Hobgoblins are a militaristic race of goblinoids which are larger, stronger, and smarter than normal goblins.

By and large hobgoblins are, by nature, cruel and evil. While goblinoid society is cruel and harsh, some individuals escape it to carry on lives of virtue, though fewer such individuals are hobgoblins than true goblins. Those few who do take this risk and succeed often meet cautious praise and acceptance from outsiders.

Those that do are, however, continuously plagued by their nature. Though hobgoblins are not necessarily evil they are prone to violence and hot tempers and find it difficult to be truly altruistic. When provoked, which is often easy, hobgoblins are vindictive creatures who take glee in causing pain to those that injured them. Those hobgoblins who overcome this nature often do so because of the rewards they find in serving good, rather than evil.

The lawful, orderly nature of these creatures makes them ideally suited as either soldiers and mercenaries, and many hire themselves out as such. Hobgoblins are extremely organized, making them skilled warriors who use tactics and strategy, rather than simple brute force.


Hobgoblins are tall, standing 5 or 6 feet feet in height, weighing up to 200 lbs. Hobgoblins have dark red-brown skin, their hair color ranges from deep brown to dark gray, and their eyes are usually sickly yellow. Their garments tend to be brightly colored, often blood red with black-tinted leather.

Their weaponry is always kept polished and in good repair. Hobgoblins speak Goblin and Common, and most of the creatures encountered outside their lairs are either private mercenaries or soldiers serving in an organized military force.



Hobgoblins are rarely found in communities where they are not in command of goblins, and the most civilized goblinoid communities are ruled by this race. This is in large part because hobgoblin society is more industrious and less savage than that of goblins. Most such communities are ruled over by the strongest hobgoblin, who serves as the war-chief.

Hobgoblins have a long tradition of mastering and breeding the creatures of the world into slaves of various sorts. Many, for instance, like working with wolves or worgs. Similarly, many drake breeds were first bred by hobgoblins. Some sages believe hobgoblins carried this practice on within their own race, creating the goblins and bugbears in such a manner.

Hobgoblins are immensely protective of their tribe's reputation and military status, so much so that meetings between different groups can turn violent if proper protocol is not followed. However, though hobgoblin tribes are territorial and egotistical in nature they will often unite for a common purpose, such as war against non-goblinoids.