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Ettins, or two-headed giants, are vicious and unpredictable hunters that stalk the night. Their two heads make them exceptionally sharp-eyed and alert. They are excellent guardians and scouts.
An ettin has orclike facial features and pink to brownish skin. It never bathes if it can help it, which usually leaves it so grimy and dirty its skin resembles thick, gray hide (ettins that don't smell bad are rare indeed). An ettin has long, stringy, unkempt hair and large, yellowing, often rotten teeth. Adult ettins are about 13 feet tall and weigh 5,200 pounds. They live about 75 years.
Ettins have no language of their own but speak a pidgin of Orc, Goblin, and Giant. Creatures that can speak any of these languages must succeed at an Intelligence check (DC 15) to communicate with an ettin. Check once for each bit of information: If the other creature speaks two of these languages, the DC is 10, and for someone who speaks all three, the DC is 5. Ettins talk among themselves without difficulty, despite their low Intelligence, and a lone ettin often whiles away the hours chatting with itself.

Large Giant

Hit Dice: 10d8+20 (65 hp)

Initiative: +3

Speed: 30 ft. in hide armor (6 squares); base speed 40 ft.

Armor Class: 18 (–1 size, –1 Dex, +7 natural, +3 hide), touch 8, flat-footed 18

Base Attack/Grapple: +7/+17

Attack: Morningstar +12 melee (2d6+6) or javelin +5 ranged (1d8+6)

Full Attack: 2 morningstars +12/+7 melee (2d6+6) or 2 javelins +5 ranged (1d8+6)

Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.

Special Attacks: —

Special Qualities: Low-light vision, superior two-weapon fighting

Saves: Fort +9, Ref +2, Will +5

Abilities: Str 23, Dex 8, Con 15, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 11

Skills: Listen +10, Search +1, Spot +10

Feats: Alertness, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack

Environment: Cold hills

Organization: Solitary, gang (2–4), troupe (1–2 plus 1–2 brown bears), band (3–5 plus 1–2 brown bears), or colony (3–5 plus 1–2 brown bears and 7–12 orcs or 9–16 goblins)

Challenge Rating: 6

Treasure: Standard

Alignment: Usually chaotic evil

Advancement: By character class

Level Adjustment: +5

Though ettins aren’t very intelligent, they are cunning fighters. They prefer to ambush their victims rather than charge into a straight fight, but once the battle has started, an ettin usually fights furiously until all enemies are dead.

Superior Two-Weapon Fighting (Ex):
An ettin fights with a morningstar or javelin in each hand. Because each of its two heads controls an arm, the ettin does not take a penalty on attack or damage rolls for attacking with two weapons.

An ettin’s two heads give it a +2 racial bonus on Listen, Spot, and Search checks.

Page Last Updated March 13th, 2005


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