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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the aurumvorax, or "golden gorger," is a magical beast.

Ecology

The aurumvorax seems to have a deep affection for precious ores and minerals, which it consumes to supplement its mainly carnivorous diet. It often lairs near places where such things can be found. Gold seems to be its preferred inorganic dish. Many say that the aurumvorax's disproportionate strength is due to eating these things. The aurumvorax is widely hunted for its fur, which can be used to make garments of great strength and beauty.

Environment

The aurumvorax makes its home in alpine forests. Aurumvoraxes often burrow into solid rock to make their lairs.

Typical physical characteristics

An aurumvorax resembles something akin to a rodent such as a badger, weasel, marmot, gopher or ferret, but larger, and it has eight legs. It also has slightly leonine features, and its golden-brown fur is as strong as plate armor. Despite the small size and rodent-like appearance, the aurumvorax is quite physically powerful.

Alignment

Aurumvoraxes are neutral.

Society

The aurumvorax is a solitary creature with similar habits to many real-life woodland animals.

Aurumvoraxes cannot speak.

Creative origins

The aurumvorax was created by Gary Gygax, and first appeared in 1980's Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.

References

  • Feil, Mark. "The Ecology of the Aurumvorax" Dragon #132 (TSR, 1988).
  • Gygax, Gary. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (TSR, 1980).
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