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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Anatomically Correct Medusa

Medusa is a legendary myth about a woman with snakes for hair that turns anything she looks at into stone. How can I achieve both of those features in an animal realistically? And how would these ...
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What pattern should a creature take when choosing victims? [closed]

I am writing a fairy tale style story in which a (land based) creature is attacking seemingly random people within a village. The trick is, I want there to be a pattern to the people that the ...
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Anatomically Correct Nanaue

The Nanaue (there is no wiki link) is a Hawaiian creature of myth. It is a shark with arms and legs. It can live in both the ocean and on the land. So how do I create the monstrosity that is, the land ...
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From where will Santa deliver after North Pole melts?

I know that Global Warming is controversial topic, so for scope of this question please accept below statements as facts. (And if you have hard time accepting them, just assume alternate Earth): By ...
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Anatomically Correct Elemental

Elementals are based on the 4 classical elements: earth, fire, air, and water, as those were all that the ancients knew of. However, with science we have learned that none of those are actually ...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, part 4: Studying for the PPL

So, the big, wingy, smart, talking, fire-breathin', scaly fella from this question managed (somehow) to become a legal permanent resident of the USA (green card or citizenship). Now, he wishes to get ...
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Santa exists. How do we react?

TL;DR: Santa delivers physical objects to 95% of people (including adults) who ask for it in the form of a letter. He will start this Christmas and will continue until decided otherwise. And yes, he ...
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How much does Santa's sleigh weigh?

As we all know, Santa loads his sleigh with gifts for millions of children around the world and sets about distributing them during the night of December 24/25. To make them all fit in his stylish ...
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Anatomically Correct Hecatoncheires

The Hecatoncheires was the collective name given to three monsters; (Briareus, Cottus and Gyges) who were the children of Gaia and Uranus. They were not only known for their frightful enormity, but ...
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Realistic Santa and Reindeer

With advanced technology would it be possible to make something like the Santa in the story as well as the reindeer? If so could a realistic Santa be a human or would him and his reindeer have to be ...
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Anatomically Correct Golem

A Golem is a creature of Jewish lore, they are living creature created by inanimate objects like clay, stone, hay or wood. They obey their master and will follow their orders. Creating a true golem is ...
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Cartilaginous mermaid or bony mermaid best for adapting underwater? [closed]

What are the differences between a blue whale and a mega-mouth? Size and ... their skeletal structure, of course. A dolphin is extremely agile in water and is excellent at hunting for fish but it ...
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Wing surface area for large flying creatures

These creatures are a few feet longer and about a foot thicker than your average cow. Their skin is covered in densely packed bristles to trap air, and thus heat, close to the skin in cold climates. ...
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How could one go about riding a griffin or a drake without its wings knocking you off?

Where would you put the saddle? On the neck or on the hip? Thanks for the answers and comments.
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Evolution of the Giant-Eye creatures

In many RPG games, there exists a (usually evil) creature whose body mass primarily consists of a giant eye, and is usually at least the size of a human head. Sometimes it has wings and flies, ...
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Anatomically Correct Phoenix

The Phoenix appears in Greek mythology and are most commonly seen as beautiful golden birds that burst into flame and are reborn from the ashes. Is there a realistic way that they could evolve? Using ...
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How to transport a giant troll across a frozen lake?

Every winter the villagers will organize a troll hunting sport for team building, the party will head toward the forest in search for a 30m tall humanoid creature and hunt it down. These creatures ...
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Practicality of Hybrid Hecaton Humanoids

In the vein of this question here, I was wondering about the practicality of the mythical Grecian concept of the Hecatonchires. Forget, for a moment, that these monsters are supposed to be invincible. ...
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What makes an animal suitable for domestication?

What makes an animal suitable for domestication? I know it has something to do with the danger to productivity ratio. But this is not helpful for fantasy animals in the worlds we build. What factors ...
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Anatomically Correct Werewolves

Could werewolves exist in a realistic world? All that is required for an accepted answer is the ability to change shape over night. Bonus points will be awarded if you can explain a bite spreading ...
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How to Make Elvish Immortality Biological

From my understanding of animals, lifespan is all based on the speed of its metabolic rate. As endothermic animals, mammals live a high-octane life - growing up fast, being quick on activity ...
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Anatomically Correct Nuckelavee

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Nuckelavee. Is there a realistic way that Nuckelavee could evolve? Using Earth or near-Earth biology, how close could I get to the classic ...
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Anatomically Correct Griffins

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the griffin. Is there a realistic way that griffins could evolve? Using Earth or near-Earth biology, how close could I get to the classic ...
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Creating a realistic Fae underworld

What characteristics must be included in a tunnel under a large city that was created and inhabited by faeries. How can the fae connect to nature there? The Fae are separated from their 'otherworld' ...
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How to preserve the remaining trolls?

During the early medieval age, the population of trolls is declining. These are savage creatures who aren't as cunning as humans, and not only are we part of their diet, humans are in fact their only ...
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Fate of an eternal star

In a world I'm currently building, I've devised a magical creature that sustains, indefinitely, a Class O hypergiant star. This, of course, violates conservation of mass and conservation of energy. ...
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Lightning-Powered Renaissance Golem Army

The massive Golems are nearly impervious to harm. Thanks to the New Golem Army, the nascent Dutch Republic's castles and forts are now safe from harm. The century-long external threat has been finally ...
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The melancholy of tinkerbella

Set in the 18th to 19th century A.D. the industrial revolution started uncontrollably and began to take its toll on nature; more trees have been felled and rivers dried to make way for rail tracks. ...
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Dragons that eat gems—digestion

Heads up—this is a pretty gross question. The dragons in this world are not reptilian, but rather resemble huge borzois. I've not sure how large I want them to be yet, but they are capable of mining/...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, part 3: Plopping a Dragon into Today's World (or Papers, please, big fella)

Given the context of my previous dragon questions -- slow, but fairly high-flying dragons (say FL250 or so for a service ceiling), capable of flying under Earth's conditions and growing up to RJ or ...
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Pass of Loud Whispers

In the days of the Wonderful Chaos that followed the Great Divergence, an eco-poetess by the name of Deirdre Skye briefly walked the stony pathways of our world. In a narrow mountain pass by the ...
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How could Cerberus defend Hell effectively? [closed]

Think sabretooth are scary now think thrice, this creature overwhelmed any or all the big cat that have or ever will exist. My questions is how can this hell hound use it's motor cortex simultaneously ...
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Would a centaur eat meat?

Would a centaur eat meat? Humans do (usually) eat meat, but horses are vegetarians. Would they be omnivores, carnivores, or herbivores?
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How could something like a Gargoyle evolve?

Namely, a creature that is immobile and stone(like) during the day and mobile at night. Something like the old cartoon, but they don't have to be sentient. They don't have to be actual stone, just ...
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What's the maximum mass and size of a giant alien monster which we could transport by land and/or by water?

An enormous alien monster lands on Earth and goes on a rampage. He gets knocked out by a nuclear bomb, and falls into a temporary coma. The U.S. government decides to transport his body in a secure ...
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How would life be different in Medieval Europe if common people had Golems?

Setting: A version Medieval Europe where magic has always existed, but has evolved in a similar way to how technology changes, getting better with time. Eventually, someone figures out how to give a "...
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How would knights train in a world with rideable dragons?

In a world with rideable dragons, what skills would you look for in a knight, and how would they train for it? For this question, let's assume: castles modified based on the accepted answer from How ...
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Most effective way to camouflage a visible physical connection on a creature that uses part of its body as a lure?

I have toyed with the idea with a certain creature in my head for quite some time, and with the creature design challenge, I thought this would be a great time to ask about it here. The basics of the ...
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Keeping Secrets in a Thought Reverberating Hall

My protagonist, let's call her Alice, must acquire a priceless artifact, located deep inside an ancient temple. If this were a ruin, the exercise would be academic, but the Temple was protected by ...
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Evolutionary Explanations for Dragon Firebreathing: Interesting uses of indigestion

This is a question I've been thinking about for a while now. Dragons are, by all observances related to the reptile family, (or maybe lizards) either way these are cold blooded animals. Common ...
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How to Catch a Dream Thief?

My hapless wanderer (I believe we agreed to call her Alice) won the struggle at the Morrow Castle. This next challenge will test her abilities (and ours, as worldbuilders) like never before. The ...
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Would a centaur-like race favor asymmetric bows?

A race in my WIP has a humanoid torso and a quadrupedal lower body. I like the look of the Japaneses Bow and I was thinking of having it be developed by the centaur-like race. It is theories that the ...
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How would a kitsune conceal her presence in a city?

(First question I've ever asked here, don't be too harsh on me, please!) Suppose you have a kitsune (Ahri from League of Legends is a perfect example of what I have in mind), who loves to roam near ...
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Science behind a naturally invisible creature

Suppose a planet developed a peculiar form of life that was naturally invisible, but only within a 15-ft. (4.57 m) radius, by bending or refracting the majority of light around its body due to its ...
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Hydra regeneration explained with science

The Hydra is a mythical creature with the ability the regrow severed limbs, including the head(s). According to the dungeon and dragon 3.5 version of the hydra : each time one limb is separated from ...
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Cohabitation with large creatures

Most fantasy worlds have large creatures living in a world with humans and other races. In Tamriel, the province of Skyrim has giants, mammoth and even dragons roaming freely. The Lord of the ring ...
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Communication of a highly evolved superorganism

Suppose there is a sentient, intelligent species that has developed similar to a superorganism in that there is a species-wide repository of knowledge and individual members of the species are capable ...
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Sympathetic links with flight

I am adding dragons to my current world. However my world currently uses a sympathetic style of 'magic' and qualifies to the laws of thermodynamics (much to 'The Kingkiller Chronicles'). In this case, ...
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How could ghosts be explained without an afterlife?

I've always loved well-done ghosts. However, I've always hated the afterlife-speculation that they engender if used in a story. So I need a way to get ghosts without the fluffy spiritualistic bits. ...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, the sequel: Dragons on Instruments!

Starting with the background provided in this question, how would a dragon outfit himself/herself (avionics, power systems, etal) for operating under the Instrument Flight Rules? How would the ...

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