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Cyclopes (singcyclops; plcyclopes[1][3][4] orcyclopses[2]) were one-eyed giants that originally came from the Feywild.[2]

Description[]

Cyclopes were one of the smallest types of giants, standing only 12 feet (3.7 meters) and weighing 1,200 pounds (540 kilograms),[3] but they were as strong as the average stone giant.[6] Cyclopes had earthy skin tones that blended with their surroundings.[7] Males and females cyclopes of the Feywild were bald and had spiked heads instead of hair.[2] Other cyclops had hair and more human-like appearances.[8][6]

The most peculiar and distinguishing thing about cyclopes was the fact that they only had one large eye in the middle of their foreheads. It tended to be the same as the color of their skin. This eye was rumored to cause fear in any who looked at it. Their single eye gave them poor depth perception, however, and therefore they couldn't use missile weapons very well.[7]

Abilities[]

Cyclopes could throw boulders[4] like all giant-kin, but with less accuracy than normal because of their single eye.[7] Cyclopes that lived in the Feywild Underdark were also amazing blacksmiths and crafted powerful items for their fomorian masters.[2]

Society[]

Religion[]

Cyclopes typically worshiped Grolantor, for they admired his power and might over giant-kin.[3] But those who dwelled in fomorian societies in the Feydark often worshiped their masters, though the reasoning behind this was unknown to scholars.[9]

Craft[]

Cyclopes made many different and powerful magical and non-magical items. Their most proficient blacksmiths could forge rings of great magical power and swords with blades of lightning.[10] Fomorians were known to highly value their skill in forging magical items.[9]

Activities[]

A pair of cyclopes.

They usually served as bodyguards, blacksmiths, soldiers,[2] advisors, artistans, and spymasters in fomorian societies.[11] Some eladrin believed that the roles they played in these societies were so crucial that they would be severely weakened without the cyclopses.[9]

Homelands[]

Some cyclopes lived in cities such as:

When not living in cities, many cyclopes lived in caves, ruins, or forests:

History[]

While cyclopes stated they descended from the line of Annam, most giants thought these brutes came from one of Othea's trysts.[19]

Notable Cyclopes[]

Chancil Crystalheart summoning a cyclops to beat Conner.

In the Year of the Prince, 1357 DR, the mage Chancil Crystalheart of Memnon summoned a cyclops to beat Conner to death but eventually relented and dispelled the summons.[8]

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Appearances[]

Adventures
Tomb of Annihilation
Novels
Realms of Mystery: "Ekhar Lorrent: Gnome Detective"The Masked WitchesThe Rose of Sarifal
Comics
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (#14)
Video Games
Al-Qadim: The Genie's CurseIcewind DaleNeverwinter (Fury of the Feywild)Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
Pool of Radiance ResurgentThe Howling VoidThe Ark of the Mountains

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 45. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 64–65. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 133. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclops_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons)#cite_note-2
  6. 6.0 6.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dan Mishkin (December 1989). “Shackles of the Past”. In Elliot S. Maggin ed. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #13 (DC Comics), pp. 18–20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Chris Youngs (March 2008). “The Eye of Madness: Tyrants of the Feydark”. Dragon #362 (Wizards of the Coast).
  10. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  11. Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, James Wyatt (December 2008). Manual of the Planes 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 39. ISBN 978-0-7869-5002-7.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 152–153. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  14. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  15. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 161. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  16. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  17. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  18. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
  19. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.

Connections[]

True Giants
Cloud EttinFire (Fire titan )FogFrostHill (Earth titanMouth of Grolantor)MountainStoneStorm (Storm titan)Titan

True Giant Offshoots
AshCraa'ghoranMaurPhaerlin
Giant-Kin
Cyclops (Cyclopskin)FirbolgFomorianOgre (Oni)VerbeegVoadkyn
Zakharan Giants
DesertIslandJungleOgre giantReef

Other Giants
EldritchDeathSandTroll
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