d20 Modern: Heavens and Earths
IN FOLKLORE: in German folklore, mischievous household spirit who usually helps with chores and gives other valuable services but who often hides household and farm tools or kicks over stooping persons. He is temperamental and becomes outraged when he is not properly fed. He sometimes sings to children.
Some kobolds have been called the spirits of caves and mines. Still others have specific names, such as Hödeken, who frightens unfaithful wives, and Goldemar, who sees the secret sins of the clergy.
The sprites or fairies of German folklore. They are of two kinds. The first is a household sprite like the English brownie, helping with the housework if properly fed and treated, but mischievous, playing pranks on people. Kobolds are often given names, like “Chimmeken,” “Heinze,” or “Walther.” The second type are underground sprites who haunt caves and mines and are often evil and malicious. The metallurgist George Landmann describes these spirits in his book De Animatibus subterraneis (1657).
The kobold hides inside his territory, like a house, and is master of everything that happens there. he has to be force to present himself in order to fight him, make him exit the house (where he has no power) or force him to move out.
FACT: Joe Junker talks about Kobolds: “Never found one, but there is a rumor there is one in the Mayor’s House. At least this little cretins don’t multiply and they still in their domain all the time. I heard you need to angry him enough to make him appear and then kill him quickly. Also, making him exit the house will nullify his powers, or so I heard.”