A troll (pl. trolls) is a type of fae. Lumbering, and not the brightest of individuals, trolls are often of rather questionable moral character.


The smallest troll you're likely to find is still about the size of a human - and they can get to be much bigger, even reaching heights of about ten feet (though very young trolls might be as small as three feet in height). Trolls have pointed ears, an assortment of rather rough and jagged teeth, and grayish skin often tinged with green or brown. Their features are brutish, and they are typically rather hairy.

Like all fae, trolls are deathly allergic to iron. Iron reacts strongly with the magic that is an integral part of their anatomy, and causes a violent allergic reaction in the form of a burn. This starts out resembling a rapid and intense sunburn, but prolonged contact with iron can cause any fae's flesh to blacken and die. Trolls are generally very hardy fae, and can actually thrive in an urban setting, as long as they find somewhere dark and damp. Sunlight will turn a troll to stone if it strikes them directly.

Other than that, trolls are as immortal as any true fae - they will not die of natural causes. They age slowly, reaching physical maturity after a period of roughly three hundred years. Trolls continue aging from then on, but age doesn't seem to affect them much, other than to add more wrinkles and warts. They tend to have very small families - having more than one child is extremely rare. In fact, many trolls never take a partner.

Trolls are omnivorous, but primarily carnivorous. They [i]can[/i] eat just about anything, having some of the strongest stomachs of any being, but they prefer meat. Some trolls have a taste for humans, others prefer fish. They are among the few fey not particularly swayed by sweets and sugar.

Magical Characteristics

All fae are capable of glamour - an elaborate illusion that will fool all five senses (at least for a mortal) - but trolls are among the least adept at this. They can use glamour to appear human, or to blend in with their environment, but their illusions are limited to their own person. By the same token, trolls are capable of seeing through most glamour. Their own glamour can be defeated in the usual ways: even if they can fool another fae's eyes, it is nearly impossible for them to fool another fae's sense of touch. Even mortals can see through glamour, if they have a special ointment rubbed on their eyelids, have pure iron touching their skin, or turn their clothes inside out.

Like all fae, trolls are incredibly attuned with nature - in particular, with rivers and streams. Also, trolls have a high familiarity with all types of stone, though sedimentary rocks are their favorites.

No fae can tell an outright lie. They can bend the truth, and they can talk in circles around the truth, but if they actually SAY the sky is red, it had better be red, or they're considered an oathbreaker and their magic (if not their life) is forfeit. On that note, all fae can sense magic in their vicinity, usually by feeling or seeing it.

Society and Habitat

Trolls are solitary fairies, and are usually considered to be Unseelie fae (though a few of the fish-eating individuals protest this distinction). They can often be found under bridges, in damp caves with underground water sources, or in sewers, whether on Earth or in the Otherworld. Usually, they live alone, though sometimes a mated pair will agree to share a particular habitation. In general, they aren't very welcome at the Courts, though they are excellent drawbridge guards.