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Troll, Bjerg-Trolde

By John Bauer - Bland tomtar och troll, 1915, Public Domain,
By John Bauer – Bland tomtar och troll, 1915, Public Domain,

This tall, gangly humanoid has earthy brown skin and a wild tangle of white hair.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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Bjerg-troldes, sometimes called hill trolls, reside in mounds and hill-locks lined with gold and other valuables. Bjerg-troldes are fond of thievery and kidnapping, particulary the abduction of women and children. Bjerg-troldes cannot tolerate loud noises, and are rumored to flee from the sound of bells.

A typical adult bjerg-trolde stands 9 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. Females are slightly larger than males. A bjerg-trolde’s rubbery hide ranges from tan to brown. Their hair is always white, becoming a white beard in dwarf form or white stripes in toad forms.

Bjerg-troldes speak Common, Dwarven, and Giant.

Troll, Bjerg-Trolde
Large Giant
Hit Dice6d8+36 (63 hp)
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class16 (-1 size, +2 Dexterity, +5 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple+4/+14
AttackClaw +9 melee (1d6+6)
Full Attack2 claws +9 melee (1d6+6) and bite +4 melee (1d6+3)
Space/Reach10 ft./10 ft.
Special AttacksAlternate form, rend 2d6+9
Special QualitiesDarkvision 90 ft., Low-Light Vision, regeneration 5, Scent
SavesFort +11, Ref +4, Will +5
AbilitiesStrength 23, Dexterity 14, Constitution 23, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 13, Charisma 10
SkillsBluff +8, Diplomacy +2, Disguise +6 (+8 acting), Intimidate +2, Sleight of Hand +8
FeatsIron Will, Persuasive, Track
EnvironmentAny hills
OrganizationSolitary or gang (2-4)
Challenge Rating5
AlignmentUsually chaotic evil
AdvancementBy character class
Level Adjustment+5


Bjerg-troldes enjoy deceiving humanoids and often lure them into traps. They are just as ferocious as common trolls, and are equally happy rending victims apart with their claws.

Alternate Form (Su): A bjerg-trolde can assume the shape of a dwarf, toad, or giant toad as a standard action. While in its alternate form, the bjerg-trolde loses its natural attacks and rend ability, but it gains the natural weapons and extraordinary special attacks of its new form. It can remain in that form until it assumes another. A bjerg-trolde remains in one form until it chooses to assume a new one. A change in form cannot be dispelled, nor does the bjerg-trolde revert to any particular form when killed. A true seeing spell or ability, however, reveals both forms simultaneously.

Rend (Ex): If a bjerg-trolde hits with both claw attacks, it latches onto the opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an additional 2d6+9 points of damage.

Regeneration (Ex): Fire and sonic deal normal damage to a bjerg-trolde. If a bjerg-trolde loses a limb or body part, the lost portion regrows in 3d6 minutes. The creature can reattach the severed member instantly by holding it to the stump.

Originally appeared in Originally appeared in Dragon Magazine #158 (1990).

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