would rather quickly bargain with a hobgoblin than try to force him to leave; their money is good, and their blades are sharp, so better not to provoke them. Hobgoblins go only to those settlements that have traded with them in the past. A wandering hobgoblin is usually looking to trade or hear news about events in which they might be able to take part.
Most civilized human, towns let hobgoblin trade, but do not like them staying around for long periods of time. fey are more tolerant of hobgoblins and are often willing to teach skills and magic in return for assistance in defending their settlements and with physical labor. Having experienced the similar intolerance, they empathize with what the hobgoblins have to deal with, and in the past some have tried to welcome them into their settlements.The results havent always been positive. As many soon realize that while hobgoblins have either human or sidhe blood, their attitudes toward life more often mirror the darker outlook of their goblin parents, which makes many who try to help them uneasy.
have an easier time dealing with races that respect brute strength. Most hobgoblins
feel that associating with these races is beneath them, and hobgoblin often
join in attacks against barbarians as a way of improving their status among the more civilized peoples. hobgoblin
dont like associating with orcs and half-orcs but they tolerate the presence
of goblins, Halflings and other fae races.
Small goblin bands sometimes form around
hobgoblins for protection. Halflings who have had bad experiences with other
races sometimes work with hobgoblins to get revenge against people who treated
Hobgoblins are often inclined toward lawful behavior, and see a code of honor as a ladder they can Climb to increase their reputation and power. Many hobgoblins dont realize the efforts it may take to reach the next step. Hobgoblins lose patience and become resentful as it takes longer for them to achieve the status they feel they deserve. Hobgoblins also feel that human and sidhe knights do not have to work as hard as hobgoblins have to in order to gain respect.
Most hobgoblin respond to this by looking for short cuts and easy ways of gaining status. Many hobgoblins dont see these shortcuts as dishonorable, justifying their tricks by saying that both sidhe and humans knights hold the hobgoblin to an impossible standard in order to prevent them from getting the recognition they deserve. These shortcuts include using magic and potions in tournaments against higher-ranking opponents. Hobgoblins also try arranging duels with other knights under conditions that are favorable to themselves. Some hobgoblins start rumors and tell tales to destroy the reputation of a rival knight or squire. Other knights consider these hobgoblins evil or dishonorable and often challenge their right to carry a sword.
decide to create their own codes that they feel are fairer to them and reflect
the values that hobgoblins cherish. A few agree to follow the true codes of
chivalry without any shortcuts and accept that they may never attain the level
of status they desire. Hobgoblins are a hard group to stereotype; even if most
of them seem to be inclined toward evil, many still choose a more honorable
Few hobgoblin control any territory, and those few that do are usually lords of small keeps or towns. Landed hobgoblin often become so by taking up residence in abandoned castles or in towns despoiled by raiders. Some agree to protect a town in return for access to goods and services, though most towns that make such offers to hobgoblin do so only because other knights have refused to help them.
The majority of hobgoblin holdings are along the borders of barbarian lands, but some exist indark woods. Keeps known to be hobgoblin holdings are places people try to avoid. Goblins and other dark creatures often populate the area around hobgoblin holds. Rumors tell of some hobgoblin lords leaving meat and other foodstuffs in the forests near their castles to encourage creatures like giant spiders, dire wolves, and ogres or trolls to live there. Robber knights, bandits and other criminals often associate with hobgoblin lords. Some hobgoblin-ruled towns actively trade in goods stolen from other areas. Hobgoblin lords also train young hobgoblins who have demonstrated enough skill as fighters to become squires.
dont really care that much about land management; they are only interested
in making sure the local population supplies what the hobgoblin needs. Some
hobgoblins do spend resources on fortifications including traps, magical defenses
and making their castles look intimidating. Landless hobgoblin usually wander
around the lands seeking employment. Hobgoblins who have given up trying to
work with other races become robber knights and bandits. Many hobgoblin use
the rise of the High King to increase their power and prestige with other races.
While several black knights earn their reputations by helping to oppose the
tend to offer their faith to gods or saints of battle and valor, as they believe
that battle is the surest way to achieve their goals (for good or ill). Most
hobgoblins worship Balor, god of war and slaughter.
Those hobgoblin who believe more in the common good worship Morrigann,
god of war and valor (or both).
have no language of their own. They usually speak the tongue of the Realm, although
many learn the tongue of their goblin parents or the Sylvan spoken by elven
ancestors, and some learn the languages of other races in the practice of courting
like names that sound strong and intimidating. Most hobgoblin dont like
the elven or human names they are given as children, and change them when they
Garlon, Helbrea, Othmok, Saladen, Skraeth, Warok, Tethbec, Valmung
Brithmaur, Dessetra, Gritha, Hecceri, Ilmeth, Maungra, Morriblu, Sedlirr, Tanigaur,
Hobgoblin frequently begin adventuring at a younger age than most other races because they can no longer stay with their parents. Early on hobgoblin adventure to meet their basic needs, but later in life learning new skills, magic or getting a better piece of equipment is more important to hobgoblins than just eking outa living. Hobgoblins often limit or even stop their adventuring after having established a reputation or become a landholder. At this point most hobgoblin are interested only in heroic sorts of adventures that increase their status or prestige.
2 Charisma Hobgoblins inherit
a sinewy grace from their fae heritage, but have difficulty expressing themselves
and being accepted.
Medium: hobgoblin are Medium creatures,and gain no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
base land speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision: hobgoblin can see up to 60 ft in total darkness. Images appear in black and white.
+1 racial bonus on saving throws againstspells and spell-like effects.
bonus to Move Silently
bonus to Hide and Listen checks. hobgoblin inherit a portion of cunning from their goblin parents.
Automatic Languages: Common, Goblin.
Bonus Languages: Draconic, Dwarven, Infernal, Giant, Orc. Hobgoblin may learn the languagesof
their parents, or of their neighbors, but have relatively few opportunities
to learn other languages growing up.
Class Fighter. Hobgoblin
fighters are quick and dangerous opponents, striking with uncanny speed.
Level adjustment +1.
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