Questions tagged [mythology]

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It is feasible that a (human) civilization at the end of time uses English, Latin, etc. words but considers earth history as a myth?

When universe is close to ending (only few solar systems remain), I can see how Earth history (or the current galactic civilization beginnings) could become a myth. However, does that mean that some ...
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How to create a floating rock

How to create a floating rock? This question is inspired from the Indian Sanskrit epic Ramayana, in which Lord Ram builds a bridge Rama Setu connecting India and Sri Lanka, which was entirely made of ...
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Anatomically correct Gigantes [duplicate]

A creature from Greek Mythology; giants with legs that resemble snakes that fought the gods and Heracles in a war (not to be confused with the Titans). Is such a creature possible to make anatomically ...
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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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Why might modern demigods be unable to use guns? [closed]

In Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, Annabeth’s dad, Dr. Chase comes in at the end of his book and uses a machine gun on his Sopwith Camel, along with some celestial bronze bullets he created in ...
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Would the demigods birthed by goddesses be different from the demigods sired by the gods? [closed]

In Greek mythology and many fantasy stories, they are treated as the same. But I can't help but feel they shouldn't... If we assume that gods can take any physical form, how do you explain it to ...
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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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Does God as depicted in Jewish/Christian/Muslim sources have any weaknesses? [closed]

I've heard a few stories, like Left Beyond Quest and the plot of the game Messiah, in which humanity attempts to fight/conquer Heaven and Hell. The general consensus is that, since there aren't any ...
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Resource Request: Myths and Believable Exaggerations, Creation

So, a lot of conflict in my story comes from misunderstanding and false information, here's a small sample: Myth: Dragons represent the sin of greed Fact: Being partly modeled after lace monitors ...
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How big do bird wings have to be relative to the size of the bird? [duplicate]

How do you estimate the ration of the torso of a bird to its wings? A bird in my world, the aquatic roc, is essentially a collasal pelican, big enough to scoop an average galleon, a ship of 160 feet. ...
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(Legit) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

I'm doing research for one of the stories I'm working on and found the Greek deity Epiales, the god/spirit of nightmares. I'm trying to implement him into a story as an antagonist to where he seeks ...
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Is there a name for a Satyr like creature with equine features

I created a character who is centaur-like. His upper body is completely human however his legs and horse-like and he has two legs. This makes him similar to a Satyr, however, Satyr's have Goat like ...
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(Online) Sources for Traditional Lore to Base Creatures on

I'm currently working on a fantasy world with a medieval/mythological setting, and I'm trying to do a bunch of research for several non-human races (dwarves, mermaids, etc.). However I don't want to ...
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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 should centaur dwellings look like?

Centaurs are horse-human hybrids. Because they have human elements, we can assume that they have intelligence, culture, and a desire for a comfortable life. A stable that would be good enough for a ...
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What are some resources for mythopoesis?

I would greatly appreciate any info or resources for building an appropriate artificial mythology for a world. For reference, I am reading "The Gods of Pegana" and I already went through the ...
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How would the existence of multiple mythological and religious pantheons be justified?

It's common trend for many stories within the Urban Fantasy genre to feature various mythological pantheons co-existing with one another. For example, High School DxD has a universe where Judeo-...
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How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers?

How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers? My question is inspired by the Sanskrit epic of ancient India, Ramayana. In the story of Ramayana, Hanuman is a well-...
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Justifying why a troll's skin would turn to stone in sunlight

It's a fairly common legend that trolls turn to stone when exposed to daylight, and I was thinking about using such a creature in a story. I'm searching for a plausible way of justifying such a ...
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Why do Ichisongas hate elephants and hippos?

In the mythology of the Lambas people of Zambia, there is a creature called the Ichisonga. It is a herbivore, and very rhinoceros-like in appearance. Upon hearing a hippopotamus, it allegedly sneaks ...
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What could be a means to defeat a child’s nightmare? [closed]

In my world, there is a monster that materializes as a childhood nightmare (nothing specific, just this general fear children feel when they are alone in the dark). I wonder what would be a nice way ...
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Could a humanoid species exist with vastly different heights?

Many mythological humans vary in depictions. Let's use Trolls from Scandinavia as an example. Some are said to be giants compared to humans (I'd imagine twice the height), and some, like Danish Trolls,...
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Anatomically Correct Typhon

Please avoid the obvious jokes. Now I know there are different versions of the Greek monster Typhon, so first I will try to describe its properties. Incredibly large roughly 50-100 feet tall, ...
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Anatomically Correct Cyclops

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Cyclops. One of the most similar creatures to man but with 'one' noticeable difference, one eye. It seems that land animals love their two ...
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How Could a Human beat a Centaur in a Fight?

I write centaurs as wild barbarians that love fighting - especially with weakling, little humans. So let's say our centaur and hero are fighting in an open, little, dirt circle in the middle of the a ...
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The Centaur--Let's Get Real, Shall We?

Undoubtedly, one of mythology's most iconic creatures is the centaur, a human being with his or her waist glued to the torso of a horse. For this post, we are avoiding the question of how ...
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Would centaurs shoot more accurately than a cavalryman from horseback?

The question is fairly simple. If a Mongol and a Centaur ride by and shoot at you, who has the better chance of giving an arrow a new home in your gizzard? That is, given equal skill in shooting, ...
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The sentry beyond heaven and hell

Set in 29th century a team of scientists hunting for the different types of higgs boson, an elementary particle responsible for giving some particles their mass, millions of billions of micro black-...
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How big is my Giant?

The hero saves the captured giant, and as a reward, the giant presents the hero with a magic ring... However, the ring is made for giant fingers, so the hero decides to wear it as an armband instead. ...
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Do centaurs suckle from horse nipples or human nipples?

This has been puzzling me, because if the human half needs human nutrients, then suckling from the human nipples makes sense. But the horse half needs different nutrients, so which set of nipples ...
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Would centaurs HAVE to cook meat? [duplicate]

The way I depict centaurs are like very wild people like Tarzan - living in the wild with no clothes equipment, hunting with their hands and hooves. I'm wondering though if a centaur could eat raw ...
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How would pixie to human two way communication work?

Pixie, no bigger than a tennis ball, has coexisted along side human for as long as history can remember, note that the pixie were never treated as pet, however slavery and smuggling activities are on ...
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Feasibility of Centaur Hussars

Would centaur cavalry be able to hold their own in an early 1800s setting? What kind of advantages and disadvantages would they have over the regular man-on-a-horse cavalry? What kind of niche would ...
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Anatomically Correct Tomte

The tomte is a creature from scandinavian mythology. It's pretty small, humanoid and has clothes and a beard. They live on farms and in houses where they help out with farmwork and other labour, ...
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Politically Correct Valkyries: Why do they choose who they choose?

The Valkyrie are female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. They take the slain to Odin. In some lore, they provide alcoholic beverages to the slain (so there's ...
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Cyclops - depth perception issues

In my land we have a race of human-like cyclops. The only real difference is their increased strength, and the fact they only have one eye. Would having one eye affect depth perception, and if so ...
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Garlic and Silver — What's the Big Deal?

In popular mythology, wearing a garlic wreath is a good defense against vampires. Silver kills werewolves. But why? How could garlic, a spice whose only offense is plain stink, deter an attractive ...
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How does a gorgon sleep?

Weird question but with a head of snakes, do they have to sleep with their head turned to the side? Would it hurt? Do they need an incredibly fluffy pillow?
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How do Cyclops hunt?

Having a second eye allows a creature to perceive depth and to focus easily on its prey, so are there any sound theories for how would Cyclops in Greek mythology go hunting using only a single eye? Or ...
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Difficulties of transforming from mermaid to human and vice versa?

Anatomy wise, how could growing legs or having your legs melded together to form a large fin happen in a matter of hours? How could the change work in reverse? I want this to be able to work without ...
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Anatomically Correct Satyrs

Satyrs are creatures from Greek mythology said to resemble a human with the ears, horns and lower half of a goat. They are known for throwing wild parties, heavily drinking and a fondness for music. ...
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Could a traditional phoenix be resurrected after being dead for centuries? [closed]

In my novel I want my character to discover a phoenix. However, in my low-fantasy setting, magic and everything magical is believed to be long dead or nonexistent. To retain the idea that magic is a ...
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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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Anatomically Correct Jackalope

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with an antelopes horns. It's a popular mythological creature in hill folk culture and it made me ask a question,...
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How can there be endangered humanoid species? [closed]

In my urban fantasy, I have several human species that coexist with humans. I'd imagine some like species such as who're classified as Faeries have a stronghold to have intercommunication with humans. ...
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Earth-elemental gods who wielded a hammer

The world I'm crafting is an extension of human mythology and I am drawing a blank on mythological gods who wielded a hammer and represented the earth element. And if possible the water element. I ...
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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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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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Why would an army of angels with air superiority fight demons on the ground?

Angel society is militaristic with all individuals serving as warriors in some capacity. They are locked in an eternal battle against demons from hell over control of the mortal plane. Angels have ...
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In a universe created by and controlled by malevolent or passive non-humanoid beings, what would cause the creation of humanoid gods? [closed]

Forgive me if a question like this is too general and isn't accepted here. I'm currently working on creating a new universe to possibly be used in a D&D or RPG setting. I've been working on the ...