The goliath subrace known as the annodam is comprised primarily of women, although a single, pure-blooded male is born to each generation who becomes their “highborn king” by default. Males and females who are not born pure share their statistics with half-orcs.

Annodam are often wrongly proportioned, with arms longer than average, short, broad torsos, and flat, almost square heads. Their skin is mottled gray like stone with hard nodules protruding from odd locations.

In spite of their appearance, annodam females are often quite vain. They collect and wear beautiful jewelry, and keep their dark gray hair up in extravagant bands or tied back with strands of silk. To avoid sounding unsophisticated, they compensate  intelligent slaves with better care and treatment for educating them on how to interact with lesser races.

The generation’s male is usually forbidden from leaving the clan without very good reason. Instead, he is king only in title and treated as little more than a slave for breeding.

The traits presented here include those shared with other goliaths for ease of reference.

Annodam Traits

Annodam have the following racial traits.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength and Constitution scores increase by 1.

Size. Annodam females are sized like most goliaths, while males are often shorter and stockier. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Natural Diplomat. You are proficient in the Persuasion skill.

Strength of an Avalanche. When you deal damage on your turn, you can use a bonus action to roll a d12. Add your Strength modifier to the number rolled, and increase the damage by that total. After you use this trait, you can’t use it again until after you finish a short or long rest.

Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Mountain Born. You’re acclimated to high altitude, including elevations above 20,000 feet. You’re also naturally adapted to cold climates.

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

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