Roc

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Roc
A storm roc.
(Creature)
Type Animal
CR 9
Environment Warm mountains
Alignment
Images of rocs

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 236

A roc is an enormous raptor dwarfing most humanoids.[1]

Appearance

Rocs appear like colossal birds of prey, with a body thirty feet long and a wingspan of over 80 feet; they often dwarf even dragons. Rocs have long, clawed talons and sharp hooked beaks ideal for tearing flesh. They come in a variety of colours including brown, red, black and white.[1]

Habitat and ecology

While rocs are equally at home hunting over sea or land, they normally live only in mountainous areas, ideally making their nest upon a crag inaccessible to ground dwellers. These nests are normally made of large trees, rocks, and even chunks of masonry.[1] Rocs are known to dwell amongst the Wyvern Mountains,[2] Kodar Mountains,[3] the Fog Peaks[4] of Avistan, and even on the barren island of Three Hags Rock in the Ironbound Archipelago.[5] They hunt on the Nesmian Plains of southern Nirmathas.[6] Rocs only mate once a decade and are highly anti-social otherwise, often even attacking other rocs that venture into their hunting ground. After mating, the female lays a clutch of three to five eggs; the parents then alternate hunting patterns, with one parent always remaining close to the nest. When hunting, rocs normally grab their prey, snatching them skyward before dropping them from a great height and feasting on what remains.[1]

Despite their vast size, rocs are still just animals and can be trained like any other animal; roc eggs can fetch over 4,000 gold pieces at market. Of course, their vast size makes training rocs incredibly challenging for most human-sized trainers, however, giants face no such problems. Both cloud and storm giants are renowned for keeping rocs as pets and sometimes even using them as flying mounts.[1]

Variants

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Bestiary (First Edition), p. 236. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jacob Frazier. (2008). The Cinderlands. A History of Ashes, p. 65. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-093-3
  3. James L. Sutter. (2007). Varisia. The Hook Mountain Massacre, p. 64. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-038-4
  4. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 185. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  5. Matthew Goodall, Jonathan Keith, Colin McComb, and Rob McCreary. (2011). Lands of the Linnorm Kings, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-365-1
  6. Crystal Frasier. (2017). The Nesmian Plains. Trail of the Hunted, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-926-4
  7. Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 228. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4