these are the
variety Kobolds, and
I'm pretty sure this is
drawn by this guy.
With all that self deprecation, meta, and lampshade hanging out of the way, I decided to make a racial template for a traditionally monstrous race that has kinda memetically evolved into something else. Instead of conniving trapster tricksters, these are ineffective but intelligent miners with an earnest artist soul and a desire to be loved. Let's cobble together a template that I feel exemplifies this iteration of a kobold.
Kobolds are fragile sneaks with a basic ethics system. This hints to a low HT, perhaps a high speed, and no especial combat efficacy. Social bonds are pretty important though and loyalty is considered a prime virtue. Let's try putting together a template.
|Attribute Modifiers: SM-1; HT-1[-10]; DX+1.|
|Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: Basic Speed +1.|
|Advantages: Honest Face; Dungeon Artificer 1 ; Silence 1 ; High Manual Dexterity 1|
|Disadvantages: Appearance (Unattractive)[-4]; Chummy[-5]; Easy To Kill 1[-2]; Sense of Duty (Tribe) [-10]; Social Stigma ("Race of Thieves") [-10]|
|Some artificer abilities seem|
appropriate for this concept.
|Pretty fun issue. I like the|
pointless slaying and looting
concept, but it feels like it would
be more difficult in practice than
it aims to be.
Also, recently, found an alternate template recently for a more traditional kobold, so there's that if you prefer a more vicious by default sort.