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Alignment Neutral Evil
Type Monstrous humanoid
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Publication history
Source books Tome of Horrors 1, 1E Monster Manual 2, Greyhawk (MC5), Monstrous Manual, Unapproachable East

In the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the taer is a monstrous, primate-like creature.

Publication history[edit]

The taer first appeared in first edition in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The taer appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1989),[2] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]

The taer appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms setting as a player character race in Unapproachable East (2003).[4]


The taer absolutely despises company, and kills anything that comes near it. It attacks first by throwing bone spears at intruders, and then, if the spear misses or does not kill the victim, it moves in to pummel and tear the victim apart. It uses the remains to make more bone spears. They also fight with crude wooden clubs and cudgels.


Taers live in cold mountain caves, far away from civilization.

Typical physical characteristics[edit]

A taer resembles a muscular gorilla with a vertically elongated head, and gritty white fur (the creature is similar in appearance to a yeti).


Taers are typically neutral evil.


The weak will and low intelligence of taers leads them to be commonly enslaved by other, more intelligent evil creatures, such as demons, who use them as cheap, disposable henchmen and guardians.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. ^ Breault, Mike, ed, et al. Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1990)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. ^ Baker, Richard, Matt Forbeck, and Sean K. Reynolds. Unapproachable East. Renton, WA.: Wizards of the Coast, 2003

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