Elephants were enormous plant-eating animals known for their prehensile trunks. In some lands, they were used as beasts of burden or mounts.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The tusks of these creatures were made of ivory.[7]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Some elephants in the wild would be found in isolation, but they also had herd societies of between six and thirty animals.[3]

Combat[edit | edit source]

If attacking, elephants boldly charged at their opponents and trampled them.[6]

Varieties[edit | edit source]

Elephants came in two kinds, a larger and stronger variety that was more unpredictable and a weaker, smaller elephant that was far easier to train. In addition, there were prehistoric elephants known as mastodons and mammoths.[6]

A brown-skinned short-eared species of elephant was a very common beast of riding and burden in the Utter East, namely, in the country of Doegan. The Mar people long ago learned to train and domesticate these elephants and relied on the beast for their day-to-day activities. After the Utter East's colonization by the Ffolk, most horses died off from diseases, leaving red oxen and elephants to be the dominant beasts to ride and to push carriages.[8]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Elephants were sacred in the Mulhorandi pantheon. The god Anhur favored battle elephants. His fellow gods Hathor, Nephthys, and Osiris would sometimes send celestial elephants to followers in need. The deity Red Knight also considered elephants special beasts, as did Thard Harr, the dwarven jungle god.[9]

In the land of Malatra, the Nubari tribe known as the Wise Ones worshiped the spirits of elephants through totems. Shamans within the tribe spoke daily with local elephants, of which there were always around eight near the edge of their village, to learn of recent events in their area. Whenever an elephant in the area got injured it would wander to the tribe in order to be healed by its shamans.[10] In the Kuong Kingdom, the creation story of the Lords of Creation held that Malatra was created in the footprints of a great elephant ridden by the goddess Indra. Naturally, the elephant was sacred to her. However, in neighboring Laothan, in Kompoa, elephants were simply slaughtered for their hides, and the Kuong believed this to be sin.[11]

The Zakharan island of Afyal was called the Isle of the Elephant. Elephants there were unusually intelligent and easy to be trained, and were inviolate by law.[12] They were also connected to Afyal's former main deity, the Lost One.[13]

Elephants were once common on the peninsula of Chult,[14] and images of elephants featured notably among the massive stone carvings found in the ruined temple of Nangalore.[15] As of the late 15th century DR, however, living elephants were no longer found on the peninsula.[16]

Usages[edit | edit source]

The ivory tusks of elephants were a valued commodity in much of Faerûn[7] and in Kara-Tur; Jejima Horoto of Akkaido, Wa, imported eight tusks on a typical day in 1357 DR.[17]

Notable Elephants[edit | edit source]

A fiendish elephant named Tusk was a known combatant of the Underdark coliseum of Maerimydra. This elephant belonged to Kurgoth Hellspawn.[18]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

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Errand of Mercy
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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. 322. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Logan Bonner, Eytan Bernstein, & Chris Sims (September 2008). Adventurer's Vault: Arms and Equipment for All Character Classes. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 978-07869-4978-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 272. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 107. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 38. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 273. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 300. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  8. Roger E. Moore (February 1998). Errand of Mercy. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 0-7869-0867-X.
  9. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10, 12–14. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  10. Uncredited (December 1994). “Tribes of the Nubari”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #102 (TSR, Inc.), p. 11.
  11. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), pp. 103, 105, 106. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  12. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), pp. 108–110. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  13. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Fortunes and Fates). (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  14. James Lowder, Jean Rabe (1993). The Jungles of Chult. (TSR, Inc), p. 8. ISBN 1-5607-6605-0.
  15. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 75, 77. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
  16. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
  17. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 159. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  18. James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 77. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  19. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 256. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
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