The goblin kobold, sometimes called the Kobold of the British Isles, is an old mythological creature from Germanic mythology. A kobold is an ancient, small sized ghost-like humanoid figure. This being’s name is derived from the German word kobel meaning ‘a round body’. A kobold may be seen as a small dark-skinned dwarf with red eyes and hair. It wears a pointed hat, and always wears a cart-wheel or a wooden spade-wheel on its right hand.
The concept of the Goblins dates back to the times of Hittite monarchs in the 7th Century. These monarchs were led by the kingly queen, who attempted to control her subjects using magic. Her subordinates were the goblins.
The concept of the goblins spread to Europe through trade routes. In Britain itself, stories about them popped up in the Nooks and Middlelands. In the West Midlands, one such tale is referred to as the Red-Ragged Elves, written by William the Conqueror. The term is thought to derive from the word red which was used to denote the blood of the enemy. It is also possible that the name came from the red plaid cloth used by the British Army.
During medieval times, the role of the Goblins became increasingly important. They were sent to oversee the digging of canals, the raising of crops, and other such tasks. However, they were much more than gardeners. They also took on a much more involved role in the political life of Britain.
They were generally prominent members of the upper classes. At court, they often acted as tutor, adviser, and counselor to their peers. Although they were powerful wizards, they were never allowed to claim any divinity for themselves. Their position also kept them from claiming undue power over others, or using their position to further their own interests.
The reason they were only allowed to hold certain positions is because they were also powerful fighters. They had an uncanny ability to use deception and guerrilla warfare to achieve their goals. The reason they were barred from high office is because it was believed they would abuse their position of power to gain personal gain through inappropriate use of their position.
Goblin Knights were eventually brought into the fold of the British army during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. They served alongside the knights, fighting mainly against the Turks, in the famous “estone wars” of the period. One of their most important roles was as lieutenants to the Earl of Sandwich. They were also instrumental in helping to defeat the barons at the famous Battle of Wakefield.
Goblins are powerful fighters and skilled deceivers. Though they have been depicted as bumbling, foolish figures in popular culture, they are in actuality quite cunning and ambitious individuals. They are often depicted as evil, greedy, vengeful creatures. Their ability to trick others into a fatal situation has made them a memorable and powerful foe.
One of the most well known roles that a Goblin could play was that of an evil Sorcerer. He usually served as the ring bearer in a sorceries group, engaging unsuspecting victims in strange rituals before leaving them to be devoured by his hungry hordes. The role of the Sorcerer was an important one in ancient Egypt, where they were depicted as spell casting agents of chaos and destruction.
A Goblin typically has dark, squid-like features, and wears a hide with a powerful ability to regenerate life. Their eye color is normally green, though it can change depending on the locale. It is unknown if this is just a natural coloring or if they have some supernatural abilities as well. It is also likely that their eyes glow some sort of chemical, most likely a powerful chemical that emits a variety of colors. Most commonly they use fireballs of green, orange, purple, and blue to attack their enemies.
Goblins are depicted as being extremely mischievous, spiteful, and conniving characters. They are known to be vicious fighters who enjoy attacking and destroying anything in their path. They tend to flee rather than face their foes head on, and are generally portrayed as being strong, resilient, and powerful. This makes them a very difficult character to kill. They can attack an opponent while still remaining hidden, and can conjure up storms of earth to throw their enemies off balance. Goblins are also powerful spellcasters, being able to call down lightning and other destructive spells from a far away location.
It is unknown how a Goblin decides what their role should be, as they are never given a clear reason. Most commonly, they are shown to be a prankster, trickster, and a planner of ill-conceived, but well intentioned plans. As a result, they tend to be hated and misunderstood, and are usually shown to have ulterior motives. It is possible that some time will come when we will learn what a Goblin really is, but for now, we must rely on fan-made theories and movies to satisfy our thirst for interesting, yet improbable characters. Goblins have a long history in literature, though their exact role in the Warcraft universe remains a mystery.