Cyrodiil creatures from TR

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Cyrodiil creatures from TR

Post by Infragris » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:32 pm

This is part of some text I wrote for TR some time ago, detailing creatures living in Cyrodiil. Putting it down here before I forget about them again.
The Troll
A large, ape-like monster, prone to lurking in caves and forests across Tamriel. Western breeds are distinguished by a remarkable third eye on the forehead. Trolls have the ability to recover from any wound, and, unless scorched by fire, can even return from death in this way. This has led the Order of Arkay and many Meridian cults to declare the troll a revenant beast, to be exterminated under their various divine pacts. Trollbone is a popular material for armor among the Nords, who believe that the regenerative capacity of the trolls will keep their armor maintained, and may even be transferred upon the user in the hour of need. They are not alone in this supposition: trollbone charms and amulets can be found among the Reachmen, the Bjoulsae tribes and various Bosmer clans. Furthermore, powdered trollbone is a popular ingredient in Nibenese rejuvenation potions, and the extinct Kothringi nomads were said to hammer sharp splinters of trollbone under their skins in times of war.

The Petty Troll
A diminutive cousin of the western troll, these small three-eyed monkeys can be encountered in southern Pellitine and along the Niben river valley. Originally forest dwellers, these creatures have in recent times moved into the cities, where they are regarded as a pest the likes of rats or street dogs. Packs of petty trolls have been known to rob market stands, attack passersby and, though not carnivorous, they have developed a sinister reputation for cradle-robbing. In the Nibenese totem-worship, the petty troll is considered a minor animal spirit, protector of inexperienced thieves and the more vulgar sort of bandits.

The Carnelian or Imperial Sea-Snail
These massive snails can be encountered in the mangroves of the lower Niben delta, and are easily recognized by the great, horned shell they carry around on their back, which serves them as a home. Among the Nibenese, they are much prized for the vibrant red dye they secrete, which is said to be an exact imitation of the Imperial ruby's color. As such, all official banners and heraldry of the Empire must be painted in sea-snail red, and many villages are dedicated to producing this dye. In the wild these snails rarely grow larger than a man, but in captivity they can grow almost unlimited, and it is not unusual to see their shells used as houses along the east banks of the Niben. Tradition dictates that, once every five years, the Emperor must sail down the Niben and exhibit the Amulet of Kings to the gathered sea-snails, in order to remind them of the color they are to produce.

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Re: Cyrodiil creatures from TR

Post by Tes96 » Sat May 09, 2015 6:59 pm

What about the Swamp Troll for areas south of the Niben Bay?
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Re: Cyrodiil creatures from TR

Post by Infragris » Sun May 10, 2015 8:45 am

The way I feel about it, the normal troll would be a swamp/jungle troll almost by default: the northern mountains could be populated with Skyrim-style Frost/Ice trolls (no doubt useful to SHotN too), while the non-jungled west doesn't strike me as an area where trolls should appear at all (Ogre country, perhaps). One thing Oblivion messed up was its more-or-less uniform use of the same creatures across the province: keeping certain creatures limited to certain regions would serve to enhance the sense of different ecosystems and geographic diversity.

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Re: Cyrodiil creatures from TR

Post by Tes96 » Sun May 10, 2015 4:29 pm

I fully agree with keeping creatures region specific. Tamriel Rebuilt has actually created a unique swamp troll but perhaps it would be better to keep it purely indigenous to Morrowind.
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