Having Fun With Breeding


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Breeding Strategies

This is a topic that goes mostly unmentioned in monster/humanoid ecology blocks.

How many goblins in a litter?

How long is a gnoll's gestation period?

In writing up stuff for my setting, I ended up coming up with some weird ideas I felt I would share.

Hopefully this will cause your creative fire to flare up and you'll at your own.

The following descriptions apply to variations of this race that exist in my own setting.

Goblinoids: Goblins have no females or males, they are genderless. Goblinoids breed through eating. The more they eat, the larger they get. When a goblin reaches a certain mass point, it begins forming egg like sacks on its back and shoulders. After enough time has passed, new goblins slop out of these sacks and quickly grow to full size.

Goblins maintain genetic diversity by using genetic material from their food. Hence, hobgoblins and bugbears are born from normal goblins, but are the result of abnormal elements in the diet.

Halflings: Halfling females can be pregnant with up to 20 offspring at a time, and can become pregnant with further offspring while already pregnant. A halfling litter can have multiple fathers.

Elves: Elf children are effectively feral at birth. Left to fend for themselves, it takes a century for an elf to develop humanoid level intelligence, at which point their brain rapidly overtakes the raw capability of most humanoids.

This feral nature appears social, not biological, as elves born into human settlements, and half-elves, seem to mature more normally. This means elves may very well have their increased intellect earlier than thought, but no social understanding of how to use it.

The Exchange

I found your ideas creative but somehow distant for the general conception of the pathfinder lore. Everyone is free to use whatever they feel comfortable with on its campaing or gameplay, but may I argue that Hobgoblins and Bugbears are very different from goblins?

I mean, hobgoblins have entire cities and form empires. They have laws and codes of behavior, while those chaotic goblins enjoy hurting for fun and think that writing is the crime of stealing words.

Also, bug bears are cruel... just plain cruel. They are sneaky furry masses of muscle that will kill you the most painful way they can imagine. They seem pretty incompatible to me.


Ah, yeah!
I have alternate reproductive schemes for a number of monster races, IMC.

Here you go:

Go to Ghouls in the Cellar .


Maulium wrote:

I found your ideas creative but somehow distant for the general conception of the pathfinder lore. Everyone is free to use whatever they feel comfortable with on its campaing or gameplay, but may I argue that Hobgoblins and Bugbears are very different from goblins?

I mean, hobgoblins have entire cities and form empires. They have laws and codes of behavior, while those chaotic goblins enjoy hurting for fun and think that writing is the crime of stealing words.

Also, bug bears are cruel... just plain cruel. They are sneaky furry masses of muscle that will kill you the most painful way they can imagine. They seem pretty incompatible to me.

As I mentioned, these are the variations of these creatures from my own campaign setting, not my attempt to modify Golarian's creatures.


In my world there are TWO species that can interbreed with others:

The humans and the goblins.

While the humans produce true mixed offsprings:
ELVES (Half-Eladrín)
FLINTS (Half-Dwarf)
HOBGOBLINS (Half-Goblin)
URUKS (Half-Orc)
GOLIATHS (Half-Ogre)

The goblins however produce mutts and freaks of nature, often savage and more animal than humanoid:
HOBGOBLINS (Half-Human - only non-mutt)
BOGS (Half-Eladrín)
GRIMLONS (Half-Dwarf)
KOBOLDS (Half-Halfling)
GORCS (Half-Orc)
TROLLS (Half-Ogre) [newly pregnant Ogrimm eating raw goblin meat and blood]
TROGLODYTES (Half-Reptilian) [freshly laid clutch tainted by goblin blood]


I believe this and many other related topics were covered in a 3.0 or 3.5 book. I think it was called the Book of Erotic Fantasy. Gnomes are especially naughty. Then again, so is the Blue Mage.


I'm more interested in the biology, not so much the actual sexual act.

Sex usually boils down to "you boned her/him" in my campaigns.

While I am exceptionally comfortable with my sexuality compared to most, I'm not comfortable enough to roleplay sex with another man.


Fleshgrinder wrote:

I'm more interested in the biology, not so much the actual sexual act.

Sex usually boils down to "you boned her/him" in my campaigns.

While I am exceptionally comfortable with my sexuality compared to most, I'm not comfortable enough to roleplay sex with another man.

I was meaning that they cover gestation periods for the races and which ones mix and the like.

I wasn't meaning to steer you towards the 'am I drunk yet? Are there any women? I'm gonna hit on her.' 'Where's the Mountain Dew?'


Hm, I'll have to see if I can find it then. See if they cover anything I may have missed.

I had seen the book before and avoided it.


it does in fact cover things other than just rp'ing sex, to include things such as which creatures can produce with which, what the length of pregnancies are which creatures can choose to or not to impregnate or become impregnated. if you look past all the gritty details there are actually usefull topics in the book that seem to be what you are looking for.

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