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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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Best mythical creature to use as livestock? [closed]

Imagine a world where all the magical and fantastical creatures that exist in mythology or folklore actually exist. Everything from dragons, griffins, goblins, harpies, trolls, etc. - they can taken ...
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What is the science of fairy flight?

Assume these homo super-dwarf aka fairy and homo sapiens come from a common ancestor, and somehow they evolved a pair of wings and can do vertical takeoff. The average adult is approximately the ...
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Why is risky sport about absorbing magical creatures not banned?

Set during the medieval period say between 500 to 600AD, there are magical creatures inhabiting the same world as us. These magical creatures actually exist in a parallel world but an impact from an ...
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How to reduce the threat to life of a nocturnal parasite-like creature [closed]

In this world there is a giant cloud of dust permanently on top of this continent, it makes it hard for sunlight to reach said continent, also there are only two giant continents on each side of the ...
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Eating one whale every three thousand days?

My current ongoing project, about which I've asked many questions, is about a world in which evolutionarily plausible legendary and folkloric creatures roam the Earth. One such creature is the sea ...
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Plausible reason for gold-digging ant

Medieval bestiaries describe a creature, a type of desert-dwelling ant that digs for gold. It was also said to be the size of a fox, but I'll ignore that in this question. Why would ants unearth ...
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How hot is my dragon?

Little side project on fantasy story with dragons (or wyverns to be exact, but they're equivalent for the purpose). I have dragons roaming the country side, laying waste and ruin in their wake. As ...
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How can a kid be so much better than trained adults at “Monster fighting” [closed]

The world is populated not with animals but with "monsters". "Monsters" appear randomly in particular places, and can be caught using specialized devices shaped like a ball. There are many different ...
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Dwarfism in a 9 foot tall humanoid race

My story has a race exactly like humans, except they grow to be on average 9 feet tall. One of characters belongs to this race, but she is considered a dwarf to her people. This causes her to live ...
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How can I use the promise of immortal life to sustain and stablize an undead empire?

The heretic Pharaoh Akhanaten and his wife Nefertiti have foolishly turned their backs on the Egyptian gods to embrace the monotheistic faith of Atenism. He has declared himself the son of Aten and ...
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Anatomically correct Pushmi-pullu from Dr. Dolittle

Note - I'm primarily interested in the beast from the original Dr Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting rather than the movie version. The Pushmi-pullyu The pushmi-pullyu (pronounced "push-me—pull-you") ...
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What NFL position is best for a 9 foot tall giant?

Recently, while at an extremely remote filming location for a movie I'm producing, I encountered a young man I'll call Sims who is a literal giant. Sims is 22 years old, 9 feet tall, and he weights ...
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How would a Viking-age civilization deal with kraken-and-dragon-infested seas?

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. Ryu 108 consists of two continents: Bjørnholm, which is heavily forested and bears a strong resemblance to southern Norway or southern Sweden, ...
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Intelligent wyvern's weapons and armors

Wyverns in this world are intelligent creatures (similar to humans), capable of communicating among themselves. They are reptilians, cold blood, with hands capable of manipulating, and wings that, at ...
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Creature awakening after a couple of hero deaths in certain area [closed]

Under the ruins of the old castle lies the Great Evil from the past ages, sleeping lightly, waiting for the moment to appear and rain destruction on the earth. For now, it has no possibilities for ...
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How can I conceal the presence of magical beasts from humans for a few weeks?

I am in the process of fleshing out an alternate world where, following an unnatural super-storm (think cold snaps down to -30°C and heavy snowfall in the 4ft range [1.2 m] inside of 8 hours) in the ...
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Designing a somewhat realistic “Astomi”: Filter-Feeding Humanoids?

I've been thinking of reviving an old Fantasy idea of mine, and I recently came across a description of a group of mythological beings that piqued my interest, and which would actually fill a niche I ...
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Will a civilization need to make weapons if their use of magic is limitless?

OK here's the scenario. After 1000 years, the elves were able to build a kingdom for themselves. They were given by their creator God the ability to wield unimaginable magic, magic that can shape ...
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How can a bird survive self ignition?

This may seem similar to this question but my goal is for one: The bird does not die and secondly to get more exact solutions. The ultimate goal would be to create a bird which can ignite itself at ...
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How do I scientifically explain a specific type of wood piercing through armor when not even bullets can?

I've created a monster with three weaknesses: A soft spot in his belly that can be pierced through normally with objects, but the monster is so big and fast that hitting it is extremely hard and ...
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What genre of beings would Gods, Angels, Demons and Devils classify under? [closed]

So how elves, fairies, and dragons are all magical creatures Gods, Devils, Angels and Demons They are all....what?
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Anatomically Correct Humbaba

In ancient Mesopotamian mythology, Humbaba was an evil giant slain by the hero Gilgamesh in the famous Epic of Gilgamesh. In the epic, there was only one Humbaba, but for the purposes of this question ...
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Explanation as to how 4 species were wiped out close to extinction?

In my epic fantasy I have four races of creatures which were all hunted down due to their valuable blood which grants the drinker magical abilities (premonitions). After time they all became extinct ...
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Anatomically correct succubus part 2: the diet

Instead of the whole egg laying parasitic vagina concept, which was the leading idea in the original question. Assuming the succubus is purely the whole woman like creature. Can she gain enough ...
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Can my mermaids work?

Looking to how I can make Nagas and Mermaids able to exist and evolve in my story, I came across this post which explains how Nagas could evolve from humans: Anatomically Correct Naga In the top ...
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Why would an intelligent dragon kidnap a princess or prince? [closed]

I am looking to write a part of my book were an intelligent dragon kidnaps the hero. So the question is: why would a benevolent and intelligent dragon kidnap someone?
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Why would dragons who predates humans hoard gold? [closed]

EDIT: I have been asked to create a more concise and specific question. The question I would ask is what would be a (good) reason for my dragons as a species, having no inherent reason to share human ...
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How can 4 limbed animals evolve from 6 limbed animals? [duplicate]

An idea that I've been having to logically explain the evolution of 6-limbed animals is that they naturally have a common ancestor. This is illustrated in this picture I found: Source: Birvan from ...
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Anatomically Correct Triskelion

Triskeles are popular Celtic decorative motifs. Everyone from modern day retro-Pagans to jewelry makers to Celtic bands uses them for the cool factor. But there is a little known creature, possibly ...
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Whence unicorns?

I have a story in a mediaeval setting with no magic. There are elves, but they are essentially just absurdly long-lived versions of humans with pointy ears and somewhat more acute senses. Unicorns ...
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Turning into a puddle of blood [closed]

Vampires have that weird innate skill of being able to turn into a blood puddle and then morph back into a vampire. This is an evolved characteristic all vampires share. The Arcanists and scholars ...
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How can I make summoning a familiar worth the effort? [closed]

This mageocracy is controlled by mages, who exist in all walks of society. Magic is practiced on the open, and there is an entire education system built around its study (elementary schools, colleges, ...
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How to prevent regenerators from becoming slaves?

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...