The kobolds are a race of mole-like creatures who have excavated a warren of tunnels beneath O'Ghomoro, a mighty peak rising in northern Vylbrand. Believing the ores of the earth to be a gift of the primal Titan, these subterranean beastmen seek to divine their deity's teachings through the arts of alchemy and metallurgy. Despite forging a peace agreement with Limsa Lominsa, recent conflicts over mineral deposits have led to a resurgence of hostilities.
Kobolds are a race of mole-like beastmen in Final Fantasy XIV who worship the primal Titan. They live around the volcano O'Ghomoro on Vylbrand, and can be seen throughout La Noscea, with their stronghold U'Ghamaro Mines located in Outer La Noscea.
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Kobolds are squat in form, and their hunched stature gives the illusion they are quadrupedal, but a closer look shows they exhibit bipedal motion. They usually wear helmets and body armor. True to their patron primal, Kobolds frequently employ earth magicks.
Kobolds have a pious devotion to the wealth of the earth, which they regard as gifts from their "father" Titan. They possess considerable knowledge of metalworking and alchemy, even cultivating Bombs. Kobold society is hierarchical, with groups divided into numbered orders based on how industrious and productive they are, with the lower the number the greater in rank. As of the events of the Umbral Calamity, the least order is the 789th, who are characterized as being craven and timid.
Their claim over the wealth of the land on Vylbrand led to recurring conflict with the city-state of Limsa Lominsa. Despite a treaty that settled territory disputes, the aftermath of the Calamity has spurred increasing disputes over resources.
In the First, the Kobolds are known as the Mord, a mercantile race of beastmen that live in Mord Souq in Amh Araeng. Unlike their Source counterparts, they expose their faces, showing beady red eyes and rounded teeth. Due to not being driven to desperation like the Kobolds, the Mord are generally friendly and pride themselves on being fair and honest merchants, save for a few unsavory individuals. They have a local tradition known as "the cracking of the coinpurse," in which new arrivals to Mord Souq gain admittance by spending money at one of the local merchants, and believe that "there is no such thing as a thing no one needs." The Flood of Light that ravaged the First gave them more opportunities for prosperity with treasures from the fallen nation of Nabaath Araeng.
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Indigenous of the island of Vylbrand, the Kobold is a relatively intelligent race with a proficiency in the arts of Smithing and Alchemy, two activities that led to the breeding and domestication of Fire Bombs to harness their power.
When the pirates established the city of Limsa Lominsa, the Kobolds were originally hostile to them, leading to a number of wars and skirmishes until the two people sealed a pact dividing Vylbrand between them. The Kobolds would have dominion over the regions surrounding their sacred mountain of U'Ghoromo on the north side of the island, while the Lominsan would stay on the southern coastal plains of La Noscea.
While this accord was tenuous at times, as the borders of the accord were never clearly defined, the two people cohabited for a while, the Lominsan even adopting a number of smithing techniques from the Kobold to improve their ships and thus becoming one of the main smithing hubs of Eorzea with Ishgard. The Calamity, however, brought a deep change to the landscape, both geographically and politically.
On the one side, numerous Lominsan pirates we forced ashore due to the destruction of their ships and were settled inland by the Admiralty in an effort to pacify them. This extensive colonization coupled with a food crisis unnerved the Kobolds who renewed their raids on the newly established farms both in search of food and to repel what a number of them found a violation of the treaties. In turn, the Lominsan established outposts in the mountainous regions near the doors of U'Ghoromo in anticipation of a certain future invocation of Titan.
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Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Kobold tribe appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with an earth-elemental card.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
kobold (occasionally cobold) is a sprite stemming from Germanic mythology and surviving into modern times in German folklore. Although usually invisible, a kobold can materialise in the form of an animal, fire, a human being, and a candle.The