Questions tagged [mythical-creatures]

For questions about animals or non-sentient beings 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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Why haven't humans been absorbed or exterminated by orks?

Ork advantages: Strength: orks are, on average, twice as strong as humans. Reproduction: ork females rarely die in childbirth and usually have twins. Height: orks can reach up to almost 8 feet tall....
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Under what circumstances could an advanced civilization have detailed cultural awareness of monsters", but minimal scientific data?

Under what circumstances could a civilization that was roughly 100 years in advance of present day American society have a strong cultural awareness of "monsters" that included myths and ...
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Could giants fit into a forest?

In my fantasy world, the forests are massive, reaching for miles and miles over the country, full of amazing creatures and just wonderful things. The thing is, I want my world to be relatively young, ...
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How would winged mounts affect the architecture and layout of cities? [duplicate]

So, the setting I am building for a story has gryphons, which are used as the primary mounts by the people of the main country. I am trying to figure out the implications of this, and how it would ...
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Ecologically Correct Hugag [closed]

The hugag is a fearsome critter with an inefficient-seeming anatomy: They are quadrupedal mammals, similar to ungulates. However, their limbs are jointless, with a single long segment that connects ...
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Chompers and Terrain

It's been awhile, but I'm back with a question I probably should have asked long before now, involving Chompers and terrain. The trouble is, Chompers have suction cups for feet, using the muscular cup ...
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Why do minotaur need glasses when their eyes are at the sides?

Minotaur is a race of mythical bipedal creature that is half man half cow, suppose they got integrated into our society due to them being relatively friendly and intelligent so we are starting to ...
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How would griffins collect materials for their nests?

Seeing as griffins are much bigger creatures than birds, plenty more twigs and sticks would be required and so larger size too. So how would griffins go about collecting materials for their nest? One ...
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How does a Sphinx strangle its victims with no hands?

The Greek Sphinx is a mythological creature with a woman's head and the feet of a lion, which kills its victims by strangulation While this is all well and good for a written myth, it has some glaring ...
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Could this filter feeder have a hybrid lung-stomach organ?

The creature is a small reptilian creature, about 15cm long. It feeds on aeroplankton, which in its environment are very plentiful. Other than that, its environment is essentially the same as Earth's ...
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Why would a small climbing herbivore have tusks?

The muscaliet is a small arboreal mammal, similar in some ways to the wolpertinger. It is found in places like South Asia It has a hare-like body, with the feet and legs more like a squirrel. The tail ...
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How can enormous giants hide their existence in a modern city?

Meet the Artarons, a group of giants of unknown origin. This troop consists of 15 humongous human-like giants, they have been living isolated in the woods to keep themselves secluded from the modern ...
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Griffin with Hybrid Foreleg Anatomy

Griffins, as winged quadrupeds, have a rather implausible anatomy at first glance. However, they also have many traits that seem to allow for a distinct anatomy Specifically, this anatomy would ...
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Ecologically Correct Wolpertinger

The wolpertinger is a hybrid animal similar to a jackalope, that is found in places like southern Germany It resembles a squirrel overall. The head is like a hare, with a pair of antlers and fangs/...
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Anatomically Correct Kampe

The Kampe is a great horrid dragon with a very unique form They have a roughly humanoid shape. Above the shoulders is a single great stem-neck from which 51 heads (one human, 50 bestial) grow. The ...
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crystalline fungi: is it possible, or should I excuse it with mAgIc/

A species of fungi known as Golloriee is a fairly uncommon creature I've come up with. Its origins are certainly very unnatural, but have been shrouded in folklore over time, they say the crystals ...
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Ecologically Correct Land Fish

The land fish is a species of fish that is, as the name implies, fully terrestrial. Their anatomy is still fish-like, though. Specifically, they have a wide head like a monkfish, with the mouth on the ...
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Why would dragons have plated bellies?

Dragons are often depicted with a set of plate-like scales along their belly like a snake. In snakes, this adaptation is to aid in their slithering locomotion. However, dragons don't slither; they ...
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Ecologically Correct Juvenile Phoenix

The phoenix is a bird that closely resembles a large eagle, but is distinguished by its life-cycle: Rather than laying eggs, they produce 2-3 small worms as they die and burn up, which feed on their ...
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Fire-monster Pouch Development

Kapowch is a kangaroo-like creature infused with Fire magic, which naturally leads to certain problems with its pouch, no matter how you slice it. First of all, even if it’s open like a real kangaroo’...
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Rubberizing's Effects on Giant Caterpillars

Giant caterpillars vs. Plops = Giant caterpillars > Plop It appears, since giant caterpillars lack bones and possibly rigid parts in general, they could serve as a viable Plop predator despite ...
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Anatomically correct amphisbaena

Amphisbaena is a creature from greek mythology. It is a snake, with another head at the end of its tail. I have a world in which I'm adapting various dragons to be scientifically viable. I've already ...
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Determining the Best Wild Anklebiter Predator

The natural sequel to Making a Predator For Wild Anklebiters, which was inconclusive. You see, Wild Anklebiters are chimeric monsters-being equal parts flower, worm, and leech-with a rather ...
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Feasibility of Giant Caterpillar Archetypes

Note: This question is not about the feasibility of giant caterpillars. That is covered by the addition of magic. However, evolution and natural selection still apply to magical beings (and I love ...
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Evolutionary pressures for carnivorous elves

In a fantasy world I am creating, there exists a race of elf-like hominids that exist along side other races in this world. Note the "elf-like" portion as while they do have: Pointy ears (...
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Role of Flayt in Medieval Fantasy Society

Flayt are a sentient species of anthropomorphic animal, similar to harpies or tengu. Their intelligence is equal and like unto that of a human. General Physiology: Flayt are covered in white feathers ...
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How can magical creatures created from mana be prevented from using mana to perform spells? [closed]

The moon is a celestial object that rotates around the earth and is made up of warpstone, a solidified form of mana. This warpstone radiates its energy toward earth, bathing the planet with waves of ...
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Would low-mounted wings work for animal flight?

The dragons of my world, like many historical dragon depictions, have their wings attached to the lowest part of the body, similarly to many planes. This is in contrast to all real winged animals, ...
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Ecologically Correct Hōsōgyo

The Hōsōgyo is a sea creature that roughly appears to be a humanoid shrimp Their torso is shrimp-like, with a hard carapace on the pereon and a long, narrow abdomen like a tail. Their body is 2.2m ...
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Explaining Flight for Mermaids

Alright, so after deciding mermaids would be an all-female species, I realized I had to put some work into reworking Sirens. Originally, the Greeks conceived of half-woman, half-bird creatures they ...
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Might this animal be able to fly?

This animal is a hybrid creature with a strange form that seems incapable of flight They have a streamlined, mammalian head, and the neck is long and flexible like a bird. However, it is much thicker ...
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Could my Dog-Turtles exist?

Dog-turtles are a species of Sauropsida from the Archelosauria clade, and from the Testudines class. They are a Koopa pastiche (Koopas are from Nintendo's Mario) (Koopas are themselves a Kappa ...
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Using winged-quadruped anatomy for many-winged fliers

There are many depictions of winged quadrupeds (tetrapods with 4 legs and wings as well), such as griffins, dragons, and Pegasus. Often they have a rather plausible-seeming shoulder anatomy Could this ...
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How does the Carnifowl hunt?

The carnifowl is a bird of a unique shape It is about 50cm long, with a wingspan of 110cm and legs only 5cm long. Its front half (chest, wings, beak) is like an eagle, though the head is feline and ...
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How does the Egg-Medusa move?

The egg-medusa is a small terrestrial being with a strange appearance: It resembles a human head without any neck, and instead of hair it has many avian heads and necks growing out of it, which cover ...
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What is the anatomy of the Egg-Medusa?

The egg-medusa is a small being with a strange appearance: It resembles a human head without any neck, and instead of hair it has many avian heads and necks growing out of it, which cover continuously ...
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Could this lindworm survive as a predator?

My lindworm is a dragon with a rather classical form They have a long body like a snake, and move by slithering. At their chest they have a pair of arms with raptorial claws. Their necks are long and ...
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Determining Predator/Prey Relationship for Plop and Chompers

Yes, I know I've created two different questions that resulted in a Plop or Chomper predator, respectively. However, given that Plops and Chompers are among the most common monsters in Alendyias, it ...
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Are there any specific supernatural/scientific creatures which might fuse and grant abilities to a person?

A character of mine gains certain abilities after a creature fuses with em as he dies. However, I don’t know of any supernatural creature that would do this or something similar which might explain ...
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Could the Classic Wyvern exist as a Tetrapod?

The wyverns in my world are similar to the classical depictions of wyverns, specifically in that the two legs are attached directly under the wings' shoulders, rather than the avian form found in ...
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How do Demigryphons hunt?

Demigryphon usually depicted as a quadrupedal hybrid creature with a body of a Big Cat and a head of a Bird of Prey. Most Big Cats from which it derives its' body plan stalk and ambush their prey - ...
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Explaining Giant Caterpillars that Chase Prey

The giant caterpillars in question are carnivorous, about the size of a barrel in width and length (ie. big enough to swallow an adult male whole), and have elongated limbs and mandibles to aid in ...
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How Do You Get Wood in a World Where Monsters Defend The Forests?

PROJEKT ' IRON SONG ' In the Empire of Tyvertsia, there are many strange and often hostile beasts—bears, mountain lions, sirin, bauk and the like—living among the wildlife of the thick Western forests,...
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Will my cyber-kraken fry itself with these electromagnetic powers?

I'm currently building a kraken for one of my worlds and wanted it to be a threat to my more tech-savvy protagonists. So, I want to give it some cybernetics. In particular, I want it to be able to ...
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Science of attack mechanics [closed]

My alien creature has ability to manipulate oceans enmasse without any magic ,no technology but only a biological method like powerful magnetic field how could it work? what materials is it ...
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Are Ulcerai Feasible?

Ulcerai are odd, parasitic fish. They let large animals like dragons eat them, then they resume life inside their stomach, protected from the acid by mucus-coated bodies (scales, gills, eyes, ...
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What Uses Will Chompers Have In Medieval Society?

This overdue question concerns Chompers, which are adequately explained in this link. As a general rule, humanity either eliminates species or finds a use for them, and so I have to wonder what humans ...
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How Can a Creature With Knockback Come to Exist?

Background: Alendyias is a world that was formed inside the Fracture of Reality, one that is still forming as the Fracture in Reality grows and absorbs other worlds in its path. Absorbed worlds and ...
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Ecologically Correct Ompax

Ompax spatuloides, a hoax, was thought to be a unique type of fish found near the Burnett River in Queensland, Australia. Presuming (for the purpose of this question) its reality, it has generic ...
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Anatomically correct Camazotz

Camazotz is a deity present in the Zapoteca, Mixteca and Maya cultures, a creature commonly represented as a giant humanioid bat and maybe inspired by the existance of the giant vampire bat, Desmodus ...
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