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Firbolg

Firbolg

 

Firbolg Tribes live in remote forest Settlements (Villages) and Strongholds,preferring to spend their days in quiet harmony with the Trees,Plants and Woodland animals.When provoked,Firbolgs demonstrate formidable skills with weapons and Druidic Magic.

   

Humble Guardians

 

Firbolgs love nothing more than a peaceful day spent among the trees of an old forest.They see forests as sacred places,representing the heart of the world and monuments to the durability of life.

 

In their role as caretakers,Firbolgs live off the land while striving to remain in balance with nature.Their methods reflect common sense and remarkable resourcefulness.During a bountiful summer,they store away excess nuts,fruit,and berries.When winter arrives,they scatter everything they can spare to ensure the animals of the wood survive until springtime.

 

In a Firbolg's eyes,there is no greater fault than greed.The Firbolgs believe that the world remains healthiest when each creature takes only what it needs.Material goods,especially precious gems and gold,have little appeal to them.What use are such things when winter lingers and food runs short?.

   

Natural Druids

Firbolgs have a talent for Druidic Magic.Their cultural reverence for nature,combined with their strong and insightful minds,makes learning such magic an instinctive part of their development.Almost every Firbolg learns a few spells,typically those used to mask their presence,and many go on to master nature magic.

 

Firbolgs who become Druids serve as leaders.With every action the Tribe takes,the Druids weigh not only the group's needs,but the effect each action will have on the forest and the rest of the natural world.Firbolg Tribes would rather go hungry than strain the land during a famine.

   

Hidden Shepherds

 

As caretakers of the land,Firbolgs prefer to remain out of sight and out of mind.They don't try to dominate nature,but rather seek to ensure that it prospers and survives according to its own laws.

 

Firbolgs use their magic to keep their presence in a forest a secret.This approach allows them to avoid the politics and struggles of Elves,Humans,and Orcs.Such events concern the Firbolgs only when the events affect the forest.

 

Even in the face of an intrusion,Firbolgs prefer a subtle,gentle approach to prevent damage to their territory.They employ their magic to make the forest an unappealing place to explore by temporarily diverting springs,driving away game,stealing critical tools (Woodcutting or Farming),and altering trails to leave hunting or lumber parties hopelessly lost.The Firbolg's presence is marked by an absence of animals and a strange quiet,as if the forest wishes to avoid attracting attention to itself.The faster travelers decide to move on,the better.

 

If these tactics fail,the Firbolgs take more direct action.Their observations of a Settlement determine what happens next.If the outsiders seem peaceful,the Firbolgs approach and gently ask them to leave,even offering food and other supplies to aid their departure.If those who insist on remaining respect nature,take only what they need,and live in harmony with the wood,Firbolgs explore the possibility of friendship with them,as long as the outsiders vow to safeguard the forest.If the settlers clearly display evil intentions,however,the Firbolgs martial their strength and magic for a single overwhelming attack.

 

Firbolg Names

 

Firbolg adopt Elven names when they must deal with outsiders,although the concept of names strikes them as strange.They know the animals and plants of the forest without formal names,and instead identify the forest's children by their deeds,habits,and other actions.

 

By the same token,their Tribe names merely refer to their homes.When dealing with other races,Firbolgs refer to their lands by whatever name the surrounding folk use,as a matter of tact and hospitality,but among their own kind they simply call it "home".

 

Sometimes Firbolgs adopt the nicknames or titles outsiders give them under the assumption that those who need names call them whatever they wish.

 

Firbolg Classes

Most Firbolgs are Druids,Rangers,or Fighters.Among their kind,these vocations are passed down from one generation to the next.The Firbolg's magical heritage also expresses itself in other ways;those who become Bards preserve the Clan/Tribes lore,and Firbolg Wizards arise when a Clan becomes friendly with Elves.

 

Firbolg Rogues are typically scouts tasked with spying on neighboring folk to determine their intentions.They are most common among Firbolgs whose homes border Human Settlements.

 

Firbolg Barbarians are rare except among Clans that face constant threats from evil Humanoids and other invaders.

 

Firbolg Clerics and Paladins are usually dedicated to nature gods and are seen as enforcers of that god's will.

 

Firbolg Warlocks and Sorcerers are very rare,but some Clans forge alliances and arcane pacts with powerful Fey beings.

 

Firbolg Monks are almost entirely unheard of,though a Monastery might take in the young survivors of a devastated Firbolg Clan.

 

Firbolg Traits

 

Ability Score Increase:

STRENGTH +1 and WISDOM +2.    

Age:

As Humanoids related to the Fey,Firbolg have long lifespans.A Firbolg reaches adulthood around 30,and the oldest of them can live for 500 years.    

Alignment:

As people who follow the rhythm of nature and see themselves as its caretakers,Firbolg are typically neutral good.Evil Firbolg are rare and are usually the sworn enemies of the rest of their kind.    

Size:

Your size is Medium.Firbolg are between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 240 and 300 pounds.    

Speed:

Your base walking speed is 30 feet.  

Firbolg Magic:

You can cast Detect Magic and Disguise Self with this trait,using Wisdom as your spellcasting ability for them.Once you cast either spell,you can’t cast it again with this trait until you finish a short or long rest.When you use this version of Disguise Self,you can seem up to 3 feet shorter than normal,allowing you to more easily blend in with Humans and Elves.    

Hidden Step:

As a Bonus Action,you can magically turn Invisible until the start of your next turn or until you attack,make a damage roll,or force someone to make a Saving Throw.Once you use this trait,you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.    

Powerful Build:

You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push,drag,or lift.    

Speech of Beast and Leaf:

You have the ability to communicate in a limited manner with beasts and plants.They can understand the meaning of your words,though you have no special ability to understand them in return.You have advantage on all Charisma checks you make to influence them.    

Languages:

You can speak,read and write Kelldorian (Common),Elven (Elosi or Pelosi) and Giantish.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Humanoid Giant with Fey Ancestry:A Head,Torso,Two Arms and Two Legs,these Humanoids stand between 7 and 8 feet tall with shaggy hair,beards and Elven-like pointed ears.

Ecology and Habitats

Woodland Settlements and Strongholds in hidden glades and groves.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Omnivore

Biological Cycle

As Humanoids related to the Fey,Firbolg have long lifespans.A Firbolg reaches adulthood around 30,and the oldest of them can live for 500 years.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Clan/Tribal

Facial characteristics

Pale Greyish-Blue White skin tones,Large red noses,bright eyes of natural colouring,Shaggy hair and beards of Brown and Black shades and Elven-like pointed ears.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Many adopt Elven names when dealing with outsiders.Outsiders (other races) give them nicknames or titles.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

Common Dress Code

Furs and Hides,woolen tunics,vests and breeches and fur or leather boots
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Firbolg Druid by dndbeyond

We spent three moons (months) tracking the Green Dragon before locating the forest in which it sought refuge. On our second day in that place, we woke to find the Dragon's head placed in the center of our camp. Soveliss told me that Firbolgs must have claimed the forest, and they wanted to show us we had no further business there. If we lingered, he assured me, our heads would be next. 

Notes from a Dragon Hunters Journal

   
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A Female Firbolg Fighter by wraxnia
Origin/Ancestry
Giant (Firbolg) & Fey
Lifespan
300 To 500 Years Old (350 Years Old Average)
Average Height
7ft To 8ft Tall (Averaging 7ft 6")
Average Weight
240lbs To 340lbs (300lbs Average)
Average Physique
Varied from Slim and Tall,to shorter and stocky
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
pale Greyish-Blue White skin tones
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A Firbolg Cleric by dndbeyond

Outcast Adventurers

 

As guardians of the wood, few Firbolgs would dream of leaving their homes or attempting to fit into Human society. An exiled Firbolg, or one whose Clan has been destroyed, might not have a choice in the matter. Most adventuring Firbolgs fall into this latter category.

 

Outcast Firbolgs can never return home. They committed some unforgivable deed, usually something that put their homeland at risk, such as starting a forest fire or killing a rare or beautiful wild creature. These Firbolgs are loners who wander the world in hope of finding a new place to call home.

 

Orphaned Firbolgs are those whose Clans or homelands have been destroyed. They become crusaders for nature, seeking to avenge their loss and prevent the further destruction of the natural world.

 

A few rare Firbolgs are entrusted by their Clan with an important mission that takes them beyond their homes. These Firbolgs feel like pilgrims in a strange land, and usually, they wish only to complete their quests and return home as quickly as possible.

 

The Firbolg Adventurers table can serve as inspiration for determining why a Firbolg character leaves home.

 

Firbolg Adventurers

D8 Reason for Adventuring

  1. Outcast for Murder
  2. Outcast for severely damaging home Territory
  3. Clan slain by invading Humanoids
  4. Clan slain by a Dragon or Demon
  5. Separated from the Tribe and lost
  6. Homeland destroyed by natural disaster
  7. Personal quest ordained by omens
  8. Dispatched on a quest by Tribe Elders
   
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Loremaster Aemon by artbreeder
   

Firbolg's in the World of Kelios


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Cover image: Firbolg Druid by dndbeyond

Firbolg

Ability Score Increase STRENGTH +1 and WISDOM +2
Size Medium
Speed 30ft

Alignment:

Neutral Good (NG).  

Firbolg Magic:

You can cast Detect Magic and Disguise Self with this trait,using Wisdom as your spellcasting ability for them.Once you cast either spell,you can’t cast it again with this trait until you finish a short or long rest.When you use this version of Disguise Self,you can seem up to 3 feet shorter than normal,allowing you to more easily blend in with Humans and Elves.    

Hidden Step:

As a Bonus Action,you can magically turn Invisible until the start of your next turn or until you attack,make a damage roll,or force someone to make a Saving Throw.Once you use this trait,you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.    

Powerful Build:

You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push,drag,or lift.    

Speech of Beast and Leaf:

You have the ability to communicate in a limited manner with beasts and plants.They can understand the meaning of your words,though you have no special ability to understand them in return.You have advantage on all Charisma checks you make to influence them.  
 

Languages. Kelldorian (Common),Elven (Elosi or Pelosi) and Giantish.

Comments

Author's Notes

Original Article written for Volo’s Guide to Monsters D&D 5e by Wizards of the Coast (WotC)


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