Rise of the Runelords
Goblin Tribes and Heroes
As she mentioned earlier, there are
five major goblin tribes in the region. The closest to
Sandpoint are the Birdcruncher goblins, who live in caves
along the western edge of the Devil’s Platter, although
traditionally these goblins are the least aggressive of
the five. To the south are the Licktoad goblins of the
Brinestump Marsh, pests who are excellent swimmers .
East are the Seven Tooth goblins of Shank’s Wood,
goblins who’ve secured a place for themselves by raiding
Sandpoint’s junkyard and rebuilding the stolen refuse
into armor and weapons. Farther east are the Moss wood
goblins, likely the largest tribe but one traditionally held
back by feuding families within their own ranks. And
finally, there are the Thistletop goblins, who live on the
Nettlewood coast atop a small island that some say holds
a passing resemblance to a decapitated head.
Shalelu notes that goblins generally live
short, violent lives. It’s unusual for a single goblin to
achieve any real measure of notoriety, but when one does,
it’s well earned. Currently, six goblins in the region enjoy
the status of"hero."
Big Gugmut is an unusually muscular and tall goblin
from Mos swood who, it is said, had a hobgoblin for a
mother and a wild boar for a father.
Koruvus was a champion of the Seven Tooth tribe, as
well known for his short temper as he was for his prized
posses sion-a magic longsword sized for a human
that the goblin stubbornly kept as his own (despite the
fact that it was too large for him to properly wield).
Koruvus vanished several months ago after he supposedly
discovered a “secret hideout” in a cave along the cliffs ,
but the Seven Tooth goblins remain convinced he’s
out there still, a ghost or worse, waiting to murder any
goblin who tries to discover his hideout.
Vorka is a notorious goblin cannibal who lives in the
Brine stump marsh, a “hero” mostly to goblins other than
the Licktoad tribe.
Rendwattle Gutwad is the obese chieftain of the
Brinestump goblins, a corpulent monster who, it is said,
never leaves his throne.
Ripnugget is the leader ofthe Thistletop goblins and
controls what the five tribes agree is the best lair.
And then there’s Bruthazmus, an infamous bugbear
ranger who lives in northern Nettlewood and often visits
the five tribes to trade things he’s stolen from caravans
for alcohol, news, or magic arrows . Shalelu notes that
Bruthazmus has a particular hatred of elves, and that
they have fought on several occasions. To date, neither of
them has managed to get the upper hand on the other, but
Shalelu bitterly vows that she won’t be the first to fall in
their private war.