All giants share one common trait: massive humanoid forms. They often range from 12 to 40 feet tall and measure their weight in tons.
Though potentially able to speak many languages, giants also have a common language known simply as Giant or Jotun. The language of the giants that exists today is a mixture of Cyclops and Thassilonian. First used by the giant slaves of the runelords in the time before Earthfall, it spread to the rest of Golarion after the destruction of that realm.
Giants worship many deities depending on their outlook on life: some giants are thoroughly evil, others much more benign. Their worship can vary considerably by giant race and culture, but all exemplify strength and many incorporate the elements as well.
- Aegirran: Storm giant demigod of dreams, sailing and voyages
- Bergelmir: Storm giant goddess of elders, family, and genealogy
- Fandarra: Giant goddess of birth, death, earth and knowledge
- Haggakal: God of ogres, darkness and inbreeding
- Kostchtchie: Demon lord of giants and cold
- Minderhal: Giant god of creation, justice, giants and strength; law & crafting, architecture, stonework, metalwork
- Skode: Storm giant demigod of diurnal beasts, hunting evil, and trophies
- Skrymir: Storm giant god of riddles, wanderlust, and wit
- Thremyr: Frost giant god of ice, salt and tribute
- Tjasse: Storm giant demigod of giant birds, mountain peaks, and pride
- Urazra: God of battle, brutality and strength
- Urxehl: Demon lord of storms and trolls
- Zursvaater: Fire giant god of conquest, slavery and weapons
According to the myths of a number of giantkind, true giants are the mortal descendants of titans, who themselves were the children of the gods. Like other species, the progenitors of today's giants migrated to different parts of Golarion where they adapted to their local environments, eventually transforming into the many varieties who exist now.
Paizo published major works about giants in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line (Giants Revisited) and the Pathfinder Player Companion line (Giant Hunter's Handbook). It also published an article about giant organizations, titled "Titanic Alliances", in Ice Tomb of the Giant Queen.
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