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Giant, Laestrygones

J.C. Andrä: "Griechische Heldensagen für die Jugend bearbeitet." Berlin: Verlag von Neufeld & Henius, 1902, Giant, Laestrygones
J.C. Andrä: “Griechische Heldensagen für die Jugend bearbeitet.” Berlin: Verlag von Neufeld & Henius, 1902

Skin color among Laestrygones ranges from light tan to deep ruddy brown. Their hair is brown or black, with eyes the same color. Laestrygones wear layers of crudely prepared hides with the fur left on. They seldom wash or repair their garments, preferring to simply add more hides as their old ones wear out.

A race of cannibalistic giants they played a gruesome part in the Odyssey. At Telepylos, they threw rocks and boulders at Odysseus‘ fleet and destroyed every ship except that of Odysseus. The Laestrygones massacred those whose ships were wrecked and took their corpses with them to eat.

Adults are about 10-1/2 feet tall and weigh about 1,100 pounds. Laestrygones can live to be 200 years old.

Large Giant
Hit Dice12d8+48 (102 hp)
Speed30 ft. in hide armor (6 squares); base speed 40 ft.
Armor Class20 (-1 size, -1 Dexterity, +9 natural, +3 hide armor), touch 8, flat-footed 20
Base Attack/Grapple+9/+20
AttackGreatclub +16 melee (2d8+10) or slam +15 melee (1d4+7) or rock +8 ranged (2d6+7)
Full AttackGreatclub +16/+11 melee (2d8+10) or 2 slams +15 melee (1d4+7) or rock +8 ranged (2d6+7)
Space/Reach10 ft./10 ft.
Special AttacksRock throwing
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision, rock catching
SavesFort +12, Ref +3, Will +4
AbilitiesStrength 25, Dexterity 8, Constitution 19, Intelligence 6, Wisdom 10, Charisma 7
SkillsClimb +7, Jump +7, Listen +3, Spot +6
FeatsCleave, Improved Bull Rush, Power Attack, Improved Sunder, Weapon Focus (Greatclub)
EnvironmentTemperate hills
OrganizationSolitary, gang (2-5), band (6-9 plus 35% noncombatants), hunting/raiding party (6-9), or tribe (21-30 plus 35% noncombatants)
Challenge Rating7
AlignmentOften chaotic evil
AdvancementBy character class
Level Adjustment+4

Laestrygones as Characters

Reckless brutes of incredible strength but little wit, Laestrygones characters are never truly accepted into society. Yet they do well on its edges and frontiers, forging a strong and profitable existence. Despite their rugged appearance and great size, their basically humanoid shape makes it easy for them to relate with more civilized folk.

  • Laestrygones characters possess the following racial traits +14 Strength, -2 Dexterity, +8 Constitution, -4 Intelligence, -4 Charisma.
  • Large size -1 penalty to Armor Class, -1 penalty on attack rolls, -4 penalty on Hide checks, +4 bonus on grapple checks, lifting and carrying limits double those of Medium characters.
  • Space/Reach 10 feet/10 feet.
  • A Laestrygones base land speed is 40 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision
  • Racial Hit Dice Laestrygones begin with twelve levels of giant, which provide 12d8 Hit Dice, a base attack bonus of +8, and base saving throw bonuses of Fort +8, Ref +4,
    and Will +4.
  • Racial Skills Laestrygones giant levels give it skill points equal to 15 x (2 + Intelligence modifier). Its class skills are Climb, Jump, Listen, and Spot.
  • Racial Feats Laestrygones levels give it five feats.
  • +9 natural armor bonus
  • Special Attacks (see above) Rock throwing.
  • Special Qualities (see above) Rock catching.
  • Weapon and Armor Proficiency Laestrygones are automatically proficient with simple weapons, martial weapons, light and medium armor, and shields.
  • Automatic Languages Giant. Bonus Languages: Common,
  • Favored Class Barbarian
  • Level adjustment +4
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