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In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, ogres are a lesser race of giants, rather being simply large brutes with clubs. An aquatic subrace of ogres is known as "merrow." D&D ogres are also closely related to the race of ogre magi, a smarter race with blue skin and great magical abilities. It is unclear if ogres and ogre magi are actually the same race, or if ogre magi simply find lesser ogres easy to boss around. Typically Ogres stand between nine and ten feet tall and can weigh up to 650lbs. Ogres are closely related to trolls, and are distantly related to the various races of giants.
Occasionally allowed as a PC race, half-ogres are smarter but weaker than ogres. They can sometimes pass as unusually large, albeit ugly, humans.
These aquatic ogres are green and scaled with webbed hands and feet. They are faster and fiercer than their land-based kin, but are otherwise similar to normal ogres.
These blue-skinned ogres are more intelligent than their mundane kin, and possess some innate magical abilities, such as invisibility and shapeshifting. They are a little taller than standard Ogres, averaging ten feet.
Ogres in other media
- Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989).
- Cook, David. Time of the Dragon (TSR, 1989).
- Bennie, Scott, Scott Haring, and John Terra. Otherlands (TSR, 1990).
- Monster Makeover: The Ogre Mage
- Hitchcock, Tim. "The Ecology of the Ogre Mage." Dragon #349. Paizo Publishing, 2006.
- Slavicsek, Bill. The Complete Book of Humanoids. TSR, 1993.