Stone Giants

Stone Giants are large humanoid creatures, usually of great strength and size.

Stone giants carved their homes out of the rock and had a reputation as amazing stone-masons. Most Stone Giants giants have vision equivalent to that of a human, though some have the capacity to see well in low light or total darkness as well. As a group, they have no other special abilities, but are immune to almost all diseases, and have a slight resistance to poison. Dwarves and Gnomes are the most experienced at fighting giants, so they are more adept in combat against them. Most giants have superior senses to most humans. In general they can see and hear twice as well. The cloud giant, hill giant and stone giant species have a particularly good sense of smell.

Adult stone giants averaged about 18 feet in height and weighed 1,700 pounds. Stone giants preferred to fight using ranged weapons such as boulders but if forced into melee they wielded gigantic stone clubs. Stone giants had an excellent sense of smell and had infravision to 200 feet (60 m). Stone giants were the longest living of the giants.

Stone giants preferred temperate mountain ranges as their usual habitats Some Stone giants were powerful enough to survive and make a living in the Underdark in the face of competition. They had a tendency to gather in larger individual groups as deeper the given group was located, but were primarily denizens of the Upperdark, even though their numbers were small.

Secluded caves in mountainous areas were the most common homes of the stone giants. Cavern networks are their towns, rocky tunnels their roads, and underground streams their waterways. Isolated mountain ranges are their continents, with the vast spans of land between seen as oceans that the stone giants only rarely cross.

Among stone giants, artistry ranks as the greatest virtue. They create intricate murals, paint sprawling murals across cavern walls, and indulge in a wide variety of other artistic disciplines. They esteem stone carving as the greatest of skills.

Despite their great size and musculature, stone giants are quite lithe and graceful. Skilled rock throwers are quite common; threse giants use their ability to hurl and catch enormous boulders. Such giants take the front ranks when a tribe has cause to defend its home or attack its enemies.

Stone giants view the world outside their underground homes as a realm of dreams where nothing is entirely true or real. They behave in the surface world the way humanoids might behave in their own dreams, making little account for their actions and never fully trusting what they see or hear. A promise made above ground need not be kept. Insults can be made without apology. Killing prey or sentient beings is no cause for guilt in the dreaming world beneath the sky.

The Stor-Val Tribe

One of the most well-known Stone Giant tribes was the Stor-Val hailing from the Crystalpeak Mountains of Cyrendar. These giants were talented crafters and built several large stone structures in the mountains that endure to this very day; including the famous Skull Crossing dam and the gigantic, mountain-top fortress of Jorgenfist.