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Frost giants, called isejotunen in their own language,[11] were large giants that lived in caverns or castles in cold, mountainous environments.[12]

DescriptionEdit

Almost always evil creatures, these giants stood 20' (6.4 m) tall and weighed around 2800 lbs (1270 kg). They had white skin and either blue or dirty yellow hair and wore skins or pelts, along with jewelry they owned. Their eye color usually matched their hair color.[12]

CombatEdit

In combat, frost giants would hurl rocks and then close in with battleaxes. They were immune to cold, but particularly vulnerable to fire, and had low-light vision.[12] Their power visual senses extended into a higher end of the visible spectrum, allowing them to see more easily through snow and blizzards than other creatures.[13] They would take prisoners if possible.[12]

Some were known to fight with giant bolas, a weapon originally developed by Jungle giants but they had personalized by using massive blocks of ice in place of wooden balls.[14]

EcologyEdit

LycanthropyEdit

Frost giants were known to be susceptible to two forms of lycanthropy, werebear and seawolf, and were one of only two giant races in which "true" lycanthropes were known to occur. These true lycanthropes were a form of polar werebear―they appeared hairier than the average frost giant and were incapable of assuming a "hybrid form."[15]

Those afflicted with the polarwere condition were known to occasionally live among other frost giants, but generally they were loners as their pelts were considered highly coveted among their kin.[15]

SocietyEdit

These giants lived up to 250 years in societies led by a "jarl" and often survived by means of hunts and raids, although they were not below trading if the need arose.[12] In frost giant society, the most important bond except that of the ordning was the family bond.[13] The ordning was determined by a combination of the individual's ability to wrestle and boast.[16] Communication in the community was through the use of speaking Jotunise and Jotun.[17]

JarlsEdit

"Jarl" was the title used to describe the leader of a frost giant community. They were usually the most powerful in their tribe and usually had the best equipment.[18]

SkaldEdit

A skald was a frost giant bard.[19]

Notable Frost GiantsEdit

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

Outside of the realms
Frostgiantvessel

A Frost giant longboat preparing to board a vessel.

Frost giants carry a lot of the stereotypic image of the vikings such as the horned helmet the axe and the icy and snowy plains. They are also stereotypically raiders and survive mostly on raiding. Some words are from nordic languages such as:
  • Jarl (Earl) is a person of the royal family during the viking era who was next to take the throne and there was only one who held the title.
  • Skald is bard or poet in old Nordic languages.[20]
  • Names like "Orelsdottr" are common Patronymic surnames that are used in Nordic countries this one means: "Daughter of Orel" or "Orel's Daughter".

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

Adventures
Storm King's ThunderTomb of Annihilation
Board Games
Assault of the Giants
Card Games
Dragonfire (Moonshae Storms)
Comic Books
Frost Giant's Fury
Novels
The Crystal ShardThe Lone DrowThe Thousand OrcsThe Two Swords
Referenced only
The Titan of Twilight
Video Games
Baldur's Gate: Dark AllianceDungeons & Dragons: Dark AllianceEye of the Beholder II: The Legend of DarkmoonIcewind DaleNeverwinterNeverwinter NightsSecret of the Silver Blades

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 151, 155. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  3. Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 122–123. ISBN 0786995101.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 122–123. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  5. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 140. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  6. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 44. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  7. Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 26–28. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  8. Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  9. Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 117–118. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  11. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 122. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 23. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  14. Paul F. Culotta (December 1998). “...The Harder They Fall”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #254 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 36–46.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Brian P. Hudson (December 1999). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Giant Lycanthropes”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #266 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 76–80.
  16. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  17. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  18. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  19. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 26. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skald

ConnectionsEdit

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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