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Rocs were gargantuan birds of prey that inhabited the highest mountains in warm and subtropical regions.[4]

As large as these great birds were, they paled in both size and ferocity to the mighty Zakharan rocs of the Land of Fate.[6]

Description[]

Rocs were massive avians with feathers that were normally either dark brown or golden in color, although rare black, red, or white rocs were sometimes reported. From the head to the base of the tail, rocs were a minimum of 30 ft (9.1 m) long, and as much as 60 ft (18 m). Their wingspans were a staggering 80‒120 ft (24‒37 m), and rocs weighed some 8,000 lb (3,600 kg).[3][4]

Combat[]

Rocs hunted, and attacked, by swooping down from the sky with talons outstretched to snatch and carry off prey. A single roc would be hunting, and therefore willing to try and take any suitably sized creature, but a pair of rocs would act in concert and fight to the death to defend the nest and eggs or hatchlings.[3]

Ecology[]

Rocs were massive birds of prey that were known to carry off very large prey, including cattle and horses, and even elephants. They typically lived in warmer, mountainous regions, and dwelled far apart from each to avoid straining the supply of prey. Rocs hunted in a territory of about 10 mi (16,000 m) around their nest.[3]

The lair of a roc was a vast nest of trees, branches, and the like. Its treasure was strewn about, for the creature did not place any value upon it.[3] The egg was large, green, and spotted.[7]

Rocs were usually solitary, but sometimes found in mated pairs.[3]

Rocs often guarded the nests of simurghs until they were mature.[8]

Uses[]

Rocs were occasionally tamed and used by giants.[9]

Roc feathers were commonly used in manufacturing Quaal's feather tokens and brooms of flying.[4]

Homelands[]

It flies like a roc too.

The egg of a roc and the most dangerous omelette ever.

Rocs were found in the Utter East, making their nests in the Serpent Valley, Web Mountains, and even underground in the Realm of Fire. Their nests could hold treasure from past victims, if one dared brave the parent and hatchling.[7]

History[]

Lord Charles Frederik LaVerne Blacktree IV was known for wearing a roc feather in his hat.[10]

Appendix[]

Appearances[]

Adventures
Curse of StrahdIcewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Novels
Realms of the Dead: "The Bone Bird"
Referenced only
The Magehound
Video Games
Blood & MagicIdle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
Referenced only
NeverwinterNeverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford
Card Games
Dragonfire (Moonshae Storms)
Board Games
Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins
Gamebooks
Big Trouble

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