The Jotnar may look like men, from a distance. However, they are a huge race of humanoids from the mountaintops of southern Altus. Jotnar men stand from six and a half to seven and a half feet tall, and are heavily muscled. The women are shorter, at six to seven feet tall, but are just as strong as the men. They have dark skin for the latitudes that they inhabit. Jotnar males often grow thick beards, but most keep them shorter and simpler than the dwarves to the north.
Jotnar villages range in size from two to three family groups, totaling around 20 to 30 individuals, to central towns, which total from 100 to 500 people. The central towns are often much larger, due to the constant transient population. Chieftains or warlords rule a town, and usually several of the outlying villages owe them fealty.
Traders, traveling smiths, herders, and ogars, or wandering shamans, make up a large part of the mobile population. There are also many people who simply have business in one of the major towns, and rest there overnight or through a storm.
Most buildings are made of stone, as the settlements are often above the tree line, and stone is plentiful. Wood is reserved for portable, yurt like seasonal houses, tools, and fuel. Coal and animal dung are also used in fire-making.
Most Jotnar revere one of the many gods of Kherai. The ogars that wander the mountaintops provide a sort of traveling priesthood for the villages that they pass through. There are no real established churches—isolated shrines are more common.
The ogars are the only major magic users of the Jotnar. The vast majority of them are divine spellcasters. Arcane spell use is seen as dangerous and untrustworthy, and requires an infrastructure of libraries and thaumaturgical instruction that the Jotnar lands do not possess.
Jotnar technology is limited to hand powered tools and some animal harnesses. Relying on the great strength of nearly the entire population – excepting children and the elderly – the Jotnar do not need steam engines or complex machinery.
Tools and machinery that are complex, or not easy or intuitive to use are distrusted in much the same way as arcane magic. However, blacksmiths are common, for making weapons, building components, tools, and shoeing animals. Hand forged iron and steel weapons and tools such as hand drills, saws, hammers, and chisels are most often encountered. Jotnar that live above the snowline often do not even use wheels, preferring skis or travois to cross the snow.
Jotnar do open mines and prospect for ores like silver, gold and iron. They place no special value on minerals or gems beyond the aesthetic, and prefer to trade in gold, silver, or goods.
There is no established currency; precious metals are traded by weight. Gold is worth ten times its weight in silver.