Goblins will happily torture your dog and horse to death, force you to watch while they eat your children, and burn your home to the ground while cackling like maniacs. All for no other reason than they saw that you had a barrel full of pickles, and they want to take it. We might love goblins because they're Pathfinder's mascots, but if they were real, they would be feared, hated, and hunted down like the homicidal vermin they are.
|Darigaaz the Igniter|
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^Just realized that Pugwampi's Unluck Aura not only doesn't work on Gnolls, but also not on Animals. So, let's hear it for Animals! . . . Which D&D 3.x/PF doesn't give enough credit to anyway.
Did I forget to mention that I always have them ride on CR 1 Hyenas?
Gnolls, Hyenas, Pugwampi Gremlins (riding the Hyenas)...
My favorite low level encounter.
You can really have fun with ranged combat while mounted, as the wee Pugwampi, riding Hyenas.
And perhaps make a gnoll with a weapon requiring a save that will be caught in the Unluck Aura, OR make a gnoll mage that requires a save that will be caught in the Unluck Aura...
The mounted/ranged Pugwampi combat helps action economy with these low level encounters. Hyenas are plenty capable in their own right.
Gnolls need the Unluck Aura, AND the distraction by the Hyenas to be a legitimate threat, ever.
All together, Gnolls and Hyenas with Pugwampi Gremlin riders is the best low level encounter I have come up with.
Sometimes I use the Flind interchangeably with the Gnolls...
OH. I've always liked the forlarren due to how they don't WANT to be evil, but just can seem to help it due to being part fiend (indeed, originally they were just Neutral with Evil tendencies rather than NE, not sure why they changed it). I like the idea of Good PCs trying to help one actually turn good for real though I'm not sure how it would work.