Trolls are large, gnarly creatures that inhabit many climates and regions of Morn. Although not exclusively a creature of the Underdeep, they are found there in large numbers, forming clans that occupy large cavern networks. Groups don’t tend to be huge, with around 20 individuals being an average sized clan. The leadership of the clan falls on the shoulders of the Patriarch, a huge troll of great age who is usually the father of most of the clan members. Patriarchs lead a strange existence as they suffer from an insatiable wanderlust. As they age they leave their clan to roam for countless miles. Sometimes they are gone a few weeks before returning with new scars, trinkets and swords (they like swords a lot… I will come back to this!).
Sometimes the Patriarchs are not seen by their clan for months or even years. When they do return they spend their time killing other males that have grown too strong within the clan and they take time to mate with the females before wandering back into the darkness. The only past time a troll likes more than wandering is fighting. Sometimes a Patriarch will return after finding a better place to establish his clan, usually to the detriment of another race or family of creatures. When this occurs, the clan prepares for war. This is the only time that Trolls tend to fight with their Patriarch.
Trolls have several unique abilities and traits. Their primary ability is the power to regenerate terrible wounds. Troll don’t just have the power to heal extremely fast but they are able to reform lost limbs and organs given time. Some trolls, thought to be very, very dead, have amazed onlookers, only to get back to their feet a few hours after falling! The only way this ability is stopped is through fire. Trolls cannot regenerate burns. As well as this powerful ability a Troll is a creature linked with the earth. Many tell tales of them turning to stone in sunlight, but this is not true. However, on occasion, large stone trolls have been found in deep forests, on lonely moors and deep within the caverns of Morn. Quite simply, as Trolls age their bodies begin to harden. They first begin to develop rock like protrusions on their backs and arms in middle age. This is seen as a sign of honour amongst Trolls and it generally serves them well as natural armour and gives them an edge in combat. However, as they become ancient creatures this stony skin begins to harden until the creature falls in to a torpor and it dies. Only the largest and meanest of Troll Patriarchs meet this most honourable end.
One last trait that Trolls have is a fascination with swords. Swords are by far the trolls most favoured weapon although so few are made that Trolls can use due to their size. Only the Patriarchs tend to be able to find such weapons on their long travels. However, Trolls will take swords whenever they can. Sometimes a troll will carry a bag of swords around with it. This has led some observers to think that they may even use them as a form of currency. All that is known is that they trolls love them and will often do anything to attain them!
The Troll Patriarch
Our Patriarch model will depict one of the aged, venerable creatures that wander the caverns of the Underdeep. Trolls will not form their own faction within the Underdeep game but will be a commonly encountered mercenary or bound creature. They will eventually come in three types, Troll Patriarch’s, Troll Abberant’s and Troll Manhunter’s. The Patriarch appeared in our first Kickstarter. The Abberant is an outcast troll that follows the clan and usually lives off scraps in the darkness. Abberant’s are smaller than normal trolls but fight with reckless abandon as they try to prove their worth to their clan or to find an honourable death in combat. Troll Manhunter’s are your basic troll warrior. They are known as Manhunter’s as they are particularly fond of man flesh, although actually they are not too fussy if its man, elf or dwarf. Sunsider’s just taste better.