Gnolls only attained their modern hyena-like appearance in the Monster Manual—the same book that introduced Yeenoghu, their lord. Plains[4] 1e Hidden Gems in Comics: Invisible Republic, The Punchlist: This Week’s News for Nerds, Nerd Obsession: Dungeons & Dragons, the Hall of Fame Roleplaying Game. These clans were also nomadic but unlike the others rarely engaged in violent raids except when seriously provoked. Medium From the blue box’s hyena-men, to the latest variations, these monsters have been hacking at parties for time immemorial. Chaotic evil [8] . [4], Gnolls were extremely tall, with the average member of the race standing on average between 7′0″‒7′6″ (2.1‒2.3 m). Though gnolls were not necessarily evil, the craving of the hunt and primal bloodlust that inhabited the gnoll's mind have made many of the race lean towards a chaotic evil alignment by reflex. Lord Dunsany's gnole (from The Book of Wonder), a cross between a gnome and a troll While this made sense during AD&D, when AtGs was originally written, the lore on Gnolls in 5e portrays them almost mindless demonic monsters that would never loyally serve giants (or any other master). Nerds on Earth exists to highlight the best of a Friendly Local Game Shop (FLGS). The strongest and deadliest gnolls ascend in the tribal order to become the leaders, while the weaker gnolls soon become food for the rest. 1e And they are occasionally delivered telepathically for ease of consumption. Most of these individuals were broken creatures, little more conscious than the hyenas that the gnolls favored as pets, but a handful retained their intellect, effectively becoming gnolls in all but form. -4 to the attack rolls of gnolls, bugbears, ogres, trolls, ogre magi, giants, and titans. Gnolls were first created by Brell Serilis sometime during The Elder Age. In part because of their height and lean musculature, gnolls were very quickly compared with many other races such as humans. Gnolls are extremely tall, the average member of the race standing on average between 7' and 7'6", though gnolls are relatively lean for their height, weighing in usually between 280 to 320 lbs and the race cuts an impressive visage. [11], Those gnolls who turned away from the worship of Yeenoghu often embraced no deity, seeing no clear difference between demons and gods. Thanks for reading. Many gnolls also had a dirty yellow to a reddish-gray crest-like mane that stood on end when they were angry. Though gnolls were relatively lean for their height, weighing in usually between 280 to 320 lbs, they cut an impressive visage. Next, read the book, Know Your Gnolls, flip through all the pages, and accept the quest. To all you makers, mad scientists, hackers, alchemists, or celebrity chefs out there, if you are looking for a recipe, here’s the recipe for cooking up a Gnoll at home: First, you drink the tablespoon of horror, simply to satisfy your thirst for evil, then you feed demon flesh to a rapid pack of hyenas, fusing the essence of the demons with the animals. Various depictions of gnolls. [9], Gnolls were often known to fight with battleaxes, great bows, morningstars, various types of pole arms, and two-handed swords. Hyenas were associated with death because they dug up and ate human corpses. Alignment. Barbaric and filled with bloodlust, they are known to be prominent demon-worshipers, honoring the fiend Yeenoghu in their brutal faith. In the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Monster Manual, the gnoll statblock lists their language as Gnoll.However, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, the section on gnolls indicates that they communicate with . It’s it’s not for the purpose of conquest, it’s simply because cruelty and bloodshed are a source of joy for them. 2nd Edition Statistics[5] 3e But this iteration lasted only a couple of years. Sign Up, it unlocks many cool features! Darkvision,[1][4] low-light vision[citation needed] The current Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual – D&D 5e – has a Gnoll Pack Lord that can incite a rampage among nearby gnolls, which allow them an extra attack. Type They attack any travelers they think they can defeat and the unfortunate survivors are often taken as slaves. Slaves who would accept their fate often lived short and brutal lives, which were ended by them being devoured. But just because we’ve established the gist of the gnoll as hyena-humanoids, it doesn’t mean I won’t give you some more savory morsels. Following its founding in the southern region of the Eastern Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Stormwind, smaller and more isolated than the other human nations to the north, began to expand rapidly from Elwynn Forest through the neighbouring regions, including Westfall, the Redridge Mountains, and Brightwood(presently known as Duskwood). Gnoll; Gnoll Subtype; Gnolls (Race) Unearthed Arcana 3e SRD. Standard Racial Traits: Ability Scores: +2 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Presence. Gnolls, however, did not see this as an act of hostility, but rather a basic demonstration of strength. [9] These races could often include bugbears, hobgoblins, ogres, orcs, and even trolls. [8] These bloodlines have almost always traced maternally, through the female line. Gnoll They rarely claim lands of their own, nor do they stay long in permanent settlements. Gnolls who fought side by side regularly threw away personal glory in order to help their brethren. A gnoll acting oddly is probably following its interpretation of a sign. Though gnolls within a pack will commonly fight with each other for dominance, these battles are quickly forgotten after their resolution, and in most situations, gnolls of the same bloodline are loyal friends and allies to one another. - The best place on earth for nerds. Some gnolls believed it was their purpose as Yeenoghu's servants to cleanse the weak from the world, serving a higher purpose through the slaughter they had spread. As for gnolls, I am not opposed to them as a playable race, but I don't think WotC is obligated to make them that way. Chaotic evil Gnoll society is organized entirely around might. Though more intelligent than beasts, they tend to lack the finer reasoning of other sentient races. (emphasis mine) Is there any other documentation that explains if the Gnoll language is distinct from Abyssal, or just a subset or dialect of Abyssal? Paul Haynie literally wrote the book on gnolls, and he claims that gnolls were introduced in 1912 by Lord Dunsany in “How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles“, the name likely derived from the English noll. A gnoll’s body is covered in fur, which ranges in color from sandy to grey-brown with black spots. 5e [11] A gnoll has been more likely to demand answers than it is to actually ask a question. Lord Dunsany’s gnoles were simply a stepping stone for the next iteration. Gnolls, Apaloosa ; SRD:Gnolls (Laughing Gnoll ; 3.5e Classes 3.5e Other. The gnoll takes an interesting creature like the laughing hyenas of Africa and keeps the carnivorous pack hunting and spotted canine appearance, yet really dials it up and makes it something fierce and memorable in geek gaming culture. So let’s rewind briefly and flesh out the history of these hyena humanoids. Launched Innové Studios for social entrepreneurs by day. There are even indications that some gnolls have taken this practice a step further, actually raiding graveyards for fresh corpses on which to feed. Your size is medium. Gnolls started fighting among one another at a very early age and as soon as they can walk, many crawled into places away from the eyes of adults where they engage in vicious, often lethal battles. Challenge rating Plus more, like toys, the MCU, and Star Wars! Legends say that this will give rise to a Gnoll, a 7 foot tall, 300 pound creature that revels in the hunt and lets loose with haunting laughter, just as the demon prince Yeenoghu hoped they would. Likewise, these gnolls remain aggressive and quick to anger, meaning visitors should be careful not to offend.[9]. Medium [12], The process wreaked on a slave's mind by the tantekurash was brutal and often irrevocable. a guest Dec 27th, 2018 103 Never Not a member of Pastebin yet? History Average lifespan howls, whines, gestures and a broken form of Abyssal. Gnolls would sometimes summon demons to fight alongside them. Learn more. Standing about as tall as a human, they are packed with unseen muscle and bursting with stamina. Despite the somewhat awkward appearance of their legs and feet, gnolls walk as bipeds and are as agile and speedy as a normal human. Wiki Le Monde des Royaumes Oubliés (French), Creatures with a challenge rating less than 1 (5e), Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford, https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Gnoll?oldid=613209. Gnolls are brutally savage and unforgiving. Being highly opportunistic, many gnolls are chaotic by nature. Gnolls are extremely tall, with short torsos, long arms and long digitigrade legs. Gnolls were natural predators and savored the thrills of the hunt. Gnolls and Gnoll Lore. Type The gnoll is a pretty straight-forward creature, so perhaps that’s why it has had such a lasting legacy, never in the spotlight, but always milling about in the background of nerd culture among RPGs, books, and video games. Maligor targeted the up and coming Red Wizard Rembert Wellford as a ploy do distract his opponent Szass Tam from the real target. Size And when they kill? I hate to say it, but Volo’s Guide to Monsters has managed to make gnolls even less interesting to me than they were before.. That’s unfortunate. 2e Alignment [8], It is believed by some that gnolls had traces of demonic blood, which may be evidenced by unusual features found among some of the gnoll bloodlines. This extends to arms and weaponry, giving gnoll armor a unique aesthetic where each suit is typically made kitbashed together from scavenged pieces of armor found either on victims or abandoned. 3rd Edition Statistics[4] one tablespoon of horror from the demon prince Yeenoghu. Gnoll[1][4] Hyena-like appearance, combative personality, rapid growth, demonic bloodlines[citation needed] They were already an unsophisticated, “Rrrrraaaahhhh, stab stab stab” kind of monster, aside from the gnoll Fang of Yeenoghu, which at least had the brains to identify weaker party members and go out of its way to get them. Unsafe walls, ceilings, or doors (70%) Depth underground (60%) Direction of travel underground (50%) Favored Foes: +1 to hit kobolds or goblins. They found a small group of stragglers and nearly obliterated them. Gnolls are similar to the hyena/demons (çíyyîm) of the Bible, the were-hyenas of African bushman folklore, and the tall dog men (Cynocephales) of early European travellers logs and bestiaries. Forgotten Realms Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. St. Noof 17:22 13 May 2015 (EDT) I tried to pick traits that fit gnolls, but I seemed to miss a few so thank you for pointing those out. Occasionally, Yeenoghu rewarded such a celebrant by allowing the gnoll to be possessed by a demonic spirit, marking them as one of his chosen. Vision To these unlikely allies, the gnoll has been as loyal and faithful as they would their own brothers or sisters, embracing the outsiders as if they were family. Such gnolls were known as fangs of Yeenoghu. Almost all gnolls preferred the wilderness to the civilized enclaves favored by humans, dwarves, or other similar races and those that do take to cities have usually thought of them as just another kind of landscape.[8]. Average weight 280 – 320 lbs. Warm[4] The greatest threat Stormwind has ever faced. See, I've never heard of flind gnolls, but I just figure if gnolls always use weapons when you fight them, they might as well get proficiency. 2e Gnolls age noticeably faster than most humanoids and seldom live beyond 40 years. [8], The scavenging of wild gnolls rose to entirely new levels as well. Unlike most races, gnolls have had few, if any, qualms about eating the dead of other races. [6], Though gnolls of all kinds had a strong loyalty towards family, they have not extended such courtesies to those outside their pack, and mainstream gnoll culture has had a much-deserved reputation for brutality. [citation needed] Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage Alignment In the earliest editions, they originally worshiped the god Gorellik, a giant hyena-like lesser member of the Giant's pantheon, but not only could he not claim to be their creator,(who is, is never explained) he was such a lazy, disinterested, stupid god that Yeenoghu was able to steal the gnolls away from him and he never even noticed. General Information First appearance © 2020 - Nerds on Earth. Gnoll culture isn’t 100% repulsive (although it is close). [9], Gnolls had very short lifespans when compared with other sapient humanoids, living only 30 or so years on average and maturing to adulthood at a remarkable speed. 3e Bard: College of Lore Bards of the College of Lore know something about most things, collecting bits of knowledge from sources as diverse as scholarly tomes and peasant tales. Actions Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. *Ahem. Gnolls that succumbed to this tendency often became nomadic savages, wreaking havoc wherever they can, giving them their fearsome reputation as slaving brigands throughout the world. * It’s no wonder that the gnoll has long been one of the iconic creatures of Dungeons and Dragons, that has also spread into other geek fare like World of Warcraft. The heroes collected clues and eventually ventured into the wasteland. Subtype(s) Usually up to 30 years[citation needed] Many other races have found the gnoll psyche feral and aggressive, male and female equally,[9] and the behavioral tendencies of the race have certainly given this impression. Greenish-gray[citation needed] Big 'ole nerd by night. At its most basic level, this tendency has lead many gnolls to collect trophies that remind them of past victories, items sometimes grisly though just as often simple and mundane,[8] Gnoll trackers have used this to their benefit, keeping scraps of clothing or other objects with the scent of their prey on them, which they have used to point them in the direction of their quarry. In Dungeons & Dragons, gnolls traditionally worship a Demon Prince named Yeenoghu, the Beast of Butchery. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Average height Light or dark brown fur marked with spots and stripes, dirty yellow to reddish gray mane[citation needed] Hyena-like appearance, combative personality, rapid growth. Based on Anyway, now that this stupid pop-up is here, I'll tell you that if you like Nerds on Earth, you should give our email list a try. [14], This tendency has lead to the even more alien gnoll practice of carrion-eating. Traits Rampage: When the gnoll reduces a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack on its turn, the gnoll can take a bonus action to move up to half its speed and make a bite attack. Gnolls were a humanoid race that most closely resembled human-hyena hybrids within Faerûn. Humanoid And they could be from the future. Bring me their flesh! Challenge rating Alignment Humanoid One exception was a mention in the adventure The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982). Although classified as "humanoids" in the Monster Manual, the prevalent lore in Fifth Edition describes gnolls in the same vein as demons or other creatures driven by corruptive evil forces. Favored terrain Humanoid Appearance Gnolls were extremely tall, with the average member of the race standing on average between 7' and 7'6\". Victims of these attacks can expect no mercy from their attackers and those who are not killed would be taken as slaves to be brutalized and abused both physically and mentally. The gnolls were created to be something else to throw at players bored with orcs and hobgoblins, but they’ve settled into something memorable on thier own. For this purpose, most packs have specialized slavers known as tantekurash or "spirit breakers" who have made it their business to break the will of a slave through repetitive torture. Gnolls have hyenalike heads, and their long limbs possess a lean strength. They enjoy fighting — almost too much. Tag(s) [17] Besides hyenas, they were known to keep hyaenodons as pets. raw download clone embed report print text 11.77 KB Gnolls . [6] However, they generally preferred their own kind and except when on business rarely visiting neighboring villages dominated by members of another race. Though some paid only nominal reverence, many gnolls were fanatically devoted to their dark overlord, his influence having been the primary cause of their savagery. The wild gnolls who prey on the civilized races use patchwork armor and rusted weapons that they've stolen from past kills. [6], In spite of the savage nature of the gnolls, there were some aspects to their culture that are not inherently repulsive. Gnoll skin was greenish-gray, and their furry hide a light or dark brown … [9], In some cases, these gnolls might have even come to befriend or at least peacefully interact with the members of other races, offering their services as trappers or hunters. Gnolls are one of my all-time favorite monsters. Other gnoll practices might've seemed equally strange, such as the gnoll propensity for scavenging. [11], Gnolls of all kinds have found an affinity for hyenas, who many see as their brethren and whom they have kept as pets or for hunting. Most gnolls were nomadic, wandering from land to land and living off of raids on the local populations. The 1977 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual described gnolls as hyena-men. Gnolls are savage, hyena-like humanoids who roam grasslands preying on anything weaker than themselves. 4e Size In 1974, in the D&D “White Box” Gary Gygax said this about the gnoll: “A cross between gnomes and trolls (…perhaps, Lord Dunsany did not really make it all that clear). Gnolls did not, however, age particularly dramatically except at the end of their lifespans, at which point the decline quickly ended in their death. They were carnivorous humanoids, known for their savage culture and warlike ways. In the case of ghouls, it’s easy to imagine an elven necromancer was experimenting with creating new types of undead. The zulkir of alteration sent out his gnoll army to march on Rembert's territory promising the half of the land to Szass Tam who very likely was going to take the entire territory for himself before the gnoll army was to arrive. Tribes that have found some le… Their broad backs slope downward from a thick, short neck toward their midsection. It was also indicated that the Dungeons & Dragons creature was inspired by a Lord Dunsany short story, "How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles". Natural Listen, now that you've seen this, I'll tell you that if you like Nerds on Earth, you should give our email list a try. Typically, gnolls saw their very brutality as a sign of their devotion to the demon lord, painting the eye of Yeenoghu onto their weapons and armor and howling his name as a war cry in battle. 5e These kryshantel were the most dangerous since they, unlike regular gnolls, have been able to act as infiltrators, performing sabotage and laying the ground for gnoll raids, too often undetected until it was already too late. All Rights Reserved. Gnoll Favored climate [6], By 1362 DR Maligor, the Zulkir of Alteration in Thay amassed a significant army of gnolls that were trained by Asp attracting the attention of Harpers, other zulkirs, and neighboring countries. Gnolls are known for their beastly cunning, their ferocious tempers, and their penchant for infighting. We send 2-4 emails a month maximum. Flind[7] Likewise, though they retained the natural gnoll bloodlust they took no joy in torture or unnecessary cruelty, embracing hunting and tracking over outright slaughter. Alignment In the end, the reason why gnolls aren't PCs has nothing to do with being fiend touched (everyone and their brother are fiend touched these days). Those captives who would not submit were eaten, often in front of other slaves as yet another form of torment. 1st Edition Statistics[6] This lifestyle means the average gnoll tribe is always in a state of tension- the slightest sign of weakness in those leading ca… Yeenoghu appeared as a gnoll-like creature, 12‒14 feet (3.6‒4.2 meters) tall with a grinning skull-like face and a leering pair of burning emerald or amber eyes atop his seemingly emaciated form. Gnoll 1⁄2Pack lord2Fang of Yeenoghu4Hunter 1⁄2Flesh gnawer1 The rest of his body was pale and gray, his leathery hide contrasting with his taut mane and a crest of blackened … Gnolls have detested physical labor[17] and so to ensure utter loyalty from slaves have taken their brutalization and maltreatment to an art form. Medium Alternative Lore for 5e Ghouls – A Wizard Did It Everyone’s a fan of evil, experimental wizards. [9], This loyalty to family was particularly obvious during combat, either with rival gnoll packs or other races. Subraces While all gnolls had an innate tendency for collecting souvenirs and trophies, nomadic packs, particularly the savage ones who have had little contact with other races except during wartime, have found few other ways to acquire technology, having crafted few tools of their own. Gnolls are extremely tall, with the average member of the race standing on average between 7' and 7'6". Gnolls generally stand around 7 feet in height and weigh between 250 and 300lbs. In fact, so similar were male and female gnolls in appearance that they were often mistaken for one another. Language(s) Once you have accepted the quest you may place the book in your house. Otherwise they are similar to hobgoblins…”. Gnolls in the Discworldseries are small, matted and dirty enough to … Gnolls are a young race, savage and brutal. 7' – 7'6"[citation needed] Chaotic evil Gnolls destroyed outlying villages near a wasteland. Dungeons & Dragons (1974) boxed set Lives on earth. 5th Edition Statistics[1][2] In part because of their height and lean musculature, gnolls were very quickly compared with many other races such as humans. The following mini-ecology is system neutral, and it can inspire gamemasters and players to help cover the world with these beloved-yet-despised creatures. [18], A few gnolls were led, however, by warlocks who made powerful pacts with the demonic servants of Yeenoghu and guided the packs they lead through frightful visions paid for with even more horrific rituals. They see signs from Yeenoghu everywhere, even in blood splatter. Gnolls in the middle of razing a village to the ground. Gnolls place a very strong value on family, respecting blood ties immensely. Patron deity 4th Edition Statistics[3] Find the book, Know Your Gnolls, using the location information above. Others sought out the gods of other races. The most terrible of these were the Corruption of the Soul Consumed, where living victims were eaten alive by female hyenas who were then swiftly impregnated with evistros or barlguras formed from the tormented souls of the dead, a conception that was followed by an even swifter birth. In 4th and 5th edition, gnolls were directly tied to Yeenoghu and giv… Though gnolls are relatively lean for their height, weighing in usually between 280 to 320 lbs, the race cuts an impressive visage. The social media buttons just below Caverns of Tsojcanth ( 1982 ) cover world. Pathfinder Homebrew 2.5e Homebrew reach 5 ft., one creature lasted only a couple of years created by Brell sometime... 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