When the bridges of Skyway City were built, the Trolls simply
came with them.
– Paragon City Legend
Trolls. The very word conjures an image of mythic monsters from
Scandinavia. No gang is more feared in the Hollows than the Trolls of
Paragon City. They are the “boogie men” that parents use to frighten
their children away from the temptation of drugs and life on the street.
The Trolls are a focus of Paragon’s urban myths, like New York’s sewer
alligators or Miami’s Bloody Mary. Some stories say the Trolls are a
deformed offshoot of humans, while a few others believe the Rikti were
somehow behind them, long seeding the world with mutagenic drugs. The
real story is even darker.
The first Trolls appeared in Paragon sometime in the early 1980s.
Early police descriptions of the Trolls were similar: homeless
individuals, often with a criminal record, and always long-time drug
users. Although the first Trolls had no connections to each other, as
stories of their condition grew, they began establishing ties to each
It was not long before every Troll in Paragon City found him or
herself drawn into a similar orbit, and it was only natural that a gang
formed. With their emotions heightened and their wits diminished, the
Trolls fought legendary street-battles to establish a hierarchy within
this new urban tribe. The winners ruled, and the losers obeyed.
Superadine, a street drug often called Supes (or more recently Dyne),
not only causes the Troll mutations in users, but has also become
integral to the gang’s initiation rites, and in fact is a part of all
gang rituals. The more they indulge, the more extreme the
transformations; and the most senior Troll members have undergone truly
monstrous physical and mental mutations.
The Troll-condition, as it is colloquially known, was studied by
researchers at the St. John-Smythe Foundation for Medical Research in
the mid-1980s. It was conclusively proven that the Trolls’ green skin
hues, exaggerated musculature, and low-level super-powered abilities,
were a direct result of long-term Superadine addiction.
When the gang first appeared, they were considered a major nuisance,
but not a critical threat. This all changed when a group of Trolls blew
up a large section of Eastgate, in the Hollowing event. The new
territory, nicknamed “the Hollows,” became their new center of activity.
Superadine-fuelled strength has allowed them to cement their positions,
turning the Hollows into one of the most dangerous regions for novice
The Trolls continue to expand their ranks through the distribution of
Supes. New members attempting to gain acceptance into the tribe are
often forced to undergo the “Test of Tolerance.” The recruit is given an
enormous dose of Superadine, and must simply remain conscious. It does
not matter if the recruit acts improperly or loses his or her sense of
judgment – in fact, such wild activities are encouraged – as long as he
or she remains awake. These types of rituals are common place in the
tribe, such as when a group of Trolls all overindulge in Supes and
rampage together. Their goals are simple: to create mayhem, and to
further their personal power by consuming as much Superadine as
possible, heedless of the consequences.
Trolls believe strongly in survival of the fittest. The junior
members are known respectively as Trollkin, Jutal, Gardvord, Ogre, and
Caliban. The highest ranking Trolls have mutated into grotesque
abominations – they have horns, bulge with oversized muscles, and are
Troll activity is widespread in the Hollows, Steel Canyon, Boomtown,
and of course, Skyway City. In an attempt to curtail the gangs’
drug-induced rampages, the city created the Paragon Police Troll Task
Force. The Task Force’s main bastion is in the Hollows, led by
Lieutenant David Wincott.
The Trolls remain a serious threat to Paragon City’s future. Most
citizens fear and hate the Trolls. Although as addicts they have an
illness, it is hard to feel sympathetic to a rampaging, green-skinned,
muscle-bound junkie. Because they are so poorly understood, many rumors
have sprung up around the Trolls, including barbaric tales of torture,
drug-fuelled frenzies, self-inflicted mutilation, kidnapping, and even
Founding Troll: Haripual “Harry” Atta