Iron and Leaves
Hill giants are the giants most encountered by non-giants in the Dragon Empire. The other giants generally live in mountains, volcanoes, or the overworld, but hill giants occupy the same lands settled by other races. Since hill giants often steal people to eat them, this has lead to a lot of conflicts and hill giants generally live on the fringes of lightly settled lands.
Hill giants are usually solitary. Hill giants in legend are usually portrayed as stupid and primitive. Some are, but not all. In some areas, hill giants in less settled areas have built castles that they live in as “kings.” Few have any subjects, though they will travel and visit each other. Many old stories involve heroes encountering hill giant “kings” and outwitting them.
Hill giants are more common ouside of the empire, such as in the Northern Reach, but they are still fairly numerous in the foothills and forests that are not near heavily settled areas.