"What are you, mad? Even the most giant of rats isn't going to present that much of a problem to anyone larger than a cat. Even the stories in the archives that tell of Blight-touched rats still only attributed them with the ability to spread the plague. The rats themselves got no larger than perhaps three feet in length, covered in sharp bony spikes and boils. Disturbing, certainly, but dangerous? This is no fantasy conjured by madmen, young man! You have much more important creatures to concern yourself with!"
—Transcript of a lecture given by Nalia, Senior Enchanter of Hossberg, 8:44 Blessed (Note: she was later eaten by a Blight Rat in 8:46 Blessed) —From Codex entry: Rat
Giant rats belong to several longtailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus; distinguished from the mouse by being larger.
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They are most commonly found in the Deep Roads, but they breed quickly enough that they inevitably spill into the surface world. They are scavengers par excellence, seeking food wherever it may be found. An individual giant rat is not much of a threat, but they hunt in packs and can be fearsome in numbers.