Polyphemus the Cyclops

Odysseus and the Cyclops Polyphemus, Greco-Roman mosaic
c. 4th century AD, Villa Romana del Casale

Huge Giant, Chaotic Neutral

Armor Class 13 (Natural Armor)
Hit Points 115 (10d12+50)
Speed 40 ft.

STR 21 (+5)
DEX 8 (-1)
CON 20 (+5)
INT 8 (-1)
WIS 8 (-1)
CHA 8 (-1)
Proficiency +3

Skills Perception +3, Athletics +8
Senses Darkvision 60 ft.
Languages Ancient Greek, Giant
Challenge 5

Multiattack: Polyphemus makes two Greatclub attacks.

Greatclub: This weapon is actually made from a stone column he ripped out of a building. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 18 (3d8+5) bludgeoning damage.

Boulder: Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range 60/240 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (3d10+5) bludgeoning damage.

Rock Catching: If a rock or similar object is hurled at Polyphempus, he can, with a successful DC 10 Dexterity saving throw, catch the missile and take no damage from it.

The cyclops Polyphemus was the son of Poseidon and the Sicilian sea nymph Thoosa. He lives in a cave on the island Thrinacia (modern day Sicily). He is joined on the island by a few other Cyclopes who live as shepherds. They have no real society on the island, living with their wives in caves with their goats and sheep.

"We came to the land of the Cyclopes race, arrogant lawless beings who leave their livelihoods to the deathless gods and never use their own hands to sow or plow; yet with no sowing and no plowing, the crops all grow for them-- wheat and barley and grapes that yield wine from ample clusters, swelled by the showers of Zeus. They have no assemblies to debate in, they have no ancestral ordinances; they live in arching caves on the tops of high hills, and the head of each family heeds no other, but makes his own ordinances for wife and children." -Homer, The Odyssey, (Trans. Shewring)

Polyphemus is not just some dumb savage, he is also a man in love. He is in love with the the beautiful nereid Galatea (not the Galatea statue by Pygmallion). She is the goddess of calm seas, and is often seen off the coast of Thrinacia. He played music for her and offered her milk and cheese, but she spurned his advances. Instead she fell in love with a handsome Sicilian youth named Akis. In a jealous rage Polyphemus crushed him with a boulder. He still pines for Galatea.


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