Friday, March 21, 2014

d30 Feature of the Week: Troll Mutations

Recently, while working on my most recent Monster Index (MX6 Monster Index: Trolls), there was one thing that became more and more evident... there are so many kinds of trolls because they are so disposed to mutating (which is called out in a lot of articles on trolls, but almost as a throwaway line. So I started making a list of simple troll mutations that could almost act as a substitute for the Monster Index (applying a simple mutation or two to the standard troll). Which brings me to this week's d30 Feature... d30 Troll Mutations.

I like the idea that even one troll from a group of trolls could be different from the others. It's easy to say that a mutated troll who is stronger than others might be the group's leader (for an in absentia female troll chieftain). But what if the troll has a "weakness" (e.g., is cycloptic, or is the runt of the group). What's that relationship like? How does he fit into the context of a group where every member is stronger/better than him? To me, this chart isn't just a list of monster variations, it's a chance for storytelling.

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1 comment:

  1. Neat! You can always rationalize troll mutations as a stunted regeneration.