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Giants (Part 6): Stone Giant

Lore: Artists in the Dark

So long as they are left alone, stone giants are peaceful and quiet. They live in secluded cave networks found in isolated mountains. Here, in the dark, they work away at elaborate carvings. Most often, they can be found in the deepest and quietest caverns, which are considered sacred places.

Artistry is the most worthy virtue of the stone giants. They strive to create beautiful works of art from stone, and those who do the best are crowned the leaders of the tribe. They do this in the name of their god, Skoraeus Stonebones.

Don’t think them weak, though. Stone giants are quick and graceful on their feet. Those who are skilled in throwing boulders can rise in the ordning, encouraging the training of warriors. However, even in this there is an artistry.

Stone giants view the realm outside of their caverns as one of dreams. They see it as a false reality and act as one would in their dreams when they step outside. While here, they do as they wish without concern of the consequences. Promises made here need not be kept, murders not guilted over, and crimes inconsequential.

Few stone giants willingly live in this dream world. Only those low in the ordning dwell near it, serving as guardians or hunters for their tribe. Anyone who wanders too close will find themselves on the receiving end of a storm of boulders.

The lore here has some pretty interesting tidbits, it is pretty boring overall. You could make some fun stories about stone giants wandering out into the world and treating everything like a harmless dream. Or one about sneaking into their lair to steal a valuable work of art. But the options are all limited and fairly uninteresting.

Design: That Doesn’t Work

He looks like how I imagine myself in my seventies: grumpy, scrawny, and bald.

“That’s it! I’m getting
me mallet!”

Honestly, this design isn’t doing anything for me. It just doesn’t seem fitting for this particular monster. It doesn’t look like an artist, it looks more like a ruffian. The only thing matching the word ‘stone’ here is the shade of its skin!

You’d think an artist would wear fine clothing or carry the tools of his craft, right? Well, apparently not. This dude is wearing torn, patched-up clothes, more naked than clothed. His natural muscles and giant club only make it worse. The lore hammered home the fact that these guys are artists, not warriors. Yet the design seems to disagree entirely.

That’s about all I have to say, really. It’s a very underwhelming and boring design. Worse yet, it doesn’t fit the lore given to the monster at all. Definitely one of the weaker ones so far.

Stats: Smash and Throw… But Sneaky!

The stats here are mostly the same as the last few. Big defense, big health, giant club and rocks. However, it does have two abilities to help it stand out.

The first is Stone Camouflage. This does exactly what you’d expect. It has advantage on stealth checks in rocky terrain. Perfect for setting up a surprise attack to scare the hell out of your players.

The second is Rock Catching. Have someone in your party who can throw stuff? Well, this guy can catch said stuff if it makes a DEX check with a DC of 10. By doing so, it takes no damage from the attack.

Despite those additions, this monster is still fairly boring. Once the surprise attack is over, it goes back to being a straight-forward slugfest. Slightly better than the last three in this regard, but not by much.

Placement

The stone giant is my least favorite of the lot so far. It’s lore is fine, sure. But the design is uninteresting and the stats are only slightly better than those that came before it. Definitely the weakest giant we’ve discussed so far.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Stone 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. Hill Giant
  26. Empyrean
  27. Efreeti
  28. Dao
  29. Cloud Giant
  30. Drow (all four of ’em)
  31. Shadow Demon
  32. Marilith
  33. Drider
  34. Aarackockra
  35. Azer
  36. Demilich
  37. Spectator
  38. Marid
  39. Cambion
  40. Fire Giant
  41. Animated Armor
  42. Banshee
  43. Basilisk
  44. Yochlol
  45. Bulette
  46. Cloaker
  47. Darkmantle
  48. Doppelganger
  49. Ghoul and Ghast
  50. Ettin
  51. Pit Fiend
  52. Erinyes
  53. Chain Devil
  54. Bearded Devil
  55. Barbed Devil
  56. Spined Devil
  57. Ice Devil
  58. Djinni
  59. Nalfeshnee
  60. Glabrezu
  61. Chasme
  62. Barlgura
  63. Horned Devil
  64. Balor
  65. Shadow Dragon
  66. Vrock
  67. Dretch
  68. Goristro
  69. Hezrou
  70. Manes
  71. Frost Giant
  72. Duergar
  73. Quasit
  74. Dryad
  75. Flumph
  76. Planetar
  77. Imp
  78. Flameskull
  79. Displacer Beast
  80. Carrion Crawler
  81. Rug of Smothering
  82. Bugbear Chief
  83. Bugbear
  84. Vine Blight
  85. Twig Blight
  86. Needle Blight
  87. Bullywug
  88. Ettercap
  89. Gas Spore
  90. Cockatrice
  91. Lemure
  92. Solar
  93. Deva
  94. Cyclops
  95. Centaur
  96. Ghost
  97. Fire Elemental
  98. Water Elemental
  99. Air Elemental
  100. Stone Giant <——————-
  101. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  102. Earth Elemental
  103. Galeb Duhr
  104. Flying Sword
  105. Crawling Claw
  106. Violet Fungus
  107. Shrieker
  108. Gargoyle

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