The Goliath race is fascinating and under-utilized. I don’t think the pure meritocracy of their culture gets enough attention outside of a rather superficial conception. It’s too easy to see goliaths as brutes or obscure tribalists, there seems to be very rich potential for roleplay with this race.
Qiran Ragewind Thulubahn, paladin, is my first goliath and today’s November character creation. She has come down from her mountain home to what she calls ‘the flatlands’ to find the coast, see the sea, and return to it the mysterious artifact she discovered (the trident she wields bearing runes of the god Stronmaus). Qiran (pronounced like ‘Karen’) discovered the trident embedded in the walls of an ice cavern. Since possessing it, she’s had vivid, recurring dreams of dark storms coming out of the mountains and disappearing into the sea. She saw herself releasing the trident into the ocean and the great storm disappearing as calm and peace return to the world. When she told others of her tribe, she was encouraged by the chieftain and skywatcher to go on a journey to release the trident. Thus, Qiran has left. Returning to her tribe is her ultimate goal but she knows she must unravel the mystery of the trident and the deity Stronmaus.
As one of her tribe’s fiercest protectors, her absence is a burden on her mind. As she enters the world outside of her own civilization, she is discovering there is a great need for defenders of the abused and an even greater degree of unfairness in this world that must be rectified. Qiran often can’t help but aid others and especially strike out against undeserved honors.
I’ve given Qiran more of a roleplay angle than previous characters because I think as a paladin knight, she really won’t blossom until later levels. But I think the roleplay element can best guide her development.