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Troll

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Urist likes trolls for their terrifying features.
Biome

  • Underground Depth: 1-3
Attributes
Alignment: Evil

Building destroyer: Level 2

· Learns · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Size
Child: 10,000 cm3
Adolescent: 50,000 cm3
Adult: 250,000 cm3

Age
Child at: 1
Adult at: 10
Max age: 800-1000
Cannot be butchered

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A huge humanoid monster with coarse fur, large tusks and horns.


Trolls are large, predatory, dangerous subterranean evil creatures who inhabit all layers of the caverns and often appear under the command of goblins during sieges. Four times larger than a dwarf, they are building destroyers, and will path to your buildings simply for the joy of sheer destruction. During sieges, they act as battering rams, so design your defenses accordingly. They are not related to night trolls, despite the similar names.

Wild trolls meander the underground and attack dwarves who approach or provoke them (or at least are supposed to, but currently don't Bug:10031). Many of them are enslaved/absorbed by goblins during world generation and become their servants, inhabiting their dark pits in truly huge numbers (sometimes enough to cause overwhelming lag Bug:7526) and aiding their smaller masters in their battles against other races. Goblins shear trolls for their fur, making them the evil race's equivalent of sheep. As they are intelligent (although incapable of speech), civilized trolls may gain non-military professions among goblin society.

Trolls will almost certainly appear accompanying goblins when they siege your fortress. They are quite tough and have a variety of different ways to cause injury to your dwarves due to their humanoid bodies and large tusks. Since they only rarely wear armor (when appearing as helpers of Goblin Claus), they will be easy targets for a decently skilled squad of axedwarves, though silk-wearing trolls can complicate things if copper and silver are the only available metals. Trolls can and will wrestle your dwarves, which can lead to some broken bones in your military. Unlike goblins, trolls are natural swimmers, which could be a problem for a fortress relying on a moat for defense, or using a drowning chamber or underground lake as a means of executing POWs administering dwarven justice. Trolls can climb, so it is possible for them to get to level one of a cavern through deep pits and access your fortress to crush the heads of play with your dwarves.

Trolls notably possess cyan-colored blood (possibly hemocyanin based). Their behavior as a servant race of goblins is done via the combination of the [EVIL] and [SLOW_LEARNER] creature tokens and the fact they live underground; through modding, players can create their own subterranean goblin servants who will accompany trolls in battle by giving their race these two tokens.

Some dwarves like trolls for their terrifying features.


A dwarf battling a troll, drawn in crayon by Bay 12 Games.
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