Swamp Giaks May 11, 2021 20:16:23 GMT
Post by Rune Owl on May 11, 2021 20:16:23 GMT
I decided recently to read up on Giaks. I searched through Lone Wolf Books 1-29 plus the Magnamund Companion for every mention of the word “Giak” and made notes. I learned some interesting things and I will probably make several posts about it. I want to start with Swamp Giaks.
As far as I can tell, Joe Dever only made one reference to Swamp Giaks in all of his published writing. It was in a section in the Magnamund Companion about Zlanbeasts. He mentioned that Swamp Giaks were used as food.
"Bred in the pits of Helgedad, the Zlanbeast, and their smaller sub-species the Kraan, were created as flying mounts for Darklord and Nadziranim commanders. Fed on the meat of Szalls and swamp Giaks, these creatures are strong and fierce, and enable the Darklords to travel with great speed."
As I was doing my research, I stumbled onto a section about the Swamp Giaks in the Magnamund Menagerie for the Lone Wolf Adventure Game. The Adventure Game seems to draw directly from the source material and fill in details, which I think is perfect. The write-up for the Swamp Giaks includes a history, how well they see in the dark, where they live in the world, and more.
I enjoyed reading it and thinking about the artistic choices that the authors made.
A question for Vincent or anyone who knows the answer: Do Swamp Giaks appear anywhere else in Joe Dever’s writing? Did he have more about them in his unpublished notes, or are they almost entirely new, as it seems?