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A cyclopskin (pronounced: /ˈsklpskɪnSY-klops-kin[3] about this audio file listen) was a smaller version of a cyclops.[1]


The typical cyclopskin stood around 7 feet and 5 inches (2.3 meters) and weighed around 350 lb (160 kg).[1] These one-eyed monsters had poor depth perception.[2] Cyclopskin of both sexes gradually lost their hair as they got older, generally becoming fully bald by the age of 25. It was also unheard of for cyclopskin to grow any sort of facial hair. When a cyclopskin had hair, it was generally seen in an unkempt state, long and shaggy, riddled with all manner of lice and fleas.[4]

They typically dressed in dirty garments that were made of animal hide.[2]


In combat, most cyclopskin preferred to use bardiches, clubs,[2][4] over-sized slings, and spears. The latter two were only used when needing to attack from afar or when out hunting.[4] Because of their poor depth perceptions, cyclopskin were not good with did not use missile weapons. Thus, unlike other giant-kin, they were not skilled with throwing boulders.[1]


All cyclopskin believed they descended from the strong line of Annam, but most giants suspected these runts came from one of Othea's affairs.[5]


Much like their larger cousins, cyclopskin had a highly patriarchal society, with women and children being subservient to men. The strongest among them generally assumed the leadership role and were most often killed by other members of their clan who had grown bitter from mistreatment.[4]

Cyclopskin generally lived alone or traveled in small bands looking for prey and suitable captives.[1]


Cyclopskin were known to be susceptible to all forms of lycanthropy and retained their distinctive single eye regardless of which form they took.[6]


A number of such bands lived in Starspur in the Starspire Mountains of Tethyr.[7] They were also known to occasionally be found in the eastern region of the Hordelands.[8]



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Further Reading[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 133. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  3. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Johnathan M. Richards (December 1998). “The Ecology of the Cyclopskin”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #254 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 102–104.
  5. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  6. Brian P. Hudson (December 1999). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Giant Lycanthropes”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #266 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 76–80.
  7. Steven E. Schend (August 1997). “Book One: Tethyr”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Lands of Intrigue (TSR, Inc.), p. 69. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  8. David Cook (August 1990). “Volume II”. In Steve Winter ed. The Horde (TSR, Inc.), p. 115. ISBN 0-88038-868-4.


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True Giant Offshoots
Cyclops (Cyclopskin)FirbolgFomorianOgre (Oni)VerbeegVoadkyn
Zakharan Giants
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