You Might Be A Troll

trollWith 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.

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

9 comments on “You Might Be A Troll

  1. This is an interesting and creative way of dealing with a real problem of “Netiquette”. For those unacquainted with Internet slang, “troll” is the term used commonly, if not universally, to describe those who manifest exactly the traits you describe. Of course the term lends itself brilliantly to analogy with literary fantasy writing, and as a written discourse I think this was very well-done.

    I hope my own approach as a commentator and essay writer here is not misunderstood. Here I try to seek common ground, not reasons to argue over differences or to write in any other “trollish” way. Yes, if I disagree on something I deem important *for this context*, I will say so, and plainly, but I hope I can do so without being disagreeable. I also know that some issues, however important to me, are not worth debating here with you all – that is not what NAF is for as I understand it.

    How Kristen and I decided to deal with issues which I’ve previewed in two essays on my own blog (if you’ve been paying attention, pingbacks in the comments sections will lead you to those essays) is as good an illustration as any. The guest essay which should appear on Saturday deals with issues appropriate to NAF as I understand its purpose. The deeper and longer essay is *not appropriate to that purpose as I understand it, even if I hope everyone who aspires to “Christian fiction” considers what I raise anyway, and so I put it on my blog where you may answer my concerns if you wish. The guest essay will have an internal link leading to the other essay. (I hope this tangle of words is clear!)

    • You can’t put something on a blog without inviting discussion and debate. It’s part of the expectations when you write for the public eye. Of course people are going to disagree and want to express their viewpoint.
      Trolling, however, is more about intentionally sparking discord, disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing, and visiting sites you where you know you’ll disagree with the authors but wanting to engage them in an argument anyway.

    • Well I’m sure John,
      you can’t be the troll. In fact the troll patrol I sent out just circled your block and sends up the signal that the light is yellow. Hahahaha.
      Sorry the blog was humerous! !
      Good one Avily!
      Seriously though I will pray for you Avily. So the mean nasty ugly trolls, and I’m sure they are, won’t hurt you. You could perhaps send those busy little gnomes after the meanies. In the meantime, I will pray they not harm you. 💝

  2. I recently read a blog post in which a woman stated that God convicted her to stop wearing leggings as Jeans. She talked to her husband who agreed. It was amazed at how many trolls came out to play and insisted the blogger was creating an ‘ideology’ in which women are to blame for being attacked by rapists b/c of the clothes they wore. Never once did the blogger say that, but the trolls believed she did. Don Quixotes are everywhere. Trolls LOVE to create problems where there are none and to stir peaceful hornet nests. The saying is true, don’t feed the trolls.

    • Yes, exactly! They argue for the sake of arguing and have to let everyone know why they’re right because they’re smarter, morally superior, etc.
      I had a similar thing happen several years back. A friend of mine felt convicted to take a break from wearing makeup. It was a personal issue because God was working on her heart, but I thought it was interesting, and so I wrote about it, and you would not believe the hate that some people spew over something as trivial as makeup.

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