Troll, Northern (5e Race)

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Trolls of the North[edit]

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Physical Description[edit]

By fStitz

Northern trolls are imposing creatures, just like their other troll cousins. Their bodies are a bluish color rather than green due to the cold, and their skin often seems to have frozen scales spotting about their body. Some albino type are pale with skin so translucent that their blood can be seen coursing underneath. Their bodies are extremely susceptible to fire, moreso than the normal troll, and their regenerative properties only function in water. Like other trolls, they retain their superior olfactory senses and powerful arms. But unlike other primitive trolls, northern trolls have been seen often wearing animal pelts and using tools and weaponry. Their bodies are also less dexterous than regular trolls.


Northern trolls are considered an oddity in their history. It is believed they originated from Troll Mountain in Amn of West Faerun. Disputes between tribes resulted in one particular group being chased north, to the region of Frozenfar, where they live to this day. To survive amid the harsh climate, they have thus adapted to the cold, evolving a body durable against it, and learned a few tricks along the way.


Northern trolls have evolved to rely on one another and cooperate, as survival in the frigid lands of Frozenfar are unforgiving. Alone, they would be prey to the well-adapted creatures of the cold. Thus, they have a cohesive tribal society based in camps where they organize roles to better increase their survival chances. Since their regeneration is water based, their camps are usually found near bodies of water.

The strongest one is the leader, with powers similar to a shaman chief. Males and females both shared guard duties due to their physical prowess. They typically mate in springtime and gave birth in the fall, during which guarding young would be the most important task. Northern trolls were also known to be able to craft and wield armor as skillfully as other civilized races. They often harvested parts from remorhazes from where frost giants would tame them, as well as scales from white dragons.

Northern Troll Names[edit]

Trolls in the north have similar names to normal trolls.

Male: Vaprakk, Profitt, Mohanlal, Shengis, Tzane

Female: Katanja, Yeree, Renjai, Zalmea

Northern Troll Traits[edit]

Trolls adapted to ice and snow
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength and score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases by 1.
Age. Northern trolls mature by the age of 9-10 and can live as long as 250 years.
Alignment. Northern trolls have developed a neutral disposition which allows them to work with others for survival.
Size. Like normal trolls, northern trolls grow up to 8 feet tall and weigh around 400 pounds.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Snowvision. Your vision is not impeded by falling snow or ice.
Cold Toughened. As your body has adapted to the cold, you feel less of its sting. You are resistant against cold damage.
Ice Walker. You ignore difficult terrain caused by ice or snow, and you do not suffer effects from Extreme Cold[1]
Coldheart. If you start your turn submerged in water, you can expend one hit dice. Roll the die and add your Constitution modifier. You recover that many hit points. After you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest. Additionally, you have disadvantage in saving throws against fire damage.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Giant.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

6′ 6″ +2d12 400 lb. × (2d6) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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