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Assorted Trolls: Common Forest Trolls

These are by far the most common Trolls one might encounter. Although they are usually found in forests, as the name implies, they have also been encountered in bogs, prairies, scrublands and even the fringes of deserts. They are very tough, have the best regenerative powers of all trolls and are thoroughly evil.

Forest Trolls are often found as solitary individuals, but once in a while a mated pair will go on a rampage, usually to provide fresh meat to their 2 to 6 young. As the young mature, they will go on hunts with the parents, much to the dismay of any other lifeform they meet. When the young reach about 5 months old, they leave the family group to go off on their own. The parents often part company at this time, but not always. If hunting is good, they may stick together.

In battling these wicked creatures, fire is the preferred weapon. It takes them much longer to regenerate damage done that way and damage done by magical fire cannot be healed at all. Cold spells will slow them to half speed, but won’t do any damage.

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Assorted Trolls: Deep Cavern Trolls

These blind and deathly white creatures live only in the very deepest of cave systems. To go any deeper would risk stumbling into Demara, the Demon World. Even barely sentient Deep Cavern Trolls know to avoid that.

Nobody knows how the common Cave Troll migrated into the Deep Dark, but they did and are now supremely adapted to living there. Though blind, their hearing and sense of smell are acute. Their spindly bodies mask astonishing speed and strength. Finally, like many other types of Troll, they regenerate lost limbs and damaged organs.

Although precious little study of the species has been done, we do know that Deep Cavern Trolls average 6 feet tall and weigh about 120 pounds. They appear to be sexless most of the time, but can in fact manifest male or female genitalia in a matter of minutes, should they meet another of their kind. No sub-adults have ever been encountered.

These Trolls eat almost anything, but prefer fresh raw meat. Fortunately, they are almost never encountered at depths of less than 2,500 feet. Conyrary to popular belief, that are not harmed by bright light. Fire does affect them, as does magic. Non-magical weapons do little damage against their tough skin.

 

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Assorted Trolls: Blue Trolls

The smallest of all Trolls, Blue Trolls are by far the most intelligent. Known to the Forest Elves as Night Trolls, they are indeed nocturnal, seldom venturing forth from their burrows during daylight hours.

Blue Trolls live in extensive burrow villages in forests. From 40 to 200 of the 4 foot tall Trolls can make up a village, which might run for several miles in a twisting turning design. There you will find shops, inns, taverns and all of the businesses you would find in a human village. You will also find very tight security. This is not meant to protect against humans or other races, but against other Trolls, who all seem to hate Blue Trolls. This hatred stems from the jealousy they feel toward their smaller, smarter and much more popular cousins.

The primary trade between Blue Trolls and other races is in the rare artifacts that the burrowers often seem to find when they go exploring ruins. Since they burrow using a spell that removes only earth and stone, anything else is left behind. It was, in fact, a Blue Troll burrowing team that found the long lost Helmet of the Iron Emperor.

Both male and female Blue Trolls average around 4 feet tall and have fairly normally proportioned bodies. Their skin is a dark blue, as is their hair. Their eyes are a lighter blue. Blue Trolls seldom have more than 2 children. The average lifespan is 90 years.

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Assorted Trolls: Red Mountain Trolls

These are the largest and most dangerous of all Trolls. They hate all other forms of Trollkind and pretty much every other humanoid race. They aren’t very big on the non-humanoid races, either.

The preferred living area for Red Mountain Trolls is the area in mountains above 3,000 feet but below the tree line, where they live in villages of up to 100 individuals. Since their society is matriarchal, females call the shots. This is a good thing because males are always less intelligent than females. On the other hand, males are larger, tougher, and pretty much go berserk in battle. Only the largest Giants and fully adult Dragons will take on a group of Red Mountain Trolls.

Roving bands of males patrol the borders of their home mountain ranges constantly. This means that any kingdom with mountains along one or more borders is pretty safe if Red Mountain Trolls live there. In fact, many such kingdoms will send tribute of foodstuffs and weapons. While this does not insure that the Trolls won’t kill anyone passing the 3,000 foot mark, it usually does mean that they won’t attack trade caravans that might come close.

Male Red Mountain Trolls stand 14 to 16 feet tall and are heavily built. They are covered with rusty red hair and have brownish red skin. Most males also have tusks.

Females of the species have brighter red hair, less ruddy skin and only stand about 10 feet tall. They are also much more eloquent in their speech and, if encountered alone, are somewhat less inclined to outright kill other, smaller humanoids.

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