Fomorian (Dungeons & Dragons)
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, the fomorian is a giant. Fomorians are hideously ugly, and grossly deformed behemoths. They may be loosely derived from the Fomorians of Irish mythology.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)
The fomorian appears in the Monster Manual II (2002) for this edition.
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-)
The fomorian appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2008), including the fomorian warrior and the fomorian painbringer. The fomorian ghost shaman, fomorian cackler, fomorian totemist, fomorian blinder and fomorian butcher appeared in the Monster Manual 2 (2009).
Fomorians are usually found in caves, abandoned mine shafts, or like areas, decorated by the half-eaten remains of their last meal. The strongest fomorian rules over the rest, and women and children are treated no better than slaves. Violent acts are commonplace. Captives are usually tortured for their captors' amusement, then eaten.
A fomorian is usually neutral evil in alignment, and, if classed, are usually barbarian.
Fomorians try to catch a foe off-guard and hit as hard as they can while they're unaware, since, unlike other giants, they don't throw boulders. They can be "convinced" to fight alongside a travelling party, but this companionship only lasts as long as the fomorian fears his dominator.
Fomorians primarily worship the god Karontor.
- Gygax, Gary. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (TSR, 1982)
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
- Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
- Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
- Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)