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 is clothing turned inside-out my weakness?

Various mythological creatures have this strange thing where wearing clothing inside out can ward them off, allow them to be outwitted or be outright defeated? And why could this be a weakness for any ...
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Just How Dangerous Would a Plopup Be?

Okay, I've been making quite a few Plop questions, and this one is a real heavy hitter. (You can see one, two, and three for more on Plop.) You see, every so often Plops form hidden hordes (like rats ...
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How can a 15-year-old vampire get human blood?

Since they can't really work a job that would allow easy access to blood, I thought of having them volunteer at a blood bank then maybe steal a bag. Alternatively, is it plausible that they would come ...
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Could my Kangaroo-Monkeys exist?

Kangaroo-Monkeys are a mammalian species from the Euarchontoglires super-order. Some basic characteristics of my kangaroo-monkeys include: Are excellent bipedal jumpers (they jump from the ground); ...
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Balancing Companion Gain

In my low-fantasy world, monster drops are created when a magical creature is slain; its lifeforce is released and interacts with ambient magic to either recreate body parts or alter objects in or ...
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Why Would An Adventurer Use A Literal Sword Frog? [closed]

After seeing this question Why would an adventurer use a sword frog? I must admit I was a bit disappointed, though I understand it was a legitimate question. Understandably enough, I thought the ...
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Plausibility of Engulfer

Alright, so this is another creature-design question. It's been a while since I've posted one of these, so this is overdue in my opinion. Engulfers are large (think car or van-sized) caterpillar-like ...
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How does a flying hydra work?

A hydra is a multi-headed beast usually depicted as a serpent in many mythologies. I suppose each head should have an independent brain and thus would each have a different wake/sleep cycle not unlike ...
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How would harpies get supplies up and down their mountain homes? [closed]

Clearly, harpies can fly up and down between their mountain homes and the ground. They may be able to do this while carrying a considerable weight. But that's still the hardest, most manual way of ...
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What technology would mermaids excel at?

I regularly see people speaking about the difficulties of technology underwater, and see questions about whether underwater civilizations could produce fire, electricity, etc.. But I haven't seen any ...
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How would mermaids collect oxygen for their underwater cities?

I was thinking there might be a guest room for humans down in Atlantis. But this raises a question: how would they get enough oxygen for their guests? Mines have various techniques for oxygenating ...
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Could my timberwolves exist? [closed]

In a world I'm designing, along with the Cipactlis and other strange beasts are the timberwolves. Traits of my timberwolves are: their bodies are entirely composed of twigs, leaves, and logs, they can ...
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Merpeople with ink-spraying heads?

My merpeople have ink sacs in their heads, as they can spray ink from tentacles (like Medusa's snakes) on their head. The problem is, I don't know where said ink sac for each tentacle would go without ...
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Could humans evolve into vampires? [closed]

In my world, vampires evolved from humans. They are carnivorous, need blood to survive, have typical, cliche vampire fangs, they have the night-vision of a cat, and they're sensitive to sunlight. ...
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Could my Cipactlis exist?

In a world I'm designing, a group of unknown animals evolved into the fearsome Cipactlis. Some traits of these Cipactlis include: having limbs in the stance of toads and wrinkly skin, the tail fin of ...
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Carnivorous Flower-worm: Implantation Possible?

If you want to know exactly what creature I'm referring to, look at Feasibility of Carnivorous Flower-worm. Let's say I want people to be able to ritualistically implant these creatures to gain the ...
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How Feasible is a Flying Equivalent of my Chomping Eggs

For those of you who've seen my other questions about the Chomping Eggs, please bear with me. This new creature is similar but named a Dropper (reasoning below). It has two wings and an egg-shaped ...
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Creating a Worm For Urban Survival

This creature combines traits from a centipede and a worm: it's covered in chitin, has many segmented legs with mandibles and book lungs, but otherwise, it's a worm. At maximum length, these will be ...
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Feasibility of Carnivorous Flower-worm

I'm back with another creature-design question, and this one's a doozy. This new creature is about the size of a tulip but with a "stem" that's twice as thick. Its head and mouth are fused ...
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Feasibility of Flailing Ooze

This creature is an amorphous mass of ooze coated with a slimy, protective membrane (think a biological equivalent of rubber cement). It's not very large (relatively, compared to many other ...
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How to defend a sailing ship from a wyvern

Pirates are always a threat, but this particular coastal city has another worry - wyverns. In order to get from said city to open seas, the ships must traverse about 600km towards the exit from the ...
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Is there any way that a creature could “telepathically” communicate with other members of its own species? [duplicate]

The question basically explains it all: I'm looking for the possibility and the means by which a creature can communicate with other members of its species with "telepathy". I'm not looking ...
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Could My Ku-Klux-Rogue Exist?

The Ku-Klux-Rogue is a successful gigantic monster species with four heads. The front head that of a Saber-toothed-tiger, the other front head of a fearsome dragon, a wolf's head protruding from the ...
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Could a Hydra take over the world? [closed]

Grim Ripper, a 10 story tall monster hydra which looks like a serpent with nine heads, the head in the middle being the biggest head. If one head is cut of, 2 more heads grow in it's place.The middle ...
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Anatomically correct Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl is the main of the cultures from the center of Mexico, like mexicas, toltecas, teotihuacans and the maya equivalent Kukulkan, known by the popular culture as the feathered flying snake or ...
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Is there a way to strengthen or keep intact the (undead) skeleton monster bones elements or compositions/components without using guts digestions?

I want to know if there is a scientific way for skeleton monster to keep their hardness intact or strengthening it without getting wear or weakened from the elements. since they have no guts or ...
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Anatomically Correct Cthulhu [closed]

I am interested on writing an anatomically correct Cthulhu, made by HP Lovecraft. Some information we know about him: Can make people go insane just by the sight of him. "Sleeps" for ...
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Anatomically Correct Sentient Skeletons

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Sentient Skeletons are a staple in works of fantasy and horror. Sentient Skeletons are commonly depicted as: resembling a human skeleton ...
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How do creatures remain immune to changing magical effects in the environment?

Mana is a magical energy that exists in special individuals who are able to manipulate it into creating spells. These individuals are referred to as mages and are valuable assets to any nation that ...
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Selkies with seal behavior

I've been doing a lot of research for my selkie characters and I really wanted to incorporate seal behavior into their society. (Selkies are mythical creatures that are mostly seals but they are able ...
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Accurate Goblins?

so I’m making a story where, as part of my world building, I take different monsters and make them as evolutionary accurate as possible. Anyways, today I would like to discuss the best way to design ...
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Could my Ents exist?

contrary to popular belief, Ents are not actually plants but are actually a species of animal which resembles trees as a technique of camouflage. some basic characteristics of these Ents include: ...
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Could my Sirens exist?

contrary to most modern depictions of Sirens. my Sirens are based off some of the earlier bird-like depictions. some basic characteristics of my Sirens include: are carnivores nest on small, rocky ...
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How do giants play ping pong?

Imagine a tall giant standing at 20m tall weights 40 metric tonnes, they have been watching us playing table tennis and were hoping that one day they could play too. How do I design a giant ping pong ...
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Anatomically Correct Lamia

The lamia is a creature that originated in ancient greek mythology, but has been depicted in many forms over time. This question asks about the most recent interpretation as a sphinx-like hooved ...
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What are the defining characteristics of a dragon? [closed]

Most of us can take one look at something ad say if it's a dragon or not with relative ease. So far the only features that all dragonic creature have in common is they're not real. they capture the ...
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Anatomy of a Female Giant

In many depictions of giants in fantasy, we usually get visual examples of the male of the species, especially in more realistic settings in terms of biology (Game of Thrones Wun-Wun etc.) But as far ...
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Could my Bicorn exist?

Its being a type of ungulate, some characteristics of my bicorn include: have hooves (of course) are carnivorous have two forward facing horns which they use to impale their prey are 3.3 ft (100.5 cm)...
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Anatomically Correct Egyptian God/dess

Ancient Egypt is famous for its plethora of gods and goddesses, many of whom have the head of an animal. image source I'm looking for a real-life inspiration for the physical shape of these gods ...
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How would tiny dragons strike TERROR?

Average Medieval times for humans... And everybody fears these fire-breathing, jewel-stealing sentient creatures. There is just one problem. Dragons on this world are sparrow-sized, and aren't very ...
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Could a horse-like creature have human-like hands as its forefeet?

Could a horse-like creature have human-like hands as its forefeet without changing the way it moves?
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How can a demonic parasite protect its future investment?

Elves are born with different amounts of mana, which increases as they age and will determine their potential of magical power. Elven maidens with large reserves of mana usually produce powerful ...
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Anatomically correct gremlin

This is not about the cute Holywood variety of gremlins by Joe Dante. I am interested in the one that Wikipedia describes thus: A gremlin is a folkloric mischievous creature that causes ...
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Ningens / Humanoid whale-like creatures

Ningens are an old internet legend/creepypasta. Supposedly living in the polar regions of the globe, these creatures are described as having white-skin, a roughly humanoid structure with clear head, ...
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How would dragons mate, according to science?

No, this is not not about courtship displays or dominance figths. (even thought I know that that is also part of mating) This is more of "What their genitalia would look like" and how they would "do ...
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Could my Triclops exist?

Around 5 million years ago, a group of primates diverged from early Baboon ancestors migrated into Sicily becoming Triclopes (here's a rough mock up of what a Triclops skull might look like): some ...
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Could a Species Survive Getting Nutrition Only by Smelling Things?

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Astomi, also known as the Gangines, are an ancient legendary race of people who had no need to eat or drink anything at all. They survived by smelling apples and ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Trolls?

In a world I’m designing, a group of Homo Habilis or even Australopithecus Afarensis migrated into a northern Scotland environment becoming Trolls. These are not D&D trolls, but something else. ...
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Scientific Explanation for Basilisk-Induced Death

In my book series, there are basilisks that can kill people with their gaze. However, I want this to be explained scientifically instead of having to use a "because magic" cop-out. What kind of at ...
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Could a tetrapod Pegasus exist?

Pegasuses in most works of media are often depicted as hexapods with four legs and two wings: The only problem is (from what I understand) no vertebrates on earth are hexapods, so I've decided to ...

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