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The diatryma was a large, flightless bird native to the Underdark.[1]


The gigantic bird was about 8 ft (2.4 m)[2] - 12 ft tall.(3.7 m)[3] Its short wings rendered it flightless.[3] It had a thick neck and a deadly powerful hooked beak.[2]


The drow used their hugely plumed feathers for decoration.[1] The mercenary, Jarlaxle, sported one of these on his wide brimmed hat, as ornamental and as a functional magical item.[4] By blowing into the feather, Jarlaxle was able to summon a diatryma bird.[5]






  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 R.A. Salvatore (November 2005). The Legacy (reissued). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15. ISBN 0-7869-3984-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Warning: edition not specified for Promise of the Witch-King
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Warning: edition not specified for Road of the Patriarch
  4. Ed Greenwood (1992). Menzoberranzan (The Houses). (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 1-5607-6460-0.
  5. R.A. Salvatore (June 2005). Servant of the Shard. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3950-8.

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