Goblins, also notorious as kobolds, are small humanoid creatures that dwell in wild forests and various types of underground caverns of the Northern Kingdoms.
They group themselves in bands and are accepted as sentient despite savage behaviour.
A feature by which goblin is easily distinguished is a dog-like face. Apart from height and breadth, one obvious difference between the two goblin species is that a knocker is hairier and always grows a huge beard that tangles with time, which ordinary kobolds do not as a rule. Their eyes are also known to be used as an ingredient, as they can act as a a poison to make the drinker perceptible to visions.
They are called heathens by some fanatic priests call them heathens and say goblins serve the darkness. This, of course, is nothing more than racist slander based on the fact that they live undersurface.
Goblins are at least remotely social creatures as they gather in bands and together can make quite a noise.
They are savage and mischievous in their nature. They often steal stuff they find interesting, such as mining equipment or chickens, vandalise houses, destroy sidewalks or otherwise hinder miners from progressing deeper underground, and at times even attack. These attacks, however, end with bruises at worst and so goblins are considered to be mere pests. They hate daylight and are active above ground only during the night.
- Kobolds and goblins also feature in other works of Andrzej Sapkowski.
- Some forest kobolds inhabiting an abandoned lumberjacks' glade near Ktova village appear in Chapter 11 of The Warriors of God novel. Shortly after his escape from the Trosky Castle, Reynevan is ambushed by about twenty of them; they are described as hirsute creatures being as short as human children, having short legs, long arms and ugly, doggy faces.
- They are featured similarly in his The Eye of Yrrhedes role-playing game. Mountain kobolds from the Crookednose tribe are 1.20 meters tall, have dog faces and, contrary to the forest ones from the Warriors of God, hairless reddish skin. They wear leather and fur clothes and are armed with yatagans, cudgels and light crossbows. Despite their good eyesight in the darkness, they still illuminate their habitats with oil lamps and lanterns treating them as a luxurious decoration. Cruel brigands, they attack without hesitation when in advantage. They peculiarly hate gnomes, being a constant state of war with them.
- The author also wrote a feuilleton titled Ya hoi! Ya hoi! Ya harri hoi! about the origin and role of goblins, orcs and similar creatures in the fantasy genre. A copy of it can be found here.