The disposition of these creatures varied by species. Brown bears were often aggressive, cave bears even more so, while black bears usually displayed little aggression.
Bears possessed a powerful sense of smell and hearing. Physically, they were incredibly powerful creatures, possessing near superhuman strength as well as a formidable durability. With larger specimens being comparatively more powerful.
Species of bears
Some of the more commonly encountered bear species are listed below.
- Black bear
- A variety of bear that is not usually dangerous unless provoked.
- Brown bear
- Among the largest common bears, brown bears are ill-tempered and aggressive when compared with other bears.
- Cave bear
- Vicious predators adapted to living underground.
- Dire bear
- Enormous bears with a powerful capacity for strength and who view human-sized creatures as simply another form of food.
- Polar bear
- Native to arctic regions, polar bears are slightly larger than brown bears and are also partially adapted for an aquatic lifestyle.
Bears could be most often found in forested regions or caverns.
Beyond Faerûn they could be found in Evermeet, where they were non-hostile towards elves and occasionally hunted by gold elves. In the Hordelands, they could be found at the lowest levels of the Katakoro Plateau.
Bears were a favored animal of several deities, including Bahgtru, Eldath, Geb, Malar, Rillifane Rallathil, and Solonor Thelandira. The dwarven god Clangeddin both favored cave bears in particular, while slumbering Ulutiu preferred polar bears.
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