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Giants (Part 3): Fire Giant

I can’t help but imagine these guys like giant Hellboys and I kinda like ’em more like that.

Lore: Masters of War and Craft

Fire giants are much like dwarfs in a few aspects. They are master craftsmen who dwell within mountains or volcanoes. Their metalwork is as legendary as their ruthlessness in battle.

Their forges are heated by the magma they build their cities atop of. If their home is far removed from this intense heat, they’ll mine for coal to burn as a substitute. At remote outposts, they’ll chop down trees to keep their production going. Ever is a fire giant’s forge at work.

As much as frost giants hate the heat, fire giants hate the cold. Adapting to these temperatures is difficult for them, but wholly possible. With enough fur clothing and a hot enough furnace, they can force themselves to manage.

The legacy of the fire giants is war. From birth, they are sung songs of war and glory. Their prowess comes not from violence and power but discipline and training. Their natural strength is complimented perfectly by their skill and tactics. Any one who dare underestimate their militaristic might are doomed to face a bloody and terrible end.

People conquered by the fire giants become serfs to the lords. They work the farms for the giants, raising livestock and growing crops to fuel their war efforts. Other workers, namely the giants who work the forges, work by instinct rather than math or writing. Other serfs fulfill this purpose for them, should the giants deem it necessary. Those not destined for court are taken to work in the mines. Fire giants lower on the ordning watch over these slaves, though they care little for their safety.

While their reputation is fierce, their skill in crafting is far more renown among giant kind. Whether they’re making jewels or treasures or weapons of war, the quality of these works are among the most gorgeous in the world. Even their fortresses are works of art.

This lore is pretty interesting and, better yet, versatile! Wanna do a heist? Have your players rob a fire giant’s fortress! Rebellion story? Have them liberate their slaves and riot! Straight-up war? Make the players choose between frost giants or fire giants in a territorial dispute! Any one of these can make for a fun session!

Design: Ganondorf but Thick…er

Oh, you think I’m joking?

Tell me I’m wrong!

It kinda works, though! That sword and that armor are clearly very impressive works of crafting. You can tell that this dude is a fucking soldier, not a barbarian.

That, and it looks sick. He kinda reminds me of Guts from Berserk. Only, you know, not as awesome.

My only real complaint is the lack of ‘fire’ in the ‘fire giant’. I’m sorry, but having dark skin and red hair isn’t ‘fire’. Why not give them some flame markings on their armor? Or just light their hair on fire because giant magic, why not? Or light their sword on fire because flaming swords are always awesome?!

This is a solid B- design. It isn’t especially impressive, but it’s a passing grade. It may not be the best we’ve ever covered, but it is far from the worst.

Unfortunately, I can only say the opposite about its stats.

Stats: Giant SMASH!!

Oh… wow. There’s nothing here, is there?

No, I’m being serious! This is one of the simplest and most straight-forward enemies we’ve discussed so far! All he’s got is big sword, big rock, and a high AC/HP! The most interesting thing here is its immunity to fire!

Can it still be fun? Yeah, sure. Fighting a giant is scary enough to make it memorable. But there’s nothing to especially challenge the player beyond big numbers. Boring.

Placement

These guys only got less interesting as it went on. The lore is fantastic and the design is okay. But those stats are just so plain and boring that it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. It’s like a sad reflection of my time as a student.

I was never very good in school.

With all that said, let’s put the Fire Giant on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Bronze Dragons
  14. Brass Dragons
  15. Copper Dragons
  16. Gold Dragons
  17. Chuul
  18. Chimera
  19. Death Knight
  20. Fomorian
  21. Bone Devil
  22. Dracolich
  23. Faerie Dragon
  24. Ankheg
  25. Empyrean
  26. Efreeti
  27. Dao
  28. Cloud Giant
  29. Drow (all four of ’em)
  30. Shadow Demon
  31. Marilith
  32. Drider
  33. Aarackockra
  34. Azer
  35. Demilich
  36. Spectator
  37. Marid
  38. Cambion
  39. Fire Giant <————————–
  40. Animated Armor
  41. Banshee
  42. Basilisk
  43. Yochlol
  44. Bulette
  45. Cloaker
  46. Darkmantle
  47. Doppelganger
  48. Ghoul and Ghast
  49. Ettin
  50. Pit Fiend
  51. Erinyes
  52. Chain Devil
  53. Bearded Devil
  54. Barbed Devil
  55. Spined Devil
  56. Ice Devil
  57. Djinni
  58. Nalfeshnee
  59. Glabrezu
  60. Chasme
  61. Barlgura
  62. Horned Devil
  63. Balor
  64. Shadow Dragon
  65. Vrock
  66. Dretch
  67. Goristro
  68. Hezrou
  69. Manes
  70. Duergar
  71. Quasit
  72. Dryad
  73. Flumph
  74. Planetar
  75. Imp
  76. Flameskull
  77. Displacer Beast
  78. Carrion Crawler
  79. Rug of Smothering
  80. Bugbear Chief
  81. Bugbear
  82. Vine Blight
  83. Twig Blight
  84. Needle Blight
  85. Bullywug
  86. Ettercap
  87. Gas Spore
  88. Cockatrice
  89. Lemure
  90. Solar
  91. Deva
  92. Cyclops
  93. Centaur
  94. Ghost
  95. Fire Elemental
  96. Water Elemental
  97. Air Elemental
  98. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  99. Earth Elemental
  100. Galeb Duhr
  101. Flying Sword
  102. Crawling Claw
  103. Violet Fungus
  104. Shrieker
  105. Gargoyle

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