It Came from the Web – Frostgrave Gnolls

A good blog post that echoes my thoughts on the North Star Frostgrave Gnolls… useful for so much more than just Frostgrave!

True Line of Sight

“What have I done, and why? I must have forgotten my medicine. I’ve got a condition. It’s bad to forget your medicine when you’ve got a condition.” – Marv, Sin City

I’ve got a condition. The only medicine is little, ugly men or in this case gnolls. I love gnolls, always have. I don’t know what it is about hyenafolk that was so appealing as “monsters” and, later in my PC career, a playable race. I spent a lot of time convincing GMs that there was nothing wrong with letting me play as a gnoll and when I starting GMing I would encourage my players to consider them as an option. I delighted in gnolls to the point that I rarely treated them as a “bad guy” and more as a misunderstood part of the natural part of life in the fantasy world the heroes inhabited.

Over the years though…

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  1. I feel the same way about kobolds and ratfolk. Always seen them more as the unsung “heroes” of their domains. Thought of as simple nuisances that needed a culling every other year, both have (in my mind) extensive societal ideals and roles. Kobolds being amazing miners and trapsmiths. The mining meant that, despite their ‘low treasure’ values, must have been quite wealthy. So where did that wealth go to? Well to the dragons that they supported – not only in the raw resources but minding the rest of the wyrm’s holdings while it relaxed on its pile of gold.

    Ratfolk are skilled foragers and skulkers. Yes, they quite often would be thieves but those that decided not to paint a target on their tails found ways to take other species’ cast offs and refuse and create functional, if not impressive, items. Being the recyclers of the dark.

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