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    Default Re: Goblin stand ins - what to use instead of goblins?

    You can also reskin Goblins and call them gremlins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritchaser View Post
    Iíd second the vote for bandits with the strong caveat that if thereís a coastline nearby make those bandits pirates.

    Seriously, a handful of lookouts and minor operatives in towns then 8-10 pirates in the only sea cave that hasnít been overrun by undead in part one... maybe with a lieutenant escaping towards a ship at the end if he/she can... if you want and the players are creative enough the could even be reluctant allies in part 7-8, because pirates vs zombies is a classic.
    That's what came to mind, and is similar to something I did recently with a bunch of pirates getting mixed up with a cult that was working on making a small undead army thanks to having a magical item ...
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    Cannibalistic Halflings. Dark Sun needs more love.
    Yes.
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    Stone age tribal cannibal halflings.
    Yes again.
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    Easy Mode: Put a river nearby and make them river-pirates or vikings. Maybe have their ship crashed or something.
    Add in a few guards and beserkers to liven it up.
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    (paraphrased) Rulings are not 'House Rules.' Rulings are a DM doing what DMs are supposed to do.
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    Agency means that they {players} control their character's actions; you control the world's reactions to the character's actions.
    Gosh, 2D8HP, you are so very correct (and also quite handsome) ... 2D8HP told me so
    Quote Originally Posted by HappyDaze
    Self-deception tends to have a low target number

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    Kruthik's would work. Who doesn't like Zerg :)
    I looked at those, but you would need to change the personality of the race. Kruthiks are symbiotes (or parasites) with undead, happily hiding their eggs away while letting the neighbors guard the secret passageways.
    Quote Originally Posted by krugaan
    All it takes is once:

    "Grandpa, tells us that story about the Ricalison the Great again!"

    Hours later...

    "... and that, kids, is how he conquered the world with dancing lights."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickAllison View Post
    I looked at those, but you would need to change the personality of the race. Kruthiks are symbiotes (or parasites) with undead, happily hiding their eggs away while letting the neighbors guard the secret passageways.
    Didn't see anything about them -liking- undead, nor much of anyone else for that matter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    Didn't see anything about them -liking- undead, nor much of anyone else for that matter!
    "Shared Lair. Kruthiks abide the presence of constructs, elementals, oozes, and undead, and use such creatures to help guard their hive. Kruthiks are smart enough to barricade some tunnels and dig new ones that keep their neighbors away from their eggs."

    It's not about liking the neighbors, it's about acknowledging that the neighbors are useful.
    Quote Originally Posted by krugaan
    All it takes is once:

    "Grandpa, tells us that story about the Ricalison the Great again!"

    Hours later...

    "... and that, kids, is how he conquered the world with dancing lights."

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    Cant think of the name but the frog people you find in Out of the Abyss

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickAllison View Post
    "Shared Lair. Kruthiks abide the presence of constructs, elementals, oozes, and undead, and use such creatures to help guard their hive. Kruthiks are smart enough to barricade some tunnels and dig new ones that keep their neighbors away from their eggs."

    It's not about liking the neighbors, it's about acknowledging that the neighbors are useful.
    Hmm, did not see that, I'm still thinking in 3.x mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    Hmm, did not see that, I'm still thinking in 3.x mode.
    I only know that because I specifically looked at them as my first option for this thread and looked at the book for their behavior.
    Quote Originally Posted by krugaan
    All it takes is once:

    "Grandpa, tells us that story about the Ricalison the Great again!"

    Hours later...

    "... and that, kids, is how he conquered the world with dancing lights."

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    even though its a different universe I like using the Skaven from Warhammer. the concept obviously, I don't just plop that into dnd.
    Last edited by Urukubarr; 2019-09-23 at 11:06 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urukubarr View Post
    even though its a different universe I like using the Skaven from Warhammer. the concept obviously, I don't just plop that into dnd.
    Mmm, low lvl toons Vs Warpfire throwers :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by No brains View Post
    Cannibalistic Halfling-oid Underground Dwellers?
    *Iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg*

    So for generations did the sainted skull of Caius Anicius Magnus Furius Camillus ∆milianus Cornelius Valerius Pompeius Julius Ibidus, consul of Rome, favourite of emperors, and saint of the Romish church, lie hidden beneath the soil of a growing town. At first worshipped with dark rites by the prairie-dogs, who saw in it a deity sent from the upper world..
    - H.P. Lovecraft, "Ibid".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finback View Post
    *Iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg*
    CHUDS.... omg, forgotten about that movie

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    Kobolds you have beautiful eyes kind reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTurbo View Post
    Xvart might work
    Agree; xvarts are great and don't appear enough.
    Just let them keep a cave bear they can worship, and that's left with them...

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