Their squawk is unmistakable, a piercing cry across the plateau to scare off potential threats or orchestrate a flock’s attack. Rocs are the pack hunters of the Highlands, roaming the foothills in groups and led by a matriarch, larger both in size and attitude. Often growing taller than most men and armed with razor-sharp talons and pointed, muscular beaks, these birds are no easy prey. Though roc wings are too underdeveloped to be capable of sustained flight, they do allow the birds to hover short distances with the help of a well-timed pounce from their powerful legs.
- Locations: Preferring wide open spaces, rocs multiply in abundant numbers across the windswept plateau of the Highlands. Rumor has it the birds can be found beyond the sagastone pillars but this has yet to be proven.
- Species: Roc plumage can be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns from mottled blues and greens to sharp reds and oranges.
- Behavior: Relying on the strength of the flock, these birds often travel in groups of three or more to overwhelm their prey and intimidate predators.
- Abilities: Rocs’ large beaks are far from decorative, used to bite and tear at exposed flesh. Leading a flock, roc matriarchs can rally their group for focused attacks.
- Resources: Served up as a filet with a side of scrambled roc eggs, these birds can bring a weary warrior back from the brink. While colorful feathers are more common, the rarer black roc feathers have unique properties necessary for specialty crafting.
- Trivia: Defying expectations, roc meat tastes more like pork than poultry.