Monday, January 25, 2021

Tavern Troll

Cellar Trolls or Tavern Trolls are the much smaller cousins of the troll variety of Faerie lore. Often referred to as Spider Trolls, they have long limbs and are very fast. They live on insects, rotten fruit, and other refuse often found in tavern cellars. Like other faeries, they are mischievous and can be dangerous when in small bands. Tavern owners don’t mind one or two, because they keep the roach populations down, but they can be devilish when there is liquor to be had. Sometimes unwritten agreements are struck, and a ration of grog is given on a schedule in exchange for peace. In this way, the barkeeps get a tenuous d├ętente and can go about their business in peace.

Tom Kuebler returns to our pages with this tavern troll, yet another of his horrific creations.  To be honest, I don't think I could ever own one of his works.  The sheer shock every time I flipped on the lights in my study, even knowing one of his creatures was there, would significantly shorten my lifespan.


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