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All D&D trolls are male?

frankthedm

First Post
Originally Posted by Delta
Hypothetically, the female could appear as a different type of monster (hags being a good prospect).

For example: All dryads are female, are satyrs are male, procreation occuring between the two types. (Per the very old Dragon "Sex in D&D" article).
Yes, that's true. Sexual dimorphism so extreme that the sexes are called different things is possible. My brain was locked in "monster name = species" mode.
I'm a fan of minotaurs being an all male race capable of mating with bovine animals or humaniods. Whether the individual minotaur has feet or hooves depends on the mother.
 

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DandD

First Post
I like what they did with trolls in Beowulf and Grendel; a recent film from Scandinavia/Canada.

There the troll seemed to reproduce by mating with human females who would then give birth to a troll baby that was always male. This gives lots of great plot hooks for trolls carrying off women etc.

Although the scandinavian idea of the troll is different to the D&D version, I like it much better. D&D trolls have always looked really odd to me.
That happens in the Berserk Manga as well... only that the little troll-babys burst out from the stomach of the woman like the little xenomorphs from alien, haha...

Also, demon-energy infused babys burst out from captive midlandian women plunged into apostle-juice, ewwwww...

I wonder what Miura thinks about child-birth... :D
 

Ace

Adventurer
In one campaign I had all Trolls being male and females being hags.

Another thing I played with is that trolls are basically mutants who were exposed to tarrasque blood.
 

Richards

Legend
There was an adventure in Dungeon back in the 2E days - I think it was called "Rage" - that dealt with a troll mother and her troll sons. I remember my players' PCs having to retreat two different times before finally finishing them off the third time.

Also, while it's admittedly not D&D, I remember back when Walt Simonson was both writing and illustrating the Mighty Thor comic book, in one issue he had Thor taking on a Troll Mother, who was significantly more powerful than the numerous (male) trolls Thor had fought before.

Johnathan
 

Delta

First Post
Also, while it's admittedly not D&D, I remember back when Walt Simonson was both writing and illustrating the Mighty Thor comic book, in one issue he had Thor taking on a Troll Mother, who was significantly more powerful than the numerous (male) trolls Thor had fought before.

Best. Comic. Ever.
 

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