Jotun

Proud fey infused with the spirit of the wilds

Jotun Heritage Traits

Average Height: 183 – 244cm (6’0” – 8’0”)
Average Weight: 125 – 191kg (275-400 lb.)

Ability Scores: +2 Strength, +2 Constitution or Charisma
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 squares
Vision: Darkvision

Languages: Sylvan, plus either Common or Bestial
Skill Bonuses: +2 Nature, +2 Perception

Fey Origin: You are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.

Giantkin: You have the giant subtype.

Weathered Soul: You do not need to make Endurance checks to resist the effects of natural environmental dangers.

Unfathomable Stomach: You can live on almost any “food” you can consume, regardless of whether or not it is intended for eating—twigs, sand, rocks and even coins can all make an adequate meal. You are immune to starvation, and the time you can go without water is measured in weeks rather than days.

Acquired Immunity: Your bizarre diet has left you inured to many toxins. You have resist poison 5. This resistance increases to 10 at 11th level, and to 15 at 21st level. In addition, you are immune to consumable poisons.

Landfall: Your have the landfall heritage power.

LandfallJotun Heritage Power
You drive your fist into the earth, drawing forth the power of the primal world.
Encounter • Primal, Zone
Minor Action • Close burst 2
Target: Each enemy in the burst
Effect: The target falls prone. The burst creates a zone of difficult terrain that lasts until the end of your next turn. You and your allies are not affected by this difficult terrain.

Jotunar, also called fey trolls, are one of the few ancient Almish creatures which are not bestial in nature. Instead, these creatures are descended of the fey, their origins rooted deeply in the most hostile of nature’s reaches. Although they draw life from the land, jotunar are far from whimsical sprites; their strength rivals that of any beast, and they are terrible foes indeed.

Nonetheless, they have found little acceptance from beast-kin folk, and thus they remain solitary creatures, diverse and distant. Found in every sort of wilderness—from the forests of Deepwood to the barren outlands, the mountains of Okarthel to the swamps of K’aa—the tenacious jotunar live at one with nature even as they fight to survive it. They are the ancient scions of the wild, beautiful and terrible as the land itself.

Play a jotun if you want…

  • be able to eat anything.
  • to be inherently connected to the wilderness.
  • to be a monstrous creature of fey origin.

Physical Qualities

Jotunar stand head-and-shoulders over most civilised creatures, and are markedly heavier. They are long-limbed and muscular, some straight and tall like mountains while others are bent and twisted like thorn bushes. They have broad foreheads, almond eyes, and short pointed ears. Their skin can seem uniform from a distance, but close observation reveals an intricate banded texture rather like a human fingerprint, and similarly unique.

Beyond this, jotunar appearance is highly variable, reflecting an individual’s environment rather than their genetics. A jotun born in forest or swampland probably has green skin and a moss-like hide, and almost black eyes. Callused brown and red skins are seen in the deserts and mountains, while snowfields or deep caves yield smooth grey and white skins, perhaps with a crystalline aspect. Mountains usually mean sharp, angular noses and jaws, where rivers yield smooth, rounded features.

Jotunar exhibit little sexual dimorphism, and all appear fairly masculine to human sensibilities. Most have no regard for gender, and are left perplexed by the additional traits other cultures ascribe to various body parts and shapes.

Likewise, they seldom understand the desire to modify one’s presentation, since theirs changes naturally with the land. If a jotun should leave their attuned environment, their appearance shifts accordingly—albeit over tens or hundreds of years. Like nature itself, a jotun is both immutable, and ever-changing.

Playing a Jotun

Jotun adventurers are young, almost without exception. Jotunar live far longer than most creatures, even soratami—but actually existing through such a lifespan is rarely compatible with the brief concerns of other creatures. Even if a jotun socialises with other creatures during their prime, almost all of them eventually retreat back to solitude in the wilderness. Some stories hold that jotunar do not die naturally, but simply fall asleep and become rocks, trees, and other parts of nature.

Jotunar are typically solitary, pragmatic and proud. Many are quite stoic, preferring slow but inevitable progress, while others feel that unbridled emotion is the true voice of the wild. They are not without philosophy, but pastimes without practical results have little traction amongst them; typically, one will listen to your words, but base judgements only on your actions.

Jotun adventurers are uncommon but valuable; their tenacity and toughness, as well as their native connection to the wilderness, make them born survivalists. Though they prefer solitude, jotunar can often be persuaded to act as guides or bodyguards in treacherous terrain—at least for a temporary time. A debt may also be a compelling reason for a jotun to join a group; their pride seldom allows such dues to go unpaid. Unscrupulous groups exploring a new land might even capture a jotun and force it to aid them—if they have the power.

Jotun are perceived as… Solitary, unassailable, proud, spiritual, rustic, decisive, practical, physical, determined.

Names: Ald, Ark, Baldur, Drea, Ein, Ix, Keld, Lai, Rhynnu, Rine, Skald, Skarn, Slew, Thrall, Tarn, Urdh. Jotun names are simple and short, and can be yelled easily (to make it easier on whoever avenges their death).

Significant Revisions

1.0—Legacy version
  • 15 years ago Add Original version published for D&D 3.5e as "Troll" PC race.
2.0—Initial 4e version
  • 12 years ago Update Renamed to from "Troll" to "Jotun" .
  • 12 years ago Update Game mechanics overhauled for 4e. First 4e version published to gamebrief.wikidot.com
  • 5 years ago Update Published to original Skies of Escarnum website.
  • 4 years ago Update Major mechanical revision to "Landfall" power.
2.1—Current 4e version
  • 3 years ago Update Moved to current Skies of Escarnum website. Various language changes; no significant rules changes
  • 1 year ago Update Added giant subtype.
  • 8 months ago Update Switched around stat bonuses to better balance Escarnum heritage choices
Last updated: July 29, 2022
First added: April 27, 2019