are generally twice the height of an average human, well built and
physically strong. They usually have dark brown or coal black hair,
light complexions and a range of eye shades. They are great warriors
and builders and their intuition matches their physical prowess.
They are not, however, especially quick or agile in body or mind.
This, however, is not to say they are stupid. They simply go through
a slower thought process and don't care to rely on flowery grammar
when a simpler word says all they need.
Giants tend to be loners rather than being community driven like
most other races. They do have a few scattered towns and villages,
usually in mountainous terrain, but much of their adult lives are
spent looking for a place where they will just be left alone. If
they haven't found such a place by the time old age sets in, they
will generally return to their village of birth and live out their
Giants are a largely misunderstood race. A few have given the whole
a bad name, and even most of them had no idea what they were doing
was wrong. Take, for instance, Mong whose bemoaning of a tooth-ache
nearly leveled an entire town. He wasn't mad at the people or intending
to destroy their buildings, but all they saw was this fierce beast
covered in muscle and standing 10 feet tall screaming and wailing
and thrashing about. It's easy to see how this might be mistaken
and even easier to see how stories like these have led to give the
race as a whole a reputation for belligerence and violence.
This is not to say that giants are always gentle. The attack on
the village we just described above is not a rare occurrence. Anytime
a giant is scared, tired, hurt, or confused (especially confused)
they tend to lash out in fits of violence. And when they do
get angry, watch out...if they actually have a target to unleash
their tempers upon then there's little help for whoever it was.
(Notice we said was.)
Giants are usually regarded by the other races with a heavy dose
of suspicion. This results in giants getting the short end of the
stick often, but they have been known to ally with centaurs against
humans when it suited the two races to do so. Except for these small
periods of alliance, giants are ill at ease with centaurs and don't
trust them as far as they can...well, as far as a human could throw
There is no confusing a giant with a tall human. Even short giants
are taller than most tall humans, not only that but they are bound
in muscle and broad as a barn. Their features are more rough shod
with deeply set eyes, massive chins, heavy brows and broad faces.
They also tend to be hairier than their human cousins, the men almost
always sporting bushy beards and long tangles of thick hair. Or
they can go from one extreme to the next and be completely bald
of head and face. There usually is no in between.
Giants appear in practically every culture's mythology. The Irish
called them Fomorians, they appear in Chinese mythology as ogres,
and in Norse mythology they are known as Jotunheim.
Famous giants in history:
Mong, Svyatogor, Antaeus, Goliath
Did you know?
Giants aren't technically giants. They are humans with bloodlines
that tie into a much larger race long since gone (or, in the case
of some mythologies, imprisoned). Cyclops are the truest descendants
of these mighty beings in terms of height. Only one of these true
giants is known to be alive today and he lives in a castle among
the clouds working for Hades as a harpy sitter.
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