The storm giants are the ancient athletic heroes of Skylands who like to be number one in every event. Aside from being able to bench-press 250 tons, few things are important to the storm giants than their grand competitive games. And the celebrated champion of the storm giant sporting elite is Cloud Rod. Cloud Rod is the giants' most talented thrower, and sat atop of the table in the thousand-metre lightning bolt hurl for many a year (that was until he sent a stray bolt into the crowd, electrifying a spectating cyclops in the process).
But it was during a different event - the triple gold ring lightning bolt toss with a twist - that Cloud Rod hit the headlines. Just as he was flexing for the throw, Kidos' giant projected head appeared above the crowd, demanding - as usual - that all in attendence submit to his rule. Cloud Rod wasn't used to sharing the spotlight, so he hurled his bolt skyward. So powerful was the throw that it ripped past the project and into Kidos himself, who was hiding behind in an airship. Seething with anger and spitting blue sparks, Kidos had to accept defeat and flew away. But another attending Portal Master - Smalleon - had also seen the action, and immediately made Cloud Rod a Skylander.