Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls
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Well, I'll try to sum up some things, even if I need to simplify it a bit:

Shadow Trolls are an elemental race originating from the elemental Plane of Shadow. They consist of the shadows of other beings, animated by their Vanitan gods with elemental spirits. Due to this animation of shadows (not of flesh like with most other elemental races) you could describe their nature as somewhat between elementals and spectres.

There are different branches of Shadow Trolls, depending on the nature of the creature(s) whose shadow was/were used as the substance of the Shadow Troll. Longshadows, the most common kind of Shadow Troll, consist of a quite balanced mix of shadows from different kinds of beings, whereas Lighteaters use the shadows of beings belonging to the element fire (eg Firedrakes).

So as members of a rather special elemental race they are no mortals, but indeed they can die and are not immortal in an invulnarable or ever-resurrecting way!
Shadow-Trolls even have to feed, and they do this by sucking the life-force out of the shadow of other creatures. And they need to rest periodically to not lose their grip on the material plane.
They even have their own way of reproduction, although that has nothing to do with the mating of most other species. Instead, they can hibernate and split a part from their inner spirit to create some "clone-like" offspring.

To a mortal, they - even without armor - appear simply as a flickering shadow, their silhouette sometimes clearer, sometimes obscure. The dust cloud in the left background on page 147 is just a dust cloud - the "tail" of the shadow troll whispering into the ear of the Trolloth noble gives you a good idea of their "natural" appearance.
So wearing rags and armor gives them more substance for the mortal eye (and even for the eyes of their Trolloth companions). But these things don't hinder them in any way, not even to fadeshift or to flicker into an ethereal state.

Btw, to a member of an elemental race, their shadow form has some resemblance of the opposing element. A Firedrake sees them as wet and watery, while a Niad sees a dark flame around them.

They have no real consistend visage, but they can materialize some kind of face (compare the rapacious "face" the Lighteater materializes on the artwork).
The reason why their gaze is feared the most, is because it is said that to look into the face of a Shadow Troll means to look into the deepest shadows of your own soul...

Hope this answers part of your questions. Smile

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Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Till - 02-27-2013, 12:12 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Raoul - 02-27-2013, 01:36 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Till - 02-27-2013, 01:03 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Raoul - 02-27-2013, 01:57 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 02-28-2013, 01:19 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Raoul - 02-28-2013, 01:43 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Till - 03-04-2013, 11:35 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 03-05-2013, 09:21 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Raoul - 03-05-2013, 09:37 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-10-2013, 07:14 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 03-11-2013, 04:13 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-12-2013, 07:15 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 03-12-2013, 11:56 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-12-2013, 05:51 PM
The nature of the shadowtrolls and Magic - by David - 03-14-2013, 01:53 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-14-2013, 06:29 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-14-2013, 07:49 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 03-15-2013, 03:54 PM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by tmastgrave - 03-16-2013, 04:28 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by Maximus XIII - 07-11-2014, 05:15 AM
RE: Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls - by David - 07-11-2014, 12:10 PM

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