The Midlands Histories
Kin to many “lesser” fae, such as boggins, spriggans, and (though both deny it) gnomes, the goblin people have long served the many courts and houses of the eladrin in faerie. They have a reputation as industrious, if sometimes eccentric folk. When the Fracturing opened up new paths between the middle world and their homeland, many goblins saw an opportunity to broaden their horizons and slipped the subtle chains of the Courts.
In the Vale, the goblins are best known for their part in the war against The Citadel, having worked with the dwarves to give life to the warforged. They are often hired by noble families to craft servant golems and other useful devices.
Other goblins chose to follow yet another path, establishing the esoteric goblin markets on the borderlands between Faerie and the middle world.
Nobody seems quite sure of the exact relation between goblins and hobgoblins, but everyone is certain that they are related. What hobgoblins lack in creativity and cleverness, they more than make up for in determination and willpower. Many eladrin houses employ hobgoblins as guardsmen, or occasionally as messengers and diplomats between Courts.
Few hobgoblins followed their smaller cousins into the middle world, and those that did often literally followed the goblins wherever they chose to settle. Thus, if one is looking for hobgoblins, one is most likely to find them among goblins. The goblins, for their part, are usually happy to have some extra muscle around.