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The Troll race are from the planet Alternia, which exists in a separate universe to Earth and the Humans. They have gray skin, yellow sunken eyes, pointed teeth and black hair. Their most noticeable features are the horns sprouting from their heads, which resemble Candy Corn. All trolls have naturally black lips, and their teeth grow back if broken. Usually. They are also nocturnal.
Trolls are naturally quite aggressive, and their culture is centered on intrigue and betrayal. Alternia has all the cahoots. All of them.
The Twelve TrollsEdit
Troll biology and cultureEdit
Adult Trolls supply their genetic material to the filial pails carried by Imperial Drones which are offered to the monstrous Mother Grub deep underground in the brooding caverns. She then combines all the genetic material into one diabolical incestuous slurry and lays hundreds of thousands of eggs at once. It is still unknown how the Trolls get their last name, because it is impossible to find who their genetic parents are, assuming they even have any and aren't just a mix of random genes. The 4 Trolls featured in Stemfazed, however, are actually all Paradox Clones of themselves, as Chynus Farore performed Ectobiology to create them.
The eggs hatch into young larval Trolls, known as wigglers, which wriggle about to locate a cozy stalactite from which to spin their cocoons. After they pupate, the young Troll with his or her new-found limbs undergoes a series of dangerous trials. If they survive, they are chosen by a member of the diverse and terrifying subterranean monster population native to Alternia, frightening beasts known as a Lusus Naturae. This creature becomes the Troll's Custodian, behaving as a lifelong bodyguard, caretaker, and mentor, while the young Troll must learn to function as a sort of zookeeper. Together, they surface and choose a location to build a Hive. The building process is facilitated by Carpenter Droids left on the planet, but the design aspect falls to the Troll. The vast majority of adult Trolls are off-planet, serving some role in the forces of ongoing imperial conquest, besieging other star systems in the name of Alternian glory. The culture and civilization on the homeworld is maintained almost entirely by the young. Trolls are challenged from birth to prove their strength, having to conquer many trials before acquiring a Lusus, and ensure the race stays at its peak. They are jaded towards violence and for the most part unsentimental about individual lives. They do not bury their dead.
Trolls sleep within Recuperacoons filled with Sopor Slime. Sopor Slime is a slime that is nourishing during sleep but should not be eaten. The slime helps ease the terrible visions of blood and carnage that plague the dark subconscious of their species. The majority of Trolls have developed some mental instability because of this problem.
Troll Relationships are built around hate and pity. They are similar to human relationships but with more official terminology. The simplest way to describe it is that, while humans only have one form of love (i.e. you can say to someone "I am in love with you"), Trolls have four distinct forms of love. And similarly to how the blanket term "love" does not describe differences in relationships, there is a wide range within the four Troll romances. These four romances are signified based on the suits in cards - ie, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, and Hearts. The Black-suited romances are implied to be built on hatred (or the "strongly negative"), and the Red-suited romances are implied to be built on pity (or the "strongly positive"). The four quadrants of troll romance are: Kismesis (♠), or "fated nemesis"; Moirail (♦), or "fated friend"; Matesprit (♥), the closest to human romance; and Auspistice (♣), which involves three people - essentially, two rivals and their mediator. Trolls have the same word for "friend" and "enemy."
Portions of troll anatomy include the bone bulge, nook, cartilage nub, lobe stem, chitinous windhole, protein chute, auricular sponge clots and others. Their functions are largely unclear. Sea dwellers are also known to have a "collapsing and expanding bladder based aquatic vascular system", probably functioning as the heart.
Presumably the aquatic trolls with high-caste blood have a different physiology than other trolls, which allows them to live underwater and accounts for the finned, gill-like structures seen on either side of their necks. It is worth noting that the troll aristocracy use terms we're familiar with for things that lower-class trolls identify with something more descriptive but less clear to us human freaks - for example, a red-blood troll's "ablution trap" is a "bathtub" to a blue-blood; this may be a reference to U and non-U English. As such, there's probably a similar parallel for troll anatomy - chitinous windhole and protein chute, in particular, may correspond to the windpipe and esophagus, respectively.
Blood and CasteEdit
Each troll has a different colour of blood. The colour of their blood matches the colour of the symbol on their shirt. The blood of a Lusus appears to be the same colour as its associated Troll, implying that it is a large factor in the selection of a Lusus.
The blood colours are distributed at 30° angles on the HSV color system, varying by a few degrees here and there. The only colour missing is pure green (120°), with Caste 5 (82°) lying eight degrees yellower than chartreuse (90°) and Caste 6 blood being spring green (150°). This is likely because the apparent difference between the three colours is smaller than between any other adjacent pairs. The colours are all fully saturated, but their values have a wide distribution.
There is a caste system on Alternia based on the colour of an individual's blood. The hierarchy follows a rainbow, with red being the lowest and purple being the highest. Blue bloods, the high classes, often hold the lower castes in disdain. An example of this is the derogatory term, 'Rust Blood', refering to someone with brown or dark red blood.
The trolls with the highest blood colour of magenta and tyrian purple are Sea Dwellers who live underwater, sport fin-like protrusions on the sides of their faces, and rule over the rest of the troll species. The empress of the Troll race, Her Imperious Condescension is usually is the Troll with the highest caste at the time of the previous empresses death. Currently, Her Imperious Condescension has the second highest blood in the galaxy, second to a young princess.
Higher blood castes seem to have more lavish hives: An extreme example of this is the Hives of Chynus and Athren. While Chynus' hive was poor enough that it was destroyed, Athren's hive is like a huge castle under the sea.
Jade blood, though not particularly high, is quite rare and even warrants the protection of a Virgin Mother Grub.
Troll tears are apparently the same colour as their blood, though more diluted in colour. Trolls lower on the hemospectrum are more likely to have psychic powers, but are more psychically susceptible as a result.
Though not a concrete rule, trolls with higher a blood caste tend to be more violent and erratic. The Stemfazed Trolls do not display this particularly well, but with Komsur, with a high blood, is more erratic than Benjas, who is more erratic than Dorian. Chynus is of Caste 1, which is generally calm and quiet state of mind.
It is possible that the blood-colour caste system may correspond with medieval class systems on Earth. Based on this supposition, purple blood would be high royalty, blue would be nobility of sorts, green would probably be lesser nobility, and red would be peasantry. The intermediary colours are harder to discern but may correspond to other roles in feudal society or may fall under the previously listed four groups.