Redcaps are a small goblinoid creatures that live in secluded areas such as abandon mines, ruins, caves and other out of the way places. Due to their small size Redcaps are generally not dangerous to humanoid creatures unless they attack in large numbers. Redcaps are said to murder lone travelers who stray into their homes and then dye their hats with their victims’ blood (from which they get their name). Redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they will starve to death. Redcaps are very fast and it is said that outrunning a redcap is supposedly impossible.
The majority of the time Redcap’s only hunt and kill smaller creatures such as rabbits, fox or other small game. Their hats are then soaked in the blood of these animals in order to feed the Redcap. Most Redcap colonies will never come in contact with larger “humanoid” prey and live out their lives in relative peace. However if a Redcap does kill a humanoid it is said that they will become mad with a blood lust and must only feed on humanoids in order to survive.
Redcaps live in small communities or tribes of perhaps a few dozen or less. They have a primitive social structure and their leader is generally a chief that is chosen because they are the strongest or largest among the group. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a male and female Redcap and only during mating seasons (which happens twice a year.) do they pair up in order to create young. The lifespan of a Redcap is generally only about a decade long. The young grow to full maturity in a matter of six months and at a year they are able to mate.
Most Redcap tribes live apart from others. Usually when they come in contact with another tribe the stronger tribe will kill the weaker and take control of their domain. In a few rare occurrences extremely old tribes have existed in remote locations long enough to become extremely large. Numbering in the hundreds of thousands these massive tribes are extremely dangerous due to the large numbers they possess.