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Snow Bulb Pig

The ruffled snow makes you stand in awe. Large hoof prints, reminiscent of pigs, mingle with the deep ruts. A few steps away, you see a deep hole in the ground, dug a good 3 feet into the snow cover. You can't see the creatures responsible for these tracks, but their many hoof prints are still clearly visible, pointing the way further into the ice plains.

Boars with Fur. Snow bulb pigs are large wild boars with dense white fur instead of bristles. They reach a shoulder height of 5 feet, have strong canines and large snouts like their relatives. In adolescence, two twisted horns similar to those of rams grow. Their hooves are designed to travel long distances and dig deep holes in the snow, leaving easily identifiable prints.

Sounders. The pigs live in groups of 2 to 3 males, about twice as many females, and their young. They migrate across the plains, covering many miles each day. Juveniles typically remain in their sounder for two years before leaving with some females to form their own sounder. However, when males of the sounder become old or sick, power struggles between them and the young arise, often ending deadly. The winner assumes the role of leader of the sounder.

Seeker of Mushrooms. Snow bulb pigs are omnivores. In the hostile environment of the ice plains, they have little else to eat. Their favorite food, however, is snow bulb mushrooms. Growing deep beneath the snow cover, the mushrooms give off a scent attractive to the pigs, who can smell them even through the snow, many hundreds of feet away. Using their snouts and powerful hooves, they dig up the mushrooms. With patience and proper training, the animals can be taught to find and dig up the mushrooms without eating them themselves. Many native tribes in the ice plains take advantage of this to get their hands on the tasty tubers.

Attackers in Adversity. The animals are usually harmless unless someone gets too close or doesn't leave them alone. Most attacks happen if they have young with them, or haven't found food in a long time. Watch out for their large tusks and strong bite, and don't let them ram you with their horns. Should they hit hard enough, they will take the opportunity of a prone opponent to use their strong bites, or if they're in a group trample over their victim repeatedly.

Your Character knows …

easy(DC 10)
The pigs live together in sounders with 2 to 3 males, several females, and their young. They are usually harmless.
medium(DC 15)
If the sounder feels threatened or has not found food for a long time, they sometimes attack.
hard(DC 20)
The pigs prefer to eat snow bulb mushrooms, which grow deep under the snow. It is possible to train to find the mushrooms without eating them, which takes about 3 months of daily work.

Signs of Presence

A dug-out crater about 3 feet deep in the snow.

Large hoof prints.

Medium (DC 15). A group of 7 (3d4) animals have made the prints.

Hard (DC 20). They are from pigs, though the shape is slightly different from normal, potentially to help with digging.

Churned snow.

What's it doing?

Digging in the snow for snow bulb mushrooms.
Lying in the snow, resting.
Wallowing in the snow.
Eating the carcass of a snow wolf.
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