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The Giants in Grey, or Chu Jen Yin, were a group of legendary creatures of Shou Lung.[1][note 1]

DescriptionEdit

The Giants were said to be of great height, standing 4 meters (13.1 feet) high or taller, but humanoid in form. They wore flowing leather robes typical of a sohei, and these concealed their appearance. Most distinctively they were entirely gray in both dress and body.[1][2][3] They were also surrounded by a thick fog.[2][3]

LegendEdit

A visitation of the Giants in Grey was said to presage the occurrence of an immense tragedy.[1]

Within the Faith of the Nine Travelers, appearances of the Giants in Grey were claimed to be miracles worked by the Nine Immortals.[1] A small sect of the faith even worshiped the Giants in Grey themselves, such as at the Temple of the Nine Travelers in Manass in Khazari.[4]

Gray-clad giants figured in Wei Tsao Te's Shichi Hsi, a collection of history, legend, and official history, amidst other fantastical matters.[5]

HistoryEdit

The Giants in Grey were first sighted in Shou Lung in Shou Year 703 (−547 DR). A huge earthquake destroyed the province shortly afterwards.[1][2][3]

In Shou Year 858 (−392 DR), the Giants in Grey appeared in the then Imperial Capital, Hai Sheng, in the Imperial Compound itself. The following year, Shou Year 859 (−391 DR), saw the outbreak of the Ivory Plague. The disease decimated the population of the city and even killed the first Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty and most of his household and family.[1][2][6][7]

Sightings of the Giants in Grey were made across the empire in Shou Year 980 (−270 DR), before blight struck the coastal lowlands, causing crops to fail.[1][8][7]

The Giants in Grey also heralded the birth of the twin sons of the thirteenth Emperor Chin of the La Dynasty, Shin Lu and Shin Ginsen, in Shou Year 2294 (1044 DR). They would go on to split the empire into Shou Lung and T'u Lung.[1][7]

The Giants in Grey had not been witnessed for several generations by Shou Year 2607 (1357 DR).[1]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. In the sources, the name is spelled as both "Gray" and "Grey". This article adopts the spelling "Grey", which is used most recently and consistently in The Grand History of the Realms.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jeff Grubb (1987). Ochimo: The Spirit Warrior. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-88038-393-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  4. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Cards). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  5. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  6. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  8. Jeff Grubb (1987). Ochimo: The Spirit Warrior. (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-88038-393-3.

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