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Niferns were scaly dog-like creatures often kept by scalykind.[1]

Description[]

Niferns were roughly goat-sized quadrupeds with a muscular body covered in mud-colored scales. Their eyeless heads looked like strange hybrids of those of canines and lizards, featuring elongated muzzles and oversized jaws. Additionally, their plated dog-like tails featured poisonous stingers, and were carried over their backs, much like those of scorpions.[1][2]

Abilities[]

Although blind, niferns' heightened sense of smell made them excellent trackers.[1]

Behavior[]

The niferns' appetite made them bloodthirsty creatures, attacking almost anything they encountered.[1]

Combat[]

Niferns fought by rushing their opponents, attacking with their immobilizing poisonous stingers. Creatures that withstood the paralyzing effect were then attacked with their claws and jaws.[1]

Ecology[]

In the wild, niferns were known to form highly territorial packs of upwards of 30 individuals, typically led by the largest and strongest among their number.[1]

Niferns were popular among scalykind. In particular, lizardfolk, troglodytes, and dragonkin frequently kept them as hunting animals, and yuan-ti additionally kept them as guards.[1][3]

In their native Underdark, niferns were used as trackers by the likes of illithids, drow, and a number of other underground races.[1]

History[]

On Flamerule 3, 1479 DR, a pack of niferns stalked Harp, Kitto, Boult, and Verran through the ruined city of Hisari.[2]

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See Also[]

Appearances[]

Novels
The Fanged Crown

References[]

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