31 Days of D&D — Day 20

Day 20 — Favorite Humanoid?

Alright, first off, I’m going to eliminate playable races from the list.

Humanoids tend to be the most common form of beasties that adventurers face in a typical campaign, and they make up some of the most iconic of Dungeons & Dragons antagonists — bugbears, duergar, gnolls, hobgoblins, kobolds, lizard men, and the like.

For the longest time, my favorite of these humanoid foils was the Orc. Big, strong, with a modicum of intelligence, Orcs were dangerous and bloodthirsty, with a thirst for war in its most primeval form.

But a funny thing happened a few years back… I fell in love with the Pathfinder Goblin.

goblinThe Dungeons & Dragons flavor of goblin was just low level fodder, easy targets for 1st to 3rd level adventurers. Little more than vermin, the goblin was an insignificant threat for the most part, coming across as just mean little critters that needed to be stamped out.

Pathfinder reinvented the goblin, breathing life and personality into these little balls of child-like chaos. Oh, they’re still vile little vermin, but now they’re vermin with charisma, flair, and anarchic temperament.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure my players find them altogether annoying.

But that’s sort of the point.

The goblin can come along and be a dangerous agent of destruction and mayhem or add some much needed comic relief. And sometimes, it’s both.


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