Wild pigs the size of oxen and covered in coarse hair that hides long, sharp spines similar to a porcupine’s. Violently bad-tempered and territorial, Bristle Boars are prone to attack anything they consider threatening or edible (being pigs, their definition of ‘edible’ is rather broad). Unafraid of attacking creatures bigger than them, they are also fierce enough, and their tusks long enough, to prevail against most.
To most races Bristle Boars are a menace best avoided. Although their tusks are valuable, their hides durable and their flesh nourishing, rarely is taking on a Bristle Boar worth the price in lives and materials that the beast is likely to set. Orcs, however, seem to have found a kindred spirit in these vicious creatures, and it is a mark of heroic bravery and prowess to catch one alive and use as a warmount. Orcs are the only race known to have broken the Bristle Boar as a riding animal – granted, a small minority even survive the attempt, and most other peoples are disinclined to risk having their guts gored out for the sake of a homicidal steed.