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Anatomically correct amphisbaena

Amphisbaena is a creature from greek mythology. It is a snake, with another head at the end of its tail. I have a world in which I'm adapting various dragons to be scientifically viable. I've already ...
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Determining the Best Wild Anklebiter Predator

The natural sequel to Making a Predator For Wild Anklebiters, which was inconclusive. You see, Wild Anklebiters are chimeric monsters-being equal parts flower, worm, and leech-with a rather ...
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Feasibility of Giant Caterpillar Archetypes

Note: This question is not about the feasibility of giant caterpillars. That is covered by the addition of magic. However, evolution and natural selection still apply to magical beings (and I love ...
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Evolutionary pressures for carnivorous elves

In a fantasy world I am creating, there exists a race of elf-like hominids that exist along side other races in this world. Note the "elf-like" portion as while they do have: Pointy ears (...
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Role of Flayt in Medieval Fantasy Society

Flayt are a sentient species of anthropomorphic animal, similar to harpies or tengu. Their intelligence is equal and like unto that of a human. General Physiology: Flayt are covered in white feathers ...
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How can magical creatures created from mana be prevented from using mana to perform spells? [closed]

The moon is a celestial object that rotates around the earth and is made up of warpstone, a solidified form of mana. This warpstone radiates its energy toward earth, bathing the planet with waves of ...
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Would low-mounted wings work for animal flight?

The dragons of my world, like many historical dragon depictions, have their wings attached to the lowest part of the body, similarly to many planes. This is in contrast to all real winged animals, ...
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Ecologically Correct Hōsōgyo

The Hōsōgyo is a sea creature that roughly appears to be a humanoid shrimp Their torso is shrimp-like, with a hard carapace on the pereon and a long, narrow abdomen like a tail. Their body is 2.2m ...
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Explaining Flight for Mermaids

Alright, so after deciding mermaids would be an all-female species, I realized I had to put some work into reworking Sirens. Originally, the Greeks conceived of half-woman, half-bird creatures they ...
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Might this animal be able to fly?

This animal is a hybrid creature with a strange form that seems incapable of flight They have a streamlined, mammalian head, and the neck is long and flexible like a bird. However, it is much thicker ...
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Could my Dog-Turtles exist?

Dog-turtles are a species of Sauropsida from the Archelosauria clade, and from the Testudines class. They are a Koopa pastiche (Koopas are from Nintendo's Mario) (Koopas are themselves a Kappa ...
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Using winged-quadruped anatomy for many-winged fliers

There are many depictions of winged quadrupeds (tetrapods with 4 legs and wings as well), such as griffins, dragons, and Pegasus. Often they have a rather plausible-seeming shoulder anatomy Could this ...
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How does the Carnifowl hunt?

The carnifowl is a bird of a unique shape It is about 50cm long, with a wingspan of 110cm and legs only 5cm long. Its front half (chest, wings, beak) is like an eagle, though the head is feline and ...
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How does the Egg-Medusa move?

The egg-medusa is a small terrestrial being with a strange appearance: It resembles a human head without any neck, and instead of hair it has many avian heads and necks growing out of it, which cover ...
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Could this lindworm survive as a predator?

My lindworm is a dragon with a rather classical form They have a long body like a snake, and move by slithering. At their chest they have a pair of arms with raptorial claws. Their necks are long and ...
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Determining Predator/Prey Relationship for Plop and Chompers

Yes, I know I've created two different questions that resulted in a Plop or Chomper predator, respectively. However, given that Plops and Chompers are among the most common monsters in Alendyias, it ...
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Are there any specific supernatural/scientific creatures which might fuse and grant abilities to a person?

A character of mine gains certain abilities after a creature fuses with em as he dies. However, I don’t know of any supernatural creature that would do this or something similar which might explain ...
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Could the Classic Wyvern exist as a Tetrapod?

The wyverns in my world are similar to the classical depictions of wyverns, specifically in that the two legs are attached directly under the wings' shoulders, rather than the avian form found in ...
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How do Demigryphons hunt?

Demigryphon usually depicted as a quadrupedal hybrid creature with a body of a Big Cat and a head of a Bird of Prey. Most Big Cats from which it derives its' body plan stalk and ambush their prey - ...
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Explaining Giant Caterpillars that Chase Prey

The giant caterpillars in question are carnivorous, about the size of a barrel in width and length (ie. big enough to swallow an adult male whole), and have elongated limbs and mandibles to aid in ...
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How Do You Get Wood in a World Where Monsters Defend The Forests?

PROJEKT ' IRON SONG ' In the Empire of Tyvertsia, there are many strange and often hostile beasts—bears, mountain lions, sirin, bauk and the like—living among the wildlife of the thick Western forests,...
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Will my cyber-kraken fry itself with these electromagnetic powers?

I'm currently building a kraken for one of my worlds and wanted it to be a threat to my more tech-savvy protagonists. So, I want to give it some cybernetics. In particular, I want it to be able to ...
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Science of attack mechanics [closed]

My alien creature has ability to manipulate oceans enmasse without any magic ,no technology but only a biological method like powerful magnetic field how could it work? what materials is it ...
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Are Ulcerai Feasible?

Ulcerai are odd, parasitic fish. They let large animals like dragons eat them, then they resume life inside their stomach, protected from the acid by mucus-coated bodies (scales, gills, eyes, ...
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What Uses Will Chompers Have In Medieval Society?

This overdue question concerns Chompers, which are adequately explained in this link. As a general rule, humanity either eliminates species or finds a use for them, and so I have to wonder what humans ...
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How Can a Creature With Knockback Come to Exist?

Background: Alendyias is a world that was formed inside the Fracture of Reality, one that is still forming as the Fracture in Reality grows and absorbs other worlds in its path. Absorbed worlds and ...
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Ecologically Correct Ompax

Ompax spatuloides, a hoax, was thought to be a unique type of fish found near the Burnett River in Queensland, Australia. Presuming (for the purpose of this question) its reality, it has generic ...
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Anatomically correct Camazotz

Camazotz is a deity present in the Zapoteca, Mixteca and Maya cultures, a creature commonly represented as a giant humanioid bat and maybe inspired by the existance of the giant vampire bat, Desmodus ...
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Anatomically Correct Poorly Drawn Dragon Wings

While European Dragons are often described as bat-winged, there are many depictions showing otherwise. Some give them fins or sails, and others depict a structure never seen on a living animal This ...
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What would a fish look like if it was adapted to live in honey?

The fish is around 50cm long, and moves through the honey by swimming. The honey is fresh from the bees that made it, and stays that way effectively forever. The fish is a carnivore, and eats ...
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Uses for Griffins and Other Flying Creatures in a Modern Air Force?

My book series is set in a rapidly industrializing galaxy, and one of my planets (which has a sort of late medieval-early Renaissance tech level) has griffins, pegasi, hippogriffs, and other large ...
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How to make a member of the Fae sick?

I have a small character in the book I'm writing who is a member of the Fae. We're talking old school folklore, Horned King, Oberon, changeling level Fae and not Peter Pan teeny tiny wings type. One ...
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Why do the toe-ticklers tickle toes? [closed]

Toe-Ticklers are unique beings. They are around human-sized, and overall resemble tetrapods, with 2 key differences: They have 2 pairs of forelegs in sequence, each of which have a mass of dexterous ...
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Effects of Remnants on Monsters

When monsters die, Drops aren't the only thing that form. In fact, it's a bit more complicated than that. After a monster dies, its magic tries to return to its natural state as part of a living soul (...
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Anatomically correct Cipactli

Cipactli is a monstrous deity from the Mexica/Aztec culture characterized to be insatiable, primitive, and represent chaos and disorder. Representations combine features from different animals, ...
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How effective would a unicorn's horn be in combat?

Suppose a unicorn agreed to let a person ride/tame it for combat in battles, and assuming as a baseline, without any magic assistance, that the horn is made of a similar material to ivory, in the ...
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Where would the reproductive organs be on an insect-millipede?

I had an idea for a creature that is a hybrid of an insect and a millipede. More specifically, it has the body of a millipede with the head and thorax of an insect, replacing the millipede head and ...
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Anatomically Correct Ypotryll [closed]

The Ypotryll is an ungulate with the following appearance: Its head and jaw look like that of a wild boar, and the body is humped like a camel. The legs and feet are bovine, and its tail is long, ...
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Anatomically Correct Questing Beast [closed]

The questing beast is a large wild animal It mostly looks like a big cat, more specifically a mixture of a leopard and a lion. Unlike a big cat, they have deer-like hooves, and a head and neck ...
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Anatomically Correct Makara [closed]

The makara is a river-dwelling mount with an odd appearance. Overall, it resembles a crocodile, with a few distinct traits: Its face has an elephant-like trunk, and round ears like a mouse. It also ...
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The Ultimate Pest [closed]

An evil god has set out to create the worst pest imaginable. By mixing the features of existing creatures, they have wrought a monster designed to inflict the most damage to human society as is ...
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Anatomically Correct Tritons [closed]

Tritons are aquatic draught animals used to drive boats Externally, they appear quite chimeric. Their head is short, with many resemblances: Their jaws and teeth are like a carnivorous mammal, their ...
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How Can Medieval People Defend Themselves Against Plopup?

Okay, so if you don't know what Plopup are, they are aptly explained in this link here. Plopup are a particular problem, as their speed, durability, regenerative capacity, and shapeshifting abilities ...
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Anatomically Correct Dire Bear

Characteristics of the Dire Bear Larger than a normal bear - about ten feet from paws to head whilst on all fours Fur covered in bony protrusions, that act as armour And that's it. Is there a way ...
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How could a society of giants remain hidden?

How could a society of about 10 giants remain hidden from the world in this day and age? These giants are ~50 feet high, uneducated, and eat humans. They run very fast and are very strong. How could ...
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How could a nautilus work together with a man o' war?

There are two animals in symbiosis One of these animals is a type of nautilus. It is small, at around 10cm long, and has a smaller phragmacone. They have long, strong cirri, which they use to hold on ...
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Could these organic golems exist?

The organic golem is an artificial bionic humanoid. It is made up mostly of organic materials, like flesh and bone Its limbs have tendons, ligaments, and bones like that of a human, but without ...
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Could this rock-badger exist?

Rock-badgers are large mustelids with a strange ability: They can burrow through stone. They achieve this with large, slightly mole-like forelimbs, with mineralized claws that can cut through stone. ...
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The Carbon Atoms in Your Body Turn into Silicon Atoms -- What Happens Next?

In The Laundry Novel series, basilisks and associated weapons and creatures turn their targets to stone by transmuting 10% of carbon to silicon. Ignoring the question of how, what effects would this ...
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How could a quadrupedal human evolve?

The creature is an ape-like quadruped very similar to humans. Their intelligence and feelings are the same as in regular humans. The head and torso are indistinguishable from a regular human. The arms ...
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