This burley giant is the color of bark and cultivates small branches that grow from its limbs.
Speed 50 ft. (40 ft in armor), climb 20 ft
Str 39, Dex 14, Con 20, Int 19, Wis 22, Cha 12
Environment any forest
Organization solitary or family (2-5 plus 1 wizard or cleric of 7th-10th level, 5-9 wolves, 1-3 shambling mounds, and 1 young green dragon or river dragon
Treasure standard (hide armor, greatclub, other treasure)
Forest giants see themselves as defenders of the forests against encroaching civilization. How they fight varies among individual giants. A good forest giant prefers to disarm and sunder weapons followed by simple scare tactics to keep civilized humans and other races away from their forests. Should these fail, a forest giant will resort to violence but prefers not to kill those they attack. An evil forest giant feels their good kin’s tactics work far too slowly and instead prefer open warfare. Killing the invaders and leaving a lone survivor to tell their tale, an evil forest giant feels violence is entirely justified.
A forest giant sleeps in the branches of particularly large trees. It is from these same heights that a forest giant jumps down to attack invaders. The spell-like abilities provide both a means of escape should a fight go poorly or a way to keep invaders from departing before the giant has meted out his justice.
A typical forest giant stands about 15 ft tall and carries a tree branch for a club.
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, copyright 2010 Jon Brazer Enterprises; Author Steven Helt.