Nobody took much notice of them while they were the Empire’s small, green, harmless and inconspicuous slave people. But then an Orc taught them how to fight and they threw off the yoke of slavery. By now everybody knows to watch out for the Goblin Pirates. Most recently, they conquered one of Longfall’s outlying districts and declared this “Goblinopolis”, the capital of their goblin nation.
They used to be small, green-grey and mostly harmless – humanity’s slaves. But then a civil war and an orc foundling came along and with them the goblins’ big opportunity. Today, the Goblin Pirates are a formidable faction with their own quarter in Longfall which they dubbed “Goblinopolis”.
Goblins are cowardly and usually a bit on the weak side – which explains the large proportion of peg legs in their crews – but at least their courage is bolstered by the proximity of other goblins. On the other hand, they can be hired for comparatively small amounts of gold, which is why you’re always going to encounter Goblin Pirates in large groups. They just feel a lot more inclined to stick around despite flying lead and big nasty people wanting to give them a good drubbing, if there are a bunch of their mates around. But they do not place their faith in weight of numbers alone. They are highly inventive, particularly if the aim is to blow up stuff or opponents. Bombs, rolled powder barrels, harpoon pistols, and, of course, the notorious paddle of doom – Goblins fight with anything fun and noisy.
Goblins use this combination of numerical superiority and “miracle weapons” to counteract the fact that, as individuals, they are not the most sturdy or reliable of fighters. This compensation mechanism does not always work reliably, mind, but it always does so in an entertaining manner. Goblins’ sometimes exotic armament and equipment make them highly variable and difficult to predict for an opponent. Anyone who enjoys fate’s little surprises should gather a horde of Goblin Pirates around them.
Otherwise Goblins are individualists with a taste for the eccentric. Piggy-backers, fighters in armour made from giant crabs or old ovens, turban-wearing pistoleros but also healers and poisoners can be found in their ranks. And then are the two orcs for when you want to rough things up properly.
Because of the versatility in equipment, no Goblin Pirate looks like the next one, a goblin crew is usually a riot of colour. The only general motif of a goblin crew is that somewhere, underneath all the clothing, equipment and weaponry, there is a goblin in there. Whether they dress up like an assassin, carry an ex-shark on their back or are being pushed around in the wheeled remains of a boat.
Goblins’ green-grey speckled bodies are usually stuck in whatever clothing they can find. Some are still wearing their old staff uniforms from when they were slaves, others, who are fresh from the jungle, are clad in a loincloth – if you’re lucky. The state of their equipment ranges from spotlessly clean to artful ensembles made from half-rotten pieces of wood and big wads of rust with a metal core.
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