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Rock apes are animals native to the world called Hsien (the "Land of Unknown Shadows") mentioned a few times in Soldiers Live. They were a minor nuisance around the Black Company's headquarters – Outpost – a small city near the Hsien Shadowgate. Croaker complained about the critters in his Annals:

The rock apes haunting the ruins lying where Kiaulune stands in our own world are as pesky and numerous as a plague of locusts. They are smart enough and deft enough to get into anything not locked up magically. And they are fearless. And Tobo is too soft of heart to employ his supernatural friends in a swift educational strike.

Croaker later noted that these apes often intimidated one another by baring their fangs. After the rock apes emigrated, flocks of crows grew in size.

Though the homeworld and Hsien mysteriously share largely identical geography, these specific animals are not found in the homeworld.

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