Pugwampis look like some sort of horrid, rabid little lapdog that has mastered walking gracelessly on its hind legs. Their faces look somewhere between jackal and hyena with milky white eyes. Pugwampis stand less than two feet tall and weigh barely over ten pounds. They clothe themselves in dirty tattered rags and wield daggers and vicious knives that are nearly as large as they are.
Habitat & Ecology
Pugwampis prefer dark shelters in warm environments, and their favored location for a lair is in an abandoned structure or near a natural hazard, such as a rickety bridge, ruined settlement, or treacherous cliffs. They possess an aura of bad luck to bring misfortune to those who try to pass, and they rarely fight unless they can imperil their opponents to their advantage. Larger swarms of pugwampis build underground cities rather than small lairs, and several of these pugwampi colonies are rumored to exist beneath the Brazen Peaks of northern Katapesh.
As scavengers, pugwampis have stout stomachs capable of digesting even poisonous or rotting meat.
Society & Culture
Pugwampis are among the most loathed creatures on Golarion, and unlike many other hated creatures they do not have the power or strength to make them feared or respected—even other gremlins loathe pugwampis. Pugwampis seem to delight in the misfortune and misery of all other creatures, with the sole exception of gnolls, whom pugwampis greatly admire for their similar appearance, size, and warrior stature. Gnolls, on the other hand, despise pugwampis more passionately than any other creature, viewing them as disgusting, fawning sycophants.
Within pugwampi colonies, order is established through size and strength, with alpha pugwampis dominating others into a tribe and branding them. This extends to the tribes themselves, with larger tribes often enslaving or destroying smaller ones.
Pugwampis collect shiny treasures, marking them in buried stashes with their pungent urine. The powerful stench helps the gremlins track down anyone who finds their treasures.
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