The trolls are known for the great diversity seen among the various troll races, some saying actually naming all of them troll, only due to some minimal common characteristics, is outstretching the term. They could come in many different shapes and sizes, generally large or even huge with elongated bodies like the fearsome Strider Troll. But some, like the Pebble Troll, were reasonably humanoid, and were smaller than humans. It is very difficult to split the groups apart, as troll, groups, indeed, troll individuals, are extremely variable.
The Strider Troll and the Pebble Troll make good endpoints for the same class of Goblinoid
S T R I D E R T R O L L, Pontes Troglodytarum
Race: Strider Troll
Other names: Toll Troll, Bridge Troll, Hairy troll, Mane troll, Longnose, jötunn, jötnar, Thurs, þurs and risi
Allegiance: Dark Legion of Demons
P E B B L E T R O L L, Calculus Troglodytarum
Race: Pebble Troll
Other names: Pebble Troll, Cobblestone Troll, small troll, dwarf troll, jötunn, jötnar, Thurs, þurs and risi
In general, and in opposition to the ogres, the trolls have in common their increased healing factor -though legends and stories have exaggerated that ability, it's indeed important. Trolls known as being as well of nocturnal habits, and normally described as Man-eaters.
Another difference with the ogres, is that trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, living together in small family units, meanwhile the ogres are more social.
Depending on the region from which accounts of trolls stem, their appearance varies greatly; trolls may be ugly and slow-witted, very large and feral, while some kinds are only smaller than humans and more humanoid looking.
Some kinds of trolls have large and slim looking, strong limbs -like the Strider Troll-, while others have a heavier build, some supposed result of hybridization between trolls and ogres. Some are covered in hair, while others have none -or only a few hairs on the head and face.-
Some have tails, long or very short fingers, big and long noses, wide ones, or rather short ones. Others may have instead a snout, and some have horns.
While there are many physical variations between the troll races, individuals of a same race are similar, there are in existence some more unique individuals due to a mix of troll races, or hybridization with ogres and other species -specially goblinoids, as well as the larger orc races, but this doesn't exclude other groups, such as elves, humans, kanovs and dwarves for example-. This in part is due to that in some troll cultures, had the custom to mix their blood with other species, to make the troll blood "less thick". No one is sure of the reason of the origin of this custom, but the half-trolls and quarter trolls, who may be physically less strong than full trolls, are much more intelligent, and much more dangerous enemies to have.
Misconceptions or Confusion about TrollsEdit
Aside of the great variation among trolls, the ambiguous use of the word troll as well made this even more confusing, as it was sometimes used to denote various beings such as a giants, ogres or mountain dwellers, witches, an abnormally strong or large or ugly person, an evil spirit, a ghost, a magical boar, a heathen demi-god, a demon, an orc or a berserker.
Trolls are sometimes associated with particular landmarks, which at times may be explained as formed from a troll exposed to sunlight, but this was really a myth, although trolls are completely nocturnal creatures and it's indeed very strange to see one active during the day, and that is only in extreme conditions.
In general, trolls have only a rudimentary material culture, not domesticating livestock or agriculture, being errant and producing only crude stone, bone and wood tools. However, they have acquired a quite clear interest in gold and precious metals, many times tolling travelers for them, as the possession of gold gives a troll prestige among his kind. But sometimes they use it to acquire metal tools, products, food and clothes they don't produce.
Use by the Dark LegionEdit
In the Dark Legion of Demons, differently than Ogres, the trolls were more chaotic, anarchistic, less domesticated and with less discipline, so while their force and size was appreciated, they were often problematic allies to the demons.