This tall, thin humanoid has grayish-blue skin and elaborately braided hair. It carries an enormous, rune-inscribed axe and wears flowing garments, like it was a living cloud.

Ta-jen (CR 9; XP 6,400)
LN Huge humanoid (giant)
Init +0; Senses low-light vision; Perception +19
AC 24, touch 8, flat-footed 24
(+5 armor, +11 natural, -2 size)
hp 133 (14d8+70)
Fort +9, Ref +9, Will +8
Vulnerable earth
Speed 30 ft. (40 ft. without armor), fly 20 (poor); cloudwalk
Melee +2 halberd +19/+14 (3d8+14, 19-20/x3)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th; concentration +11)
At-will—clairaudience/clairvoyance, glitterdust (W-DC 14), greater scrying (W-DC 16), obscuring mist, tongues
1/day—see invisibility, true seeing, wind wall
Str 26, Dex 10, Con 20, Int 16, Wis 14, Cha 15
Base Atk +10; CMB +18; CMD 28
Feats Cleave, Improved Critical (halberd), Iron Will, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (halberd)
Skills Craft (calligraphy) +20, Fly -8, Heal +19, Intimidate +19, Perception +19, Survival +19; ACP -4
Languages Auran, Aquan, Common, Giant, Samsaran
Environment hills, mountains, plains
Organization solitary, family (2-5), clan (6-24)
Treasure NPC Gear (mwk lamellar, +2 halbred; other treasure)
Special Abilities
Cloudwalk (Ex) A ta-jen can walk (and run, jump, fight, et cetera), on the clouds as if they were solid ground. They can also grant this ability to any creature touched. It lasts for 12 hours or until the ta-jem touches them again to remove it.

Living amongst the clouds and serving their enigmatic masters in the sky, the ta-jen are as noble and orderly as most of their giant cousins on the ground are base and disorganized. Their attentions and concerns are with the air and the sky, and they typically make their homes in crude castles on inaccessible mountaintops, near their masters, whether they by cloud giants, silver or cloud dragons, noble djinn, or some more exotic air-based being. There are a few rogue ta-jen, who, like cloud giants, become cruel and demand tribute from travelers, or wander the land like masterless ronin samurai, fighting injustice and banditry wherever they can. Regardless of their intent or employment, ta-jen are sometimes called the “giants of truth” as they detest trickery and subterfuge, especially invisibility and illusion. They have a strong need to know the truth of things, though they care little for the accumulation of knowledge or gaudy treasures, save their trademark huge halberd-axes and intricate armor. They keep detailed records of their lives in their spare time, and prize these documents more than gold or magical treasure.

The first ta-jen were recruited from the lesser hiroe people by the Sterling Circle, a confederacy of reclusive silver dragons who seek to preserve the rule of benevolent law. Given magical powers and the ability to fly and live amongst the clouds, they patrol their designated territories, engage in diplomatic missions, and serve the Sterling Circle in all ways. Rogue ta-jen are held in particular contempt on Porphyra.