Goblins

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Coming from the vast Caliphate of the Sahradian desert, over the southern sea from Ibarran, the goblins are a very foreign presence to the Realm. To most, goblins are not only distinguished by their green skin and pointed ears but also by their religion, which the United Church has branded as worshiping of heathen deities. The goblins are are an extremely devout peoples, worshipping the Lord of Light and Conquest, Isall, and his divine wife Amir, the Lady of Tempest.

It is within the texts of these two gods that the goblins have based their society, a clearly defined patriarchal realm with expectations for each class below the Caliph right down to the beggars and homeless that would see them into the Heavens under their god’s blazing light and shielded by their goddess’s tempest. Due to their strict adherence to these texts, goblins could be argued to be far more stable a culture than any of the Realms. Most every other nation and rulership has seen some degree of disruption. The goblins have not seen much in the way of changes to their political or sociological mentalities.

These mentalities often lend to a lack of mercy amongst the goblins. Goblin nobles live a life of luxury that has likely been acquired through devious politicking and backstabbing. That wealth can often be short-lived, as in goblin society it’s just as likely that your neighbour might decide that they want the lands that you occupy, the ornaments that you own, and the wife you share your bed with. Squabbles that began generations ago have boiled down to territorial feuds over matters that neither side remember the origin of, but will see neither side bowing down for the sake of tradition and family honour. It is said that, amongst goblins, it is the man that is your oldest enemy that is your dearest friend, for at least they have a good reason for hating you.

Regardless of this, the goblins have benefited from great progress. They are unparalleled in their architecture, have boasted some of the greatest thinkers that Ereda has seen. In not relying on divine healing they have made a great deal of progress in alchemical and mundane medicine. Goblins may even be on a par with elves in their architectural capabilities, benefiting from innovation that has seen precise mathematics to utilise pillars, columns and domes in creating utterly phenomenal buildings, usually adorned with intricate inlays.

Goblins mostly wear knee-length tunics of linen or silk, with the men wearing loose trousers underneath. Both genders tend to wear headdresses, though goblin women often adorn a veil to cover most of their faces whilst men usually wear a turban, the winding and colouring of which would indicate class and function.

Relationships between the goblins and the Realm have been shaky at best, and even that period was a long time ago. Formerly having occupation in Ibarran due to one of the Ibarrish’s several revolutions leaving them floundering without leadership, relationships broke down when the death of a goblin caliph saw no successor named. With Ibarran, then under goblin occupation, split between the caliph’s seven sons, whose sultanates were neglected by a ruler that would sooner spend their time overseas in Sahradia, or by two of the brothers declaring war on one another. There came a period of brutality that saw goblins butchering Ibarrish innocents of their brother’s holdings for no other reason than living in the wrong brother’s lands.

In conjunction to this, at about this time new doctrines passed by the priests of the newly formed United Church stated that Isall and Amir were heathen gods and that the way of the United Church should be taken to Sahradia, with no quarter to heathen worshippers. The holy war against the goblins was a long and bloody, and from that point there was no doubt that they were a foreign menace that should be eradicated as sinners in the eyes of the Church.

The Sahradian Crusades saw that the goblins would hold no quarter and that they would not fight with any modicum of honour. They were ruthless and cruel to their aggressors from the realms. They were merciless in battle, and showed equal willingness to slaughter outside of the battlefield. Though the Church needed no more justification from the word of god, if any had their doubts that the goblins were heathens, they had those doubts quickly removed come the Crusades.

This holy war was still ongoing when the Legion came. It is not yet known if the goblins suffered in the Fall, or if the Legion even struck at Sahradia. Even the Realmwide devastation of the Fall has not eradicated the prejudices most humans have towards the goblins. Barely any goblins live in Andermark, and those that do are usually servants to nobility, particularly acclimatised merchants, or criminals dwelling in the slums of Starkholm.