spirit of the realm
Yes animism is a real thing, entire planes and planets have spirits. These spirits manifest in many ways, shapes and forms (see kami). Of most recent, a sentient kami has been poking around. The first kami planes-walker with a very self explanatory name: Steward. (or “Stew” a the goblins call it). its goals had remained so alien for so long and the sudden appearance of Stew has many worried. Why are they gaining sentience at this point in time?
another form it might take.