Roaming the countryside in massive herds, the Aarok quietly goes about their business searching and gathering food for their families. Although they own no possessions, the Aarok is a sentient creature of very advanced intelligence. They prefer to spend their days using telepathic communication with the rest of the herd. Matter of fact, for any telepathy-endowed race nearby, it sounds like a large and noisy gathering. As they search the surrounding area, they are constantly updating the rest of the herd with new information. It may seem that they would be too inundated with information but, somehow, they can filter out all of the noise and hone in only the information that they need.
The major benefit for the mind-sharing among the entire group is that they are able to solve complex problems extremely quickly. The sharing also allows them to partition information across multiple minds so that, in case one of the Aaroks dies, the knowledge is not lost. It is unknown if the mind sharing happens when Aaroks meet other herds. When talking with the mages that have encountered them, they tend to indicate that this is not the case; that Aaroks can only mind-link with their own group.
Even though they tend to prefer to speak within their own groups, they are still capable of speaking basic elemental so that they can communicate with the other sentient races. In general, communications with others tend to be more about information sharing. Since they don’t tend to need any possessions, their only desire is to obtain more information. This new information is shared with the group and passed down through the ages..
When someone first meets an Aarok, they get the sense that they are dealing with an animal or ignorant race. Walking on all fours most of the time, the Aarok looks like any basic beast of burden or grazing animal. The Aarok will use this to their advantage when gaining new information from others. They will play “stupid” in order to gain the upper hand in information gathering and negotiation.
As a pacifist, the Aarok will generally avoid any conflict. If conflict does happen, they have two major forms of attack: trampling and striking with their legs/forearms. The trampling would generally happen if there is a large group of them around. The mind-link would notify the other members of the herd of who the target is.
In cases where the Aarok is alone, then it is always surprising that they can stand on their hind legs. When that happens, they are usually around 8’ tall and easily walk and swing with their forearms for a short period of time. Although not great fighters, they would prefer to run away as opposed to using this method.
Image Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness)