Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Trolls: Trolls share a common ancestor with goblin’s, however, they differ in many ways. Unlike goblins, Trolls do not live underground, but prefer open environments with lots of space to roam. Since they did not live in large groups and preferred to have little contact with others, most Trolls lived in deserts, tundras or other places typically inhospitable to others. This led to many sub-species of Trolls to develop, however they all share certain characteristics. For instance, they live in small family packs, usually consisting of no more than a dozen females and two or three males. Being nomadic, Trolls traveled over large hunting grounds, avoiding human settlements where possible. During conflicts, Trolls were called upon and gathered by orcs for use as heavy troops in battle. Despite their shared ancestry with goblins, Trolls were not stupid or dimwitted, but spent their time deep in thought as they traveled their chosen domain. This would lead to conflict over command during wars with the ‘good’ races, as orcs believed themselves to be the most intelligent of the ‘evil’ races. The division ran even deeper when the ‘evil’ races were finally defeated and to this day Trolls will rarely be amiable with an Orc. Many trolls have joined the modern world, spending their time deep in thought contemplating philosophy and the structure of the Universe. Like Elves, Trolls live a long time, and frequently dedicate their lives to studying a single thing to discover all of its secrets. They have a magic connected to mind and it’s innermost workings, this secret, being one of the main reasons the ‘evil’ races had so much success in early wars with the ‘good’ races.
- Physical Characteristics: Another difference between Trolls and Goblins is their size. Trolls are very large creatures, taller even than elves, standing nearly 10 feet tall and weighing a ton or more. They are covered in fur like Goblins, but wear clothing and keep it trimmed short. They stand upright instead of moving on all fours like Goblins. This means that they are slower, but being so much larger, they are physically much stronger than any other race and have a long reach. Trolls can also eat almost anything. As Trolls age, their bodies become less and less mobile until finally they cannot move on their own. This was rarely a problem in the past, but in present times, many Trolls suffer from age paralysis and need younger family members to care for them.