Kobold King

The title of kobold king sounds prestigious to the average traveler, but the citizens of look upon them with disdain. In the eyes of most, a kobold king (there are kobold women in the position as well, though they still use the title kobold king) is little more than a petty tyrant, commanding a singular neighborhood.

The kobolds themselves take a different view. While it’s true lesser kobold kings rarely reign for more than a few weeks before being overthrown, they are a symbol of kobold independence. The mere existence of the lesser kings—let alone the great king—are a constant reminder that the frightful days of kobold slavery are behind them.

d8 Personality Traits
1 I am constantly looking over my shoulder for assassins and usurpers.
2 I am the greatest kobold king to ever live! I will reign for a dozen years!
3 I may not be a kobold king yet, but mark my words, I will be!
4 Hate mud. Gotta be clean… gotta be clean.
5 I trust no one to be a loyal friend, not after last time…
6 I try to be friends with everyone, even the city watch. No one wants to be friends with me though.
7 I may be ugly and smelly and rude and cowardly, but I’m good at heart!
8 I don’t believe I can actually be the kobold king, but hopefully, I will become worthy if I pretend to be for long enough.
d6 Ideal
1 Selflessness. Every little thing I do is for the kobolds! (Good)
2 Community. We stick together. We’re family. (Lawful)
3 Independence. Every kobold for themselves! (Chaos)
4 Self-Preservation. I’m looking out for Number One! (Any)
5 Might. Weak kobolds have no right to live. (Evil)
6 Selfishness. The kobolds live to serve me! I am their king! (Evil)
d6 Bond
1 My little one is going to be king one day. I must protect her until she comes of age, and I must not be usurped before that day.
2 King of Kings Quetelmak can do no wrong. I would die for him!
3 I’m saving up my pieces of silver to buy something big that will change my life!
4 I am loyal only to Karremark, Prince of the Night Ghetto. Our day will soon come.
5 I have a little house. I want to keep my little house safe.
6 Generations ago, my family was owned by a human nobleman. His family will pay for the way he tortured them.

Skill Proficiencies: Stealth, Persuasion.

Tool Proficiencies: One type of artisan’s tools, thieves’ tools.

Equipment: A tiny scalpel, a tattered map, a set of thieves’ tools, a set of common clothes, a pet lizard, and a belt pouch containing 5 gp.

Feature: Kobold Hidey-Holes

Every kobold worth their salt knows how to hide from the law and other belligerent Tall Folk. While in a city, you can take 10 minutes to make a DC 10 Wisdom (Survival) check to locate a place within a mile for you and up to five other Medium or smaller creatures to avoid detection for up to 24 hours. If you are in the wilderness, you must make this check with disadvantage. If you are in a ghetto, you can make this check with advantage.

This hiding spot is a sort of safe house that doesn’t attract the attention of the law, thugs, or other non?supernatural threats. Creatures viewing your safe location from the street cannot see you, but being in it provides no bonus to Dexterity (Stealth) checks.

Suggested Characteristics

Kobold kings are typically kobolds, but there are stories of human children who have become kobold kings for a short time—before they grow too tall to fit in the kobold warrens, that is!

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