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Urist likes trolls for their terrifying features.

  • Underground Depth: 1-3
Alignment: Evil

Building destroyer: Level 2

· Learns · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 10,000 cm3
Mid: 50,000 cm3
Max: 250,000 cm3

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

Wikipedia article

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

Trolls are large, predatory, dangerous subterranean creatures that often appear under the command of goblins during sieges, noted for their "terrifying features". 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.

Trolls that show up during goblin invasions may have non military professions due to their [CAN_LEARN] tag. 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 never wear armor, they will be easy targets for a decently skilled squad of axedwarves. 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.

Goblins can take trolls as pets to start a fort and can shear them for their fur, similar to sheep. With a trivial bit of editing, dwarves can also embark with trolls as pets.

Trolls have light cyan blood (possibly hemolymph, though hemolymph is a dark shade of blue/green and it naturally occurs exclusively in invertebrate creatures).