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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:35 PM


Gozh'ga



Gozh'ga is a she-troll. I know because she is bigger than the other two, and often berates and belittles Umook and Droog whenever they attempt to mate with her, or eat her food. She is a wrinkled behemoth of a troll with empty, worm-ridden eye sockets.



What she lacks in sight, she makes up for with her wart-ridden nose. Her sense of smell is extraordinary. I was present when she once sniffed at the air suddenly and excitedly, then proceeded to sketch crude human-like figures in the dirt, indicating travelers and pointing in a direction. The trolls seemed excited.



*Three* full days later an unfortunate band of adventurers stumbled upon the troll lair. The trolls were ready for them, and the awful screams that night, did not last long. Not only had Gozh'ga sensed the group many miles away, but she seemed to know that they were traveling in this exact direction. There was no reason to start the hunt.



Once Gozh'ga had eyes, but as I watched from a bluff spell-bound one night, she plucked them out one after the other and ate them, much to the delight of Umook and Droog, who leapt up and down, like two idiots at their first fare.



Several weeks later, something interesting occurred. I was watching the troll relieve herself one morning, riveted to the scene, when suddenly to my horror, two bulbous, gloopy eyes sprouted, one ripping through the flesh of each cheek of her desiccated backside. These are truly remarkable creatures.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:36 PM


Droog



I sometimes call him "Droog the Last" because he always is. The runt of the foursome, Droog is often submissive to the other three. Last to attack during the hunt, last to feed back at the troll lair. He is easily recognizable by his two extended members(!) which I have never witnessed in flaccid states. I have colleagues that would no doubt jape at being envious of Droog's predicament, but I digress. Why Gozh'ga refuses to mate with Droog despite his twin ever-ready phalluses, remains a mystery.



Droog seems to prefer eating animals to humanoids. The other three trolls are the opposite, they will listlessly chew on snakes and hedgehogs, but positively animate whenever two-legged prey appears on the menu. At these times Droog looks almost sullen, and withdraws to his pit gnawing on his own arm. Droog will sometimes try to keep food alive for a while, and play with prey like a cat. It almost seems as if he is desirous of acquiring a pet. I watched him once drag a dwarf around by the neck on a chain for three weeks everywhere he went, though he forgot to feed him, until Warp'raa at last, came over, ripped the dwarf's head off and ate it. Droog ate the rest, whimpering solemnly.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-03 03:42 PM


Heh, wise Gyma has touched upon the crux of what I was going for...Some combination of the banal, apologetic, self-important, desentisized news reporting on mass beheadings, Sharkweek jumping the shark ("Oy, watch as I swim with these misunderstood, gentle giants---Gaaaaaack---Dead.), Gorillas in the Mist ("Wow, he just sits there. Amazing! Wait, look, he just picked his ass with his finger and tasted it! I think he liked it. What incredible creatures, I'm in awe!), ecological ultra-liberal-terrorists, and the reality tv trainwreck.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-03 03:52 PM


that last plot hook tittilates me :) What could be so bad-assed that the trolls are running? :)

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Murometz's comment on 2015-12-15 09:53 PM
Thanks and well said. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-02 11:23 AM
Looks interesting, but sadly I am feint of heart, inexperienced and sane. So Troll hunting is none of my business. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-05 11:05 PM
T.H.I.S. has spirit akin to the naturalists of Edwardian and Victorian England but the write ups have shades of Diane Fossey.

I admire a departure from the listing of facts (juicy details in your words) format and the inclusion of a narrative perspective. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-11-03 02:02 PM
An amusing account of the Troll behavior and adds needed depth to the creatures.

I like this! Go to Comment
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Aramax's comment on 2014-11-02 07:07 AM
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Ted's comment on 2014-11-01 10:59 PM
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Every time I accidentally use BB code instead of HTML, god kills a kitten Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-25 12:10 AM
Loved the tone of this although personally not that taken with the topic of trolls themselves Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2014-11-02 01:14 PM
Wow. At first I thought this would go in societies because that part was so interesting, but now I think it might go into NPCs because each of them are so interesting. I can think of other fun plots for THIS:

A group makes a suicide pact but wants their deaths to look like accidents. They joined THIS, but five years later one has still not been eaten. Does he have some natural immunity to trolls?

What is all this proprietary gear mentioned? Is there more of it, and does it need testers?

The trolls seem to have fled in a panic. Where are they going? Whatever they are running from, you should be running faster. Go to Comment
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Tusserk's comment on 2014-11-04 01:07 AM
Makes me want to make these trolls for D&D 3.0 (3.5) using the Humanoid Handbook... and then run a game with them desecrating the kingdom. Go to Comment
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Arracor's comment on 2014-11-22 11:52 PM
I think it's quirks like this that really add life to a setting. It's not something you'd think of when you're plotting up a city or country, but of -course- there are wackos who take far too much interest in the big nasties everyone knows to stay away from, and not merely out of powerlust...

Plus, anything that makes actual characters out of those typical brainless people-eaters is a plus in my book. One of my favorite NPCs from my old game was an ogre mage named Torugg who was a sophisticated, if twisted fellow. Operated as a merchant/go-between for intelligent monsters of the region, lived in a mansion, was actively interested in science. Far cry from what people would expect when they think 'ogre'. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-18 01:56 AM
Interesting, and it makes me think of the older Dungeons and Dragons stuff, and that somewhere there is going to be a necromancer/gravedigger who will figure out how to master these four items and end up as the Gravelord with his dancing shovel and flying assassin's trowels. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2014-03-08 03:07 PM
You don't use these tools, these tools use you. 5/5 Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-03-11 04:16 PM
Sentient shovel sub is a go! I always like animated objects that do their own thing, and this one has a nice background.

It would be interesting if instead of or in addition to burying folk, they dug them up. You go into a cemetery one morning to find all the coffins uncovered, with no trace of the perpetrators. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-08 05:41 PM


Aaarg, I wish I'd thought of that! They kill diggers, that's brilliant! And miners makes sense too. I may have to add that. I'm rusty.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-09 03:22 PM


yep, yep, you and axle are right! Will edit this to change from stabby, stabby, bash.

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-08 05:30 PM


I know when to call spade a spade.



Please don't think I am troweling here.... But from the description of their animation and origin it sounds like they might seek to stop diggers, so undead mages or other ground dwelling super beings won't be disturbed. These could be funny antagonists for miners and grave diggers.

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