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Blackwool Hobgoblin — Legion of the Fist
Medium Humanoid (Goblinoid)
Challenge 1 (200 XP)
Defense & Maneuver
Armor Class 13
Hit Points 13 (3d8)
Speed 40 ft., Stealth +4, Acrobatics +4, may run on liquid or vertical surfaces so long as turn ends on level ground
Senses passive Perception 11, darkvision 60 feet
Racial Advantage: Once per turn, if the target is within 5 feet of a conscious ally, the Blackwool hobgoblin can inflict an addition 7 (2d6) damage.
Multiattack: The Blackwool hobgoblin strikes with both an armed and an unarmed attack.
Ki Attack: Once per encounter, the Blackwool hobgoblin may make one armed attack and two unarmed attacks.
Melee Attack, Armed (+4 to hit, 7 bludgeoning damage): The Blackwool hobgoblin strikes with a three-section staff (use quarterstaff statistics) for 1d8+2 damage.
Melee Attack, Unarmed (+4 to hit, 4 bludgeoning damage): The Blackwool hobgoblin kicks or punches for 1d4+2 damage.
Ranged Attack (+4 to hit, 6 piercing damage): The Blackwool hobgoblin fires a light crossbow for 1d8+2 damage.
Alignment Lawful Evil
Languages Common, Goblin
Ability Modifiers Str +0, Dex +2, Con +0, Int +0, Wis +1, Cha -1
The hobgoblins of the Legion of the Fist shun the usual metal armor and heavy weapons of other legions, favoring the arts of the monk. Whether the legion’s fighting style was developed internally, taught to them by human orders, or taught to them by an otherworldly psionic race is a matter of debate among sages. What is known is that the Legion of the Fist hobgoblins are derided by their cousins in other legions, who call them “Blackwool” hobgoblins after their darkened, woolen cloaks. Among other races, it is also generally believed that, even if other hobgoblins won’t admit it, the Blackwools are far more dangerous than their metal-bearing cousins.
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