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Hafþór Björnsson is 6' 9" (2.05 m) and 419 lbs. (190.005 kg). That is a pretty good reason he was cast as The Mountain on Game of Thrones - not to mention he is a very popular Strongman.

When we look at the Height and Weight Table we see the maximum for a human male would be 6' 6" and 280 lb. Hafthor is taller and bigger than that. In fact, in the TV Show, he is often seen swinging a zweihander with one hand.

The Mountain

  • Would he be a large creature?
  • Would he instead have Powerful Build?

If I wanted to create The Mountain, how could I do this? I think he would be an excellent archetype. Should I just use Jotunbrud and Monkey Grip? Is there a feat, even if it is 3rd Party that would give at least the benefit of Powerful Build without the drawback of Monkey Grip?

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    \$\begingroup\$ A bit off topic, but I'm pretty sure that's not a zwiehander. They tend to have a secondary cross guard a little ways down the blade and a duller section of blade between the two cross guards. \$\endgroup\$ – Epsilon Rose Oct 4 '15 at 7:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EpsilonRose There were zweihanders that did not have the Parierhaken (parrying guards). \$\endgroup\$ – Ruut Oct 4 '15 at 14:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ Really you are both right. It appears to be a scaled up version of an English Longsword, but that would make it a Zweihaender. Sure, it does not have the look of a Zweihaender, but it is the length that is really what makes a sword a Zweihaender. \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathon Oct 4 '15 at 15:30
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No, and Maybe.
Medium sized creatures range all the way up to 8ft and 500lbs. So he is still well within that range. He is bigger and stronger by quite a bit than a normal human, but is still nothing special compared to other medium sized creatures.

Additionally, all creatures with powerful build I am aware of (Half-Giant) are a bit larger than The Mountain. Still, in universe The Mountain probably is half (or some fraction) giant, and while he is quite a bit shorter than the 3.5e Half-Giant he is very stocky. So powerful build is not completely unreasonable.

If you were looking for a way to bring him into a 3.5e setting, Half-Giant would likely be the closest starting point.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @AOKost Don't ask new questions in comments. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Oct 4 '15 at 17:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ I checked the Goliath stats: 7' to 8' and 280 lb. to 340 lb., so a bit tighter spectrum than Half-Giant and actually lighter than The Mountain. \$\endgroup\$ – Matthieu M. Oct 5 '15 at 6:33

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