#DICEMBER 3: CHILD

Reproduction is something, that has led to interesting philosophical discussions in RPGs – are Goblins inherently evil and is it ok or even neccessary to kill their offspring? Or are they just culturally evil, and can be redeemed? I’m more inclined to the first option – it makes alining and aiding one of the factions in a dungeon more like a treaty with the devil. And it is a part of magic and the factual existence of gods and godesses in religion made more tangible. The other approach is valid, too, and has it’s merits – but evil as in irredeemily evil with relatively weak AND intelligent creatures is not so often explored in fiction, I think.

Anyway, so your orcs are different – but why do they just resemble humans and demihumans in all respects? How about their reproduction? Shouldn’t it be at least somewhat strange? I made a table to determine what and how your orcs are doing (it) and what happens afterward. Just roll on the following table. Bonus points if you roll for dwarves, elfes and other player races as well. The first roll is for a slight emphasis on ordinary methods, the second has a 2% chance for everything and a 14% chance for some combination for more weird results (but still not garanteed). d200 means using a d20 just as a percentile d10 for the decimals. 20 without a 0 on the other die is a 0, but you probably could guess that. 🙂

d200

d100

reproduction

01

01-02

1d6+2 sexes, 3d6 infants

02

03-04

1d6+2 sexes, eggs, gelatinous, inseminated (?) outside of the females (?) body, 5d20

03

05-06

1d6+2 sexes, eggs, hard shell, inseminated (?) outside of the females (?) body, 1d6

04

07-08

1d6+2 sexes, eggs, soft shell, inseminated (?) outside of the females (?) body, 3d6

05

09-10

artistic, a child is formed by it’s community from some substance and comes to life

06

11-12

artistic, a child is formed by it’s parent from some substance and comes to life

07

13-14

artistic, a child is formed by it’s parents from some substance and comes to life

08

15-16

artistic, an adult is formed by it’s community from some substance and comes to life

09

17-18

artistic, an adult is formed by it’s parent from some substance and comes to life

10

19-20

artistic, an adult is formed by it’s parents from some substance and comes to life

11-15

21-22

brood mother, giant unintelligent female birthes all infants for a given tribe

16-20

23-24

brood queen, giant intelligent female queen birthes all infants for a given tribe

21

25-26

budding, small creatures grow on the skin, fall off when they are child sized

22-26

27-28

budding, small creatures grow on the skin, fall off when they are infant sized

27

29-30

cell division into 1d6+2 infants

28-32

31-32

cell division into two adults

33-37

33-34

cell division into two children

38-47

35-36

eggs, gelatinous, inseminated outside of the females body, 5d20

48-57

37-38

eggs, hard shell, inseminated outside of the females body, 1d6

58-67

39-40

eggs, soft shell, inseminated outside of the females body, 3d6

68

41-42

fragmentation, cut off body parts grow into adults

69

43-44

fragmentation, cut off body parts grow into children

70

45-46

fragmentation, cut off body parts grow into infants

71-80

47-48

human is touched by chaos or other magical force

81-90

49-50

magical cauldron changes human adults

91-95

51-52

magical cauldron changes human children

96

53-54

magical cauldron just spits them out

97

55-56

parthenogenesis, females just get pregnant, birthing males and females (1d3 infants)

98-102

57-58

parthenogenesis, females just get pregnant, birthing only females (1d3 infants)

103

59-60

parthenogenesis, hermaphrodites, self-fertilization

104-113

61-62

the usual way, 1d2 children (like 1d4+3 year olds, can walk and talk)

114-123

63-64

the usual way, 1d2 infants

124-133

65-66

the usual way, 2d4 infants

134-143

67-68

the usual way, 3d6 infants

144-148

69-70

the usual way, but marsupials with body pouch, 1d2 very small infants

149-153

71-72

the usual way, but marsupials with body pouch, 2d4 very small infants

154-158

73-74

the usual way, but marsupials with body pouch, 3d6 very small infants

159

75-76

the usual way, but the male creature gets pregnant, 1d2 infants

160-169

77-78

the usual way, eggs, gelatinous, 2d10

170-179

79-80

the usual way, eggs, hard shell, 1d6

180-189

81-82

the usual way, eggs, soft shell, 2d6

190-194

83-84

the usual way, hermaphrodites, both get pregnant

195-199

85-86

the usual way, hermaphrodites, one gets pregnant

200

87-100

Roll two times, either both is possible or it somehow has to happen at the same time

I’ll throw once for orcs, goblins and ogres and use them in my campaign, on the d100 table:

Orcs: 05 – 1d6+2 sexes, eggs, hard shell, inseminated (?) outside of the females (?) body, 1d6

– with …uhm… 7 sexes orc reproduction is complicated and they lay eggs in clutches of 1d6… nice! Probably doing it quite often, because the result is always less children than parents… And half orcs – I don’t really know, and I don’t want to draw a diagram, how they happen… 😉

Goblins: 12 – artistic, a child is formed by it’s parent from some substance and comes to life

– Goblins probably use garbage or mud to create their offspring, and two parents are needed – wholesome family life…

Ogres: 96 – Roll two times

12 – artistic, a child is formed by it’s parent from some substance and comes to life

Uh, interesting, just like the goblins – coincidence? I think not!

and 83 – the usual way, hermaphrodites, both get pregnant

All ogres are hermaphrodites… and they need to construct a child and impregnate each other… Oh, I know, they have to eat the half formed offspring of goblins bevore they can do it – nice symbiotic relationship, if they provide protection for the goblins… or they just steal goblin child mud forms, when they want to become parents.

You heard it here first, this is now canon. ^_^

A late inspiration were the dwarves of Dwimmermount, that create their own children out of stone. Cudos to James Maliszewaki of Grognardia fame. Even though I remembered this after I had the table ready and then I had to change all the numbers again… Not so complicated with LibreOffice Calc, but still… ^_^° This is the reason we have this strange goblin – ogre relationship! 🙂

Bis denn dann

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