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Cave Giant

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Bestial tusks jut from the jaw of this hunched-over giant. It is clad in armor patched together from the bones of past victims.

Stooped over in a perpetual crouch, cave giants move as if they had never mastered walking erect. Their faces mix the worst features of ogre and feral orc. The largest would measure 10 feet in height if they ever stood straight. The typical cave giant weighs 1,000 pounds. Though few survive past 60 years, cave giants can live as long as 150 years.

While they prove remarkably adept with axes of all varieties, cave giants lack the patience to work metal. What metal a cave giant possesses was likely stolen from other giants or worked by enslaved subterranean smiths.

Slaves such as dwarves, orcs, and troglodytes do most of the labor in cave giant settlements. Poor treatment and the need for meat keep slave populations small and ever-rotating. New slaves are brought in whenever raiding parties remember to reign in their blood lust. Any prisoners who fail to submit to their new masters find themselves served on the dinner table or tossed screaming into the giant's cave Lizard pens.

Giant lizards of all types serve as both guard beasts and sport for the cave giants. Giant frilled lizards are rarely pets, as most cave giants opt to keep less dangerous monitor lizards instead. Kept in check only by fear and brutal beatings, such pets turn on their handlers at the first sign of weakness. At feeding time, live captives are tossed into the pens, a festive event filled with boisterous cheers and spirited betting.

Special Abilities

Axe Wielder (Ex) All cave giants are proficient with handaxes, battleaxes, and greataxes.

Attributes

AC
19, Touch 9, Flat-footed 19 (+4 Armor, +6 Natural, 1 Size)
Alignment
Ce
Base Atk
+6
CMB
+13
CMD
23
CR
CR 6
Cha
7
Con
17
Creature Type
Humanoid (Giant)
Defensive Abilities
Ferocity, Rock Catching
Dex
10
Environment
Any Underground
Feats
Cleave , Improved Sunder , Power Attack , Vital Strike , Weapon Focus (Battleaxe)
Fort
+9
HP
67 (9d8+27)
Init
Ce Large Humanoid ( Giant ) +0
Int
6
Languages
Giant
Melee
Battleaxe +12/+7 (2d6+9/3) Or 2 Slams +11 (1d8+6)
Organization
Solitary, Gang (25), Band (68 Plus 12 Monitor Lizards), Raiding Party (912 Plus 14 Monitor Lizards), Or Tribe (1320 Plus 30% Noncombatants, Plus 1 Barbarian, Fighter, Or Ranger Chief Of 3rd5th Level; 29 Monitor Lizards; 14 Giant Frilled Lizards; And 1015 Dwarf, Orc, Or Troglodyte Slaves)
Ranged
Rock +6 (1d8+9)
Reach
10 Ft.
Ref
+3
SQ
Axe Wielder
Senses
Darkvision 120 Ft., Low-light Vision; Perception +5
Size
Large
Skills
Climb +7, Intimidate +7, Perception +5
Space
10 Ft.
Special Attacks
Rock Throwing (100 Ft.)
Speed
40 Ft. (30 Ft. In Armor)
Str
23
Treasure
Standard (Battleaxe, Hide Armor, Other Treasure)
Weaknesses
Light Sensitivity
Will
+3
Wis
10
XP
2,400
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