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The Lotl: A New Take on Goblins (or Hobgoblins) */
« on: February 09, 2005, 08:50:52 PM »
In the deep primal forests and wild places of the world, where civilization has never intruded, there lurk the Lotl, savage beings of the trackless wilds, dwelling barbarically in primitive bands of males who steal the transient females of their race from each other.

Lotl stand 5-and-1/2 to 6 feet tall. They have humanoid bodies, though they tend to have longer, more slender limbs and slightly hunched shoulders from which their massy necks protrude diagonally. They vestigial claws which grow from their knuckles. Their heads give the appearance of those of baboons, with long snouts, slit-nostrils, and snarling teeth. These evil maws are crowned by long, filthy, straggling manes of greasy black hair. Their eyes are small under heavy brow ridges, and gleam like tiny black jewels. They have hair in all the places where humans do, though this tends to be thicker. Lotl have very smooth dark-brown skin. Lotl can live as long as 70 years, but their hard lives and near constant injuries, they generally die of old age or sickness by 30. When they give birth, they generally birth twins. The ratio of males to females is strictly slanted- about 60% males to 40% females.

The Lotl are organized into small clan-groups (called "ukti" in their simplistic language) which can be as large as 25 or as small as 8, tending towards smaller numbers. They dwell in small caves or other natural shelters. Ukti consist mostly of males, who do the hunting, fighting, and most of the heavy lifting in general. Generally, females born in the ukti are sent out to fend for themselves if they do not become pregnant by the age of 13. This is the basis of the ukti- there are not enough females to sustain a healthy breeding population. Thus, vagrant females make up a second nomadic portion of the population. Males, while hunting, may catch onto the scent of vagrant females. These are captured and taken back to the ukti to serve as producers of young. Captured females will live as part of the ukti until their children have been raised to the age of 5, when they are re-exiled.

The Lotl are not an advanced species- they live like human Neanderthals did, dressing in heavy furs and living in caves. Their chipped-stone tools and the sharpened sticks which serve them as spears are primitive at best. They have only rudimentary skills for tool fabrication, though they are well-versed in the wild's primitive lore. They live day to day, collecting food for the fires which are kept burning in their caves at all times.

Children and the elderly (30s upward) act as the gatherers of Lotl society, ranging away from the ukti cave through the ukti's territory (generally 25 miles around the cave, the length of a day's hunt) to search for edible plants, eggs, mushrooms, and to collect water. All healthy members of age 12 to age 25 range out as hunters to capture the large animals that serve as their food.

The leaders of Lotl ukti are called "haub". Haub-lotl are generally the strongest or most skilled of the hunters in the ukti.

Lotl are incredibly territorial, and conflict between ukti are frequent, fought over the borders of ukti territories or over valuable females.

OTHER NOTES- Imagine a baboon-headed savage human with dreadlocks, and you've about got their appearance.

That's all I got. Dunno about spiritual life or anything.
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The Lotl: A New Take on Goblins (or Hobgoblins)
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2005, 09:23:53 PM »
Maybe they belive in the power of the dead. In times of crisis,they might start offering prayers to the souls of great hunters and warriors that have passed into the afterlife,for guidance.  They might also the fear the spirits of powerful animals that they slay and might conduct prayers to appease them in the hope of preventing these vengeful spirits from seeking vengance. So if one of their hunters died from a wound taken durig a hunt,when it turned septic,the other warriors might think that the spirit of the slain animal returned to take revenge for it's death.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2005, 02:19:16 AM »
So far, they don't seem very special to me - forest-dwelling savages.

What could spice them up?

What if they don't just believe in the spirits of the dead? What if a Lotl is accompanied by the spirits of all he has slain?
 :arrow: Only he could percieve the spirits.
 :arrow: Each spirit could be given a single task, upon whose completion it is set free.
 :arrow: The cultural element could be amusing: "Grubsh is only accompanied by spirits of berry pies!" might be a popular insult; "May your spirits be strong and numerous" is a wish of good luck; and "He needs his spirits only to chat" is a hommage to a strong warrior who can face all threats without any aid.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2005, 07:08:45 AM »
Now that is an interesting idea... Perhaps they also belive that some spirits of close friends or worthy foes return to the physcal world in new forms? Re-incarnation if you will? A second chance given to those who have some unfinished matters with the living to attend to? This would be a fate granted only to the best of the Lotl. Others end up becoming the enslaved spirits that Echo suggested.

 For example,a great bear that is terrorizing a certain band of Lotl might be the reincarnated soul of a brave enemy chieftain.
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2005, 11:14:39 PM »
Perhaps Lotl that are mortally wounded or very sick are not allowed to die peacefully on their own.  Perhaps their friends or, in the case of a child, parents, will kill them first so their soul stays with the one who slayed them.  Expanding that further, being that they are not a particularly advanced race and their knowledge of medicine not well-developed, killings of this sort are sometimes conducted on those who *could* be healed.  This could be seen as either a kindness to the dying, or could be seen as the duty of the dying to his/her people.

Hmmm... in that case, maybe being killed by your enemies in battle is not a good way to die (as some soldiers of other races believe), but would make you twice-cursed, because you'd have to follow him around, or perhaps complete a single "task" for him as EchoMirage said, before you are released.

This would make the Lotl more inclined to indirect methods of warfare, setting primitive traps, etc.  And in the case of actual battle, will always try to maneuver to be able to strike a death-blow without being seen or engaged.  Lots of ambushes.