Giants and Volsung

Basics

  • Giants are rumored to have been born from the shards of the Primordials (titans) when the gods destroyed that ancient race. As the Primordials were linked to the elements, so too are the giants.
  • Giants often appear (as if out of nowhere) at sites of great calamity. During great fires, fire giants can be seen walking astride the flames. How the giants get there, or if the giants that appear out of thin air are the same as the more pedestrian giants of Volsung is unknown.
  • Most giants consider themselves to be organizers of raiding groups. They often can be found as solitary warlords over weaker creatures.
  • Giants are arrogant. Anything that is smaller than them is less deserving of respect. They take whatever they want from smaller things and claim the spoils of their wanton theft as their birthright.
  • Giants are also horribly greedy. They are drawn to wealth the way dragons are, except that they’re more likely to carry it back to their own lair.
  • What structure there is to giant society is predominantly loose. They band together only when they feel that their raiding impulse requires cooperation or when they are threatened by an outside force.
  • Giants are, in a way, naturalists. They prefer the howling wilds to civilization and would gladly return civilized areas to the wastes if they could.
  • There is an understood pecking order to giants. Hill giants are subservient to Stone Giants, stone Giants to Frost Giants or fire giants, frost and Fire to Cloud, and Cloud to Storm. It seems to be inborn that a giant will obey the commands of a superior. It is not just an intimidation thing. Frost and Fire giants seem to be on the same echelon of power.
  • Other kinds of giants exist. Sometimes they fit into this structure; sometimes they do not.
  • Fomorian Giants are deformed giants that are part of Volsung. Fomori, on the other hands, are alsoc deformed giants, but they are not part of Volsung. Formori and Verbeeg (another kind of giant) are native to the Fey Wyld and extremely influential there (the Formori are more influential in the Fey Wyld than Volsung is in the material plane).
  • Volsung is the name of the giant power structure as well as the name of their “government.”
  • Volsung is probably best thought of as a hierarchy of bandits and less an empire, though there does appear to be some kind of giant royalty.
  • Volsung might be coaxed into doing battle with Havack, as mercenaries, but they could never be coaxed into organizing war against Havack.
  • It isn’t clear that Volsung fears Havack. According to Volsung, they fear no measly humans. On the other hand, Volsung gives Havack a wide birth. Moreover, it is very clear that if Havack tried to destroy Volsung, they probably could. After all, the giants do not quickly band together.

Giants and Volsung

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