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Bees were a type of insect that could be found throughout the Realms.

There's power in groups. One bee's a pest, but nobody messes with the swarm.

Behavior[]

The aroma from incense sticks was known to alter the moods of bees, making them passive and docile.[4]

Varieties[]

Ecology[]

Much like ants, bees lived in hives that consisted of workers and soldiers.[5]

Bees played an important role in ecosystems they inhabited by pollinating plants and crops.[6]

Habitats[]

Bees were known to inhabit the Moonshae Isles,[7] the Dalelands,[6], the Farsea Marshes,[8] Katakoro,[9] and the plane of Arcadia.[10]

In the Savage Frontier region they could be found in Laughing Hollow.[2]

Relationships[]

Bees were a favored animal of the halfling goddess Sheela Peryroyl.[11]

Usage[]

A chunk of honeycomb from a beehive.

Beekeeping, a practice of keeping and tending to domesticated bees in return for the products they made, mainly honey,[12][13] was very common throughout the Realms, wherever the climate allowed.[13] This practice often involved a tool known as a beehive, an artificial structure for bees to live in.[12]

Some notable places where beekeeping was practiced included the town of Eveningstar,[14] the city-state of Neverwinter,[15] and the plane of Dothion,[16]

Other products of bees that other creatures harvested included beeswax and a resin mixture known as propolis, which among other things could be used to make a varnish.[17]

The spell shrieking walls required the wing of a bee as a material component.[18] Bee wings were known to be sold in pairs of six in Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue at a price of 3 cp.[19]

Rumors & Legends[]

One legend in the Feywild claimed that the secret of making honey was sold to the bee species as a whole by pixies, who had stolen it from a goblet of mead belonging to the Summer Queen.[20]

Trivia[]

  • Due to being natural pollinators, bees were often associated with the goddess Chauntea. An image of bees could be found embossed on the door-ring of many Chauntean temples.[21]
  • Bisan were occasionally known to polymorph self into honey bees.[22]

Appendix[]

See Also[]

Appearances[]

Adventures
Under Illefarn

References[]

  1. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 204. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steve Perrin (1987). Under Illefarn. (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 0-88038-489-1.
  3. Jeremy Crawford (November 17, 2020). Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 93. ISBN 978-0786967025.
  4. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 63. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  5. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), pp. 204–205. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ed Greenwood (January 1996). Volo's Guide to the Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-7869-0406-2.
  7. Douglas Niles (November 1987). Moonshae. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), p. 41. ISBN 0-88038-494-8.
  8. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Explorer's Manual”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 20. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  9. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 118. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  10. Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 130. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  11. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. p. 14. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 62. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ed Greenwood (01-13-2021). Beekeeping and Wax in the Realms (Tweet). theedverse. Twitter. Archived from the original on 6-29-2021. Retrieved on 6-29-2021.
  14. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “The Settled Lands”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 13. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  15. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 130. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  16. Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 138. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  17. Cryptic Studios (June 2013). Neverwinter. Perfect World Entertainment.
  18. Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 95. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
  19. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  20. Rodney Thompson, Claudio Pozas, Steve Townshend (2011). Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 978-0786958368.
  21. Ed Greenwood (05-11-2020). Chauntea & Bees (Tweet). theedverse. Twitter. Archived from the original on 5-26-2021. Retrieved on 5-26-2021.
  22. Rick Swan (July 1990). Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), p. 7. ISBN 0-88038-851-X.
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