On the highest mountain peak, above the slopes where the trees grow and the air is thin, dwells the reclusive Goliath. Some individuals claim to have befriended Goliaths, yet very few can claim to have personally seen them. Goliaths have no written laws or codes, following only unspoken rules, the chief of which is obedience to the chieftain and captain. Goliaths’ hearts, infused with the cold regard of their frigid realm, leaves each goliath with the personal responsibility to earn their place in the tribe, or die trying.

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Goliath Traits

Ability Score Increase: Your Constitution score increases by 1, and your Strength increases by 2.

Age: Goliaths have a lifespan similar to humans.

Speed: Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Natural Athlete: You are proficient in the Athletics skill.

Size: Goliaths stand between 7 – 8 feet tall and weigh 280 – 340lbs. You are a medium size.

Alignment: Goliaths tend to be neutral or lawful neutral.

Powerful Build: When determining your personnel carrying capacity and weight that you can push or lift then you count as one size larger.

Mountain Born: You are acclimated to highest altitude, including elevations above 20,000 feet. You are naturally adapted to cold weather.

Stone’s Endurance: To occasionally shrug off injury, you can concentrate yourself. To roll a d12 you can use your reaction only when you take damage. You can reduce the damage from the total by Adding your Constitution modifier to the number rolled. Until you finish a short or long rest you can not use this trait again once you use this trait.

Languages: You can speak, write, and read Common and Giant.

Goliath General Info:

Vision Normal
Average Lifespan Usually below century
Homeland’s Thesk Mountains, Mountains of Copper, Sunrise Mountains, Icerim Mountains, Azirrhat
Language’s Common, Giant, Dwarvish,Gol-Kaa
Subraces Gargun

Goliath Appearance:

Average Height 7–8 ft. (2.1–2.4 m)
Average Weight 280–340 lbs. (127–154 kg)
Distinctions Skin mottled with dark patches,bony protrusions

Physical Description

Goliaths are larger than a half-orc. Goliaths’ skulls have a jutting eyebrow ridge, wide jaw, and occasional lithoderms. Their eyes are blue or green, and their skin is gray and often mottled with dark/light patches. While female goliaths grow long, dark hair – which they usually wear braided – males only grow hair on their arms and legs.


Goliaths live in small tribes of 40 to 50 and are made up of three to five families; tribes larger in size eventually split up. Most goliaths live their entire life in the same tribe. Only the most capable and accomplished members of the tribe hold key roles.

Chieftain: Chieftain is the primary authority figure in the tribe. He took the decision when the tribe should move to new lands. And also, he chooses the members for other key roles in the tribe.

Skywatcher: is the most experienced druid of the tribe. Skywatchers are exempt from the teams that the captain assembled each morning. In addition to managing resources so they remain sustainable, they also oversee rituals, festivals, and celebrations.

Captain: Typically there are two captains; their job includes hunting, cooking, gathering, and scouting.

Tent-mother: This is the only gender-specific role in the tribe because one of her jobs is to be a wet-nurse. Tent-mother is chosen by a chieftain and was responsible for teaching and care of the infants and toddlers of the tribe. Also, it is up to them to decide when a young goliath is old enough to start contributing to the tribe.

Lamentor: is responsible for determining when a tribe member is too old or weak to serve as a productive tribe member. They approach the individuals to explain their decision and consult the chieftain.

Adjudicator: Adjudicator settles disputes. He would hear the disputes after the evening meal unless it is not urgent. They act as a referee for sports. If a goliath appealed against the decision of adjudicator, then chieftain settles the dispute.

Driven Competitors

The key focus of the Goliaths’ society is competitiveness. Goliaths face new challenges every day. Water, Food, and shelter are rare in the highest mountain reaches. A small mistake can bring doom to an entire tribe, whereas an individual’s brave efforts can ensure the entire group’s survival. Thus, Goliaths place a premium on individual skill and self-sufficiency. They have a compulsion to compare and compete with others, whether it’s counting their deeds, score and also tallying their accomplishments. They love to win. But sometimes to improve their skills they intentionally see some defeats as a prod.

Their dedication to competition has a dark side as Goliaths are brutal competitors. Some of the few goliaths adventurers will reach old age like most die attempting for surpassing their past accomplishments.

Fair Play:

Goliaths believe that competition only exists when it is supported by a level playing field. Dedication, talent, and effort are measured in the competition which determines the survival in their home territory.

The relationship between noble and peasants puzzle goliaths. If a king lacks the intelligence, then the most talented person in the kingdom should take his place.

Survival of the Fittest:

Any adult goliath who can’t contribute to the tribe is expelled, and those who are expelled have very little chance of survival – particularly if they are weak or old. While Goliaths have little pity for those adults who can’t take care of themselves, even permanently injured Goliaths are expected to pull their weight in the tribe, they do tend to the sick and injured.

Goliaths are risk-takers, which unfortunately results in tribes suffering from a chronic lack of experience offered by long-term leaders.

Goliath Personality

Competitiveness is Goliaths most notable characteristic. They saw everything as a challenge. Those who are not familiar with the psychology of Goliath would often get annoyed when they remind them again and again that how many time a certain thing had happened. Score-keeping is there natural and integral part of life. They themselves are their most fierce competitors. They love to beat their own records.

Goliaths never hold grudges if they lose a fair fight, though they do feel dissatisfied with anything that doesn’t surpass a victory from their past. Because of this psychology, it is rare for goliaths to retire or live to an old age as they often die in their ceaseless pursuit of achievements. Most goliaths would rather die in battle than to merely exist in a quiet life.

Goliath Names

Every Goliath has three names: a birth name, a nickname, and a family name. Birth names are assigned by the mother and father, and nicknames are assigned by the tribal chief as a reference to the Goliath’s successes or failures. When identifying themselves, Goliaths present all three names, though they prefer to use their nickname in casual conversation. In the Goliath society, males and females are seen as equal, thus their birth names have no gender connotation.

Birth Names:  Eglath, Thalai, Gae-Al, Gauthak, Ilikan, Aukan, Kuori, Lo-Kag, Manneo, Maveith, Nalla, Orilo, Paavu, Pethani, Thotham, Uthal, Keothi,  Vaunea, Vimak

Clan Names:  Kolae-Gileana, Elanithino, Gathakanathi, Anakalathai, Katho-Olavi, Ogolakanu, Thuliaga, Thunukalathi, Vaimei-Laga, Kalagiano

Nicknames: Fearless, Bearkiller, Horncarver, Keeneye, Flintfinder, Lonehunter, Dawncaller Rootsmasher, Longleaper,  Skywatcher, Steadyhand, Threadtwister, Twice-Orphaned, Twistedlimb, Wordpainter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What Color are Goliaths?

A: Goliath Eyes were frequently a bright blue or green and sometimes they might glowed a little.

Q: Are Goliaths Half-Giants?

A: Goliaths are generally considered to be a rare and isolationist race in any campaign setting other than the Dark Sun.

Q: Do Goliaths Grow Hair?

A: Female goliaths have dark hair and is usually braided.

Q: How Long Do Goliaths Live For?

A: 80 years.

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