Questions tagged [mythology]

Mythology should be used for questions involving stories or the origin of stories which will be important to some culture.

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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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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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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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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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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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Culturally Correct Myth Design

Every culture has its myths and myths always fit in with the culture they belong to. From the Native Americans and their stories of respecting nature to the blood and brutal of the Aztecs. If I had ...
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Naming the forces of the Purgatory?

I'm trying to build a world loosely based on ideas about afterlife in Christianity. In my world God is nowhere to be found and supernatural forces are split into three factions: Hell, Heaven & ...
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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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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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Anatomically Correct Sleipnir

Sleipnir is Odin's steed - an eight-legged horse in Norse mythology. How and where to place its legs to make it faster than four-legged horses? What other benefits or drawbacks may arise from the ...
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Anatomically Correct Nachtkrapp

The Nachtkrapp is a german version of the bogeyman or in a more general term a kind of bugbear. Nacht is the german word for night and Krapp is used in southern germany and austria as a word for raven....
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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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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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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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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, ...