Giant Lands

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Excerpt from the World of the Wilderlands

The Giant Lands are not merely the home of the great giant races, as is well known to Wilderlands myth and legend; they are also truly a giant land, where all things are built and grow to a giant size, beyond the nightmares of mere mortal architects and sages. Plants and animals range from double to fivefold normal size, and the merest hovel built for a storm giant hermit is the size of a human fortress. Thus it is ironic that even here true giants are few in number, and usually live in seclusion deep in the forests, mountains, and hills. They have left the land to their estranged cousins, the demi-giants, who stand no more than one and a half the height of Men, nearly dwarfs as compared to even the smallest of the true giants. The Thrudgelmir Peninsula in the northern half of the district is the home of more than a dozen kingdoms and scores of lesser domains of the demi-giants, all ostensibly sworn to service of the High King at Hrimsceaster on the River Eitr. Most of the lesser kings pay not even lip service to this ancient alliance and do as they wish. Though the lands are ruled by giants, peoples of many races serve them as slaves or even live as second-class citizens, as long as they remember their place. The northern half of the peninsula is a vast forest, known in myth and legend as the Forest of Long Ago, and is the domain of faeries and other fey folk, who try to keep their realm as pure to the ancient ways as possible. The southern coast is home to the Tinikik halflings, odd allies of the demi-giants who carry out all sea-faring trade and fishing for the kingdoms, for the demigiants fear the ocean, most being unable to swim any more than a rock could. The Tinikik regularly trade with the elves of the Sunset Isles, the easternmost colony of the elven Rhadamanthian Empire from the western isles. They also trade with the demi-giant colonies of the coast south of the Bergelmir Forest and with the independent demon enclaves further south, past the Emerald Lotus Swamps. Further inland are the vast Fumarole Plains and Fire Sand Desert, which together with the Sea of Grass in the north and the Volcanic Peaks in the south create a barrier between the Giant Lands and the realms of the Infinite Desert.

Giant Lands

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