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Titans, called voninjotunen in their own language,[5], were the largest of the true giant races, standing even taller than cloud or storm giants.[6] In the social order of giants, they were ranked highest on the Ordning, above all other giants, giant-kin, and ogres.[7]

Description[]

Titans resembled large, muscular humans who typically lacked facial hair.[2][8]

Personality[]

Titans were typically some of the most intelligent of giants.[9]

Abilities[]

Many titans were capable spellcasters or psionicists.[8][note 1] And they were the only race of giants not known to have runecasters.[10]

They also had numerous spell-like abilities. Such as holy smite, meteor swarm, and chain lightning.[1][note 1] Some were capable of becoming invisible at will, levitating, and becoming ethereal at least twice a day. [8][note 1]

Combat[]

Titans typically wielded a huge warhammer but also carried javelins to throw.[1]

History[]

The titan race began with an individual by the name of Lanaxis, one of the mortal children of Annam All-Father and Othea.,[11]

Around −31,500 DR, a titan thane named Omo was engaged in combat with Zhoukoudien, leader of the Batrachi. Omo ended up slaying him and inciting war between their people.[12] The titans would come to dominate the batrachi in this war and, according to Abeiran scholars, it would lead the latter to perform a powerful summoning ritual that culminated in the Tearfall.[13]

When Annam founded the kingdom of Ostoria he ceded control of the plains to Lanaxis, who would found the dynasty of the titans,[11] east of the Great Rift in the land of Eastern Shaar.[14] The titans and storm giants would create some of Ostoria's greatest cities, featuring mechanical conveyances and galleries that would house artistic tributes to all giantkind.[15]

The eventual disappearance of titans on Abeir-Toril was a matter of speculation. According to one myth popularized by the book, History of the Last March of the Giants, the titans grew so arrogant that they challenged the gods. They in turn cursed their monarch with fascination and his subjects with absolute devotion to him. They then sent a star crashing down to the planet and through their nation, causing widespread catastrophes and leaving a huge valley that became the Sea of Fallen Stars.[14][16]

Being cursed with curiosity, the then-king of the titans chased after the star and his dutiful subjects followed suit. They chased it all the way to the Great Sea and then dove in after it, never to be seen again.[14] Another myth claimed that after Lanaxis had poisoned his mother Othea and was cursed by her, his progeny fled to the plane of Arborea.[17]

Society[]

Homelands[]

Following the fall of Ostoria,[17] titans were primarily found on planes other than the Prime Material,[3] such as Arborea[1][17] and Warrior's Rest.[4]

Languages[]

As inhabitants of the Outer Planes, titans were often known to be capable of speaking the Abyssal and Celestial languages. Many were also known to speak Draconic,[1] Common, and all six dialects of Giant.[2][8]

Relationships[]

Out of all the giant races, titans were the most amicable towards storm giants due to their disposition.[2][8]

Notable Titans[]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 As Realms sources did not make an effort to denote the distinction between the titans of Greek myth (which those in the monster manuals were clearly based upon - their write up in 2nd edition explicitly talks of Olympus and Greek clothing) and the titans of Lanaxis, it's hard to say whether or not this info truly applies to them.

External Links[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), pp. 343–344. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 94. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 164. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  5. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 28–29. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  6. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  7. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 95. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  9. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  10. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 7. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  12. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 5, 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  13. 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. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc.), p. 79. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  15. Tuque Games (2020). Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. Wizards of the Coast.
  16. BioWare (December 1998). Designed by James Ohlen. Baldur's Gate. Black Isle Studios.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 11. 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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