Art of Nila, a firbolg of the Guiatao Clan, by Ari.[art 1]

Firbolgs (pronounced: /ˈfɪərboʊlg/ FEER-bolg) are a tall race of forest-dwelling humanoids, distantly related to giants.[2]

Appearance

The first thing one will notice about firbolgs is their size, being among the tallest humanoid races in Exandria. Firbolgs average between 7 and 8 feet tall and can weigh between 240 and 300 pounds. Firbolgs are covered in thick fur, ranging from earthy colors like brown and ruddy red, to cool grays and blues.[3] Their faces are somewhat cow-like, having long, floppy, pointed ears and broad, pink noses.[3]

Society

Firbolgs are not known to exist outside of Wildemount. A nature-based, free-spirited peoples, firbolgs live mainly towards the Dunrock Mountains and the northern forests in the Greying Wildlands, and as such are rarely seen ingrained in common society, preferring to spend their days in quiet harmony with the woods.[4] When provoked, firbolgs demonstrate formidable skills with weapons and druidic magic.[5]

Powers and Abilities

Firbolgs possess great wisdom, living in concert with the natural world. This allows them to communicate with beasts and plants, though they possess no innate ability to understand the creatures in turn. They are capable of detecting the presence of magic around them, and can briefly become invisible to slip away from threats. When a firbolg desires to, they can cloak themselves in a magical disguise, allowing themselves to blend in with the shorter folk of the world. Despite their gentle nature, firbolgs are also capable of prodigious feats of strength.

Notable Firbolgs

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein

PCs

  • Caduceus Clay: Taliesin Jaffe's second character in the second campaign. For many seasons, he looked after the Blooming Grove, a graveyard in the woods north of Shadycreek Run that his family had spent generations tending, before joining the Mighty Nein when they asked for his help.
  • Nila: A druid member of the Guiatao Clan. Following an attack by the Iron Shepherds, she returned home to find her love and child taken. She briefly joined the Mighty Nein to rescue them.[6]

NPCs

Trivia

  • Though Firbolgs in standard D&D lore do not have individual names and only assume them as needed when dealing with others, this is shown to not be the case in Critical Role's setting.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 DDB.png Firbolg on D&D Beyond
  2. The firbolgs canonical to Critical Role may be wholly or partly based on the Dungeons & Dragons race.  See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., available online at D&D Beyond.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 169-170.
  4. See "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08) at 3:11:32.
  5. See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., p. 106.
  6. See "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 0:36:20.
  7. See "Zemnian Nights" (2x11) at 3:44:31.

Art

  1. Art of Nila, a firbolg of the Guiatao Clan, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.

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