Hochtritt is actually a ranger who was recovering from a mauling by a troll when the giants attacked Tika Town. He defended the locals as best he could until badly wounded, whereupon he concealed himself under some debris when he realised the giants could not be stopped. The townspeople nursed him hack to health along with the other wounded and keep his secret, pretend- ing that he has always lived here. Hochtritt has been instrumental in smuggling children out of the town (not entirely an altruistic act-a true loner, he cannot stand children and doesn’t want them around him), as well as providing arms for the locals with the help of Hearn the Blacksmith. When the right time comes, he will be ready to lead the townsfolk against the giants.

Recently, he has finished training some of the locals, as well as bringing some people in to establish his resistance force.