Opossums, also known as possums,[7] were small marsupials that lived in forests.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The fur of an opossum was coarse and oily.[7]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Opossums had keen senses of smell[3] and hearing.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

In the ancient Netherese enclave of Eileanar, magically altered opossums known as sniffers acted as the noses of spider golems.[8]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Opossums were arboreal creatures. They hunted poisonous snakes.[3]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

Opossums could be found in Cormanthor,[9] Thar,[10] the Tannath Gap,[11][12] Semberholme,[13] and the Mere of Dead Men.[14] Intelligent opossums capable of speech were found on the Steaming Isles, where they acted as chamberlains and household servants to the animal pashas.[15] Due to the influence of Citadel Umbra, opossums of the Winterglen operated as spies for Unseelie creatures in the forest.[16]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Opossums were sometimes taken as familiars by wizards,[3][17] and rangers that dwelt in urban environments took them as animal companions.[18]

Some were known to act as servants of the deity Thoth.[19]

Notable Opossums[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Novels
Realms of Infamy: "And Wringing of Hands"

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 244. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 David "Zeb" Cook, et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume Two. (TSR, Inc), p. 86. ISBN 0-8803-8753-X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 David Howery (December 1993). “Familiar Faces”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #200 (TSR, Inc.), p. 32.
  4. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Explorer's Manual”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 6. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  5. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “The Settled Lands”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  6. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “The Settled Lands”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Jane Cooper Hong (December 1994). “And Wringing of Hands”. Realms of Infamy (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-5607-6911-4.
  8. Clayton Emery (November 1996). Dangerous Games. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-7869-0524-7.
  9. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Explorer's Manual”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  10. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Explorer's Manual”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  11. Anthony Pryor (June 1995). “Campaign Guide”. In Michele Carter, Doug Stewart eds. Spellbound (TSR, Inc.), p. 59. ISBN 978-0786901395.
  12. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  13. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 87. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  14. Steve Johnson (November/December 1998). “Dreadful Vestiges”. In Christopher Perkins ed. Dungeon #71 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49.
  15. David Cook (October 1992). Golden Voyages (The Steaming Isles). (TSR, Inc), p. 6. ISBN 978-1560763314.
  16. Shawn Merwin (November 2011). “Backdrop: Moonshae Isles”. In Steve Winter ed. Dungeon #196 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 7.
  17. Stephen Inniss (April 1984). “A cast of strange familiars”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #84 (TSR, Inc.), p. 16.
  18. Jerry Holkins, Elyssa Grant, Scott Fitzgerald Gray (June 18, 2019). Acquisitions Incorporated. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0786966905.
  19. Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 130. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  20. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 138. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
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