Goblins are violent, primitive humanoids found throughout Tamriel, that often live in sewers, caves and ruins in small clan-based societies. They can range in height from three feet to over eight feet. Appearance-wise, goblins have green skin, yellow eyes that resemble a cat's, pronounced canine teeth, and some have horns and hunchbacks.
Some goblin tribes, like the Stonechewer tribe worship a god called Muluk, who is thought to be related to the Orc god Mauloch, which is known as an aspect of Malacath. As Goblins are a type of Goblin-ken they are protected and guided by the Daedric Prince Malacath.
Goblins take a traditional view to their outfits, with some pieces even dating back to the First Era. This is called the "Primal" culture set by ethnographers, however it is unknown if they inherited it from previous generations, looted it from ancient ruins, scavenged it from other civilizations, or forged it themselves. They are known for their vicious combat capabilities with both melee and ranged weapons, but there are also magic users in their ranks.
Goblin society is primitive and violent, and often poses a threat to the more advanced societies that surround them. While their societies are often lead by the strongest and largest goblins called warlords or their religious leaders, the shamans, some tribes are ruled by other races. Goblin shamans are usually the most intelligent members of tribe and the ones that lead in religious practices. They can recognize more intelligent individuals and in some cases reprimand warriors for attacking them, however the death of a shaman is known to turn that tribe docile. The symbol of a shaman position is the Totem staff made from bone, and if taken or lost, they will do anything to get it back.
- ^ a b Sacred Rites of the Stonechewers — Nellic Sterone
- ^ Varieties of Faith: The Orcs — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- ^ Malacath's dialogue in Oblivion
- ^ Racial Motifs 13: Primal — Seif-ij Hidja
- ^ Fedris Hler's dialogue in Tribunal
- ^ Gathering Force: Arms and Armor of Tamriel — David S. J. Hodgson
- ^ Events of Oblivion