Handbook of the Hordes (3.5e Sourcebook)

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From the Writings of H.Xenarius[edit]

"My first true encounter with the savage races was on the road to the city of Pallennarch. The winter was closing in on us, and the horses were especially jittery. Whether this was due to the cold weather, or some special equine prescience, I couldn't say. But I like to think that the latter was true. My guards, certainly, seemed worried about goblin attacks, most notably Allec, who gripped his bow nervously, a distinctive red-feathered arrow ready-strung. Sure enough, his fears were confirmed when a hobgoblin stepped in front of the cart. I had heard much of these supposedly grotesque monsters, but this one cut a majestic figure in the moonlight, clad in intricately-patterned armour. He shouted something, he sounded angry, but it was not in a language I was able to decipher. When my guards attempted to attack, the hobgoblin dispatched them with ease, before coming for me. I ran back the way we had come. When I was sure I had lost him, I saw something lying in the snow. I went over to it. It was the body of a hobgoblin child. And it's cause of death? A distinctive red arrow in the poor thing's chest. It dawned on me that perhaps that hobgoblin was not a bloodthirsty bandit after my wallet, but a vengeful father. But that would imply emotions unfitting such a beast... I resolved to investigate further. What follows is what I found out."

Handbook of the Hordes[edit]

The savage races (goblinoids, orcs, kobolds and so forth) get a pretty raw deal.

They spend their time either ruled over by uncaring Dark Lord's who will sacrifice them gladly in a suicidal zerg rush against the forces of good, or having their organs torn out by ruthless adventurers, who then take off laughing with their victims possessions. This supplement aims to remedy that, to turn them into something more, for want of a better word, human. If you like your goblins rude, crude, cowardly and irredeemably evil, then that's fine. That's a perfectly valid, and enjoyable way to play. Afterall, it's fun to sink your blade into something without moral quandary. But if that's the case, this is probably not the source-book for you. This is about turning those races into something with a little more depth, a little more humanity. Whether you want a less black-and-white enemy, to explore a misunderstood and abused race or even want an entire new, yet familiar world of races to explore, then that's why this source-book exists.

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Introduction

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