With the advanced gateways and portals that are becoming more and more popular for travel in these modern times, creatures of all kinds are able to connect with one another like never before. Beings are able to talk to others of their kind, and are able to form friendships with creatures totally unlike themselves. It is a beautiful thing, worthy of the fairfolk in many ways.
However, such advances also come with risk. Due to modern cloaking and transfiguration techniques, some folk claim to be things they are not. A gnome may claim to be a fairy, and a pixie may claim to be an elf, and those who are inexperienced with creatures unfamiliar to themselves may be deceived into believing these impostors to be something they are not.
There are, of course, plenty of valid reasons for a creature to pretend to be a different creature. For example, to blend in and really experience another culture from the viewpoint of one of the natives. Or, to travel from one locale to another through different communities without attracting attention.
However, there are other, much more insidious reasons for creatures to pretend to be a different kind of creature, namely to lure unsuspecting fairfolk into trusting what they say or do. No species is worse about this than the troll.
Trolls are masters of disguise. They rarely show their true selves. They masquerade as fairfolk in order to be accepted into societies, trusted with valuable secrets, only to use that trust to betray the fairfolk and devour them. Trolls hide in plain sight, getting ever closer to their prey, and fairfolk rarely realize they’ve been tricked until it’s too late.
One of the most frightening things about the ease with which trolls take on another persona is that sometimes they become so enmeshed with the personality they are trying to convey that they themselves even forget their true nature. They truly believe they are beneficent beings, that they are contributing positively to the society in which they are living, and that they are helping to better the society, when in reality they are poisoning those around them, destroying them a little at a time.
This is as dangerous for the troll as it is for the fairfolk, because as a troll denies its true nature, it begins to become more and more dissatisfied with the persona it has taken on and it begins to wonder why it doesn’t quite feel at home with the creatures it is living with, and it begins to decay inside, so it becomes a disfigured, disgruntled beast, even for a troll.
So, if you are a troll, please, be honest about your nature and your intentions. It will go better for everyone. If you’re not sure, please be aware of these telltale signs.
So, without further ado,
You might be a troll if:
- You find you don’t really enjoy the company of the fairfolk with whom you associate
- You tend to disagree with most or all of what the fairfolk around you are saying
- You visit the domiciles of other fairfolk with the sole intention of starting an argument
- You think you’re fairer than, and superior to, the other fairfolk around you
- You feel the need to express how much fairer you are than the other fairfolk
If you find yourself experiencing any or all of these symptoms, please immediately leave the community in which you are trolling and go back to your own kind.