Fluff: The nature of the shadowtrolls
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99% of what Raoul exoplained is exactly right.

To clarify a couple of your questions about the Mythology:
At the beginning of the Elemental Age there were elemental races which entered the Material Plane and they were indeed deathless. They were however not so effective interacting with the forces and creatures of the Material Plane because the consisted almost exclusively of one element.

Later elemental races incorporated the Secret of Flesh which they gained from the Dhannya - Mother of the Cosmos. Because the typical elemental races of the present (includes Dwarves and Trolloth and Gnolls) are part flesh, they are definitely not deathless. They have long life-spans of a few hundred years mostly (Gnolls much less because they are more flesh than elemental shadow).

Shadow Trolls are an exception. They were pure elemental creatures (like the above-mentioned early elemental creatures), who were swept into the Material Plane during a cataclysm when the element of Darkness came into being. Over the centuries their nature has become more fixed within the reality of the Material Plane. For this reason, Shadow Trolls are deathless in terms of aging, but if their substance is sufficiently damaged, they will lose their grip in the Material Plane and fade back into the Plane of Shadow.

Regarding the reproduction, under certain rare circumstances, a shadow may cast a shadow of itself, and thereby create a less substantial version or child of itself which may grow strong into a full Shadow Troll. Otherwise creation of Shadow Trolls takes place only in the Plane of Shadow.

Mythology commonly known on Calydorn says that Mortals undergoing the mystic psychomorphosis rite (converting their Mortal soul into an elemental spirit) retain their normal physical form. Upon death, they become essentially the same kind of lifeform as a Shadow Troll. The only difference is that most Shadow Trolls are formed (as Raoul mentioned) as a shadow of another elemental creature (fire, air, earth, ice), whereas these Shadow spirits created from Mortal souls are something else....

The dubious practice of Psychomorphosis is relatively new in the cosmos and the elemental spirits created this way have been little studied. Partly because this transformation ritual is considered a heretical abomination by most Mortals and Elemental Creatures - a sort of evil, black-magic. Only a few extreme cultures have widely permitted or encouraged it in the past. Notably the Theocracy of the Sacred Flame which during the Halcyon Age was a world-spanning religion of sun-worship, bent on converting all Mortals to elemental fire spirits. The result was cosmic elemental imbalance and catastrophe. It was Sun-Dance Prophet Morguri, (who founded the Theocracy of the Sacred Flame) who first discovered the process of Psychomorphosis.

Shortly after the destruction of the Theocracy, during the Dark Age, some Troglodyte nations engaged in a crusade to forcibly convert Mortals to elemental Shadow souls in the belief that this could help prevent a future similar imbalance as happened with Fire (since Shadow is the elemental force of cosmic balance).

Now today the Stygian Races of Darkness have begun converting Mortal souls into elemental spirits of Darkness...

No one knows what the result will be, but it surely cannot be a good thing.... :-)
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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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