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'''Bison''' (used both singular and plural) are large, horned, wild herd animals similar to the more frequently domesticated [[aurochs]].<ref name="B1-174">{{Cite book/Bestiary|174}}</ref>
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'''Bison'''<ref>The singular and plural of bison are the same.</ref> are large, horned, wild herd animals similar to the more frequently domesticated [[aurochs]].<ref name="B1-174">{{Cite book/Bestiary|174}}</ref>
  
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
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Bison are distinguished by a hump at their shoulders; small, upward-facing horns; and a shaggy, furry coat. A bison can be up to 7 feet tall at its hump and 12 feet long, and weighs an average of 2,200 pounds.<ref name="B1-174" />
 
Bison are distinguished by a hump at their shoulders; small, upward-facing horns; and a shaggy, furry coat. A bison can be up to 7 feet tall at its hump and 12 feet long, and weighs an average of 2,200 pounds.<ref name="B1-174" />
  
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
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Like other large herd animals, several bison can stampede together as a group.<ref name="B1-174" />
 
Like other large herd animals, several bison can stampede together as a group.<ref name="B1-174" />
  
 
== Ecology ==
 
== Ecology ==
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Bison most often travel in herds of up to 30. They are generally more aggressive than aurochs, and male bison are known to kill rivals within a herd during mating seasons.<ref name="B1-174" />
 
Bison most often travel in herds of up to 30. They are generally more aggressive than aurochs, and male bison are known to kill rivals within a herd during mating seasons.<ref name="B1-174" />
  
 
=== On Golarion ===
 
=== On Golarion ===
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A bison's fur coat makes it more suitable for colder climates than aurochs, and they are known to herd in places like the [[Realm of the Mammoth Lords]],<ref name="ISP-12">{{Cite book/Inner Sea Primer|12}}</ref> where local [[Kellid]]s often hunt them or even trigger stampedes against intruders;<ref name="PFS2-19-12">{{Cite book/Keep of the Huscarl King|12}}</ref><ref name="PFS5-10-5">{{Cite book/Where Mammoths Dare Not Tread|5}}</ref> in [[Irrisen|Irrisen's]] [[Thronehold]], where [[stilyagi]] imitate Kellid barbarians and hunt bison;<ref name="ILoEW-27">{{Cite book/Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter|27}}</ref> the [[Algid Wastes]] of [[Smokespur]] in the [[Hold of Belkzen]];<ref name="BHotOH-14">{{Cite book/Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes|14}}</ref> the [[Whistling Plains]] of [[Taldor]], where herds number in the tens of thousands;<ref name="TEoG-9">{{Cite book/Taldor, Echoes of Glory|9}}</ref> and near the [[Worldwound]], where [[fiend]]ish powers corrupt them into carnivorous beasts.<ref name="LCoG-32">{{Cite book/Lost Cities of Golarion|32}}</ref>
 
A bison's fur coat makes it more suitable for colder climates than aurochs, and they are known to herd in places like the [[Realm of the Mammoth Lords]],<ref name="ISP-12">{{Cite book/Inner Sea Primer|12}}</ref> where local [[Kellid]]s often hunt them or even trigger stampedes against intruders;<ref name="PFS2-19-12">{{Cite book/Keep of the Huscarl King|12}}</ref><ref name="PFS5-10-5">{{Cite book/Where Mammoths Dare Not Tread|5}}</ref> in [[Irrisen|Irrisen's]] [[Thronehold]], where [[stilyagi]] imitate Kellid barbarians and hunt bison;<ref name="ILoEW-27">{{Cite book/Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter|27}}</ref> the [[Algid Wastes]] of [[Smokespur]] in the [[Hold of Belkzen]];<ref name="BHotOH-14">{{Cite book/Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes|14}}</ref> the [[Whistling Plains]] of [[Taldor]], where herds number in the tens of thousands;<ref name="TEoG-9">{{Cite book/Taldor, Echoes of Glory|9}}</ref> and near the [[Worldwound]], where [[fiend]]ish powers corrupt them into carnivorous beasts.<ref name="LCoG-32">{{Cite book/Lost Cities of Golarion|32}}</ref>
  
 
== Domestication ==
 
== Domestication ==
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Bison are domesticated less frequently than aurochs, though they can be adopted as [[animal companion]]s<ref name="B1-174" /> and a few [[cavalier]]s find ways to adopt bison as mounts.<ref name="UCo-36">{{Cite book/Ultimate Combat|36}}</ref> Bison can also be [[conjuration|summoned]], and summoned bison persist longer when summoned by [[divine magic]] users of the [[Plains (domain)|plains]].<ref name="UM-35">{{Cite book/Ultimate Magic|35}}</ref>
 
Bison are domesticated less frequently than aurochs, though they can be adopted as [[animal companion]]s<ref name="B1-174" /> and a few [[cavalier]]s find ways to adopt bison as mounts.<ref name="UCo-36">{{Cite book/Ultimate Combat|36}}</ref> Bison can also be [[conjuration|summoned]], and summoned bison persist longer when summoned by [[divine magic]] users of the [[Plains (domain)|plains]].<ref name="UM-35">{{Cite book/Ultimate Magic|35}}</ref>
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* {{W|Bison}} (real-world animal) on Wikipedia
 
* {{W|Bison}} (real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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{{Refs|2}}
 
{{Refs|2}}
  

Revision as of 04:29, 24 June 2017

Bison
Two species of bison.
(Creature)
Type Animal
CR 4
Environment Cold or temperate plains
Alignment
Images of bison

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 174

Bison[1] are large, horned, wild herd animals similar to the more frequently domesticated aurochs.[2]

Appearance

Bison are distinguished by a hump at their shoulders; small, upward-facing horns; and a shaggy, furry coat. A bison can be up to 7 feet tall at its hump and 12 feet long, and weighs an average of 2,200 pounds.[2]

Abilities

Like other large herd animals, several bison can stampede together as a group.[2]

Ecology

Bison most often travel in herds of up to 30. They are generally more aggressive than aurochs, and male bison are known to kill rivals within a herd during mating seasons.[2]

On Golarion

A bison's fur coat makes it more suitable for colder climates than aurochs, and they are known to herd in places like the Realm of the Mammoth Lords,[3] where local Kellids often hunt them or even trigger stampedes against intruders;[4][5] in Irrisen's Thronehold, where stilyagi imitate Kellid barbarians and hunt bison;[6] the Algid Wastes of Smokespur in the Hold of Belkzen;[7] the Whistling Plains of Taldor, where herds number in the tens of thousands;[8] and near the Worldwound, where fiendish powers corrupt them into carnivorous beasts.[9]

Domestication

Bison are domesticated less frequently than aurochs, though they can be adopted as animal companions[2] and a few cavaliers find ways to adopt bison as mounts.[10] Bison can also be summoned, and summoned bison persist longer when summoned by divine magic users of the plains.[11]

External links

  • Bison (real-world animal) on Wikipedia

References