I was reading a Pathfinder sourcebook and they had a sidebar on “the nature of goblinoid evil” and I thought “what if I assume that’s _propaganda_ and goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears are more complex?”
That led to worldbuilding where a goblin tribe works in the library where they satisfy their natural curiosity by reading in breadth, so they can easily help you find books on a given topic, and humans often electing hobgoblin mayors, even when hobgoblins are a minority, because if a hobgoblin assimilates to democracy and the rule of law, they are *fiercely devoted* to it.
@mithriltabby I wish more world-building things would take relationship maps int account. The ones that get me excited going are the ones that have at least a sentence about what X thinks about Y and gives it some nuance. "We hate Y" is one thing, but even "We have long been at war with Y for reasons we have long since forgotten" gives you something to play with. Maybe the characters of Z are trying to stop the war and uncover the reasons for X and Y fighting?
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