The first is Dire Boar. Like its common relative the wild boar (Sus scrofa) dire boar lives in forested areas. Unlike its cousin, however, it preys on
|A common boar. Photo by Valentin Panzirsch - File:Wildschein, Nähe Pulverstampftor.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0 at, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46902117|
|Dire Boar, as depicted by experts on http://www.swordfishislands.com|
Suppose you manage to escape the dire boar, but you had planned to run two laps in the now dire-boar infested territory. You could stick to just one circuit, and give in to the putative threat of another dire boar encounter. However, you realise you're now facing another phenomenon, somewhat similar to The Call of Cthulhu: it is Dread. Veteran
Overcoming dread whilst running over 20k is energy draining but rewarding, though. You (should) feel much better for it afterwards, as it added additional challenge (and bonus XP as well?). Provided that the boar does not get you when you cross its territory again.