||Any mountains or magical cloud islands
||Average to very (8-12)
||E, Q (x5)
||Neutral (good 50%, evil 50%)
||16 + 2-7 hit points
|No. of Attacks:
||1-10, or by weapon (6-24+11)
||Hurling rocks for 2-24
||Surprised only on a 1
||H (24' tall)
| Juvenile, -3
| Juvenile, -2
| Juvenile, -1
| Spell caster, 1st
| Spell caster, 2nd
| Spell caster, 3rd
| Spell caster, 4th
Cloud giants consider themselves above all other giants, save storm giants,
whom they consider equals. They are creative, appreciate fine things, and are
master strategists in battle.
Cloud giants have muscular human builds and handsome, well-defined features.
The typical cloud giant is 24 feet tall and weighs 11,500 pounds. Female cloud
giants can be 1 to 2 feet shorter and 1,000 to 2,000 pounds lighter. Cloud
giants' skin ranges in color from a milky-white tinged with blue to a light sky
blue. Their hair is silvery white or brass and their eyes are an iridescent blue.
Cloud giants can live to be 400 years old.
A cloud giant's natural Armor Class is 0. Although they will wear no armor,
these giants prize magical protection devices, and one in 20 will have such a
device. Cloud giants dress in clothing made of the finest materials available and
wear jewelry. Many of the giants consider their appearance an indication of
their station; the more jewelry and the better the clothes, the more important the
giant. Cloud giants also appreciate music, and the majority of giants are able
to play one or more instruments (their favorite is the harp). Unlike most
other giant races, cloud giants leave their treasure in their lairs, carrying with
them only food, throwing rocks, 10-100 (10d10) coins, and a musical instrument.
Cloud giants speak their own tongue and the language of all other giants. In
addition, 60% of all cloud giants speak common.
Cloud giants fight in well-organized units, using carefully developed battle
plans. They prefer to fight from a position above their opponents. A favorite
tactic is to circle the enemy, barraging them with rocks while the giants with
magical abilities assault them with spells. Cloud giants can hurl rocks to a
maximum of 240 yards, causing 2-24 (2d12) points of damage. Their huge morningstars
do 6-24 (6d4) +11 points of damage, three times normal (man-sized) damage plus
their strength bonus. One in 10 cloud giants will have a magical weapon.
Cloud giants live in small clans of no more than six giants. However, these
clans know the location of 1-8 other clans and will band together with some of
these clans for celebrations, battles, or to trade. These joined clans will
recognize one among them to be their leader -- this is usually an older cloud giant
who has magical abilities. One in 10 cloud giants will have spells equivalent
to a 4th level wizard, and one in 20 cloud giants will be the equivalent of a
4th level priest. A cloud giant cannot have both priest and wizard abilities.
If encountered in a lair, half will be immature giants. To determine a giant's
maturity, roll 1d4. A roll of 4 indicates an infant with no combat ability and
hit points of ogre. Rolls of 1-3 indicate older progeny with hit dice, damage,
and "to hit" rolls equal to that of a fire giant.
The majority of cloud giants live on cloud-covered mountain peaks in temperate
and sub-tropical areas. These giants make their lairs in crude castles. Only
10% of good cloud giants live in castles on enchanted clouds. All giants
dwelling there are able to levitate
their own weight plus 2,000 pounds three times a day, create a fog cloud
three times a day, and create a wall of fog
once a day. These abilities are performed as a 6th level wizard.
There is a 60% chance a cloud giant mountain lair will be guarded by
1-4 spotted lions
2-5 (1d4+1) owl bears
, or 2-5 (1d4+1)
for evil cloud giants).
In addition, there is a 50% chance the lairs of evil
cloud giants will contain 1-20 human and demi-human slaves. There is an 80%
chance that a cloud island lair will be guarded by 2-5 (1d4+1) griffons, 2-8 (2d4)
, or 2-5 (1d4+1)
Cloud lairs are fantastic places with giant-sized gardens of fruit trees.
According to legend, some giants mine their cloud islands for small chunks of the
Cloud giants prefer food that is carefully prepared with spices and sauces,
and they relish fine, aged wines.
Good cloud giants trade with human and demi-human communities for food, wine,
jewelry, and cloth. Some cloud giant clans will establish good relations with
such communities, and will come to the communities' aid if they are endangered.
Evil cloud giants raid human and demi-human communities to get what they want.
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