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Jorne the Giant King

The giants were the first beings to be created. Earth demanded a piece of the other elements, of the fire, wind and mists, to create the flesh. From this first crude, stone-like flesh it created the immortal giants. It gave them powers equal to those of the gods and sent them to reshape its face into majestic landscapes. It created the Stonekin to be their servants - elemental creatures of earth and stone.

When the winds rebelled and created the Sky Elves, the Giants went to war and defeated the Children of the Wind. From many a captured Sky Elf they tore the wings and enslaved them. These were the first mortal slaves of the giants - but many more were to follow. The Sons of the Fire, the Orcs, also fell quickly to the giants rule.

The other races followed soon after. As slave masters the giants ruled with cruelty, showing only disdain for the feeble creatures that had the taint of lesser elements. The relentless Stonekin served as their as their soldiers; the half-giant bastards, the Skanes, as their right hand. Eventually the gods appeared and inspired the mortals to rise up against the giants. But even then the giants were not so easily beaten: it was only the creation of Giantsbane, the explosive powder that was used to fuel huge siege cannon, that finally made the giants turn and flee.

They abandoned their realm, escaping into the Under-realm, the maze of huge caverns that they had dug into the mantle of the earth.

There, they brooded for many a century, until their old enemy, the mortals, came crawling to their doorstep, begging for asylum and for the giants to create them a new sun. Now, as the Twilight has lifted, they have returned to the surface to reclaim their old dominion over the world.

Giants are huge creatures, but their powers go far beyond the strength of their massive arms. They are obsessed with gems and precious metals, not for their value in trade but because they are the blood of their mother - the earth. Nothing infuriates them more than to see mortals decorated in rare and beautiful things that were torn from their mother's flesh.

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