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Hobgoblins are a metavariant of Orks and most of them are of Arabic or Central Asian descent. They are shorter and of slighter build than other Orks. Hobgoblins tend to have a greenish tint of skin, a mouthful of sharp teeth instead of enlarged lower canines, a narrow jaw, prominent ears, and dark beady eyes that gives them a fiercesome appearance that is responsible in no small part for the prejudice they receive [1][2]. They also have low-light vision.

While widely rumored to be quick-tempered and possessing a vindictive sense of honor, this may be a cultural bias rather than genetic predisposition. However, a joint study by the Charles University (Prague) and the Atatürk Polytechnic Institute (Istanbul) point to high levels of steroid hormones that may point to a biochemical source of aggressiveness.

Hobgoblins have an average height of 1.80 meters and average weight of 98 kilograms.[3]

Famous (and infamous) Hobgoblins[]


  1. Shadowrun Companion Revised, p39
  2. Runner's Companion, p49
  3. According to the Runner's Companion Metavariant Variations (Average Heights and Weights) table, p48
  4. The Complete Trog, p134
  5. various German only Sourcebooks, especially "Deutschland in den Schatten II"
  6. o7828522310 Gangs ?


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