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Ravens were black birds similar to crows. They were opportunistic eaters, feeding on carrion, insects, grains, fruits, and small animals. These birds thrived in most northern climates and were very long-lived, making them ideal pets and companions.[citation needed]


These creatures were very literal minded and often distracted by shiny objects. They were intelligent enough to be taught how to speak.[4]



Ravens could be found across much of the continent of Faerûn, so much so that it was difficult to find an area devoid of them. Some regions included the High Moor[5] and the fens and moors of the Moonshae Isles.[6] Beyond Faerûn, ravens inhabited the continent of Kara-tur.[7].

Beyond the surface of Toril, large numbers of ravens could be found living in the asteroid known as the Castle, in the center of the Tears of Selûne.[8]

Outside of the Prime Material plane, ravens inhabited the Celestial Bureaucracy's plane of Qui,[9] the Domains of Dread,[10] the plane of Acheron,[11] and along the most commonly traveled branches of Yggdrasil, the World Ash.[12]


These creatures typically harbored animosity towards owls.[4]

The Raven Queen commanded numerous flocks of ravens from her divine realm in the Shadowfell. The ravens acted as the Queen's scouts and messengers across the multiverse, also alerting and guiding her shadar-kai servants to the location of items and memories that she wished to collect.[13]

Ravens were also allies to wereravens and were usually found together. It was very common for kindnesses of wereravens to hide in plain sight among unkindnesses of ravens.[14]

In the city of Ravens Bluff, a business known as the Raven Express used trained ravens to deliver mail.[15]



See Also



Curse of the Azure BondsCurse of Strahd
Azure Bonds
Video Games
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  4. 4.0 4.1 David Howery (December 1993). “Familiar Faces”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #200 (TSR, Inc.), p. 32.
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  12. Wolfgang Baur, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel (April 2007). Expedition to the Demonweb Pits. Edited by Michele Carter, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 978-0-7869-4038-7.
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  15. Brian Vogel (August 1994). “The Raven Express: They Deliver Messages - And More”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #98 (TSR, Inc.), p. 31.
  16. Wolfgang Baur, James Jacobs, George Strayton (September 2004). Frostburn. Edited by Greg Collins. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-2896-4.