Boar

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Boar
A half-orc druid from the Nirmathi settlement of Crystalhurst with her boar companion.
(Creature)

The boar or wild boar is a more ornery and dangerous cousin of the domesticated pig.[1] They can be found in the woodlands of much of Avistan and Garund, and are frequently hunted for their flesh, which is considered a delicacy.[2][3]

Habitat and ecology

Boars can breed freely and quickly, and eat voraciously and omnivorously, making them a menace to farmers and food storage. They become more aggressive during mating season, with males growing additional flesh to protect themselves during conflicts over mates, but otherwise attack only in self-defense.[1]

Boar hunting

Boars are often hunted with special spears that include a cross-beam that keep the impaled animal from pushing forward and goring its attacker with its powerful tusks.[2]

Uses of boars

Boars are omnivores that will not shy away from eating anything remotely palatable. This makes them useful for disposing of garbage,[1] and boars are sometimes kept by orcs or kobolds, who use them as mounts and let them roam free in their camps, or by thieves' guilds for getting rid of organic evidence.[2][4] They are also trained to become warbeasts and guard animals.[1]

Steelbristles, the animal companion of Torgra Stigardsdam.

Animal companions

Boars and dire boars have been selected variously by cavaliers, druids, paladins, and rangers as their companion animals.[5][6] Dire boars are particularly favoured of orc cavaliers and druids.[7]

Variants

A wide variety of boar species exists across Golarion, from the warthogs[1] of the tropical plains and savannas, the Sargavan boar of the Mwangi Expanse and Sargava,[8] to the blood boar of Razmiran's Exalted Wood.[2][9] In Taldor, titanboars have been bred to be particularly challenging hunting quarry, but often become feral and cause great damage to the countryside.[10] Enormous, armor-plated steam hogs are used as war beasts by fire giant armies.[11]

Warthog
Faster than common boars and less aggressive, warthogs originate and are found in numbers in the Mwangi Expanse. They sport large tusks and armoured ridges on their faces—the latter often mistaken as the warts from which they are named.[12]

Daeodon

Daeodon
Dire boar1E
(Creature)

The dire boar or daeodon is a much larger, and much more aggressive relative of the common wild boar. While wild boars are omnivores, dire boars prefer the taste of fresh meat, and their keen senses and large, sharp tusks make them superior predators. Primarily scavengers, daeodons occasionally attack smaller, lone individuals if no easier source of food is present. Orcs sometimes use dire boars as mounts, and dire boar-mounted orc cavalry can be a truly terrifying sight. They are generally at least ten feet in length and seven feet tall at the shoulder, weighing upwards of 2,000 pounds.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 43. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Bestiary (First Edition), p. 36. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  3. Steve Kenson, Rob McCreary, Richard Pett, et al. (2010). Orcs of Golarion, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-256-2
  4. Wolfgang Baur. (2008). Kobold. Classic Monsters Revisited, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-079-7
  5. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  6. Tim Hitchcock, Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor. (2009). Seekers of Secrets: A Guide to the Pathfinder Society, p. 62f. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-178-7 Torgra Stigardsdam, ranger.
  7. Steve Kenson, Rob McCreary, Richard Pett, et al. (2010). Orcs of Golarion, p. 22, 27, 30. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-256-2
  8. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 255. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  9. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 159. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  10. Mark Moreland. (2017). Taldor, the First Empire, p. 61. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-999-8
  11. Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, Logan Bonner, et al. (2014). Monster Codex, p. 64. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-686-7
  12. Kim Frandsen et al. (2019). Wilderness Origins, p. 23. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-107-8