Earth Giant (5e Race)

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Earth Giant

Physical Description

"It is said that it was from the block of clay that humanoids were first sculpted from that the earth giants come to be. The large excess lumps coming together in the earth and so they were." - Atlas, Historian of Candlekeep

Earth giants are an intimidating presence to stand under, towering over even the largest of goliaths they range from 8 all the way up to 14 feet tall and their strong powerful bodies enable them to lift impossibly heavy objects. As well as being physically impressive their connection to earth gives the ability to naturally manipulate it in ways that magic users can only hope to attain through training and practice, as such this connection is said to be even greater than that of the dwarves.

History

Earth giants once lived in great cities that were carved from mountains with their earthen magic and massive strength. In the time of the dragons they were as common as the dragons themselves who ruled over the domine of the sky. It was when the rise of other races began and the dragons vanished from the skies that their numbers dwindled, their race scattered and their cities crumbled once more back into the mountains that they were carved from. Most of what remains of their race can be found in tribes in the isolated and unexplored region of the world, in solitary within forgotten cities and uninhabitable mountainsides or on the elemental plane of earth. However, some make the journey into the known world with dreams of restoring their races place within the world, on a holy quest from their god, a task from their tribe leader and other aspirations of their own.

Society

Earth giants share the same society as the rest of the giants and are related by common elements of history, religion, and culture. They view one another as kindred, keeping any inherent animosity over territory and ambition to a minimum. Within the caste structure, they call the ordning earth giants are ranked below frost giants and above stone giants. While not being as big by giant standards their size, equal strength and innate magical abilities grant them the power to overcome the primitive hill giants and crush the more artistic stone giants but not enough to fight fairly against the mighty frost giant. Regardless of a giant's rank among its own race, the chief of a hill giant tribe is inferior to the most common of stone giants. The lowest ranked giant of any type is superior to the highest ranked giant of an inferior type. It isn't considered evil to disrespect or even betray a giant of another type, merely rude.

Earth Giant Names

Earth giants tend to take giant names, though some take dwarvish or goliath names. Some typical giant names are as follows...

Male: Aegir, Alcyoneus, Argus, Athos, Atlas, Balor, Baugi, Bergelmir, Billingr, Bölthorn, Bress, Brontes, Cacus, Coeus, Cormoran, Cronus, Echion, Elatha, Enceladus, Eochaid, Epimetheus, Fachan, Fornjót, Geirröd, Geryon, Gilling, Gogmagog, Goliath, Gymir, Hiranyaksha, Hiranyakashipu, Hrungnir, Hymir, Hyperion, Iapetus, Kári, Klytius, Kumbhakarna, Logi, Mahabali, Menoetius, Nimrod, Oceanus, Og, Ophion, Polyphemus, Prometheus, Ravana, Steropes, Tethra, Ymir

Female: Angrboda, Banba, Bestla, Buarainech, Caca, Cethlenn, Chimalmat, Corb, Dione, Eithne, Ériu, Ethniu, Fódla, Gaia, Gjálp, Greip, Gridr, Gullveig, Hrodr, Járnsaxa, Laufey, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Rindr, Skadi, Tethys, Theia, Themis

Earth Giant Traits

Design Note: It is very strongly recommended that you use the Large Player Characters and Oversized variant rules.

Giants with the ability to manipulate the earth at will with the strength to lift mountains.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Strength score increases by 1.
Age. 800 to 1000 yrs; Earth Giants mature when they're around 160 years old.
Alignment. Earth Giants are naturally good, but due to the prudence they are dealt they can be neutral or evil.
Size. An earth giant's height usually ranges from about 9 feet to 14 feet tall, and usually weigh from around 600 pounds to just barely over a ton. Your size is Large.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 ft.
Earth Magic. You know the cantrip mold earth[1] and can cast it at will. Starting from 3rd level, you know the earth tremor[2] spell and can cast it once. Starting from 5th level, you know the earthbind[3] spell and can cast it once. Constitution is your spellcasting ability for these spells. You regain spent uses of this trait when you complete a long rest.
Giant's Stride. When you take the Dash action on your turn, the speed increase you gain from the Dash action is doubled.
Giantkin. Your creature type is considered to be both giant and humanoid.
Huge Frame. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift. However, you require twice as much food and water per day as a normal creature your size, and you have disadvantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks.
Menacing. You are proficient with the Intimidation skill.
Thick-Skinned. While you are not wearing armor, your Armor Class equals 10 + your Constitution modifier.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Giant.

Random Height and Weight

Table: Earth Giant Random Height and Weight
Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
8′ 0″ +12d6 in 600 lb. × (2d10) lb.

References

  1. Elemental Evil Player's Companion pp.21
  2. Elemental Evil Player's Companion pp.17
  3. Elemental Evil Player's Companion pp.17

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