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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How to extract a dream?

A dream or nightmare, are creatures extracted malevolently from dreaming beings mainly humans and resemble the Eurasian blue tit. The creatures only desire is to return into a body by plunging its ...
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Creating a plausible Griffin [duplicate]

griffins are a fantasy staple I want to put my own realistic spin on this classic.Some characteristics of griffins include: are Tetrapods are slightly smaller than a lion can fly or at least glide ...
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Could the Ninki Nanka exist?

the Ninki Nanka is a mythical creature residing in West Africa which is commonly characterized as: being around 30 ft long having a long neck similar to a giraffe having crocodile-like scales having ...
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Could the Orang Pendek exist?

The orang pendek is a cryptid that reportedly inhabits remote, mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra (likely evolving from orangutans) and are depicted as: being 150cm (4.9ft) tall have ...
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How do I explain the phoenix's “rebirthing” process

Phoenixes are a unique type of wyvern not only due to their colorful feathers (which resemble flames) but also how they reproduce. Phoenixes lay 7 eggs which require a lot of heat to hatch. ...
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Could the Dobhar Chú exist?

Residing in Ireland, the Dobhar Chú is a creature of Irish folklore being depicted as: being carnivorous resembling an Otter being 7 ft long residing in lakes (optional) hunting in pairs (optional) ...
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Anatomically correct cockatrice

In short summary A cockatrice is is essentially a a two legged dragon that has the head and body of a rooster, it also has a serpentine like tail and either has feather like wings or webbed like ...
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What would be the best way to capture a Wyvern?

Wyverns in a lot of ways are living weapons. They're huge (roughly the size of quetzalcoatlus), can fly, can support the weight of ONE unarmored human, and can breathe fire. Given these traits, it's ...
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Biology needed for a supersonic dragon?

The dragon can achieve mach 1.5 in level flight and can achieve mach 2 in a dive. It likes to hunt its prey through use of kinetic energy like a Peregrine falcon. My theories: The dragon can ...
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Can these gargoyles exist?

Gargoyles are a staple of Gothic architecture and I've decided to give these creatures the time of day. Gargoyles are closely related to Nyctalus lasiopterus. Some characteristics of Gargoyles include:...
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Creating a realistic Sea Boar [duplicate]

In medieval art depicts a verity of odd animals one of which are these Sea Boars now it's mostly likely that they were based off whale bones which were misconstrued as boars. but let say that they ...
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Realistic Unicorns

Contrary to popular belief, Unicorns are not related to horses but instead are descended from the Siberian Unicorn. Over time: their fur became whiter they became slightly smaller they have an above-...
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Whats the largest a kraken could get? [duplicate]

Krakens are commonly depicted as being large enough to bring down entire ships: The largest animal ever, the blue whale can reach up to 33.8m (111ft) long but it seems that they've reached the limit ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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What are some examples of fae-like creatures in Native American folklore

In my story I'm setting up a cold war between a faction of Fae and the Native American equivalent. The Fae are your typical Unseelie Court where one should watch their words or get bamboozled. The ...
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What flaw keeps the mimics out and keeps the humans in?

A set of small isolated human populations, villages, although geographically close stay separate for one reason and one reason alone. Terrifying beasts that hunt human flesh and terrify children at ...
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How can an amorphous creature change viscocity at will?

In my fantasy setting, slimes are a species of giant (about eight cubic feet), single-celled amoeba. They have the ability to freely change their state and viscocity, being able to "melt" into a ...
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What would Mimics be like without human influence?

How would a wild Mimic differ in behavior compared to a dungeon mimic? What are the strategies they may employ? What would they mimic without human influence? In D&D and other media Mimics are ...
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How big is a dragon's hunting territory?

Dragons are very territorial apex predators. They build lairs on mountaintops, roost whenever they aren't hunting, and they hunt from the sky. With their size, wings and firebreath, there is no ...
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what use would abstract concepts have for biological organs?

There exists a parallel universe next to ours called the warp, in which inhabit creatures called angels or daemons. These creatures don't exist as physical entities, but abstract manifestations based ...
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Why don’t dragons fly low?

So, we have five floating islands in the southern sea. Their surfaces are mainly composed of fields of grass and fruit trees (weeds, non-profitable trees, etc. are disposed of) A dozen or so feet of ...
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How can a creature caught between realms feed on mortal prey?

This is a follow-up question to this: How could an abortion cause infertility in a witch? When the witch connected to a botchling dies, the creature loses its thether and becomes unbound to the ...
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Feasible explanation to the continued existence of dangerous magical creatures in a modern setting

The setting is based on the Earth during the 60's, but with two big changes: Magic exists (although somewhat limited to humanity). And so do all sorts of magical creatures (Dragons, dryads, ghouls, ...
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How can entrance through an open doorway only be possible from one side?

In the beginning, the universe existed as one, where humans and their gods lived among each other and existed within the same realm. Due to an ancient war, dubbed " The War in Heaven", circumstances ...
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Why would sacrificial ritual of virgin maidens appease the dragon of calamity? [closed]

Set in the Han Dynasty, Emperor User6760 together with his trusted subjects would be busy preparing the grand sacrificial ceremony which is held once every 76 years, Ok cut the crap version: a dragon ...
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How big do bird wings have to be relative to the size of the bird? [duplicate]

How do you estimate the ration of the torso of a bird to its wings? A bird in my world, the aquatic roc, is essentially a collasal pelican, big enough to scoop an average galleon, a ship of 160 feet. ...
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How to survive a Jaculas (javelin snake) attack?

So if you were running through a forest and stumbled into a nest of Jaculi? Jaculuses? They are up in the trees around you and they start flinging themselves at you, trying to pierce through your ...
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Magical properties of fantasy creatures

Why do fantasy creatures generally get associated with magical properties in fiction. Generally, fantasy stories have normal animals ( bears, wolves, deer, etc) and fantasy animals like unicorns, ...
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An anatomically correct Jaculus?

Unless I am mistaken, a Jaculus, also called a javelin snake, is a creature found in Roman myth, described as a snake that hurls itself from trees and impales its prey. Its head is usually described ...
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How could a Kraken create a realistic superweapon? [closed]

Context: I'm currently writing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign in which the adventurers will have to defeat a Kraken that is bent on destroying civilization as we know it. However, simply destroying ...
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Anatomically correct banshee

The original, irish lore around banshees has it that they merely foretell the death of someone, but do not cause that death. American pop culture has changed this, so they do bring death and ...
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What would be the most practical way to use a dragon's scales as armor?

I'm working on a roleplaying game in a medieval fantasy setting with a focus on crafting and I am having trouble visualizing how armor made from scales of creatures would be assembled; both for art ...
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How to Justify the Enfield's Long Claws

Here is Carolina Lang's interpretation of one of Britain's heraldic beasts, the enfield: For anyone not familiar with the creature, here's A Book of Creatures' basic description of it: It has the ...
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Dragon fire As Powerful As Possible

So we have seen questions stating or asking how a dragon could breathe fire. Although, I want to know what substance would make it as powerful as dragon fire could be. I envisioned a biological napalm ...
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(Online) Sources for Traditional Lore to Base Creatures on

I'm currently working on a fantasy world with a medieval/mythological setting, and I'm trying to do a bunch of research for several non-human races (dwarves, mermaids, etc.). However I don't want to ...
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Anatomically Correct Baku

In the mythological stories of the Baku, they eat the nightmares of those who call upon it, but if not satisfied they will eat the hopes and dreams of their summoners. Since the visual portion of an ...
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How would Centaurs be utilized in modern armies?

My world is in a modern setting but populated with a variety of fantasy/mythology races and creatures. I am trying to figure out how each species would best be utilized in a modern military, assuming ...
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What would the optimal beast of burden created by biotech look like?

Assume an Earth-like planet. The task is to transport a very heavy object through mostly light and some difficult terrain. The object is resting within a basket or pouch, formed like a slingshot and ...
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Anatomy of a chinese serpentine dragon?

In our world there are two species of dragon that took different evolutionary paths due to environmental pressures. The first of them, called smaugs, are as large as a quetzalcoatlus, with a wingspan ...
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How would a quadruped walk with one limb longer than the rest?

I have a (digitigrade) quadrupedal alien creature with one of it's front limbs having a longer metatarsals, I'm trying to visualise how it would walk with this deformity for an animation. I'm having ...
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What would a Pegasus actually do with its legs while flying?

The question is just as simple as it sounds. Would it tuck them under like a bird? make running motions like it does when running on the ground? some other movement that actually aids in flight ...
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What clothes would flying-people wear?

If there were people with wings, who didn't want to be naked all the time, what clothing could they wear, without it interfering with their flying? Note: I am assuming arm-wings, like birds, but you ...
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How can I design the structure of a soul so that it cannot hold on to life energy? [closed]

When Jehovah create the universe, he left it to the angels to make life as they saw fit. To this end, he gave to them a portion of his power, the demiurge, which is the spark of life used to create ...
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How can monsters affect traditional fantasy worldbuilding? [closed]

I just watched this video from Shadiversity about implications of monsters and magic in a fantasy setting. Ha said a lot about how society could be, but it makes me think: how can the society "...
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How big would this creature be before it would collapse in on itself?

I am making a titan like creature, similar to godzilla, that lives in a swamp like environment. What I was wondering is, how big could it be before it crushes itself under it's own weight. Here is ...
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How can I prevent the creation of fruit-salad chimeras?

A Chimera is a creature made up of two different animals that are fused together in a process known as polymerization. This spell can combine animals to create an entirely new animal which contains ...
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What would be a good size for rideable creatures? [closed]

I am making a world where the environment is much larger than the people who live in it, and is in a swamp setting. My problem is that I would like to have the characters riding on wild animals (fish, ...
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What would prevent chimeras from reproducing with each other?

There exists a polymerization spell that allows distinct animals to combine with each other, creating an entirely new creature. The beasts in question are held in transumutation circles linked by ley ...
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How do ghouls reproduce? [closed]

In this world, ghouls are real: undead, zombie-esque creatures that consume dead flesh to survive. Unlike typical zombies, these ghouls are as intelligent as humans; they tend to build lairs near old ...
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Could six-limbed creatures evolve from griffin or dragon to centaur?

In my setting, centaurs are related to other six-limbed creatures such as dragons and griffins (the "fur" is actually made up of tiny feathers). Assuming they were originally creatures similar to six-...

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