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Realistic Anthropomorphic Hummingbird [closed]

Continuation of this question. Would a Velociraptor style body work for anthropomorphic hummingbirds? If not, what would anthropomorphic hummingbirds look like? Criteria: Must be able to use and ...
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Realistic Anthropomorphic Bird

What is the most realistic body structure for an anthropomorphic bird? The different body structures are: Normal bird, just larger, more intelligent, etc. Two legs and two wings, with hoatzin-like ...
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What animal would make the best centaur

Imagine a centaur. Humanoid torso attached to where the neck should be on, say, a horse. Is this the best/most realistic animal to use? Would an "anatomically correct" centaur be more ...
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Plausibility of humans turning into mythical creatures at random

TL;DR-Lore below If humans have a gene that turns some of them into mythical creatures, how would I justify all humans having it and the transformations only starting in the late 1900s rather than ...
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Why would dragons evolve to breathe fire?

Assuming dragons exist today on earth, and are four-legged, with wings, and cold blooded reptiles, what evolutionary purpose would there be in being able to breathe fire? This question is ignoring how ...
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How do you determine age of a humanoid species comparative to humans?

In my book, there are humans and there are Shaye, a humanoid species that are a little like harpies but with other features that distinguish them. Comparitively to humans, they live far longer so the ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head? [duplicate]

Mermaids are once believed to only exist in mythology or in literature but today they numbered over 9000! They are found thriving in many parts of the ocean especially the warmer water, they have head ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

Gryphons are a staple fantasy creature. But for my world I prefer creatures to have some grounding in realism. Is it possible for a bird to evolve into an effective Gryphon? Increasing number of limbs ...
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How would a naga swim underwater? [closed]

Naga is a mix of a human torso and the lower body of a serpent. With this combination, how would they move when they swim?
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More energy dense alternative for glucose for vampires

I'm making a vampire human subspecies that is hundreds of times stronger than humans and also is immortal, but I can't seem to find a suitable energy source. First, vampires are humans infected by a ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Forge-worms are large bugs which flutter about the hearths of forges. They rely on the high temperatures of the forge to stay active and immediately fall into torpor when their body temperature falls ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

If you’ve seen any of my previous questions on Algennon’s fantastic and deadly ecosystem, you might know the drill: first a monster gets designed, then strategies to defend against it. But we’ve moved ...
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Which animals are closest to a large upright boar monster that can mimic human speech?

If you’ve seen any of my previous questions about Algennon’s monsters, then you’ll be glad to know we’ve stopped talking about simple mollusk monsters. Now we can talk about cool monsters that have ...
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How can medieval people defend their societies from Vanilla Puddings?

Puddings are a common strain of monsters that run amok on my fantasy world of Algernon. These slug-like creatures are about the size of a human head. Each species of pudding has a vibrant colour and ...
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Humans breeding with dragons [closed]

Firstly, by dragon I am referring to the type with 4 legs a tail and wings. Their actual sizes vary greatly, from the size of your average house cat to feasting on planets in one bite. Most are ...
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Which animals are closest to a squid monster that mimics humans and other animals?

Welcome back to Algennon, where monsters, old feuds between the Five Peoples, and internal political strife mean that heroes are always needed. This is another question about the feasibility of a ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements against Licorice Puddings?

I’m back with a question about the monsters of Algennon, a fantasy setting full of magic and danger. This question is about a member of the Pudding family (sluglike creatures that vary greatly in ...
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Feasibility of an Electric Land Slime

My fantasy world of Algennon has several “Pudding” class monsters-(one of which is the Peasouper) -slimy slug creatures with natural weapons. One type is the Licorice Pudding. This monster has ...
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How could my solar-powered fairies exist in outer space?

There have been instances of flashes in space that were attributed to sprites and fairies. Now, I know these phenomena can be explained by natural means such as blue/purple lightning. But the concept ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements from Peasoupers (giant acid slugs)?

Yet another question about the world of Algennon and its many monsters, this one concerning Peasoupers. Basically, they are bright green slime-covered slugs the size of a human head. They have two ...
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Can my Pea Soup Slime Monster Exist?

Peasoupers are acidic, bright green slime monsters that smell a lot like snap pea jelly (I assume, I’ve never smelled snap pea jelly). They are deaf, but can see, taste and feel. On average, ...
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How can medieval peope defeat an army of volleyball-sized, armored, fire-breathing crabs? [closed]

In the world of Algennon humans are at a worldwide societal level equivalent to the Middle Ages. Humans also are divided into two subspecies: the Bellators (homo sapiens bellator) and the Plebeians (...
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How can Dracenae Walk if They Have Two Snakes For Legs?

I've already asked a few questions about Lamia on this site $-$ female hybrids of half snake and human (sort of like mermaids) represented in Alendyias, a world of chaos $-$ only to find myself ...
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What anatomical features would enable tree climbing in someone with feet for hands and no opposable thumbs?

Short version: A given person’s arms are now legs. But somehow they are able to climb trees despite having no opposable thumbs or big toes. How is the anatomy of their arm-legs designed to make this ...
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creature pupils, iris color, and eye shape. What would they look like?

There are several species I've thought up for fun. Pure entertainment. One species is 4-5 feet tall, and lives in very dark caves where the only light source is the luminescence of fauna, the glow of ...
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Is it scientifically possible for a 15 to 20 foot long Dragon to have 6 limbs and still be able to fly?

In my works, there’s an Earth-like planet known as Lyrial which is linked to Earth and is home to a species of Dragons that’s meant to be scientifically plausible. Additionally, another planet, ...
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Anatomically correct Bunyip [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. For my world, every mythological animal that was conceived of in the past exists. However, these mythological animals lack magic so they must ...
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Anatomically-correct Kim Quy (Golden Turtle)

The legend The Kim Quy is a Vietnamese giant turtle god, whose specific trait is -you guessed it from the title- golden, supposedly living in and around waters, like the Hoàn Kiếm Lake where part of ...
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What niche would werewolf looking creatures have in an environment? [closed]

By werewolf, I'm not talking about normal humans who can transform into big beasts and transform others to be like them. I'm just purely talking about could the werewolf form be its own wild animal? ...
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Biological Sources for a Crystal Breath weapon

Dragons are well known for their breath weapons in fiction, and there are four main types of breath weapons in my world that I am trying to make more scientifically accurate. I am focusing mainly on ...
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Would trolls be monkeys or apes [closed]

In a world I'm working on, one of the many creatures is the troll. The details of trolls shouldn't be too important for this question, other than evolution and the fact that they have a tail. Trolls ...
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Anatomically Correct Sea Serpents

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Sea serpents appear in various mythologies. Mesopotamians have Tiamat, Greeks have Hydras,Jews have Leviathan, the Norse have Jormungandr....
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Anatomically Correct Elves

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Elves are a supernatural creature from Germanic cultures. Their appearances and abilities vary a lot in fiction and mythology but things they ...
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Anatomically correct Sandworms [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Sandworms are a famous creature in fiction and mythology. Various mythological creatures are the Mongolian Death Worm and the Lambton Worm. ...
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Anatomically Correct Asian Dragons

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. In the culture of China and other East Asian countries, dragons are legendary creatures that resemble snakes with 4 legs. They are big and ...
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Anatomically Correct Dullahan's Horse [closed]

The Dullahan is a spirit that rides on a rather unique type of horse This horse, like the rider, does not have its head attached to its body. Instead, the head floats behind the body. Furthermore, the ...
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Anatomically Correct Marine Griffin [closed]

The marine griffin is a variety of griffin found in heraldry. It has the foreparts of an eagle, with 2 wings and 2 talons as forelegs, and a limbless hindpart like a fish or serpent. It should be ...
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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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