These are just a couple of minor changes to the entry. The first change is there to remove the healing abilities and limb regrowing capabilities of the trolls. The second is just changing the scholar's name from Erian to Vesk. We all know that Vesk killed Erian years ago... Mode of Living/Habits. Trolls settle in nomadic bands of up to thirty members in a variety of environments. It is suspected that their voracious appetites are the cause for such a nomadic lifestyle, as a band of trolls will consume the entire food supply of an area before moving on to find new prey. Unlike many other nomadic cultures, trolls do not have temporary homes that they take with them. Instead, they will create rudimentary dwellings in an area, the materials used to build them varies from tribe to tribe, and only leave that area once the food supply runs low. Trolls prefer to live in caves whenever possible and will often consume the former occupants of the cave. A few tribes are even known to live underground.
Trolls are often underestimated by the other races who consider their brutish appearance to represent a lack of intelligence. However, despite having no permanent residences and very little 'culture' from a human perspective, they are more than simple beasts. They communicate through a series of grunts, growls, and words that are known as the Trullish language. Trolls have even been known to tell stories of their past around a bonfire, though scholars that discovered this fact could not get close enough to hear the individual words. They seem to be able to comprehend the usages of simple tools such as flint knives they use to skin their prey. In general one could say that Trolls may lack the intelligence of other races such as humans, but they thrive within their native habitats.
Many Trolls do not live beyond their first century as their lives within the wilderness are often violent, though a few have been known to reach the age of one hundred fifty years. Only the hair of a Troll alters as he ages, growing longer and lightening in colour until it eventually turns white. The hide of a Troll does not seem to age and never takes on the weathered appearance oft associated with the elderly of other races. Death does not frighten them, as they view it to be a chance to join their ancestors and forever guard the Troll race against insane spirits.
Origin. Little is known about the cosmological origins of Trolls, but scholars argue that they are mentioned in the Books of the Beginnings of the elves. According to the Cárpa'dosía, when the world was young the Rain of Life fell upon the Tree of Life to create the four main races: humans, elves, dwarves, and orcs. Each one was created from a separate element, and it is indicated that combinations of the elements created the minor races: “One larger being arose from the earth, wreathed in flame and imbued with the endurance of stone (Cárpa'dosía IV, p. 17).” This quote may or may not indirectly refer to the trollish race, but it seems to hint at their nature: Trolls are said to cosmologically derive from the elements of earth and fire, a sign for strength and violence as dominating principles in their lives.
Ghat Nysissrak, a Gob-Oc miner, actually learned a few words of the Trullish language as he traded jewels and other precious stones to the Cave Trolls for hides of animals that only they could easily hunt. Admittedly, any other tribe would have eaten the goblininstead of trading with him, but the GHEREGHUT are known to be more sophisticated than other tribes and thus have learned to tolerate goblins, though they claim that their refusal to eat them is due to their terrible taste! The smith was kind enough to provide Vesk Lyricahl, an Eyelian scholar, with his version of the myth though several sans changed hands before the goblin would speak. The tale of their creation is something like this, though much of the meaning may have been lost in the very free translation from Trullish to Kh'om'chr'om to Styrásh and finally to Tharian...
I've gone through and applied the grammar fixes. I cheated and used a British spellchecker. The regrowth of limbs was removed as well.
As to how we know so much about the Kloighut, I've tried to limit the entry to knowledge someone could obtain by observing the Mountain Trolls (as best they could while avoiding being eaten...). The basic angle I wrote the entry from is that it's Vesk penning the entry as a sort of field report (writing succinctly to avoid detection/consumption). With his knowledge of the Ghereghut and a rudimentary understanding of TrulTrul, he would be able to fill in the rest by carefully observing the Kloighut (and as an Eyelian, he's at home in nature and not easily discovered).
I welcome any comments about parts of the entry where it seems like we know too much. I'm not sure myself exactly where in the entry I might've crossed that line. For example, my thinking is that knowing the word Klohtrul and that that's the alpha male could be learned by an observer. Trolls don't whisper by any means, and the behavior of the other trolls toward that alpha would give away the context.
I'm sporadic already, but I can guarantee no posts from me in the upcoming week. I'm going to the Bahamas!
But, I want to go ahead and comment on a couple of things.
@Arti: The regrowth of a troll's limbs is in the troll race entry. That ability was part of the original race entry, before I expanded and updated it. Honestly, I'd be fine with removing the ability from the trolls entirely, as it does seem overpowered on its own, not to mention that these are huge, nearly invincible brutes that are regrowing limbs.
I've read the Death Rites entry, and it fits well with the other troll information on-site, imo.
@Ta'lia: I tried to limit the entry to only information an observer could know. The Kloighut do have their own language, but they're not exactly sociable toward outsiders. I know there are other troll entries that go into more detail, but I think the Ghereghut (a much more sophisticated troll tribe) make that possible. Was there anything in the Kloighut entry that was noticeable to you as being hard to know? The history is what gave me the most trouble in that regard.
@Both about the style: Thank yous! It just felt right (and humorous) for the Kloighut, the hulking brutes of the troll world. "Troll-locks" though is a term originally coined by the Bard!
The Caehl Mountain entry is not an accurate place to put the picture. The recent troll discussion led to the decision that the Kloighut will live solely in the Troll Mountains. The Caehl entry currently mentions the Kloighut, but Azhira was fine with replacing them with the Marghoghut.
@The picture itself: I want to comment on the necklace. Shamans wear a necklace made from the tusks of the quaerash lizards. Do we want to call this a shaman and call those quaerash tusks around his neck?
Awesome! Imagine what his toe nails must look like! These things have some serious claws, which brings me to my only criticism: wouldn't a troll have less prominent finger nails since he uses his hands for most tasks (grabbing, punching, clawing, climbing mountain rocks etc). Makes sense that finger/toe nails would be more rough, short, jagged as opposed to what amounts to finger swords.
That's more a criticism of my design than his execution of it.
The claws are meant to be fairly short when held in comparison to the troll's overall size (3-6 inch claws on a 12 ft brute). The claws on this guy might be a little long, but I'm not entirely sure without a better idea of size in the picture.
As to rough, jagged, or even cracked: troll claws are meant to be made of pretty hard stuff. Trolls use their claws on each other (when mating, mostly...), so they have to be nearly indestructible to stand up to a troll hide.
And trolls don't have claws for toe nails. Just toe nails.