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Fire giants are a type of highborn giantkin native to the Material Plane.

Description

Fire giants typically dwell in the tunnels beneath volcanically active mountain ranges whose natural magma fuels their forges.[3] One of the fire giants, Whaska, was described being around 16 to 20 feet tall with dark grey ash-like skin, piercing red eyes, and a full red beard singed on the edges.[4] They appear to be shorter than other highborn, but only because of their perpetually stooped posture.[5]

Society

Tal'Dorei

Fire giant civilization's heart is the city-state of Vulkanon, built deep into the magma tunnels that run beneath the heart of the Cliffkeep Mountains. They are masters of the forge, and have been known to occasionally ally with the duergar of the Emberhold to produce some of the finest arms ever seen in Tal'Dorei. Vulkanite weapons are prized by mercenaries across the continent, and are as much a status symbol as they are an excellent weapon. The giants of Vulkanon have long dreamed of empire, and their duergar allies have given them a foothold in Tal’Dorei's darkest depths.[5]

Emon

During their control of Emon, Thordak had several fire giants under their rulership, including Ordis, a female fire giant general who was sent to squash the resistance forces stationed at Fort Daxio.[6]

Wildemount

Fan art of the lava river near the fire giant citadel, by Anchuli Felicia King.[art 2]

In the course of their journeys, the Mighty Nein discovered another fire giant citadel beneath the Ashkeeper Peaks.[7]

The setting of the adventure hook Vault of the Fire Giants in the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, set in 835 PD, is a vast dungeon beneath Kravaraad where fire giants have collected treasure since before the Calamity. They have enslaved an adult red dragon to guard their vault.[8]

Elemental Plane of Fire

City of Brass

A few years before 811 PD, there was a coup organaized by Sugan against his kin fire giants and suported by Whaska, Juuraiel, and her late husband either named Guras or Drogat. In aftermath, most of the giants were enslaved or cast out of the city, the only four who remained free elevated their social status and became more powerful figures within the city.[9][10]

Subjugated fire giants wear metal black bands across their neck with pulsing red gem in the center.[11][12]

Named fire giants

  • Sugan: Serves as a respected chain lord in the City of Brass, having enslaved most of his people.[13]
  • Whaska:

    Fan art of Whaska, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 3]

    Works in the Zenith Forge in the City of Brass. Under Sugan's leadership, helped sell out his people.
  • Juuraiel: Runs a powerful slag mine in the pits of the City of Brass. Previous owner of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, having won it in a card game.
  • Guras or Drogat, late husband of Juuraiel, slain by Ghurrix as an aftermath of an "altercation'.[14]
  • Ordis: a fire giant among those ousted from the City of Brass. Joined with Thordak and became a general in his army.
  • Suthine, Eternal Princess of Vulkanon[15]
  • Grand Legate Phaestor, the fire giant ruler of Vulkanon and the owner of Pyremaul.[16]

History

Campaign One Arc 3: The Chroma Conclave

Vox Machina dealt with fire giants in the City of Brass: during their quest to obtain the Plate of the Dawnmartyr, they got directions from Whaska and ended up briefly enslaved by Juuraiel, but earned their freedom and the armor by assassinating the pit fiend ambassador from the Nine Hells, Ghurrix.

Fan art of Vax'ildan after killing General Ordis, by Hugo Cardenas.[art 4]

Immediately afterward, Vox Machina fought General Ordis (on an ember roc mount) who was sent by Thordak to crush the remaining forces of the Republic of Tal'Dorei at Fort Daxio,[17] but she died in battle.

Fan art of Zahra using Evard's Black Tentacles to lock down the fire giants protecting Thordak, by Brandon Chang.[art 5]

Soon after that, in the siege of Emon, Zahra Hydris and Kashaw Vesh took on a pair of fire giants just outside Thordak's lair so that Vox Machina, Lady Kima of Vord, and Jarett Howarth could rush in to slay the dragon.[18] After fighting Thordak and then Raishan, Vox Machina emerged from the lair to find Jarett and (unexpectedly) Kerrek helping to finish off the fire giant guards.[19]

"The Endless Burrows" (2x50)

The Mighty Nein, guided by Spurt, encountered a pair of fire giants near an underground citadel as they followed a tunnel carved by Kryn Dynasty forces.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 154.
  2. See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 153.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 220.
  4. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 36:27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 125.
  6. See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78) at 1:29:56.
  7. See "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 2:47:13.
  8. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 114.
  9. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 15:34.
  10. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 1:06:23.
  11. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 1:22:40.
  12. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 2:02:07.
  13. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 53:11.
  14. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 1:56:56.  Also see at 53:40.
  15. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 40.
  16. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 208.
  17. See "Clash at Daxio" (1x77) at 1:11:25.
  18. See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78) from 3:41:46 through 4:02:30.
  19. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 18:05.

Art:

  1. DDB.png Fire Giant on D&D Beyond. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Fan art of the lava river near the fire giant citadel, by Anchuli Felicia King (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Whaska, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Vax'ildan after killing General Ordis, by Hugo Cardenas (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Zahra using Evard's Black Tentacles to lock down the fire giants protecting Thordak, by Brandon Chang (source). Used with permission.
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