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.
Though not predatory by nature, boars were ill-tempered and territorial, a combination made worse by boars' powerful musculature and sharp tusks.
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.
Boars usually traveled in groups known as sounders.
Boars were found in most locales across the world, from chilly tundras to hot jungles.
In northwest Faerûn, wild boars inhabited the medium woods of Cormanthor, Daggerdale, and Shadowdale. Particularly the Border Forest and Vale of Lost Voices. They could also be found in the forests of Mistledale, around the Pool of Yeven, and in the Ardeep Forest.[note 1]
They were particularly common place throughout the forests of the Vast. In the Unapproachable East, they could be found in the Forest of Lethyr and Yuirwood. In the Hordelands, they could be found on the Katakoro Plateau.
Beyond Faerûn they could be found on the island of Evermeet, where they were non-hostile towards elves and occasionally hunted by gold elves. In the land of Anauroch, they could be found in the fertile reaches of the Plain of Standing Stones as well as the bordering Desertsmouth Mountains. On the continent of Laerakond, boars could be found in Eskorn and Relmaur. In Zakhara they could be found in the land's hills and badlands.
Beyond the Prime Material plane, boars could be found in the Feywild, on Yggdrasil, the Cavern of Rest. They were particularly known to act as guards in this divine realm of Marthammor Duin.
- Most elves had distaste for boar flesh, though still some prepared it as a stew in a similar manner to lulleth.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Neverwinter, boar meat was one of the many common fillings used in savory pies.
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