A goblin squire from a noble family. Pictured here nude for simplicity's sake
51 years ago a hunting party of wizards downed a Fleshgod and thrust the corpse deep under the earth. As always happens, the scent of the god's decay attracted beings from throughout the realms and planes. The caves became twisted and warped as reality gave way in the vicinity of the astral cadaver. This corpse was different from many others though. It called to the amphibians of the realm, and many would give in to the pull and attempt a voyage to the cave. These annual attempted migrations became known as "Toad Tide". Eventually some, certainly native to the area near the cave, would successfully make it to the bloated thing and feast. The God's Flesh of a Flesh God. Over generations these newly cave dwelling creatures would rapidly warp, shifting forms. Many looking like a mockery of men, others like things never before imagined. These new beings, the toadfolk, the manderfolk and the others became known collectively as the Goblins and Elves.
The many things called to the cave also brought parasites, and these parasites eventually found themselves into the flesh the new people. The pictured individual is suffering from a number of parasites himself.
- His left eye swollen with many strange worms
- The additional legs caused by a parasite that attacks the goblin in developement
- the swollen ending on two of these legs will, in many years, burst and release strange interdimensional "crabs"
The cave folk do not abhor these parasites, they in fact see them as gifts from the deceased god that gave them shape. They see it as an honor to carry the children of these strange creatures from other worlds. Some lowborn goblins and elves even gain higher status simply by having prodigious numbers of parasites squirming in their flesh.
Goblin/Elves have one massive capital city that remains mostly isolated from the other races. There are rumors of strange statuary and massive buildings carved from godbone or titanic stalagmites. Outside of their native caves, they live as nomads, either peaceful traders or vicious raiders. At least one family (of whom the pictured individual belongs) have managed to gain rank and prestige as a noble house in some of the western kingdoms.
Because of their innate ties to the Red via their origin from GodFlesh, Goblins and Elves easily pick up flesh magic and have many practitioners. The usage of such many of the other races find disturbing. The above individual has a Flesh orb, a small but dense chunk of biomass for manipulation pulled directly from the red. These allow practitioners to practice their art without incurring the discomfort or suffering of other living beings.
this is my first ever attempt at pixel art. I'm happy with it as a first try, but I am very unhappy about how the eyes came out, and I also struggled with color choices, working with color to shade is a very different experience than the hatching that I'm used to. Suffice to say, it was very fun and I hope to improve
done with a mouse and MS pain