Post by wheretheresawil on Jul 26, 2020 1:36:38 GMT
My first homebrew monster! This guy is based on the stats for a vanilla troll and I tweaked for my currently level three player party. The Bridge Troll hides in bodies of water (it can breathe normally or through adapted gills) or dark ditches and uses a tremorsense to tell when unsuspecting prey travels across it's naturally camouflaged crown (DC 25 perception or 21 investigation to spot it). It loses the Troll's bite attack but gains a Slam, using it's head like a hammer. The Slam targets a space and triggers a DC14 Dexterity save in a 10 foot radius around the origin point. The target takes 2d6+4 bludgeoning damage and any creature within the Slam's area of effect that fails the save falls prone.
I think that's everything I changed from the Monster Manual troll. My players had a fun tense time fighting it, and I realized I managed to actually sell them on loving the rental horse I gave them when the troll attacked it as easy prey.
These are some simple changes that make this terrifying. I always envision the bridge troll as living beneath it, per the fairy tales. Thinking about it being the bridge is so awesome! Thinking about the players getting tossed into the water, or the ditch, is so much fun. Well done.