Boars were wild relatives of the domestic pig.[5]

Description[edit | edit source]

Boars were covered in thick fur, often brown or grayish in color. The exact size of a boar varied from species to species, from roughly human size to roughly the mass of an ogre or similarly sized creature. All varieties of boars were armed with sharp tusks that jutted out from beneath their snout and which were capable of causing serious injury. Boars also had a highly developed sense of smell.[6]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Though not predatory by nature, boars were ill-tempered and territorial, a combination made worse by boars' powerful musculature and sharp tusks.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

A petrified boar was kept on the Arcane Chambers level of Undermountain by Halaster.[7]

Species[edit | edit source]

There existed several species of boar in the Realms, some of which are listed below.

Dire boar
Larger than usual boars with increased aggression.
The domestic variant of boars, raised for livestock.
Thunderfury boar
The fey derivative of boars, which were far more ferocious than their Prime kin.

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Boars usually traveled in groups known as sounders.[5]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

Boars were found in most locales across the world, from chilly tundras to hot jungles. They were also found in the Feywild as well as on the Prime Material Plane.[5]

In northwest Faerûn, wild boars inhabited the medium woods of Cormanthor, Daggerdale, and Shadowdale. Particularly the Border Forest and Vale of Lost Voices.[8] They could also be found in the forests of Mistledale and around the Pool of Yeven.[9]

In northwest Faerûn, boars could be found in Ardeep Forest.[10][11][note 1]

They were particularly common place throughout the forests of the Vast.[12] In the Unapproachable East, they could be found in the Forest of Lethyr and Yuirwood.[13] In the Hordelands, they could be found on the Katakoro Plateau.[14]

Beyond Faerûn they could be found on the island of Evermeet, where they were non-hostile towards elves and occasionally hunted by gold elves.[15] In the land of Anauroch, they could be found in the fertile reaches of the Plain of Standing Stones[16] as well as the bordering Desertsmouth Mountains.[17] On the continent of Laerakond, boars could be found in Eskorn and Relmaur.[18] In Zakhara they could be found in the land's hills and badlands.[19]

Boars were also known to inhabit and guard the Cavern of Rest, the divine realm of Marthammor Duin.[20][21]

Usages[edit | edit source]

A dwarven mosaic floor depicting a boar, found in the House of Gems of Myth Drannor.

  • It was quite common for inns of average quality in the Realms to serve boar meat as the third part of a four-course meal. Rural way-inns and the best eateries of small towns were also known to serve boar meat, albeit in gravy.[22]
  • It was quite common for high-end establishments in the Realms to serve a whole roasted wild boar as the seventh part of a full-course meal.[22]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Dragon #128's article "Welcome to Waterdeep" states that Monster Manual II's "cold, civilized forest" table is representative of what can be found in Ardeep forest.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Curse of the Azure BondsTantrasWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageDragon of Icespire PeakBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Darkwalker on MoonshaeThe Mercenaries
Video Games
Gateway to the Savage FrontierNeverwinter (Fury of the Feywild)Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over DaggerfordIdle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
Referenced only
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 319. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 270. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  3. David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
  4. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 35. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 194. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  7. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  8. Jeff Grubb and George MacDonald (April 1989). Curse of the Azure Bonds. (TSR, Inc.), p. 93. ISBN 978-0880386067.
  9. Random encounters table included in Ed Greenwood (1989). Tantras (adventure). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-88038-739-4.
  10. Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 135. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  11. Ed Greenwood (December 1987). “Welcome to Waterdeep”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #128 (TSR, Inc.), p. 8.
  12. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 146. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  13. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 90, 94. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  14. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 118. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  15. Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.
  16. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Anauroch”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 13. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  17. Jeff Grubb and George MacDonald (April 1989). Curse of the Azure Bonds. (TSR, Inc.), p. 92. ISBN 978-0880386067.
  18. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 204, 211. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  19. Encounters Tables included in Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
  20. Ed Greenwood (October 1990). Dwarves Deep. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22–23. ISBN 0-88038-880-3.
  21. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Ed Greenwood, Wooly Rupert (2019-10-10). Ed Greenwood on Twitter. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2020-11-17.
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