The Golden Empire
Goblins typically stand from 3 feet to a little over 3.5 feet tall and weigh from 40 to 45 pounds, with male specimens noticeably taller and heavier than women. Their skin shades range from nearly yellow to deep red, their hair from black to blond (curly, kinky, or straight), and they do not posess facial hair. Their hides are protective offering limmited protection to vital areas.
Between the age of 15 and 35 years of age the metabolism of a goblin changes increasing to ten times the normal amount of food to maintain itself. The goblins strange behavior is almost always noticed and the goblin is ousted from the tribe regardless of his position. This seems cruel even for them, but appears to be a survival instinct as this goblin’s metabolism makes him a danger to all friend and foe alike as he changes to a typical Bugbear wihin the space of 6 months.
Goblins are tribal survivors, scavangers, and opportunists. The concept of a honorable and fair fight eludes most of their race as the means always justify the ends. Their race is snubbed by nearly every known sentient race in the world. They are viewed as unwanted pests at BEST and a scourge to be eliminated at worst. Typically they are lead by either the strongest or the smartest in their tribe and are often lead by shamans.
Growing nearly 9’ in the span of 6 months is said to be the most painful experience a goblin ever undergoes(including death!) as they can grow more than 1" in a single day given food and water. Goblins in this state of mind think of little else except food and water and will commit all their resources, skills, power to aquiring it. It is believed other bugbears are made aware of the young Bugbear through scent and often come to aid the new recruit!
Though the Goblins and Bugbears are essentially the same race, the maturation of the goblin to a Bugbear is often viewed by goblins as death to their once tribesmember and is treated the same… Though goblins typically do not have any funeral rights except who gets the unlucky gits stuff, this usually results in infighting. Occasionally goblins will forge alliances with Bugbears and other races, but they are often short lived unless the goblins are strange indeed…