Goblins and trolls, despite sharing certain abilities, are two very different creatures who have ended up sharing lineage. Goblins, historically, are small creatures that possess abilities like super speed and strength, as well as innate knowledge on gemstones. Trolls, on the other hand, are large dim-witted creatures and are only known to have great strength over their opponents.
Historians are able to trace more regarding goblins due to their heavy involvement in the jewellery trade and for their helping hands to magicians. It is estimated that around 475 AD the first goblins were cited. Little is known of their heritage during this time but they became known to be closely affiliated with witches. During this time there was only one recorded breed of goblin who were about 4 feet and 10 inches in height. Descriptions vary from this time as some are described as hairy beasts whilst others describe them as scary old men.
The goblins often worked under the servitude of witches or warlocks, sometimes receiving the ability to change size or to cast hexes on humans on behalf of their master. It is unclear if this is the reason for some of the birth given abilities such as speed and strength. This led many to fear them during the Middle Ages. However, there are a few records that indicate goblins not involved with magic were prone to serve humans as long as they were given a type of rumination. There are several myths involving goblins stealing prized jewels from their masters.
The most terrifying story of a goblin is routed in mythology: the ghastly tales of Grimhook. It is told that Grimhook seeks humans living on modest wages and offers his services for free. Grimmhook then gifted his owners with crimson red clothing as a sign of his loyalty; usually a coat or cloak. However, once the owner allowed him to sleep in the house, he murdered the family making a new item of crimson clothing for his next prey. The red clothes were a symbol of wealth during this time due to the lurid colouring which stood out from the drab greys worn by local peasants.
Despite the mythology and involvement with magic, goblins would prove useful to the community as the years progressed. They became of imperative help in setting up the financial trade in United-Evora. Nevertheless, goblins of this time tended to trick humans due to their weaker understanding of mathematics and their appreciation for jewls. Since this time goblins have been viewed as powerful creatures who are notoriously greedy due to their love of rare gems.
Historians now believe the fame of ‘Goblin Greed’ was started because goblins would take real gemstones from merchants and replace them with fake stones that the unsuspecting eye would not detect. Goblins also had a strict hierarchy during the 12th century, with a king for each region of United-Evora. The self-proclaimed monarchs were brute male goblins who had extreme wealth. Goblin monarchs were respected by the goblin clans but they did not show unyielding loyalty to them. Goblins by nature wanted equal amounts of power and wealth.
Trolls, by comparison, are famed to be simple creatures that have always lived in reclusion. The first cited recording of trolls was in the Amuara Caves of the North, where a tribe of indigenous men was left half dead. After further explorations from Shaman magicians, there were able to ascertain more about this new life form. The name Troll was coined by the Shaman witch ‘Hattua’. Trolls have been described as older creatures of enormous height who wear animal togas to cover their skin. They are reclusive by nature and only answer to their ruler. Unlike Goblins they did not share any interest in power or value of money. Trolls were subsequently discovered across different regions always in reclusive areas such as caves, mountains and sometimes below the earth.
During expeditions by exploring magicians trolls would enforce their strength to warn of the strange invaders. Due to continual attacks to local explorers trolls became known as ferial and ferocious. It is now believed the constant attacks were due to the limited speech trolls have, i.e only being able to speak in Trollish. Through endless amounts of invasion, magicians discovered trolls and goblins shared the ability to speak Vermonian. A language that enables them to speak to certain types of vermin such as rats or bats. It was during this time goblins and trolls built a brief alliance due to innate shared abilities. I.E incredible speed and ability to climb.
For this period of time, trolls were able to learn simple Evorian, and built a friendship among the magical community who offered them protection from invading humans. Unfortunately, during this time goblins and trolls would become shunned from society following their alliance with ‘Hattua’.
‘Tapaukussa Hattua Ja Nodil’ was a famous shaman who had uncovered the connection between goblins and trolls. She utilized their trust to build her own army in hopes of taking over United-Evora. She successfully raided the northern island Ninonian and took brief control. With troll and goblin strength, as well as her magical powers, she was able to overthrow pacifist covens and Shaman tribes. This enabled her to gain rule over the north. During her rampage hundreds of humans, elves and magicians died. The trolls and the goblins were said to rebel after her rampage spread to the south. It was ironically Kallati the goblin king of the north, who had been the one to slay Hattua during the height of her rampage. The brave act of the goblin king allowed goblins to return to society whilst trolls were exiled and forced back into the caves and mountains.
Through this long period of war and invasions, goblins and trolls had formed romantic relationships. This caused the new breed of goblins to be born into the world. This new ancestry of a goblin was considerably taller and stronger. Through the years the lineage of different heights and species of goblins has continued to pass down through genetics. There is no evidence to suggest trolls and goblins have had any involvement with each other since the ‘Hatttua Case’. Since this moment in time goblins have come in different shapes and sizes causing further fear from humans.
Due to the rapid change of appearances that were linked to the infamous ‘Hattua Case’ goblins became reviled by the world. The animosity sparked minor wars. The worst cited war happened after elves killed the last surviving goblin king thus ending the hierarchy of goblins. Peace only broke out after elves were stripped of criminal immunity and could be punished for crimes. Since this time goblins have refused work in financial trade for humans claiming they are too stupid.
During the 18th and 19th-century goblins were often involved in petty crimes. This involved rampaging local towns and pillaging villages in the hopes of stealing gold. Goblins have since gone on record as saying they enjoy causing mischief. Little else was known about them until Porto the goblin activist released his book ‘The Pigeon calls at Midnight.’
Since Porto’s keen work in goblin activism humans have come to realise the terrible treatment goblins have received. Efforts have now been put in place to ensure they are part of the local community instead of being ostracised. Comparatively, trolls have remained a mystery since the case of ‘Hattua’ and no one dares to tread into there ground lest they remember.