Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monster: Half-Giant

For those of you who are interested, here are the stats I used for the half-giants from the last session of my Lost Colonies campaign.


The giants were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. — Genesis 6:4

Number Appearing: 2d8
% in Lair: 15%
Alignment: Neutral
Armor Class: 4
Move: 9
Hit Dice: 5+5
Attacks: 1d10+3
Special: Surprise on 1-3, backstab
Save: F6
Morale: 9
Hoard Class: VI + VII (individuals); XVIII (in lair)
XP: 660

These desert-dwelling nomads are called half-giants due to their size, but are actually more closely related to goblins (though some will claim giant ancestry and the odd scholar will insist that they are a result of a magical accident). Half-giants are experts at ambush. They surprise on a 1-3 and while attacking from surprise they do double damage.


Anonymous said...

The biggest problem I have with older D&D monster stat blocks is really struggling to get a sense of how big they are. Like robber flies; fist sized? Head sized? Torso sized?

I would ask you to add to your flavor text the rough size of the half-giants. Are they a head taller than humans? Ogre sized? Four meters tall?

Thanks for sharing.

FrDave said...

Thanks for the constructive criticism. Ironically, I was actually debating whether or not to put a size in my description. I erred on the side of allowing you to decide how big you need them to be. Since you asked, however, I picture them to be about a head taller than an ogre.