Hobgoblins are the dominant race of the goblinoid species and have subjugated goblins, bugbears barghests and other goblinoids under their rule. They are native to Hauner and are particularly well-established in Ostlichhauner and Nordenhauner.
Physical Traits Edit
Hobgoblins are sapient mammals.
Hobgoblins venerate Die Erhabenen, known to them as 'the exalted ones.' Gipf is chief of the Erhabenen, and is at least nominally worshiped by almost all goblinoids, though various cultures and even warbands have their own chosen patron. Relations between followers of Ulmach and Hailwic have devolved to the point of kill-on-sight hostilities between the two factions.
Hobgoblins all speak die Sprache, the goblin tongue. A few particularly clever or ambitious hobgoblins learn the languages of other cultures. Unlike other goblinoids, most Hobgoblins possess at least basic literacy skills and have no fear of the written word.
Hobgoblin spellcasters are rare, due to a societal prejudice against anyone who doesn't rely on steel and armor to win their power. Still, some hobgoblin clerics, oracles and witches have risen to power, and the rare hobgoblins magus is occasionally tolerated if they limit their casting to enhancing their melee fighting ability. Hobgoblins who are born with the power of sorcery or who take up the study of wizardry are killed as swiftly as possible. Summoner hobgoblins generally get the same treatment. Druid hobgoblins are even more rare, but are generally feared among hobgoblin society (because a druid could be anywhere!), and despised for their propensity to ally themselves with fey and other races.
Hobgoblins regard War as the ultimate art form, and have established rigid rules of how it should be conducted.
Their armies are highly-trained and highly organized. Hobgoblins compose the backbone of the army, but are only a fraction of the total composition of soldiers. Other goblinoids are used as fodder and shock troops, and supporting companies and battalions of non-gobinoid troops are typically led by a hobgoblin commander and are used as specialist forces (heavy cavalry, air cavalry, siege troops, etc.)
Hobgoblins have a long, well-documented history of dick moves and foul behavior.
They rose to power in widely scattered tribes on the supercontinent of Hauner after the Naga civilization was destroyed. In modern times, the hundreds of scattered hobgoblin tribes have consolidated into just a handful of powerful states.