A smaller, less physically stronger version of the natural troll, the leaping troll uses ambush to kill its prey.
This giant of a monster appears to be a normal troll, with green molted skin, sickly yellow eyes, and claws filled with dirt and dried blood. However, this troll appears to be a bit shorter and not nearly as strong. The legs are also bent at the opposite angle, allowing it to make very long and powerful jumps.
The leaping troll looks just like a normal troll except it is about one foot shorter and much weaker. It has long, thin arms that hang down to its knees. Its body is a molted grey color to a soft white. Leaping trolls with white hides are usually found in the colder climates. The major difference between a normal troll and a leaping troll is the legs. The leaping troll's legs are bent at the opposite angle, shortening the leaping troll's height and decreasing its movement speed. This allows the troll to leap great distances and suprise its prey with an ambush.
Leaping trolls do not speak very much, but when they do it is in giant.
The leaping troll prefers to hide and wait for its prey to get close enough for it to pounce. If the fight goes bad for the leaping troll, it will flee at first chance. Many leaping trolls prefer to live in canyon area where they can jump from ledge to ledge to gain an advantage against their victims. When a leaping troll hits with both claw attacks, it rakes the skin of the victim, causing an additional 2d6+10 points of damage. Leaping trolls have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.
Pounce (Ex): In a round where the leaping troll makes a charge attack, it can still attack with its full attack option.
Regeneration (Ex): The leaping troll takes normal damage from acid and fire attacks.
Skills: Leaping trolls receive a +15 racial bonus to jump checks (already figured into the stat block). Their maximum jump distance is not based on their height.
Leaping trolls normally lead solitary lives. However, a few will gang up together to create raiding parties to attack nearby villages. Often, a leaping troll raiding party is lead by a leaping troll barbarian. Barbarian is the favored class for a leaping troll.
This creature has been play tested.
This is not a kender type creature.