Trollworld Fairies

Trollworld fairies are not Disney fairies. People have this image of fairies being like bugs, but they are considerably larger, more like mice or rats. The T & T rulebook says they are 1/10 the height of men and 1/200 the weight. Actually, using the square cube law of animal size and weight they should be about 1/100 the weight of a man, which puts them from 5 to 8 inches tall and between 1 and 3 pounds for most of them.

The other thing is that fairies aren’t tiny humans with wings.  They have six limbs–two arms, two legs, two wings. What animal do we know that has six limbs? Right! Insects! Fairies are actually a form of insect, and that means they have exoskeletons.

(I’m not the only person to think that fairies might be bugs. If you search insect fairies images on Google  you’ll find quite a lot of art depicting fairies as insects. I’m not showing any of it, because I don’t have the rights to grab that art.)

So, if fairies are insects, why do they look so much like humans? Actually, they look more like tiny elves with wings, which has led to the speculation that fairies are actually elven children, or perhaps a larval form of elves. They aren’t, but they are associated with elves and entered Trollworld along with elves in the distant past.  The truth is that fairies are to elves what dogs are to men–pets and servant beasts. The elves (who are weird anyway) have bred their fairy servant-pets over tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands–who knows how long they were at it before they came to Trollworld?) of years to resemble elves.  Selective breeding and elven magic have done the rest.

The multipliers given for fairies in earlier editions of T & T are incorrect.  This is what they should be for an adult male fairy.  STR 1/4 CON 1/4 DEX 3/2 SPD 1, INT 3/4 WIZ 1 LK 3/2 CHR 2  HT 1/10 WT 1/100.  Female fairies are actually tougher and stronger than the males, but not enough to change the multipliers. To create a female, roll up a normal male first, and then add 1 to its STR, CON, LK, and DEX.

Fairies generally live in swarms, like bees. They have a queen for each hive. Any female fairy can lay eggs, but the queen generally produces the best offspring. She is always their greatest wizard. Should a greater wizard arise, the better magic-user would displace the lesser and assume the queenhood.  Fairies have three sexes–sort of–males, females, and drones.  Female fairies may be quite beautiful. Males and drones are often quite grotesque.

There are wild fairies and tame fairies.  Wild fairies live on their own, usually in forests, but any relatively abundant habitat will serve. They are often savage and dangerous, carnivorous and blood-drinking. Wild fairies are considered extremely dangerous and are hunted to extinction whenever they get too close to civilization. Tame fairies live in close association with either elves or men. They generally speak the Common Tongue of Humans or Elvish, although they don’t usually have large vocabularies.  Tame fairies sometimes join adventuring groups. They have been known to wear clothing although they do not need it.

Fairies are either rogues or wizards, as they all have the ability to work magic. They could be considered a class of specialist as some of their magic seems to be instinctive, including many illusion and flight spells.  Tame fairies often wear clothing and wield miniature weapons created for them by men and elves. They can also make do with weapons fashioned from natural materials such as thorns and bones. Over time they have learned to make many different poisons and dusts from the plants and animals of their environments.  Fairy weapons are always poisoned for greater effect.

Fairies follow the example of elves and men, and like to domesticate and live in association with other creatures. Fairies and bees get along just fine. They also do well with smaller snakes, toads, frogs, and bats, and are often seen in company with them.

The elves say that there are as many different types and tribes of fairies as there are types and tribes of men.  With an average lifespan of ten years or less, fairies evolve rapidly into whatever form is best for their current environment. The different types are distinguished by coloration, grotesqueries, and culture.

Players who wish to have fairy characters may do pretty much as they wish with their characters, but they should remember that they are not tiny humans with wings. They are meat-eating, blood-drinking insects who resemble tiny humans with wings.

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Meanwhile . . . Somewhere South of Zkaria

I had some fun today.  Got together with the Man Called Bear and Steve Crompton (krooomp of Trollhalla) and designed a GM adventure for the Trollworld section of the Deluxe T & T rules.  I’m not going to tell you about the adventure, but I did get permission to post Steve’s sketch of the area map, which covers the region between the city of Zkaria and the Fire Dungeon of Z’tpozz. For  your viewing pleasure, here it is, and feel free to set some of your adventures in the area.  I will tell you that this part of Zorr is like the Lost World, there are many different survivals of the original Trollworld rock-based lifeforms abundant here including the great lizard-like yotts and obsidian spiders.

Zkariamap

 

I must say that as a fantasy cartographer, I find it a lot of fun and very satisfying to go from the continental scale to the local scale and start to really put a lot of detail into the maps for the adventures. Even more fun when I have a real artist to turn my ideas into something that actually looks pretty decent.

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The Dreaded Yott of Zorr

Strange creatures roam the badlands of Trollworld.  I thought this could be one of them, a kind of living metal creature that inhabits the deserts of Zorr. And where there are monsters, there will be brave men/creatures that combat them.

Now, granted, my photography and artistic composition stinks, but I’m working on getting somebody more artistic to turn this picture into something good. I’m only putting it up here as a challenge to members of Trollhalla and others who see this page to send me a jpg or three of their own monsters in some kind of fantasy pose or setting.  Send them to kenstandre@gmail.com, and I promise the best of them will adorn this page in the near future.

Yott 003

The creature is a yott, and is a metal sculpture created by my talented niece Angela St. Andre. The miniatures were contributed by various members of Trollhalla. I let them sit so long I’ve almost forgotten who sent me stuff, but I think it was Bhgggunn and Tzhett and Anem Kram and maybe someone else. If you recognize your mini and I left you out, tell me, and I’ll amend this entry to give credit where credit is due. The rocks are from my personal rock collection. The big piece of milky quartz was found on a beach in New Zealand when I was down there visiting Khaghbbooomm last year. The geode was bought in Prescott, Arizona.  The blue slaggy thing in the background is heat-fused silica from Meteor Crater in northern Arizona.

I have seven more pictures, but I thought this was the best one. The mighty metallic yott will probably appear as a monster in an adventure yet to be written.

This is just an example, and done in a hurry. C’mon Trollhallans, send me better stuff to put on this page.

–Khenn Arrth