Bears are large mammals covered in dense fur, have large non-retractable claws, broad paws, and heavy heads and shoulders. They have acute senses, short tails, and are omnivores, feeding on everything from live prey to fish, to fruit, berries, and yes, honey. In the real world, the bear is the largest of the land predators, only outsized by marine predators such as crocodiles, sharks, and the toothed whales. Bears are solitary creatures, with the only social group being the short lived relationship between a mother bear and hear cubs, which they are notorious for defending.

Bears are unique in that they are slow predators, unable to mount impressive bursts of prey catching speed. They also lack specialized teeth. A polar bear and a black bear are basically the same tooth wise. As a counterpoint, the large hunting cats have teeth that have been specially adapted to hunting their particular prey. While the cat might be considered the superior hunter, they have never enjoyed the widespread range of the bear.

In fantasy the bear is much maligned, left to camper's horror stories, Winnie the Pooh, and the now infamous 'Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!' More flashy monsters appear in its place, carnivorous giants, ogres, trolls, wyrms and other glitzy monsters with kewl powerz and nifty abilities. Being the third most adaptable mammal, behind the wolf and man, the lowly bear would more than likey be able to find or make a place for itself in a fantasy realm at large. So I present the scroll of bear species for the grand realm of Aterrizar.

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The Black Bear

The smallest and most common of the Terran bear species, the black bear is also common in Aterrizar, ranging across the lower portions of the continent and especially in the kingdoms of Falhath and Zehin. It is not an apex predaotr in these regions, often outsized by other bear species and the rare dracomorph species. However, this doesnt limit the danger of the black bear. Of the bears it is the most likely to encounter humans on a regular basis, the most likely to engage poaching livestock, and the most likely to attack humans.

Real World species included for completeness

The Polar Bear

Few do not recognize the pale fur and inquisitive faces of the polar bear. An equal in size and power to the brown bear, the polar bear lives exclusively in arctic conditions where it's primary food comes from the fat reserves of seals. Unless a game ventures into the blinding cold of the north, these massive predators are unlikely to be encountered.

Real World species included for completeness

The Brown Bear

Also known as the kodiak and grizzly bear, this is the largest of the Terran bears. It can easily stand on its hind limbs, towering over even the tallest of men. It is an equal in size and strength to an average giant. Its claws are huge and it can kill most medium sized creatures with a swing of it's massive bone breaking paws. It shares domains with the smaller black bear which on occasion ends up as the brown bear's dinner.

Real World species included for completeness

Dzu Teh, the Blue Bear

This animal, known only from a pair of hides recovered from the Himalayas by Sir Edmund Hilary is an elusive and pale blueish-gray bear. Despite a number of expeditions to find it, and the yeti, no evidence other than the two pelts have been forthcoming.

Scrasamax's Blue Bear

The blue bear haunts the slopes and valleys of the Thorondrim mountains, foraging and hunting among the alpine heights. Its domains rarely cross those of the larger brown bears, but the blue bear is adept at avoiding discovery and is nearly impossible to track. Natives of the region, hardy mountain folk and goblins call it the Ghost Bear for its uncanny ability to vanish and remain undetected. It is an ambush predator that primarily feeds on mountain fish and the common Gorals of the Thorondrims.

The Golden Bear

A sub-species of the brown bear, the Golden Bear is found in areas that are rich in natural magics. The bear has developed a taste for the flesh of enchanted plants and animals and as such has developed a resistance to many of their innate magical defences. While in all aspects a normal bear with a somewhat blonde coat, it has a magic resistance against innate magics of 30%. Spells and cast spells face a lower 20% magic resistance. Lastly, the bear has a 90% resistance to animal controlling magics, sleep spells and the like.

The Honey-Pig

This diminutive bear species seldom reaches more than 200 pounds in weight and is often mistaken for a tailless dog. It is a very adept tree climber and primarily eats honey and honey producing insects. While this is it's primary food, it will not turn up it's nose at an unfortunate tree-dweller caught off-guard. This species is more common in the western lands, and in some of the Half-elf kingdoms they are frequently kept as exotic pets.

The Striped Bear

Named so for its brindled coat, this bear is light brown with dark brown and black barring. This makes the huge predator hard to pick out in it's native domain of The White Lands. It breaks up it's shilouette in the foliage, leaving most prey shocked when it suddenly appears with a crushing blow to the back or skull. The Hyloidians consider the animal to be a magical one as encountering one of these elusive animals is said to be a great and powerful omen. Many a Hyloidian shaman or blacksmith has gone on a quest to stalk one of these bears to gain insight to a known problem. While often the simple act of focusing on the bear and the hunt is enough to trigger some sort of inspiration, some report an almost magical sense of lucidity that comes from encountering the bear. This unfortunately doesnt occur when the bear encounters a human, few realize a bear has seen them, and those who are seen by a hungry bear are often never seen again.

Cave Bear

The ancient Thorondrim mountain range hides many secrets of the Old World. Among them is the cave bear. Now nearly extinct, these massive, ferocious beasts, were once feared, revered and even worshipped by the early races of Man. For it was this ursine giant which Man first encountered when he began to explore the myriad caves of his mountainous homeland. Much larger than a grizzly or polar bear, the cave bear subsists on a typically omnivorous diet, but has a preferance for meat, the fresher the better. Unlike its smaller, evolved and adapted cousins, the Cave Bear has no fear of Man. Incidents are extremely rare, but few mountain climbers and explorers have lived to tell of the experience of accidentally stumbling on an inhabited cave of one of these fearsome, primal creatures.

Arth Bears

Common Bear

The Common Bear is found almost everywhere in Arth, FirstLand, SecondLand, Northern ThirdLand, and MaskLand. There size and shape stays fairly standard (about that of a larger black bear), but with a greater range of fur colors. Common bears stand around three feet tall at the shoulder. Male Common Bears may grow 20 to 40 percent larger than females, and can grow more than six feet long (1.8 M) and weigh up to 650 pounds (300 kgs). The smallest male is about 200 lbs (100 kgs). Females rarely reach the larger sizes.

On FirstLand they have been shaped to be slighty smaller but range from white, to grey blue, to a woodsy brown. In SecondLand they come in golden/ blonde and black. Thirdland has a polyglut of colors in the few biomes they are ranging in. Maskland bears are the smallest and blackest of the bears.

Rock Bears

These are found only on ThirdLand and only in the Northern Dwarven Mountains. Competing with some serious predators for food has created a powerful creature. These creatures, to the terrestrial eye, are a mix between a Kodiac Bear and a Gorrilla. They are 5 feet (1.5M) at the front shoulder, 3 feet (1M) at the rear. When standing they can reach nearly 9 feet (3M). They are 1100 lbs (500 Kgs) of muscle, fur, and fang. Rock Bears are solitary cave dwellers, only living in small family groups for breeding cycles. Their coloration cycles through the year, running from white/ light grey blue in the winter, to brown/black in the summer.

The Inner-Range Bear

Bears were common in the forests and hills of Bukdek in the time before the ancient Yorae Dynasty. But during that ancient empire, many of the large predators of the Bukdek region were hunted nearly to extinction, including bears, who have become almost totally unknown to the majority of Bukdeks. This has remained largely true through the time of the Commanderies and the Bukdek conquest(though between the Dynasty and the Bukdek Empire some sections of the land have become depopulated and filled again with wilderness).

A large exception to this is the wild and still-untamed region of the Inner Range, stretching from Peninsular Bukdek in the south (on the edge of the Southern Republics) into the midst of the continent. In this lawless wilderness can be found the great animal known as the Inner-Range Bear, or chakwurng dul-barg as it is called in Temak.

Inner-Range Bears are enormous, generally standing about 6 feet at the shoulder. It is rare for them to stand on their hind legs (it is theorized that their immense weight would make this painful) but they are known to rear into a slouching pose when threatened. They are covered in very shaggy brown-black hair, with a very stiff horripilation on the spinal-shoulder region.

The male Inner-Range Bear has a pair of very large sabre-tusks which jut from its lower jaw. The larger these tusks, the older the bear.

Sort of a mix of dire bear and sabretooth; I like to put an interesting spin on terrestrial animals for my settings