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Hobgoblins are humanoids related to goblins and bugbears and often found among them.

Their origins are unknown, though their history has always been entwined with the other two goblinoid ancestries. Indeed, in many old hobgoblin tales, hobgoblins occupied positions of leadership in multicultural goblinoid communities. Whether these tales are self-serving are accurate is unknown.

Ancestral Traits

Hobgoblins usually have red, orange, or brown skin and hair. They tend to be somewhat stronger and taller than humans, with a somewhat feline appearance to their faces. Thanks to your distinctive goblinoid ancestry, your character has certain traits.

Age. Hobgoblins mature at the same rate as humans and live for about as long.

Size. Hobgoblins often stand a few inches taller than the average human but are similar in size. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Senses. Darkvision. As part of their goblinoid heritage, hogboglins can see well in darkness. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Martial Cooperation. Hobgoblins are born in litters and cooperate with each other in mock combat, even in infancy. Even if they grow up outside of hobgoblin communities, those of hobgoblin ancestry find themselves able to coordinate with allies in combat. Once per turn, you can deal an extra 4 (1d6) damage to a creature you hit with a melee weapon attack if that creature is within 5 feet of an ally of yours that isn’t incapacitated.

Cultural Traits

Hobgoblin communities are found in any environment, but are usually structured like a military encampment. Often, these communities have shared dormitories, or barracks, well-organized educational training systems, and efficient and productive craftspeople.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2 and your Intelligence score by 1.

Alignment. Hobgoblin communities are most often very regimented according to a military philosophy. As such, their members tend toward law.

Martial Training. Hobgoblin communities instill martial combat training in their members from a very young age. You have proficiency with longsword, longbow, and shield.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Goblin.

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