Goblinoids Picture

I felt like drawing some amphibious monsters and, well, here's the result.

Goblinoids is my made up term for the few magical creatures of frog descent in my vast mythology (I'm not sure how many stories will involve them, but they appear in Tremere's Saga towards the end). Here they are, from top to bottom:

Despite the bad reputation given to them by Tolkien, Goblins are actually quite peaceful. They are often surly and antisocial towards other species, but they are not the vicious marauding monsters popular fantasy novels make them out to be. Like frogs they have soft, moist skin and the ability to inflate their froats like baloons, which makes the sound that gives them their name ("GOOOOBLIN! GOOOOBLIN!"). Goblins only have a few natural teeth in their lower jaw, and some clans actually craft fake teeth to compensate for this weakness.
Unlike most magical creatures in my mythology, Goblins are incredibly fond of technology and civilization. They are particularly fond of metal craftsmanship. This is may be why they are viewed as warlike, as goblins don't have clothes so much as various suits of armor. The only cloth they use is leather to hold their armor together. While they also make weapons, they rarely do more damage than playing mischevious tricks on humans.
Like all magical creatures, Goblins do not want dominance of the world but rather to keep it in balance. This is why they dislike humans, who are the only creatures that try to rule the planet. They also dislike dwarves because of their rivaling skills in metal craftsmanship. While elves and fairies dislike goblins, they do not share the sentiment: the problem is that goblins view elves and fairies as food.
Goblins are very kind within their own species, allowing dwarves to take the more metal-rich mountains so they can live in swamps to raise their amphibious young. While goblins are perfectly comfortable on land, their children need water to grow. Goblins treat Gremlins and Hobgoblins as their own, and will occasionally tolerate trolls.
Goblins can be placated with gifts of metal, the stronger the better.
The goblin pictured is named Koax and is featured in Tremere's Saga and possibly other stories.

Hobgoblins are very similar to goblins (look at their freaking names). Differences include: two horns, more teeth, larger size, greater intellect, more prowess with magic, and a friendlier if more mischevious nature. Hobgoblins can shapeshift and, unlike their smaller cousins, have the long sticky tongues of their frog ancestors. Other than that there are few differences.
The hobgoblin pictured is Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as interpreted by my mythology (which uses Shakespeare characters as they are PUBLIC DOMAIN! BWA HA HA HA!). Puck is a particularly intelligent and magic savvy hobgoblin... well, for hoblgoblin standards at least. He will be featured in Tremere's Saga and possibly other stories.

Despite two major TV movies, gremlins can walk in daylight, eat after midnight without side effects, and be touched by water without asexually reproducing. While they have good intent they often cause great destruction because of their curious nature. They wear armore made of gears, cogs, springs, and other parts of the various machines they tear apart.
While goblins are fascinated with metal sculpture, gremlins are obsessed with taking complex machines apart and using the pieces to make something new. A gremlin could feasibly turn a blender into a small airplane or a toaster into a lazer device. They are mechanical geniuses.
That said, gremlins have a sort of amphibian ADD. They will often jump from one project to another and never finish either. Goblins often help counteract this problem, making gremlins work for them to stay in their society. This may seem exploitive, but it is actuall best for both cultures.
Gremlins have few physical defenses. They can jump incredible distances and have sharp claws and teeth, but there is little else in their arsenal. This is another reason why they often live with the creatively challenged but incredibly strong goblins.
The gremlin pictured is named Brekekekek and is featured in Tremere's Saga and possibly other stories. He is good friends with Koax.

Like the above goblinoids, trolls are fascinated with technology. They especially like trinkets (a transformer action figure would drive them insane with joy), but they are not nearly as friendly. Trolls eat any meat they can find but prefer creatures that are weaker and smaller than themselves.
Trolls do not turn to stone in daylight. They do, however, dehydrate easily, which is why they must always be near a source of water. If they stay out of water for too long their body dries and hardens, which is how the whole myth started. This is why one only has to fear them in moist areas. Trolls are also the most dimwitted of all goblinoids. Despite their voracious appetites they are not malevolent and will help a good cause when they're not hungry.
The troll shown here is named Hungry Hungry Harry and is featured in Tremere's Saga and possibly other stories.

Also known as bogeys, boogens, or boogeymen, bogarts are the only goblinoids that deserve their foul reputation. They prey exclusively on young human children and, using their profound magical expertise that surpasses all other goblinoids, will change their shape to inflict brutal mental torture on their intended victim for days, weeks, or even months before finishing them off. While most magical creatures, other goblinoids included, are not fond of humans or their oppressive ways, they all detest Bogarts for their even more vile form of "rebellion against the scourge of humanity." Bogarts are so cruel that they are often misidentified as demons.
Despite the terror they inflict in children, Bogarts are relatively easy fiend to kill. Their thin bodies, while incredibly agile and able to leap long distances, have bones that snap like twigs and no body armor to speak of. While they have nasty claws and a vicious bite, a full grown human is more than a match for this shape changing fiend.
The bogart shown is the infamous Spring Heeled Jack (also public domain) who, yes, will also be featured in Tremere's Saga. Little spoiler: he won't live through it.

I hope to someday create a compedium of magical creature species, habits, etc., which would include all the different species of goblins, hobgoblins, gremlins, etc. (the ones shown are but single examples of species to represent each genus). Ah, to dream.
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