Arrival of the Giants
When the portal opened above the Shrine of Keena, Empyreans from an unknown plane emerged, seemingly ready, and began exploring their new surroundings, trampling plants, animals, buildings, and Nezumi. Attempts to address them were disastrous, their tempers ran hot and the world seemed to react to their emotional states.
After a while of trying to figure out who built the various shrines, cities, and temples of the kingdom, the empyreans discovered that the Nezumi were not beasts, but sentient beings. This discovery caused a rift in the giants, and each began to attune to the world in their own ways. Some were mischievous, and wanted to keep destroying the Nezumi and their culture, and when they were met with resistance, they let their anger glow white-hot inside them, and they sought to burn the cities to the ground. They sought out the hot places of the world, where they could let their tempers fly, and they became the fire giants, and found homes for themselves in inhospitable places.
Some grew cold, distant. They carried guilt for what they had done, but were too proud to apologize. They shut themselves off and sought places of solitude, where they could dwell alone in their ambivalence. They became the frost giants, and retreated into equally inhospitable homes.
Some wished to avoid the conflict altogether. They climbed into the clouds and built castles and houses and towers for themselves, where they could be alone and ignore the world, except when the mood struck them to spy. They became the cloud giants, and are rarely seen in the world today.
Others wished to help rebuild. They kept low to the ground and sought to reshape the world on the Nezumi’s behalf. They became the stone giants, and most of them remained on Rigasha, in the interest of protecting those Nezumi who were left. They sought homes in caves and on mountaintops where they could keep an eye out, yet be out of the way.
The Last Empyrean, the one who led the rest into this world, saw the fracturing of her people, watched them build ships and set out in their different directions. She knew there was no way to get them all to agree, but she hoped their would be a way to unite them again. She reached out to the whole world, sought to attune to all of it at once. She called the clouds, the hot and cold places, the earth and sky and sea. She gathered a great storm around Rigasha, and she became the First Storm Giant. Her voice carried on the thunder, and through the earth and sea, and she told her kin that the Nezumi had all been killed, and that the conflict was over and they could let go of their reactions and be a people again. She lied to unite them, but it was too late. The giants of fire and frost wanted never to return, they had their own lives and plans. The cloud giants were comfortable and did not wish to come down. The stone giants had done all they could, and sought to explore the world further. They deferred to the storm giant as leader, and sought her protection when Yao-Rasha returned astride a black dragon to save his remaining people.
The Storm Giant went back through the portal to gather more empyreans, and showed them how to become storm giants as well and taught them secrets and helped them be leaders. This is the only way more giants may come. If two giants are to mate in this world, the result is a hill giant, and they are the pariahs of the giant world, shunned by all but stone and storm, who give them jobs out of pity.
The giants are part of this world now, and it is not known if they will ever be gone. Some are killed, and yet seem to return after a time. Some grow weary and seek to complete their attunement, by becoming part of the landscape. Mountains grow or become volcanoes, clouds gather around some peaks permanently. Their effects on the world is an echo of the effects of dragons, though they are much more subtle. To this day, the portal above the former Shrine of Keena remains open, and is guarded fiercely by a nation of storm, stone, cloud, and hill giants, and some giant-kin races who have since begun appearing.