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A storm roc.

A roc is an enormous raptor dwarfing most humanoids.1


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 Peaks4 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



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  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