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Black Holes and Dragons (Episode 15): Owl Bears

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Tabletop role-playing games did not succeed in becoming widely accepted in Iranian culture, but their legacy, i.e. role-playing video games, compensated for this lack of popularity, and today role-playing games , both Western and Japanese, have many fans in our country. It may be hard to believe, but all these games directly or indirectly have the same root, and that root is the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which was released in 1974 and has been the face of the gaming industry ever since. Always changed. Games such as Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights are direct adaptations of D&D, and many other titles such as The Witcher and Dragon Age are directly and indirectly from D&D games were inspired to take a different path. In this series of articles, we intend to get to know more about the D&D world, because getting to know D&D means getting to know a large part of the game world. Stay with us.

You know, I read somewhere that a long time ago, a wizard created an Owl bear as his protector. This sorcerer combined the power of the bear and the power of the Owl to make his creature reach the maximum level of ability. Why didn't he put wings for the Owl bear? I mean, owls make almost no sound when they fly. It's strange that he didn't pay attention to such a clear point."

"Let's be happy that he didn't pay attention, kid. Do you know what would happen if we had flying Owl Bears around here? I don't even want to think about it."

"I think you're right."

"Owl bear ecology", issue 214 of the journal Dragon

As your companions set up camp, you are tasked with finding food. You search the surrounding forests to find edible mushrooms or, if you're lucky, a huntable animal. While searching, you come across a raspberry bush. As you are picking raspberries, you hear leaves rustling behind you. When you turn to look behind you, you see a huge animal in front of you, whose body is covered with feathers.

At first you think you have seen a bear, but this creature's face does not look like a bear. This creature has a sharp tip instead of a snout. You slowly move away from the animal, but suddenly it makes a screeching and ear-splitting sound and attacks you directly.

This creature is called Owlbear. The Owl Bear is one of the most iconic monsters in Black Holes and Dragons, which has stood the test of time proudly despite staying put after decades.

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A picture of an Owl bear

The Owl bear is not a creature that has been created around it like Dragons or mind crushers. However, it is a memorable monster and has appeared in many adaptations and modules.

In this article, we will have a brief look at Owl Bears and their ecology.

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  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part IV): Scavenger Reptiles
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part V): Dragons
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part VI): Demons and Demons
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Owl Bears Release Date

Owl Bears first appeared in Greyhawk Supplement (Greyhawk Supplement) were introduced for the first edition of D&D in 1975 and their creator was Gary Gygex. Gygex said he was inspired to create the creatures by a toy mannequin he found in a bag at a retail store. The creatures inside the bag were identified as prehistoric creatures.

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A picture of the initial design of the Owl bear

These toys were inspired by various monsters from Japanese kaiju movies - such as Godzilla. Gygax also inspired some of the well-known monsters He also created other D&D's, such as Bullette and The Rust Monster.

In the Greyhawk supplement, the Owl Bear is described as a terrifying creature that has a bear-like body and attacks with its sharp spikes.

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A picture of an Owl bear

The Owl bear has been popular since its introduction and has appeared in every monstrosity lore for every edition of Black Holes and dragons. In issue 214 of the Dragon Magazine, published in February 1995, there was an article entitled "Ecology of the Owl Bear". The main source of the information you will read further is this article.

The main characteristics of Owl Bears

Behind the creation of the Owl bear lies a simple idea: this creature It is a combination of a bear's body and an owl's head. A typical Owl bear is between 2.5 and 3 meters tall and its body is covered with feathers instead of fur. This creature has a sharp point on its mouth and a sharp fork on each of its claws.

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A picture of an Owl bear

The Owl bear is a skilled hunter and has a very strong sense of sight and smell. When it finds its prey, thanks to its flexible arms, it quickly grabs it and tears it apart with its beak or claws. Owl Bears are considered carnivores, but they also eat honey like normal bears.

Because of its owl-like head, this creature can only see in front of itself, but instead it can turn its head on a 270-degree axis. It is very difficult to approach these creatures stealthily because their hearing is extremely strong. Their eyes also have a third transparent eyelash that protects them from dust, gravel and too bright light.

One way to survive against Owl Bears is to climb a tall tree, as And the weight of these creatures does not allow them to climb the tree and similar objects. However, they are willing to wait until the prey is forced down from the tree. Also, if the size of the tree is not too big, they can overturn it by their own force. "wp-caption-text">Image of an owlbear vs an adventurer

Owlbears usually make their homes in caves and ruins. They also drag their prey back to their home to swallow them whole. Usually, they leave a part of the carcass of their prey around their home to attract scavengers and scavengers to their home and kill and eat them too.

The Owl bear considers itself the king of its territory. And if it is hungry enough, it will attack any creature it sees around it - regardless of its size and ferocity.

Also, these creatures leave deep slits on the tree trunks around their home with their claw tips. They have two goals from this work: 1. Keep your nails sharp 2. Warn other polar Bears not to approach their territory.

Polar Bears generally hunt alone, unless they have mated. If an area is full of food, a family of Owl Bears may stay together longer than usual because they don't have to compete for food.

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A picture of an Owl bear with her cubs

Owl Bears reproduce by laying eggs. A female owlbear generally lays between one and six eggs. These eggs grow into perfect orbs, and if someone is brave or foolish enough to steal a few of them, they will get a lot of money for them.

After the Owl Bears hatch, their parents They are given the meat of an animal that has just been killed, because female Owl Bears do not produce milk by themselves. The mother raises the cubs for two years. After this period, the cubs are taught to hunt for themselves.

After this period, family members may stay together if there is enough food available. Otherwise, the cubs will wander off to find their own territory.

The Pedigree of Owl Bears

Over the years about the Pedigree of Owl Bears There are many discussions. Their unique physiology suggests that they are the result of magical experiments; For example, combining a giant Owl with a bear by a mad witch.

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Image of an owlbear

The ancient elves claim that owlbears have existed for thousands of years. Of course, this claim does not exactly reveal their origins. The fairies of the magical world of the Feywild insist that owlbears have always existed in their realm.

Uses Owl Bears

Whatever their origin, they are so numerous that if you are roaming the forests around the world, you have to be careful. Of course, some profit-seeking people are trying to tame a number of Owl bears, like many other animals, for various reasons.

Of course, this is not an easy task at all, and that is why the eggs of Owl Bears are so expensive. has a high Because this animal is very useful if it is tamed.

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Some people breed these creatures as their personal companions or guardians. Some other people use these creatures as their mounts because they may not like a normal mount like a horse. Some societies also use them as war animals or guardians of their territory against foreign invaders.

Some other societies also use them in the field of sports and entertainment. Even some remote communities hold Owl bear competitions. In these contests, a grizzly bear is as likely to finish the race as it is to tear its rider apart.

Worse, hungry grizzly Bears are sometimes thrown into gladiatorial arenas instead of poor gladiatorsas rivals. Very hard - face them.

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Owl bear transformations

Owl Bears have a few different transformations, although their transformations are not as extreme as some other monsters' transformations.

Arctic owlbear is mostly a combination of polar bear and white Owl and lives in cold regions of the world. These creatures are skilled swimmers and have a more aggressive behavior due to their constant hunger.

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Image of Polar Owlbears

Winged Owlbear is much more unique and has a large pair of wings that allow it to fly. Flying allows these creatures to monitor a larger portion of their territory, as well as land stealthily on their victims' heads. This is a very horrible situation for the victim. From the winged Owl bear

It is also said that there are more gigantic transformations of Owl Bears and some of them reach 4.5 meters in size and weigh more than 400 kilograms.

Like some creatures Another one that has been introduced so far, the Owl bear is not going to surprise you with its centuries of rich culture and complex society. The Owl bear is just an animal, but a very unique and symbolic animal. In the world of D&D, not every threat faced by a group of adventurers is supposed to have a detailed story background.

However, the Owl bear is a creature to watch out for. Because even if the adventurers are more powerful than the Owl bear, they should know that this creature will never surrender without a brutal fight.


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