Gnolls are large humanoid creatures resembling hyenas. In some parts of Talomir they are known as Hyenafolk. These creatures form packs and are seldom found alone. Packs typically range in size from 10 to 30, though larger packs, often called “tribes” have been known to be as large as 100 members.
They are known to have a lazy lifestyle. They do not build, farm or hunt. They survive by raiding, pillaging and scavenging. Gnolls settle in ruins, barrows and other abandoned structures. They often capture slaves who are forced to perform the menial tasks.
Where Are They?
Gnolls are mostly found in the deserts, plains and lightly wooded areas of Talomir. When they are found in colder climates, heavy forests, mountains or other inhospitable terrain, it is because they are under the control of a powerful magic-user or warlord.
On Valkae, they are mostly found on the great plains of central Nycenae. In Piathoe’s Peaks, they are found where the plains and foothills begin to give way to the mountain range named for the Amazon heroine, Piathoe.
Gnolls do not manufacture their own weapons, they use weapons they have looted from others. They do not sharpen blades, once a blade is too dull to cut, they have it sharpened by a slave, or the weapon is discarded. Because of this inability to maintain weapons, maces, clubs and flails are prevalent among gnolls.
It is not known if Gnolls are dimwitted or just too lazy to think. In Piathoe’s Peaks, Gnolls have the Dim racial attribute. This means they suffer a -1d6 when interacting with other characters.
Gnolls are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance, perhaps it is because they are everywhere in World of Warcraft! You can get 28mm Gnoll miniatures from a variety of companies today, including hard plastic multi-pose miniatures from NorthStar. The ones in my collection are all from Reaper, except for one that came in a box of random pre-painted D&D miniatures from Wizards of the Coast. Reaper produces them in both metal and in the Bones plastic line.
Photos were taken using my iPad. It’s overcast here in the Dallas area & the flash kept going off on my camera, so I switched to the iPad.
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