|Environment||Warm mountains or deserts|
Source: The Jackal's Price, pg(s). 84-85
Rukhs are gigantic two-headed vultures with that haunt the clear blue desert skies. While vultures are scavengers the Rukh cares little if its meal is dead or alive.
These creatures closely resembles their smaller cousin the vulture but with two heads and on a truly massive scale. Their feathers are as black as night but unlike most bird feathers they are greasy. While it's beak is huge (and in combat devastating) its talons are also the size of longswords and have such strength behind them that they can sheer through rock. Adult rukhs typically stand thirty five feet tall with a wingspan of at least sixty feet and typically weigh around eight hundred pounds though specimens larger than this are not unknown or, unfortunately , even that uncommon.
Habitat & EcologyEdit
Rukhs prefer the desert environment and unlike the vulture it is the only place they can be found hunting. Their preferred prey is large animals like horses and camels though they happily eat lone humanoids often even attacking small caravans. While rukhs hunt in the desert there are no trees there big enough to support one of its massive nests so they usually have to nest atop cliffs or mountains. With the speed at which the rukh flies its lair can sometimes be up to a hundred miles from its hunting ground amongst snow topped mountains.
Rukhs are the some of the most deadly opportunistic hunters that dwell in the desert. Despite their vulture like appearance the rukh is most closely related to Golarion's other enormous avian predator; the roc. Despite not being related to them the behaviour of young rukhs is remarkably similar to that of vultures, hunting in small flocks of up to ten birds preying on the dead and dying. The major difference is that young rukhs do not wait for the desert to finish of their victims. Thus the sight of a flock of two headed bird tends to send most desert dwellers into a panic. Most young rukhs do not make it to adulthood as they are often hunted for food, there large bodies can easily feed ten men for several days and there fresh corpses fetch a high price in desert cities like Katapesh.