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    Quote Originally Posted by mythusmage
    I'm doing a 'series' on kobolds over at d20 Magazine Rack. (And my blog, but that has politics, so I shan't link to it. ) I was wondering, what sources did you rely on when creating the D&D® version?
    Howdy Alan

    Well, all i worked from was Germanic folklore about the forest "littel people" called kobolds. All the rest of the material in the game I made up to suit what i deemed as the needs of it. In short, the D&D kobolds are mostly the whole cloth of my imagination.

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    My communities:

    In short, the D&D kobolds are mostly the whole cloth of my imagination.
    ...And to answer my burning question... scaly, or hairy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey
    Thank you for your very kind offer! I've posted the data below. Please note that for Lolth I've copied only the additional text in Deities & Demigods that wasn't taken directly from D3: Vault of the Drow. One mistake I noticed while typing this stuff up is Lolth's intelligence. Deities & Demigods lists it as 21, but in D3 her intelligence is listed as "Genius", which would give her a 17 or 18 intelligence.
    Okay Geoffrey,

    My comments are given below:

    LOLTH

    Lesser goddess

    <what about AC, HP's etc?>
    WORSHIPER’S ALIGN: Chaotic evil (Drow) <and others of Evil alignment>
    SYMBOL: Spider <in web>
    PLANE: Abyss
    CLERIC/DRUID: See below <???>
    FIGHTER: As 16+ HD monster
    MAGIC-USER/ILLUSIONIST: See below <???>
    THIEF/ASSASSIN: Nil <nil/13th>
    MONK/BARD: Nil
    S: 21 I: 21 W: 16 D: 21 C: 21 CH: 3 (23)

    The dark elves worship demon lords from the Abyss. The best known example is the worship of the Demon Queen Lolth. Drow sacrifice both blood (of others) and riches to her. (For particulars, see ADVANCED D&D DUNGEON MODULES D3, THE VAULT OF THE DROW, and Q1, QUEEN OF THE DEMONWEB PITS.) Female Drow with wisdoms of 18 can progress as high as the 14th level of clerical ability. <Female drow can progress in clerical level equal to their Wisdom score.>

    Lolth is especially susceptible to holy water, taking 6 points of damage from a splash and 6-21 points (3d6 + 3) from a direct hit.

    SPHERE OF CONTROL: Drow <and other worshippers>
    ANIMAL: arachnids
    CLERICS: non-human only <?>
    RAIMENT/HEAD: Drow helm
    RAIMENT/BODY: Drow tunic
    COLORS: red & black
    HOLY DAYS: full moon <dark of moon is better>
    FREQUENCY OF SACRIFICE: monthly
    FORM OF SACRIFICE: enemies & riches
    PLACE OF WORSHIP: underground marble temples <marble? I should think onyx caverns>


    BLIBDOOLPOOLP “Sea Mother”

    Lesser goddess

    ARMOR CLASS: -1
    MOVE: 12”//48”
    HIT POINTS: 310
    NO. OF ATTACKS: 2
    DAMAGE/ATTACK: 4-24/4-24
    SPECIAL ATTACKS: Insanity
    SPECIAL DEFENSES: +2 or better weapon to hit
    MAGIC RESISTANCE: 55%
    SIZE: L (20’ tall)
    ALIGNMENT: Neutral evil (chaotic tendencies)
    WORSHIPER’S ALIGN: Neutral evil (Kuo-Toa)
    SYMBOL: Lobster head or black pearl
    PLANE: Elemental Plane of Water
    CLERIC/DRUID: 15th level cleric
    FIGHTER: 15th level fighter
    MAGIC-USER/ILLUSIONIST: 20th level magic-user
    THIEF/ASSASSIN: 15th level assassin <???---nil/nil>
    MONK/BARD: Nil
    PSIONIC ABILITY: III (i. e., psionic strength of 236-265, 3 minor & 2 major disciplines, all attack and all defense modes)
    S: 21 I: 20 W: 10 D: 21 C: 23 CH: 11

    Blibdoolpoolp appears as a large nude human female with a lobster’s head and clawed forearms. In general, she hates all humans, demi-humans and humanoids for driving the Kuo-Toa into the underworld. Worshipers regularly sacrifice lobsters to her. If a favor is desired, she must be given great quantities of gems, preferably pearls <or corals>. There is a 1% chance per every 1,000 gp worth of gems sacrificed that the Sea Mother will look upon her worshiper’s request with favor. (If pearls <or corals> are contributed, this chance is 1% per 500 gp value.)

    Each of Blibdoolpoolp’s claws can snap for 4-24 points of damage. Any creature hit by both claws will be drawn to the Sea Mother’s face to peer into her eyes. At close range, her gaze causes insanity in creatures who fail to save vs. spells at –4. In addition, the Sea Mother can summon up to 3-30 giant lobsters (treat as giant crayfish) and 1-10 16 HD water elementals to her aid per day.

    On the most important ceremonial occasions, the clerics of Blibdoolpoolp sacrifice captured humans to her by drowning. Kuo-Toan clerics can attain 12th level maximum. For more information about the worship of the Sea Mother, see ADVANCED D&D DUNGEON MODULE D2, SHRINE OF THE KUO-TOA.

    SPHERE OF CONTROL: Kuo-toa <and undersea humanoids>
    ANIMAL: lobster <and crustaceans)
    CLERICS: non-human only
    RAIMENT/HEAD: shell helm
    RAIMENT/BODY: nets
    COLOR: pearl
    HOLY DAYS: new moon
    FREQUENCY OF SACRIFICE: monthly
    FORM OF SACRIFICE: gems, pearls, <corals,> humans, lobsters
    PLACE OF WORSHIP: underwater shrines

    Thanks again, Gary, for everything!
    Hope my input is of some benefit!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcas
    Ah, perhaps you should put him in touch with TLG.
    Fat lot of good that would do, but I'll give it a try. Getting Francois to do anything other than his graphic novels is a most challenging task, you see. He dislikes working, preferring to spend most of his time gaming

    I will email him about this though1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    ...And to answer my burning question... scaly, or hairy?
    Heh...

    I thought of kobolds as humanoid, but with green complexion due to their forest habitat and skin that was rough and scaly even though they were mammalian.

    What your kobolds have in the way of skin texture can be quite different

    cheers,
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    I have to just register thanks for the game - I've enjoyed it all my adult life.

    If you'd post (even just a "hello") on the C&C message board, just once, that would be really fantastic. We Castles & Crusades folks tend to be big fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Heh...

    I thought of kobolds as humanoid, but with green complexion due to their forest habitat and skin that was rough and scaly even though they were mammalian.

    What your kobolds have in the way of skin texture can be quite different

    cheers,
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    I figured some kobolds had algae growing in their fur.

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    Actually, I do have a question. In the early days just after publishing the first hardback (I don't know if it was the MM or the PH - they were both out when I started playing, but not the DMG), how chaotic was it? There must have been a severe shortage of cash to get out the hardbacks and the little 1-3 level monsters and treasure books, while also funding Dragon. How did you manage that? Was new money coming in, or were you publishing new books with the proceeds of the published ones. At what point did you realize that the country was going to buy everything that you could afford to print, and how did you react to the realization that D&D was going to be a craze of nationwide magnitude? Fear? Excitement? Repeated glances at checkbook? Frenzied bouts of authorial effort? Did it affect quality control on any of the books or products in your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythmere1
    I have to just register thanks for the game - I've enjoyed it all my adult life.

    If you'd post (even just a "hello") on the C&C message board, just once, that would be really fantastic. We Castles & Crusades folks tend to be big fans.

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    Hi Mythmere1,

    TCO

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythusmage
    I figured some kobolds had algae growing in their fur.
    Well...

    In the dark, damp forests, that could well be moss, as is seen on the backs of sole old snapping turtles

    Heh,
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