Trolls of a Different Colour

I ran into something of a conceptual problem several sessions ago. The PCs were desperately trying to escape from a dungeon (they had woken up right at the bottom). There were a couple of rooms that they ran into. In the first one, I said that they saw “tall, green rubbery creatures.” Standard D&D trolls.

In the next room, assuming that they had this picture connected with trolls, I said that there were two more trolls. When I actually said trolls this time, they saw the image on the right. We sorted the mess out in the end, but it got me thinking.


The D&D troll is cool and all, but it is still only one kind of fantasy representation of a troll. So I decided to stat up two other kinds of trolls: the Lord of the Rings troll, and the Artemis Fowl troll (for those who don’t know, trolls in the Artemis Fowl universe are huge, shaggy creatures with tusks that inject a powerful anaesthetic into the victim, causing them to die peacefully while the troll slices their throat with its razor claws.)

Cave Troll (LOTR)
No. Enc: 1d3 (1d8)
Alignment: Chaotic
Move: 60′
AC: 4 (-1 if armoured like in the third movie)
HD: 6
Attacks: 3 (2 claws and bite) or 1 (weapon)
Damage:  1d6/1d6/1d10, +2d8 “hug” as bear, or weapon
Save: F6
Morale: 10
XP: 570
Cave trolls are wild, unintelligent creatures, often used as shock troops by cave goblins. They will turn to stone forever if caught in sunlight.

Fowl Troll
No. Enc:
Alignment: Neutral
Move: 120′
AC: 2
HD: 10
Attacks: 3 (2 claws, tusk)
Damage: 1d8/1d8/2d6+poison
Save: F10
Morale: 11
XP: 2400
Fowl trolls are huge beasts. Their thick, shaggy fur means that they take 2 less damage from slashing weapons such as swords or daggers. They hate bright light, and if they are exposed to it must make a morale check at -2: if they fail, they will retreat and if they succeed, they will go into a rage, attacking at +2. Their poison will cause the victim to die within a single turn if a successful save is not made.

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