Trolls share the same DNA as the mighty Orcs, although they evolved in very different directions. While the Orcs value honor, strength and war, Trolls are more peaceful and very spiritual. They value harmony with nature, honesty and integrity. Mostly scattered in the far north and south, Trolls sometimes meld with other races, but tend to stay away from humans, as their rites and customs are seen as primitive and outdated(and are often seen as inferior because of it). They still integrated technology to their daily lives, but the appearance of their cities, clothes and weapons have strong ties to their ancestry.
Trolls are very close to the elemental spirits. Their tribes and cities are often lead by a chieftain and a shaman, helped by a tribal council, that insures all young Trolls succeed their rite of passage to adulthood, and take care of political and economical matter. Those rites include long meditation to connect with the spirit world, and scarification (representing scales and intricate patterns) to bring themselves closer to the Dragon Spirits.
Ice Trolls live in lands permanently coated in snow. They
rarely see the sun shine, thus having a very pale complexion. Due
to this, they often do very poorly in other climates, often suffering
from terrible sunburns when exposed to scorching sun. They are
capable warriors and hunters, often proving their worth by hunting
the large beasts of the north. They are the closest ties to their Orcs
ancestors, with more primal appearances and rites.
Their main economy comes from the pelts and bones of exotic northern
beasts, as well as their weapon and armor smiting abilities. They are often
at war with the Skarvalds and Ice Dwarves, as they share territories and
River Trolls can mostly be found in the southern part of Arkelon, in tropical forests
and islands. They are accomplished fisherman and hunters, having the largest part of
their economy coming from exotic seafood and rare animal skin exportation(although they also export wood and precious materials). They are also accomplished healers,
understanding the power of plants and nature to heal wounds and diseases.
River Trolls rarely wage war on other races, preferring to live their peaceful lives within their cities and villages. However, conflict is not uncommon, as they often live nearby valuable resources lusted by other races.
Most of the River Trolls are fishermen, or hunt in the ocean to feed their settlements. Another common occupation for them is medicine and plant knowledge. Some also become boat builders, especially to help the River Trolls move around if necessary, but also provide transport for tourists or adventurers.
Mostly living in cities built on mountainsides, the Mountain Trolls are expert climbers. Rarely afraid of heights, they are often seen walking on precarious cliffs or seemingly unsafe bridges. While they are not overly aggressive, the Mountain Trolls are known to be able to defend themselves fiercely, having on their side a very high physical resilience.
Mountain Trolls are just as spiritual as their other Troll counterparts, giving a large part of their time towards their rituals for the Elemental Spirits. Scarification and body painting are common amongst their ranks, especially during rituals.
While they are not overly aggressive, the Mountain Trolls are known to be able to defend themselves fiercely, having on their side a very high physical resilience. They are also very stable and strong on their feet, and can hardly be moved if they do not want to be.
The Forest Trolls live in the southern part of Arkelon, in the lush tropical forests. They mostly live atop of trees, using their specially evolved feet to help them. They are accomplished trap makers and hunters, and also have a good knowledge of poisons and venom.
Forest Trolls have built themselves houses mostly amongst the trees, either hidden above by the foliage or on the ground, hidden by the branches. Either way, an outsider would have difficulty spotting a habitation without trained eyes or clear indications, or even a guide. Because of this, most of them are expert in the art of camouflage, and they share their knowledge to the next generation as soon as possible, to assure survival. The Forest Trolls are in their elements up above in the trees, but some get wobbly legs on the ground because of it.
With the latest industrial development and the rise of deforestation, the Forest
Trolls have become more aggressive, especially towards wanderers in their forests.
They are known to create totems to protect themselves, animals and nature alike
around their territories, leading adventurers to spread the rumor of cursed lands. They also have a known history of fights with the Goblins.