|Lifespan||Up to 200 years|
|Significant Populations:||Present day Zul Kiras, Outer Arangoth, Ruthmarna|
|Related Races:||Provakh, J'Lontz Giants, half-giants|
The elder race of Primordial Giants lived primarily where there was space for them to roam from the Zarloc Colossi all the way to the Southlands. It’s said they went extinct by 100,000 BT. Their populations were sparse--especially after deadly fights with Ancient Dragons, but their presence was felt in the quaking of the earth with each step they took. The giants were a peaceful race, unless provoked, despite their hulking size and were also eager to interact with other cultures that were forming during the time of their existence.
The history and legends about the Primordial Giants were written by the races that succeeded them. Deepish Elves have perhaps the most robust repository of archives with original texts about teaching giants how to write and the battles between giants and the ancient dragons. Academic archeological pursuits found inscriptions around burial mounds in a Deepish influenced language that gave the names and accomplishments of the deceased giants. Otherwise the true origin of the Primordial Giants is lost to time.
Some religions attribute the creation of the giants to a deity, such as Naenaloss or Bear who’s among the Chief Spirits in the Deepish pantheon. For instance the J’Lontz giants are influenced by the elves they live with in the city of J'Lontzek, whose own origins are from within the Soranion Forest.
Meanwhile, they have a godly status among some races, such as the Provakh.
The Primordial Giants didn’t leave behind many written records aside from inscriptions sometimes found around their burial mounds. Other cultures and races that existed alongside them such as the Malchuri elves in the First City gave a few accounts of cross cultural interactions and the aftermath of battles fought against Ancient Dragons. The Malchuri take credit for teaching the giants how to read and write.
The giants were simple and nomadic with a naturalistic spiritualism that led them to be resourceful and only take what was needed from the lands. They lived in tribes that took names from the natural environment around them. Giants required great amounts of food in order to survive, however. It’s speculated that, along with the deaths caused by dragons, resource competition with emerging races and shrinking territories led to their starvation and subsequent extinction.
All that remains of the Primordial Giants are their burial mounds and traces of their ancestry in the Provakh, J’Lontz giants, and some half-giants.
Most of the Primordial Giants’ cultural practices are unknown. The Malchuri elves described them as kindly and caring with a love for gatherings around huge, roaring bonfires.
They created a basic language based on the more complicated one taught to them by the Malchuri elves. They carved writings into stone to detail their tribal lives and individual accomplishments. Based on inscriptions around their burial mounds, friendly competitions were incredibly popular and were used to foster close inter-tribal relations. For instance, a marriage was described in the same sentence as a wrestling match.
Typical Racial Characteristics
Primordial Giants were said to be as tall as the average maple tree--20ft tall give or take two feet. They had humanoid figures and seemed to have an elemental quality influenced by their environment. For instance, giants that lived in the plains had hair and eyes the color of the tall grasses and earth toned skin, while giants that lived among mountains took on a stony appearance.
They were of average intelligence yet were interested to learn about the other races and cultures around them, as long as interactions were peaceful. Brute strength and some elemental magic were used to fight enemies, and they were considered evenly matched against the Ancient Dragons.