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Desert Giant Creature9

LN Large Giant Humanoid

Senses Perception +19

Languages Common, Jotun

Skills Acrobatics +21, Desert Lore +18, Intimidation +15, Survival +19

Str +6, Dex +6, Con +5, Int +3, Wis +4, Cha +0

Items doubling rings, leather armor, sack with 5 rocks, scimitar, +1 striking scimitar

AC 27; Fort +18, Ref +21, Will +15

HP 185

Catch Rock [reaction]

Speed 40 feet

Melee [one-action] scimitar +21 (forceful, magical, reach 10 feet, sweep), Damage 2d6+12 slashing

Ranged [one-action] rock +19 (brutal, range increment 120 feet), Damage 2d8+12 bludgeoning

Sand Spin [one-action] Requirements The desert giant is standing in sandy terrain; Effect The desert giant spins around and stirs up loose sand in a 10-foot emanation. Until the beginning of the giant’s next turn, creatures in the area are concealed, and other creatures are concealed to them.

Sandwalking Desert giants have adapted to the loose sands of the desert and can move across them with ease. Desert giants ignore non-magical difficult terrain and uneven ground caused by sand.

Scimitar Blitz [two-actions] The desert giant Strides up to their Speed, Striking once with each of their scimitars at any point during the movement.

Throw Rock [one-action]


Desert giants are nomadic humanoids who have dwelled in the world’s most arid regions since time immemorial. Smaller peoples know that desert giants are the undisputed masters of desert living, and ignorant humans often claim that it is a desert giant’s unique physiology, like a camel, that enables them to survive without water for 2 weeks. The few desert giants who mingle in the societies of smaller humanoids don’t bother to dispute such ridiculous rumors.

In fact, desert giants’ strong cultural traditions play a large part in their ability to prosper in such harsh environs. Desert giant elders encourage their descendants to maintain abstemious lifestyles, particularly with regard to the consumption of food and drink. Alcohol is particularly disdained by desert giants, who view mind-altering diuretics like liquor and ale as dangerous temptations in an environment as unforgiving as the desert. Instead, most desert giants follow a simple vegetarian diet and maintain an incredible internal map of their home region’s seasonal waterways and oases.

Their austere habits and intolerance for foolishness have earned desert giants a reputation as being ill-humored and no-nonsense, but many of their communities boast a wide variety of humorous tales in their vast oral histories and legends. Since desert giants’ journeys across the wastes can span weeks or even months at a time, an individual who can make their companions laugh with a witty joke or amusing parable remains a prized member of the community.

Desert giants stand 15 feet tall, tending toward lean physiques that are ideal for traveling across vast expanses of sand for long sojourns.

Desert giants are keenly aware of their native environs’ fragile ecosystem. They fiercely protect their favorite watering holes and ancestral oases from newcomers-from humans to divs (page 68)-who might despoil the local flora or chase away scarce fauna.

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