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Giant-Blooded, descendants of the Giants for D&D 5E

29 March, 2020

The Giant-Blooded

Sometimes it pays to be bigIn the Sea of  Stars, there are no humanoid monster races such as orcs and goblins (for reasons discussed here) but there are still giants, not many, but some and some of them have had human lovers and their bloodline survives in a diluted form among many of their descendants.

Giantblooded Traits

Your giant-blooded character has certain traits deriving from your distant giant ancestry.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases by 1.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Darkvision. Empowered by your giantish blood, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You cannot discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Age. The giant-blood mature as humans. They age as humans but often have a slightly longer lifespan if their violent lifestyle does not catch up with them sooner.

Alignment. The gaint-blooded are often loners, finding themselves outsiders wherever they go.

Size. The giant-blooded are useually somewhat larger and bulkier than humans, and they range from 5 to well over 6 feet tall. Your size is Medium.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Giantish.

Menacing. You gain proficiency in the Intimidation skill.

Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You cannot use this feature again until you finish a long rest.

Strong Attacks. When you score a critical hit with a melee weapon attack, you can roll one of the weapon’s damage dice one additional time and add it to the extra damage of the critical hit.

They may also select one Giantish Trait:

Blood of the Elements, the giant-blooded chooses an elemental damage type (acid, cold, fire, lightning or thunder) and gains resistance to it.
Hard Hands, the Giant-blooded unarmed strike uses a d4 for damage and if unarmed or without a shield or weapon in their off-hand, they gain a +1 bonus to armor class.
Home in Nature, choose one terrain type and ignore the penalties for moving through difficult terrain in that terrain and gain advantage on Wisdom (Perception and Survival) rolls in that terrain.

Notes: Half-orcs are actually an interesting option in D&D 5E so I wanted players to have access to similar option for characters in the Sea of Stars, but had to work around that whole “no orcs” thing.  Luckily, I had already done the Giant-Blooded for Pathfinder.

Image: Poster: London Pavilion : Giant Constantin. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)



Giant-Blooded, descendants of the Giants (A to Z Challenge, G)

8 April, 2015


Remnants of a once mighty raceAs I discussed long ago, there are no traditional fantasy monster races in the Sea of Stars, no orcs, goblins or such, but there are a handful of surviving giants.  After the Gods were defeated, the Empress lead the dragons to break the power of the giants before they could organize into a credible threat.  Since then the remaining giants have hid from the dragons in various places at the Edge of the World.

Giants have managed to survive, if not thrive, often by using magics to blend in with the native populace, usually of humans, which naturally led to interbreeding between the two creating the giant-blooded.  Usually this expresses itself in size and strength but occasionally some other powers of giantish blood are inherited.

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Otherplaces – Yotenschlachtfeld, Blasted Plain of (A to Z Challenge, Y)

25 April, 2012

When the giants heard that the gods had been slain and felt the world shatter, their rulers called their armies and began to prepare for war.  But the Empress was already prepared and the massed flights of the dragon descended on the giant as they gathered.  The battle lasted a day and a night but the giants were not organized and the dragons were flying powerfully on the strength of the godsblood they had consumed.

At the end of the battle, the nobility of the giants had been slain and their army shattered.  Thus the Giantkin would not be a serious threat to the Dragon Imperium.

Blasted Plain of Yotenschlachtfeld

Even a millennium later this place is still recognizable as a battlefield, and one where terrible things happened, the ground is torn and rent, columns of unmelting ice are lit by pools of ever burning flame.  The only thing lacking is bodies and a few of those can be found where a dragon or giant’s body was melded into the earth through powerful magics and no one has been willing to risk breaking them free.  All of the loose bodies and other items have long since been looted, leaving it a quiet, haunted place of reflection.

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Otherplaces – Gavarol, the Great Gibbet of (A to Z Challenge, G)

7 April, 2012

The tale goes that a band of brave venturers, noble, righteous and lucky captured a giant that had terrorized the district for many years.  Being good and noble, they brought the giant back -on two wagons cobbled together- to the local assizes.  There the giant was tried, judged and sentenced to death by hanging, as was the legal punishment for bandits in that time and place.

The giant laughed and laughed.  “Where will you find a tree tall enough and strong enough to hang me?”

the Great Gibbet of Gavarol

Hang em high

Gibbet for Giants

It towers over the crossroad it was constructed next to, a massive piece of reinforced wood, made by skilled woodsmen aided by a magi and a wise woman, it took a team of sixteen oxen and two weeks to drag it to the execution site.  The gallows were hoisted into place by dozen of locals aided by the oxen.   The rope that was used was as think as a man’s leg and took three strong men to fashion into a noose.  Only men were used to pull the rope taunt and raise the giant just high enough to strangle to death.

The giant was left to rot, a feast for crow and ravens who came in their hundreds to tear at the rotting flesh and gore themselves.  It was only as bones fell from the corpse that they were carted away for various uses around the region, from building supports to carved decorations in church, hardly a town, village or lord’s hall within twenty-five miles does not have some momento mori made the giant’s bone.

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