Troggoth

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For the faction of the same name see: Troggoths

The Troggoth are a group of races with regenerative abilities, a corrosive bile that can be vomited as a weapon and very tiny brains that can only think of violence. These creatures come out from under bridges, the decaying veins of mountains and the silt of river bottoms to destroy. Many regions of the Mortal Realms are plagued by these creatures, the destruction their violent packs cause seen on the ruins of merchant caravans and villages. These misbegotten children of Gorkamorka are born in the gruel of where the light of Azyr doesn't shine. They are drawn from these the deep dark places by the call to war, joining the many orruk clans that goad them into battle.[1]

Types

Dankhold

Dankhold Troggoths are considered loners, even by the standards of the anti-social Troggoths. They prefer to lumber ever downwards into the deepest tunnels until they find a dankhold where they will sleep for decades or even centuries. Dankhold Troggoths shrink or grow to fit the space of the dankhold they have chosen. Those that cram themselves into cramped caverns will wake up half their original height and weight while those that falls asleep in an echoing cavern can wake up twenty years later several times larger. The Shamans of the Moonclan grots believe this is due to their diet. While they would stuff anything within arms reach into their maw when they awaken, their real favourite and the staple of their nourishment are magical fungi that grow around deposits of realmstone. Even a Dankhold Troggoth's guts can't digest realmstone in its raw form and must rely on magic-saturated mushrooms such as spark-o'-the-pyres, blackenshades and irontongue morels which contain accumulated primordial magic that can kill a creature their size after a few mouthfuls. Instead, it saturates the Dankhold Troggoths and fuel their metabolic and physical transmogrifications, making them remarkably resistant to hostile magics, which they often consume with a satisfied belch.[2b]

When they sleep, mushrooms and puffballs take root in their flesh as well as on the crude clubs of stone and fossilised wood they drag around like beloved companions. This alongside the deep-cavern stench that clings to them and the forests of small stalagmites that build up on their shoulders and heads, makes Dankhold Troggoths a reassuring presence for other subterranean denizens like the Moonclan Grots who see them as the spirit of the deep'n'dank when fighting in the Gloomspite hordes. These grots huddle close to their 'big mates', drawing confidence from their presence while letting the troggoths soak up the majority of enemy fire. For their enemies however they are figures of dread with the largest amongst them standing as tall as gargants and has the strength to batter down fortress gates and crush the mightiest warriors to bloody paste. Blades plunged into their thick hides are likely to be trapped as the wounds rapidly regenerate with wet slurps, while arrows and bolts have little effect on their skin. Even a severed limb can only slow them down. When they are taken down then it is due to concentrating firepower on the Troggoth which ultimately spares their allies scurrying into battle.[2b]

Fellwater

Fellwater Troggoths are those that inhabit swamps and fens. They are covered covered in scales, dripping with slime and emitting a stench that is outstandingly offensive, even by greenskin standards. They come with natural weaponry like jutting tusks that pack their lantern jaws and the wicked talons on their webbed hands and feet, but the most disgusting is their ability to spew a jetting spray of caustic vomit that dissolves flesh, bone and even metal in seconds.Those that miraculously survive are left reeling in agony, suffocating, half-blind and thrown into utter disarray and are easily finished off by Fellwater Troggoths with clubs and claws.[1][2a]

Rockgut

Rockgut Troggoths are those that inhabit the bowels of the earth through which they travel by gouging out tunnels and caverns by devouring the solid heartsrock of the realms. They are akin to living heaps of stone, with hide as tough as mountains and giving them a stubborn resistance to spells, turning hostile magic like flame cascading off the back of an ur-salamander.They can manipulate stone, a power they use to scoop up massive clubs or flingable boulders at will to mash their enemies to a pulp[1][2a]

Sourbreath

Sourbreath Troggoths are those that inhabit stinking ruins and creaky bridges. They are the most numerous of the troggoths species killing unwary travellers or anything with a pulse that comes within their reach.[1]

Sources

Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Aelf (CythaiScáthborn) • Ba'halDuardinFimirGargantHumanOgorSlannSpiteSylvaneth (Forest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts) • Troggoth (FellwaterRockgutSourbreath)
Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • Beastmen (CentigorGorTzaangorUngor) • Skaven
Greenskins GrotOrrukSnotling
Undead MalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • SkeletonVampire
Daemonic Seraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Chaos Daemons (BloodletterBloodthirsterChaos FuryDaemon PrinceDaemonetteGaunt SummonerGreat Unclean OneHorror of TzeentchKeeper of SecretsLord of ChangeNurglingPlaguebearerSoul GrinderVerminlord)
Other Dragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • KelpdarMerwynnSankrit