Thanks lol This just started as a joke...a dumb barbarian/new pc kept confusing lizard-bulls with bull-lizards. One is huge and nasty, one is tiny and harmless :P Lockwhistle offers a tongue-in-cheek primer for the braincells-challenged.
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Another one was going to be a short primer on: How can you tell if the "book" you're holding is an evil magic item, as opposed to a regular book. And so on...
Let me once again address the differences between these often and sometimes tragically confused names, so that needless bloodshed can be avoided by the confused adventurer.
I will just say if forced to pick between the two as adversaries, I would have to think on it for a half-minute but probably take my chances with the big dumb birds.
A gigantic but rather harmless bird. Well, mostly harmless. The truth is it is rather dangerous. It is after all a gigantic bird so caution should be used during encounters. Literally the size of oxen these creatures act in every way as their mundane tiny cousins. Why they exist is anyone's guess. We can only hope this was not yet another one of those "wizard's experiment gone awry", or worse, a "practical joke of the gods." If every one of these (thankfully rare), dive-bombing, cottage-crushing behemoths were exterminated, the world would be a safer place for adventurers.
Unlike their (much) lesser cousins who utilize speed and quick strikes to hunt insects, Ox-swallows seem to rely on their obnoxious strength and brute force to hunt, well, anything that looks edible to their fist-sized soulless, shining-black eyes!
Fearsome chieftain and war-leader of the Tribe of the Great Boast, Swallow-Ox earned her name, and should never be confused with an Ox-Swallow.
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This giant of a woman was said to have swallowed an entire roasted ox in a single gulp. The truth of the matter is that she probably ate a whole haunch of ox quickly, or perhaps a huge portion of ox in one sitting, but we will never know for sure. Regardless, this earned her name and eventually her position. Well that and the fact that her ferocity in battle is unmatched, as her skill with the long-axe unrivaled. Swallow-Ox commands four hundred mustached (the women as well), axe and shield wielding berserkers, and should be avoided at all costs. Unless your are planning a war, in which case know that the tribe of the Great Boast are willing mercenaries. Swallow-Ox always demands payment in gold.