Trolls are one of the, if not the, oldest mortal race on Azeroth. You can find them in every nook and cranny of the world in every size and colour imaginable. It is even rumoured that the first night elves were forest or dark trolls who discovered the Well of Eternity. Your average troll is roughly 7 feet tall and weigh around 200 pounds, the exception are the Drakkari and Zandalari who tend to be slightly bigger and more muscular.
The wide variety of tribes is part of what is unique and intrigues me about trolls. There are over twenty known tribes and a handful of races. The ones we get to play are the Darkspear Trolls. Having been driven from their home lands in Stranglethorn Vale they settled on the Broken Isles. However their misery didn’t end their. They were nearly extinct when a band of murlocs controlled by a Sea Witch started waging war with them. By a stroke of luck Thrall and his Orcs came across the Broken Isles by chance and helped fight off the murlocs. Forever grateful the Trolls swore allegiance to the Horde.
While having no problem getting along with the Orcs and Tauren of the Horde, much due to their shared shamanistic way of life, the Darkspear Trolls remain suspicious of the Forsaken and Blood Elves and firmly believe they will cause the Horde nothing but trouble. It is not unlikely that they will welcome the leadership of Garrosh Hellscream.
Trolls may come across as a savage and wild compared to the other races, even the Orcs and the Undead, but they are nothing compared to their cousins and have in fact abandonded many of the “old ways”. Both dark magic, refered to as voodoo, and cannibalism is common among the other troll tribes. The only other tribe that are anywhere near the “civilized” Darkspear Tribe are the forest troll tribe named the Revantusk. Even though the Revantusk turned down the offer to join the Horde, they are still seen as important allies and friends.
There are four noteable types of troll with several off shoots. Those are the jungle trolls (Darkspear, Gurubashi, Bloodscalp etc.), the Zandalar trolls t(he progenitor race from which all other trolls came), forest trolls (Amani, Revantusk etc.) and ice trolls (Frostmane and Drakkari etc.). As described by Vereesa Windrunner;
As with elves, dwarves, and especially humans, there had existed different types of trolls. Some few spoke with the sophistication of elves — even while they tried to take one’s head. Others ranged toward the more savage, especially those who frequented the barrows and other underground realms…
As you can probably tell, I love trolls. Everything about them. Their looks, attitude, architecture, lore, accents. Everything. I am no lore-geek compared to Wulfy, but I still really enjoy reading the huge amount of info and stories there are on trolls. And I’m not the only one in love with trolls, Blizzard seems to be as well, and I don’t mind at all. With two raids, several instances and a whole zone that is one humongous troll city you would think that I’m starting to get tired of them. It’s quite the opposite, I want more.
You can probably imagine I squeed like a little girl when the info about the trolls taking back the Echo Isles were leaked. I’ve waited for five years, ever since I first played a troll, for us (listen to me! us?!) to finally get our own capital. Another dream of mine, one not too unlikely, is that the Revantusk will finally join the Horde and allow us players to play as forest trolls as well. Fingers crossed!
Depending on the response I might turn this into a series where I talk about all the different races.