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Physical Description

The Giantkin are a large, but benevolent and friendly folk who live in the tundras of the north. During their everyday life,they do not have much contact with other people besides the Omeshik who also live in the north, though there is one quite big exception - a travel to the South in their youth in some Giantkin groups. However, since the Giantkin live in a vast area and are not great in number, most of them don’t end up in Feldarin or other "civilized" areas. People tend to recognize Giantkin, although most know little about them besides the fact that they are big, also, there is very few research about their life in their homes. Sometimes a Yuyungese or Feldarin explorer has studied them, but this was the hobby of a few and unknown to the masses. This was the state before the Plague. Sometimes a farmer would meet a haystack-sized being asking for directions and he had something to tell his grandchildren about when he grew old. People knew that they existed, and as long as they minded their own business, they didn’t care. However, they gained more attention during the Plague, because of their strange immunity to it. The Giantkin had a most remarkable quality – the Plague left them completely untouched. When people heard of this, despite the immunity to the Plague, being Giantkin was more dangerous than before, starting with problems such as angry mobs beating them to death out of envy and finishing with rich Feldarin nobles who feared the disease and ordered them to be captured and studied in all possible ways (usually with little care for the welfare of the Giantkin individual). This was not without lasting effects – now, about ten years after the Plague, the Giantkin still prefer to travel to non-civilized areas because of the tales of „southern people growing and mad and bloodthirsty in their terrible disease“ and Giantkin have become somewhat demonized in the Feldarin-area folklore. The little accurate information about the Giantkin grew even scarcer and people know very little about Giantkin as such.

One of the few sources of information about Giantkin in their everyday life comes from an Feldarin traveller, explorer and writer von Nordlicht (name taken himself). He travelled to the far north with five human servants and lived with the Giantkin for ten years. His diaries reveal a lot of information about that strange, but calm folk. Besides the Giantkin, he also writes about the harsh but beautiful northern nature, other folk who live in the northlands and the strange creatures and anomalies that he encountered.

Day 78 of my expedition

I now have mastered – nay, not mastered, for I feel that mastering this strange tongue is impossible for anyone who is not a Giantkin. But i can understand their speech and – what is more – their stories so that i could understand this folk. They speak Feldarin, but do not speak in it to anyone but me and my companions.

One of the things that has shocked me about these Giantkin are not religious – they have no respect or knowledge about the Five Gods, making them a bit alike with the native Caltan in some way – Caerdan seemed to grasp their way of thought better than I.

But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t spiritual. They seem to think that everything in nature has a soul, every bird, fish, animal, tree, grass, snow, stones - anything you can name has one. They want these spirits to be friendly so they put to mind never to hunt or fish too much; they speak and pray with the trees and stones, and I think they think that the trees speak back.

Perhaps that is a language even more difficult than the one of the Giantkin.


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The Giantkin live in small tribes of 30- 300 Giantkin ruled by councils of elders or chiefs. Generally they don’t any inheritable class system – but there is an exception – thorough the lands there are three or four Giantkin who are best described as storyteller-lords. They do not command tribes nor have much power besides their stories - but that is a great power among the Giantkin and they are highly respected. There are also stories about the lords - that many can’t face their stares and that their bodies are pierced and scarred under their heavy woolen clothes. They live alone as a rule (on marshlands and lonely hills and islands) and are respected and even feared and thought of as wise. They haven’t called the Giantkin together for seven centuries or done anything but telling stories to those who dare to visit them. They even function as bogeymen to scare the children. Few Omeshik know about their existence and if they do, they fear them. In the days long past, when the Giantkin had a greater sense of unity, there was a tradition of tribes traveling and gathering near the lord of the area where there would be an occurrence every five years that could be best described as a very big fair – lots of trading, court disputes of great importance, competitions for the best wrestlers, archers, singers, storytellers and many others. During the Plague, one of the lords wanted to revive the tradition and call together the gathering, but only two tribes appeared. Nowadays these fairplaces are long left behind, only wind, birds and reindeer going there and lords live in the swamps and islands.

Day 379 of my Expedition

Today Caerden died. I wept. He had been a good, honest and trustworthy man, although of low birth and I had gone a long way with him. He had been suffering under a disease for couple of weeks and today, just when he had started feeling better, he dropped dead on foot. It is hard to dig a grave in this climate, but I and Dhuarda managed to dig one. The other humans had gone hunting. I laid him in his final resting place – or at least, i thought so – and said a short farewell prayer. Then Soojärvi came, lowered his head, but said that this cannot be left so. I was outraged when he took Caerdans body out of grave and took it away. I battered him with my fists but he was silent and kept moving. When we reached the main hall, he laid the body on the table and asked, if we as his closest friends wanted to prepare his body for eating. I was so outraged that i blacked out. I woke up in the evening. They all have gathered in the hall and there is a great plate with meat on it. I was disgusted but in a strange way I understood. This was their way of mourning and honouring the dead. This is what they are. I cannot stop that. I am not sure why it is so, but they say that it both to honour him and because they have always done so. They didn’t seem to like the idea of burying him – or as they said – leaving his body to the wind, rain, snow and the things that come from far. It sounded like some adage – in fact, I am sure that I have heard a similar phrase in some of their stories. The flesh of Caerdan actually tasted quite well.

The Giantkin have a ritual of passing from childhood to official adulthood called Retke. That means undertaking a journey off to the far lands, to the far south to see the world. Usually they are spiritually prepared for this journey by a local shaman or monk. They start this journey when they are 40-50 years old of age and it usually lasts from three to six years. They are often guided by dreams on these journeys. They usually need to live through some events before they can return. After the Plague, despite their dreams many Giantkin youths prefer to avoid the Feldarin lands because many of their older friends who went to the Feldarin lands, did not return, or returned crippled and with tales of persecution.

Most iron in the north is obtained from lakes and marshes and although this is a good source of metal to the Giantkin smiths for tools and weapons, that they smith with chants for better qualities, metal is not cheap and not accessible to all. Bone, stone and wooden weapons are usually used for hunting but many Giantkin have found a way of fighting without or with little weapons to more dangerous enemies than the reindeer. The Yuyung explorers compared this to their monkish tradition and indeed, it is similar to it. The monkish speed is balanced by the vast size of them and they can be quick on skis. The monks in the far north are not trained by wise masters or any tutors. They learn this craft by feel, when they need to combat those creatures that live in the far north. They value the perfection of the body along the perfection of spirit although sometimes the shamans think that they are too concerned on the affairs of the body. Some Giantkin monks believe that iron is cursed despite the powerful chants of the smiths because of the great evil that iron has caused as a weapon material. They believe that the angry spirits of the marsh and lake can cause damage to the owner of the tool or weapon because of the disturbing of their peace during the taking of iron. There are fighters and warriors though, who say that the "anger of the iron“ causes more damage to the enemies.


The Giantkin share the spoken language of all giants, passed down from ancient times. Just as the other giants have expanded their vocabulary as it pertains to their specialized environments, so to is the Giantkin's dialect tailored to their existence on the Tundra.

The Giantkin don’t use a written alphabet, but they do have a rich oral heritage of stories and songs. Storytellers, singers and players of music instruments are honored as both wielders of a sort of magic and passers of time. The art of storytelling becomes very needful during snowstorms that sometimes last for many days so that people wouldn’t become nervous just listening to the storm. A traditional ending to many Giantkin stories is "Behold, for I have defeated the storm!"

They also have a tradition of singing together in a way where one person sings a line and the others follow. The songs are usually characterized by parallelism and alliteration and a small range of notes and could be seen as half-poetry-half-song. Saunas are valued in many parts of the Giantkin lands. Saunas are viewed as holy places, as the places of purification of both body and soul. Since the smoke and heat in saunas kills the seeds of the diseases, saunas are the best places for children to be born.


The Giantkin gods rarely have a single figure that gets worshiped. They tend to be omnipresent – everywhere around you there are marks of the gods, be it pebbles, trees, moss, houses, rivers, the stars – and all of them are paid the sort of respect that could be called worship. It is hard to tell the difference between a druid and a cleric really. Sometimes a mythological figure or two form a bright example of the god.

Plague Casualties

As the Giantkin are immune to the plague, they suffered no direct casualties; However, when their immunity was discovered, many were captured and tortured in an attempt to discover the source of their immunity. No such attempts are known to have succeeded.

Furthermore, many on hearing of their immunity accused them of causing the plague. Many were attacked by mobs, and though some escaped, others were killed.


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The Giantkin have a ritual of passing from youthhood to official adulthood called Retke. That means undertaking a journey off to the far lands, to the far south to see the world. Usually they are spiritually prepared for this journey by a local shaman or monk. They start this journey when they are 40-50 years old of age and it usually lasts from three to six years. They are often guided by dreams on these journeys. They usually need to live through some events before they can return. After the Plague, despite their dreams many Giantkin youths prefer to avoid the Feldarin lands because many of their older friends who went to the Feldarin lands, did not return, or returned crippled and told tales.

Racial Traits

  • +2 Str, +2 Wis, -2 Dex, -2 Cha: ...
  • Large: As large creatures, Giantkin ...
  • Giantkin base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Reach: 10 ft.
  • Cold Resistance +5.
  • Weathervision.
  • +2 Racial Bonus to Survival Checks.
  • Immune to the Plague
  • Unable to benefit from speed bonuses.
  • Initiative penalty.
  • Heavy Armour Proficiency must be bought with a regular feat - it cannot be granted through a Class feat.
  • Giantkin need large sized equipment which normally costs twice as much.
  • Automatic languages: Feldarin and Giantkin.
  • Bonus Languages: Giant, Omeshik, Ogre. ...
  • Favoured Class: Monk. A multiclass Giantkin's monk class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing.
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