The one thing I would add would be a string of fluff text (written from an in game perspective in the format of each type of answer. Going from the initial premise, the character spotted 13 trolls heading for the city, and has been questioned about it:
'Yes, I saw trolls, there were a lot of them in one group, but there could certainly be more.'
'Yes, there were trolls, I didn't stay to count how many, I've got to get my things together and make a quick escape.'
'Yes, there were thirteen trolls in the group. One was wearing armor, which is unusual for a regenerating creature. They did not have a banner, none were painted for battle, and some were smaller than the rest. Troll family clans will migrate if given sufficient reason.'
'What's a troll?'
Shrugs. 'They might have been trolls, I didn't look that close.
'I don't know, I can't say that they were trolls, they might have been orcs, or they might have been northlanders. Northlanders favor those horned helms, and trolls have horns too, and it's easy to get them mixed up, especially if it's foggy.'
'Wait, do you mean have I seen trolls recently?'
'Yes, I saw trolls, enough trolls that if you manage to murder them all without getting half your own men killed in the process the people might be willing to forget about how you handled the riots last month.'
'Indeed, who do you think lead them here?'
'Anything but trolls' *faints*
'Nothing we can't handle, eh? You fetch the oil and I gather the guard and the torches.
'There haven't been trolls here in ages, don't be daft'
'Yes, there are trolls coming. They are going to rampage and paint the walls with out blood and boil our children for soup. If you had listened a year ago when I told you about the trolls coming out of the bottoms, if you had listened a month ago when the mercenaries forfeited their contracts... But no, you had to be in charge, and everyone else was wrong.' Pulls dagger. 'You won't see the trolls, because I'm going to make sure that you die by my hand, for my family, because of your foolhardy pride.' stab stabGo to Comment