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Louie N22 Mar 2019 8:29 a.m. PST


"D&D hobgoblins are orange skinned with blue noses."

I have encountered this physical description a few times and I would like to know where it comes from. This must have been before my time.

Was it met to represent a snout on early miniatures that were using human conversions?

I am just curious.

Aethelflaeda was framed22 Mar 2019 10:00 a.m. PST


Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Mar 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

From page 53 of The Monster Manual, 1977:

Description: The hairy hides of hobgoblins range from dark reddish-brown to gray black. Their faces are bright red-orange to red. Large males will have blue-red noses. Eyes are either yellowish or dark brown. Teeth are yellowed-white to dirty yellow. Hobgoblins favor bright, bloody colors and black leather. They keep weapons well polished. Hobgoblins live for 60 years.

The design inspiration was baboons, if I recall correctly.

EDIT: Aethelflaeda is correct in that it was mandrills – which I conflate with baboons.


Louie N22 Mar 2019 10:27 a.m. PST

Cool thanks

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