Goliath (Half-Giant)At the highest mountain peaks-far above the slopes where trees grow and where the air is thin and the frigid winds howl-Dwell the reclusive Goliath.Few folk can claim to have seen a Goliath,and fewer still can claim friendship with one.Many Goliaths wander a bleak realm of rock,wind,and cold.Their bodies look as if they are carved from Mountain stone and give them great physical power.Their Spirits take after the wandering wind,making them Nomads who wander from peak to peak.Their hearts are infused with the cold regard of their frigid realm,Leaving each Goliath with the responsibility to earn a place within the Tribe or die trying.
Everyday brings a new challenge to a Goliath.Food,Water,and Shelter are rare in the Uppermost Mountain reaches.A single mistake can bring doom to an entire Tribe,while an Individual's Heroic effort can ensure the entire group's Survival.
Goliaths thus place a premium on Self-Sufficiency and individual Skill.They have a compulsion to keep score,counting their deeds and tallying their accomplishments to compare to others.Goliaths love to win,but they see defeat as a prod to improve their Skills.
This dedication to competition has a dark side.Goliaths are ferocious competitors,but above all else they are driven to outdo their past efforts.If a Goliath slays a Dragon,he or she might seek out a larger,more powerful Wyrm to battle next time.Few Goliath Clan members and adventurers reach old age,as most die attempting to surpass their past accomplishments.
FAIR PLAYFor Goliaths,competition exists only when it is supported by a level playing field.Competition measures talent,dedication,and effort.Those factors determine survival in their Home Territory,not reliance on magic,enchanted items,money,or other elements that can tip the balance one way or the other.Goliaths happily rely on such benefits,but they are careful to remember that such an advantage can always be lost.A Goliath who relies too much on them can grow complacent,a recipe for disaster in The Mountains.
This trait manifests most strongly when Goliaths interact with other Races.The relationship between peasants and Nobles puzzles Goliaths.If a King lacks the Intelligence or Leadership to lead,then clearly the most talented person in the Kingdom should take his place.Goliaths rarely keep such opinions to themselves,and mock folk who rely on society's structures or rules to maintain power.
Goliath's share a number of traits in common with each other.
ABILITY SCORE INCREASES:Your STRENGTH score increases by +2,and your CONSTITUTION score by +1.
AGE:Goliaths have Lifespans comparable to Humans.They enter Adulthood in their late teens and usually live less than a century.Due to their competitive nature most barely reach 50 Years of age.
ALIGNMENT:Goliath Society,with its clear roles and tasks,has a strong Lawful bent.The Goliath sense of fairness,balanced with an emphasis on Self-Suffciency and personal accountability,pushes them toward Neutrality.Lawful Good (LG),Lawful Neutral (LN),Neutral Good (NG).
SIZE:Goliaths are between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 280lbs and 340lbs.Your size is Medium.
SPEED:Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
NATURAL ATHLETE:You have PROFICIENCY in the ATHLETICS SKILL.
MAIN CLASSES:Barbarian,Fighter,Cleric,Druid and Ranger.
Weapon Proficiencies:Great Axe & Great Sword.
STONE’S ENDURANCE:You can focus yourself to occasionally shrug off injury.When you take damage,you can use your REACTION to roll a D12.Add your CONSTITUTION MODIFIER to the number rolled and reduce the damage by that total.After 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.
MOUNTAIN BORN:You are acclimated to High Altitude,including elevations above 20,000 Feet.You are also naturally adapted to COLD Climates.
COLD RESISTANCE:You have RESISTANCE to COLD based Damage from attacks,the Weather or Magic.
LANGUAGES:You can speak Common (Kelldorian) and Giantish.If you have an INTELLIGENCE of 15 or more you can Read and Write and choose Two EXTRA LANGUAGES from Orcish,Goblin,Troll (Mountain) or Thullish (Ogre).
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Civilization and Culture
Birth names are rarely linked to gender. Goliaths see females and males as equal in all things, and they find societies with roles divided by gender to be puzzling or worthy of mockery. To a goliath, the person who is best at a job should be the one tasked with doing it.
A goliath’s nickname is a description that can change on the whim of a chieftain or tribal elder. It refers to a notable deed, either a success or a failure, committed by the goliath. Goliaths assign and use nicknames with their friends of other races and change them to refer to an individual’s notable deeds.
Goliaths present all three names when identifying themselves, in the order of birth name, nickname then clan name. in casual conversation they use their nickname.
Birth names are rarely linked to gender.Goliaths see females and males as equal in all things,and they find societies with roles divided by gender to be puzzling or worthy of mockery.To a Goliath,the person who is best at a job should be the one tasked with doing it.
A Goliath’s nickname is a description that can change on the whim of a chieftain or tribal elder.It refers to a notable deed,either a success or a failure,committed by the Goliath.Goliaths assign and use nicknames with their friends of other races and change them to refer to an individual’s notable deeds.
Goliaths present all three names when identifying themselves,in the order of birth name, nickname then clan name.in casual conversation they use their nickname.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Among Goliaths,any adult who can't contribute to the Tribe is expelled.A lone Goliath has little chance of survival,especially an older or weaker one.Goliaths have little pity for adults who can't take care of themselves,though a sick or injured individual is treated,as a result of the Goliath concept of fair play. A permanently injured Goliath is still expected to pull his or her weight in the Tribe.Typically,such a Goliath dies attempting to keep up,or slips away in the night to seek the cold will of fate.
In some ways,the Goliath drive to outdo themselves feeds into the grim inevitability of their decline and death.A Goliath would much rather die in battle,at the peak of strength and skill,than endure the slow decay of old age.Few folk ever meet an elderly Goliath,and even those Goliaths who have left their People grapple with the urge to give up their lives as their physical skills decay.
Because of their Risk-Taking,Goliath Tribes suffer from a chronic lack of experience offered by long term Leaders.They hope for innate wisdom in their Leadership,for they can rarely count on a wisdom grown with age.
Known Goliath Clans/Tribes and there Giant Ancestry
Cloud Giant: Clan Elanithino -Elanithian
Fire Giant: Clan Kalagiano -Kalagianoth
Frost Giant: Gathakanathi Tribe-Gathakanathian
Giant (Thull): Thuliaga Tribe-Thuliagian
Hill Giant: Clan Ogolakanu -Ogolakanian
Stone Giant: Thunukalathi Tribe-Thunukalathian
Storm Giant: Anakalathai Tribe-Anakalathian
Goliaths in the World of Kelios
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