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Questions tagged [mythical-creatures]

For questions about creatures that are not found on Earth. These can be anything from dragons to Pegasus to your own made-up creature. They just need to not exist on this Earth.

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Draconic Centaurs

And you thought I was finally done with centaur questions. I have a centaur race called the Draconitaurs. They're essentially centaurs, but with western dragons instead of horses. The dragon tropes ...
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Why would my carnivorous species condemn murder? [closed]

The members of this species are carnivorous pack animals with human-like intelligence, with the majority of them being a part of a supersized "megapack." They frequently kill for food or defense. ...
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Metamorphosis Lycanthropy Part 2

If you notice the part two, yeah I had one before this. Please read it before reading this one: Metamorphosis Lycanthropy Edit: just figured out it was closed. Sigh . . . Edit 6 You have been ...
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Historical or mythological Monster Hunter organization

My search for "Monster Hunter" invariably gives me a ton of results related to the videogame and this is making my research a bit tricky. What I'm looking for is any instance in history of a real ...
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What Purpose Would a Unicorn's Horn Serve in the Wild?

This famous tapestry shows all the "modernized" traits of a unicorn--basically just a pale-colored horse with a single horn on its head. Of course, single-horned animals do and did exist: The only ...
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Metamorphosis Lycanthropy [closed]

Edit 1.5 You are a biologist and have perfected a Werewolf Serum 6, a special virus that interacts with the brain and will make a human turn into a werewolf-like animal. The serum is created with ...
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Alternate paths to orthostasis

I've asked a whole array of questions, so far, centered around an ongoing project of mine that features a world, in an alternate evolutionary timeline, where a variety of well-known mythological ...
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How does a mimic move?

Alright, so take your basic (not DnD or any other universe specific) mimic: an unassuming treasure chest that turns out to secretly be a monster as soon as you open it. This particular creature is one ...
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How can a medieval city built in the desert defend against sandworm attacks? [closed]

I'm writing this book series called the Weasel Sagas (link here for more on that) that has this planet called Aurea. Aurea is the planet in this universe most similar geographically to Earth, with ...
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Viability of Scansoriopterygid wyverns

Scansoriopterygidae was a family of theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic, the most well-known member of which was Yi Qi. They are thought to have been arboreal insectivores, and ...
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Capture a city of wild spirits by humans without an arms battle? They can be attracted to a vessel they will attach/feel drawn to and stop resisting [closed]

I need to attack a city under the control of evil spirits to take back control. Since the enemy are spirits, physical or arms warfare will not help. Since spirits are shown to exist, magic is ...
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Could an intelligent race of seals craft tools effectively?

A while ago, I asked a bunch of questions about my alternate Earth timeline, which contains plausible fantasy creatures. One of the concepts I've devised more recently is a solution for mermaids (Most ...
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Can a continental scale creature develop it's own ecosystem? How?

I am designing a monster that is as large as a continent. It flies across the planet very slowly and has basically a snake form. Life cannot exist on the planet's surface so the animals are drawn to ...
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What would a medieval war against a subterranean race look like?

To round off the little series started by this and this, I figured that I should add this question. The setting: there is a race of underground people living beneath a human kingdom. To avoid the ...
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What would a medieval war against an air-borne race look like?

So I've been inspired by this question to ask what would a medieval war against an airborne hominid (let's call them harpies) be like? Basically most of the assumptions about the meerfolk of the ...
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Tusks of a Cyclops

It has been said that one of the inspirations of the Cyclops of Greek mythology was from a skull of a dwarf elephant. Being twice the size of a human, people interpreted the nasal cavity (for the ...
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What would a medieval war against an aquatic race look like?

The setting; there’s a large population of merfolk living in the ocean, and a developing seafaring human nation on the neighbouring coastline. These merfolk are entirely aquatic. They have gills and ...
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Why would dwarves ride griffins? [closed]

Something I noticed is that a fair amount of famous fantasy fiction depicts dwarves riding griffins (e.g. Warhammer, Warcraft). Ignoring for a moment why dwarves seem to have little difficulty ...
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Justifying why a troll's skin would turn to stone in sunlight

It's a fairly common legend that trolls turn to stone when exposed to daylight, and I was thinking about using such a creature in a story. I'm searching for a plausible way of justifying such a ...
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What are some ways to explain why a ghoul feeds exclusively on humans?

In "The Thousand and One Nights", the ghouls were vile tricksters and ravenous flesh eaters. They kidnapped victims and lured lustful men to their doom by taking the guise of beautiful women. ...
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How to balance my magic robots so they don't monopolize my story?

A setting I've been planning for a while involves a function of magic that can animate objects using the magical equivalent of programmable functions. A wizard/witch/magic-user uses a magic language ...
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Anatomically Correct Succubus

The succubi are popularly represented as women with horns and bat-like wings. They feed on the vital energy in myths, but could a humanoid creature resembling a woman evolve and feed only on human ...
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Is there any natural material that could be used to make fireproof feathers?

The general idea I'm looking to support here is that of a bird that produces a natural grease/oil that covers its feathers, similar to real-world waterfowl. Assume the purpose of this oil is to be lit ...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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Is it possible to detect a flying creature hiding inside a cloud with our current technology?

In my story, flying creatures rule the sky. These creatures are usually tiny like an eagle or a vulture compared to huge (cumulus/cumulonimbus) clouds and these creatures always hunt and hide as ...
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What happens when a dryad tree awakens? [closed]

A dryad is a fey-like creature bound to a tree. Always female and mostly human-shaped with some tree-like features, her life-force is bound to her tree - should the tree die then so does the dryad and ...
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Anatomically Correct Siren?

I am interested in creating a reality based version of a creature from Greek mythology called a Siren. Sirens were believed to combine women and birds in various ways. In early Greek art, Sirens ...
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What guns could a WerWolf use? [closed]

Assume these WerWolves are about 8ft tall and are human-level sentient can move their fingers like humans as far as the trigger goes. Besides larger than normal trigger guards, what other features ...
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Anatomically Correct Inklings

I’m writing a Splatoon fanfic, and I was hoping to make it a bit more science-based than the minuscule information we’re provided in-game. The two primary features of Inklings are their ability to ...
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Anatomically Correct Vodník

A submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. The Vodník (or Vodyanoy) are very interesting water spirits from Slavic mythology.They're described to have long green hair, and a face like a frog. ...
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Man-portable weapons for post-disaster Arkansan troll hunters

I have a short story in the making where two young men go hunt a troll for an old widow. I have some ideas for what they could be carrying, but am aware that messing up something as fundamental as ...
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Weight of Colossal Fantasy Creatures Based on Length and Dimensions

I'm pretty much looking for an easy (or not) formula for calculating the mass and/or weight of fantasy creatures on an Earth-like planet with similar gravity. My world's dragons sometimes reach over 1 ...
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Anatomically correct Dungeons and Dragons Mimic?

This one’s a bit of a stretch, so bear with me. The classic monster in table top games and video games alike: a monster that can imitate the shape of things (mostly treasure chests) to lure in people ...
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Are my wing-walking griffins viable?

This is the third question in a series of such for my worldbuilding project that deals with plausible fantasy creatures. Previously, I have pondered cockatrices and hydras, but now we move on to ...
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Convenient teeth for a bloodsucking vampire

So I got this species of vampire-creatures (no conversion of other species, just mating and reproducing in typical mammalian fashion) that subsist entirely on blood. I'm using a bit of magic to imply ...
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How could a human be corrupted into a demon?

In many stories, the transformation of human to demon has been interesting to think about. This of course extends to mythology: In multiple folklore, it's said that Lilith became a demon of her own ...
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Why wouldn't elves be the dominant species?

One of the commonest depictions of elves are as incredibly long-lived humanoids, sometimes utterly immune from death of natural causes. They are also more graceful and more coordinated than humans, ...
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Building structures underwater: What could a giant crab do?

Okay, so I was working on making a sapient creature that lives underwater ended up with what was basically a two-hundred pound crab. They have human level language skills, and I decided to justify ...
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How could Giants sit in public transit?

An extension to another question about public transit and mythical humanoids. In the same modern world as proposed, there are Giant humanoids with a decent population of 50,000,000 . But not in the ...
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Could winged humanoids perch on public transit?

In modern times, public transport, whether it is buses, trains, or taxis, makes long-term travel more convenient. Also in that same world, there are winged humanoids capable of actual flying, with ...
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Sapient species that is immune to damage from heat. What are the ramifications?

So I'm writing a story that has a species that's immune to being burned or suffering any kind of ill effect from being heated, functionally regardless of the temperature (I'm not planning on tossing ...
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Could a humanoid species exist with vastly different heights?

Many mythological humans vary in depictions. Let's use Trolls from Scandinavia as an example. Some are said to be giants compared to humans (I'd imagine twice the height), and some, like Danish Trolls,...
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How dragons deal with lack of fingers [duplicate]

This was touched on in here: "dragons as you describe them do not have the appendages necessary for careful, accurate control of their environment". If there are "classic" dragons (i.e. large and ...
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Anatomically Correct Oni

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Originating from Japan, the majority of depictions of Oni (Kijo to refer female Oni/demons) are hideous, gigantic (taller than the tallest ...
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Anatomically Correct Demons

Demons have been a staple of multiple religions for thousands of years, just like angels. While some of the points brought up in the Anatomically Correct Angels post (and other posts on flying ...
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Shapes for an infinite animal?

This creature exists in an infinite world, a flat landscape that extends ad infinitum, where light rains from the sky from infinity during recurrent day-night cycles, and, similarly, the ground goes ...
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Can humanoids be reborn from a tree?

Details: A culture of dryads has a strange death tradition. When a dryad dies there's usually a medic, or better say a "shaman" that rips a strange looking organ or gland off their head. The gland, ...
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How CAN we scale up living creatures to be giant sized?

Piggybacking on this question: Can you simply scale up animals? how CAN we scale up living creatures to be giant sized? What would need to done to make truly giant animals (Dragons, Kong, Godzilla, ...
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Is it possible for a creature to eat dreams and/or thoughts?

I was thinking of something akin to the Baku of japanese mythology, a creature able to eat people's dreams. If something like this existed, how would it be able to do that (or at least something ...
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Why would mankind hate mythological creatures after living thousands years side by side?

In the world I've built, people and mythological creatures (dwarfs, elves, et cetera) once lived side by side. They fought together, they lived together, they could marry each other and loved each ...