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 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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Could a Monotreme Griffin exist?

in the story i'm writing there is an island of mostly Monotremes which have diversified into a variety of ecological niches from giant platypus's to megafauna larger than the largest Placental Mammal ...
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How would medieval people go about slaying gryphons?

So, there are a lot of questions about dragon slaying, so now let's cover gryphon slaying. Both dragons and gryphons are Air-type creatures in the Creaturemon Index (basically my encyclopedia for ...
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Anatomically Correct Yara Ma Yha Who

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Residing in Australia, the Yara Ma Yha Who is a creature of Aboriginal folklore being depicted commonly as: being 3-4 ft tall having reddish ...
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Is there a mythological creature that is an hybrid of dragon and a griffin?

Like... A cockatrice with four legs and maybe horns. Is there an actual mythological creature like this, big enough to humans to ride on, or will I have to make one up? (For plot reasons, it is better ...
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Anatomically Correct Ammit [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series The Ammit is a creature of Egyptian mythology being depicted as: being as large as a hippo having a crocodilian like head having a lion like ...
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Anatomically Correct Manticore

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series In the story I’m writing there is an island of mostly Monotremes which have diversified into a variety of ecological niches with a group of ...
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Could the Qilin exist? [closed]

The Qilin or Kirin is commonly depicted as: having a reddish orange mane resembling a horse having a branch like horn have goat hooves are herbivores being a dark seafoam green coloration having a ...
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Could my Behemoth exist? [closed]

roaming vast deserts some characteristics of my Behemoths include: being as large as Paraceratherium having slightly longer forelimbs than hindlimbs are herbivores having a warthog like mane having a ...
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Anatomically Correct Loch Ness Monster [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series The Loch Ness Monster is commonly depicted as: living in lakes/oceans having a long swan like neck sometimes peaks it's head out of the ...
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Anatomically Correct Kitsune [duplicate]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Residing in Japan, the Kitsune is commonly depicted as: looking like a fox having an unusually long lifespan for a fox have up to nine tails ...
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Anatomically Correct Grootslang

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Residing in South Africa, the Grootslang is a creature of African folklore being depicted commonly as: Being 37 to 40 ft long having a cobra ...
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Could the Kelpie exist? [closed]

Residing in Scotland, the Kelpie is a creature of Celtic folklore being depicted as: looking like a black horse residing in lakes and pools lure in humans which they then drown and likely eat (...
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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 to a body by plunging its ...
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Anatomically Correct Ninki Nanka [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series 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 ...
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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 114cm (3.7ft) tall have ...
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How do I explain my Phoenixes “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? [closed]

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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What evolutionary pressures would lead to fairies?

Consider this a remake of my "Why might a group of insects evolve to resemble humans?" post. Fairies are a common trope in fantasy works, residing in woodlands and swamps some characteristics of ...
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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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Anatomically Correct Sphinx [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Egyptian Sphinxs are commonly depicted as a lion with a human face. the question I want to know is why might a lion conveniently evolve a ...
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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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