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No, that was a Sasquatch! In addition to other great answers (being seen at night, werewolves been mistaken for wolves, werewolves converted from people with gray hair already, etc.), there's already a potential humanoid monster that has fur in the red-brown-black spectrum! And that's the sasquatch! (See images below). Both werewolves and sasquatches are ...


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Plausible for aliens If aliens exist ... you've gotten past the major suspension of disbelief. If it's an alien, maybe psychedelic drugs affect them more rapidly than humans, who note a time delay before effects take hold. Maybe they are hexapods because they evolved from segmented ancestors (like insects did) and had some small vestigial appendages to ...


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For the Same Reason People Though Native Americans were "Redskins" Nomadic peoples across many parts of the world often paint themselves in mud or clay. This helps mask your scent for hunting, repels insects, and protects you from the sun. Since your werewolves are likewise a primitive hunter society, but still having human like intelligence, they would ...


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Boy oh boy, let's see what we have: On a note: your alien bats, given their size, are probably better off being compared to flying foxes and other megabats in terms of how they'd work, and I plan to do just that. I will however also cheat a little and compare them to some microbat species if it helps justifying their traits. As far as you I see the animals ...


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One major problem would be the legs. The most plausible way I can see for this system to come about would be for the Niywitt to have evolved from an ape-like ancestor. But unfortunately, most plausible does not mean plausible A primitive tailed ape with a patagium seems simple enough, so let's start there. From this ancestor, the Niywitt would have to ...


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Who told the stories about wolves? Why do you think it wasn't the wolves telling lies to make their lives easier? For the same reasons people think Garlic and Crosses stops Vampires... These are the same people who believe the earth is flat. They'll believe ANYTHING if said with confidence. Wolves have white hair! They are 8 feet tall!!! NOTHING CAN KILL ...


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Historical depictions of werewolves are hilariously inaccurate If you look at medieval depictions of animals, a common trend is that they are often painfully inaccurate with regards to how the animal actually looked. This was especially the case when people were trying to reconstruct animals they had no context for in their daily lives, e.g., Europeans who ...


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The most influential culture believed it in the olden days. Children born in Bethlehem at 0 BC would have been of a bronzen skin color. However when the most famous child of that region was introduced to the western countries the lionshare of artists and indigenous people there had only seen pink skincolors, so thats what their stories and depictions showed ...


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All werewolves are gray at night Werewolves are a nocturnal species, they literally exist (int wolf form) only during the night. In the past, when the myth of the werewolf was established, nights were very dark because of the lack of artificial light (candles and torches hardly could provide a decent light). In low light conditions, human retinas can rely ...


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Pop culture screwed it up. Many people in our world think of wolves as being gray, despite gray wolves being only one of a wide variety of wolf breeds, because "wolves" in movies and TV shows are commonly portrayed by huskies instead. Biologically speaking, domesticated dogs are just another type of wolf. They are the same species, and capable of ...


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Wolves are gray People think of werewolves as human-wolf hybrids. People think wolves are gray. For example a Google search for wolves returns the following. If the above represents the average idea of what a wolf looks like -- ie mostly gray but with a few exceptions being mostly black or white -- then the average idea of a werewolf should be mostly gray ...


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90% of "Werewolf" sightings are of actual wolves. There are three separate groups of people who are perpetuating stories about werewolves: People who have seen or are aware of actual werewolves. People who have seen normal wolves, panicked, and thought they were seeing werewolves. People who saw normal wolves, didn't think they were werewolves, ...


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If it's not gray, nobody lives to tell about it (aka Survivorship Bias) Old gray humans turn into old gray werewolves. They are still strong and fast, but less so than younger werewolves. Simply put, the stories always recall gray werewolves because if a crimson werewolf in it's prime hunts someone, there is never anyone left to talk about it. The only ...


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An aged human form is weaker than the aged wolf form In general werewolves used their wolf form sparingly, usually at night and if a human did see them they rarely lived to tell the tale. As they age, however, a werewolf may find their human form getting aches and pains, their senses dulling and their body tiring easily. Their wolf form may also deteriorate ...


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Red Werewolves Don't Hunt Or more explicitly, they don't hunt random humans. Red werewolves, as the most powerful of their kind, are naturally the leaders. Leaders don't just go running around in random villages every full moon. Instead they have special areas where designated humans (no doubt chosen for their tastiness or evasive qualities) are placed to ...


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It was night time Werewolves are smart and deadly predators. It's rare for someone to see one and survive, and actual colours are hard to tell when all you see is a flash in the moonlight. They're smart enough to avoid groups of humans and avoid well lit areas. (Source) If a werewolf is killed, it immediately reverts to its human form so people don't know ...


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Some ideas in addition to what has already been suggested: Already Grey-haired Since werewolves have the added advantage of being able to directly transform humans into more of themselves Building a bit on JBH's idea, here, but with werewolves turned from old humans rather than long-lived werewolves themselves. Some of the humans that were transformed into ...


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Frame Challenge The only werewolves the average human ever saw were old... I'm really fond of a 1980s version of Robin Hood called "Robin of Sherwood" (the one with Michael Praed and Jason Connery). An episode or two into the change from Michael Praed as Robin of Loxely to Jason Connery as Robert Huntington we get a relevant quote from the ...


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You said it: details get wrong over the centuries, due to the overlapping mixture of slightly different accounts, fading memories and cultural influences. Take the example of the lion: it was known to Europeans, in particular Romans, for being seen in countless gladiator's games across the empire. So you would expect that accounts on lions would be decently ...


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Octopus Speculative evolution is not necessary, the octopus is already a really good candidate for what you are describing. An octopus is already one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth. Their capacity for making complex plans closely rivals that of humans, and even though they are not tool users by nature, they are very good at manipulating human ...


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if an enchantment is given to an entire animal, why not have more than one? my idea is basically that a group of species with different specialized features became mutualists so as to allow simultaneous use of each other's features. an example it might have evolved from is the portuguese mano'war, which is a set of many different mutualistic species who work ...


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Magic Eating Flesh Parasite. (Inspired by Charlie's answer.) The organism began as a colony of bacteria that eats ambient chaos energy. The same way plants feed off ambient C02 in the atmosphere. Bacteria can evolve much faster than macro-organisms to take advantage of a new food source. Colonies of this bacteria take the form of a mould in highly magical ...


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The way I allways imagined succubi feeding is they produce a cocktail of narcotics and aphrodisiacs that cause their prey to begin to dedicate all of their bodily functions to semen production. The semen that a man produces while under the effects of a succubi's toxin will be fortified with vitamins and other nutrients that the succubus needs to survive. So ...


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Stockpile dung pods from various known wyvern species. When a wyvern approaches, identify dung pods from competing species and have the crew throw them at the wyvern, which will make it assume it's intruding on someone else's territory.


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The creatures eat the magic Assuming you have all this magic floating around you, something might eventually stumble upon a way to exploit the stuff. At first, it is just the cell that has its internal structure modified so that magic can go in, but not out. Then trapped magic provides warmth or energy that the animal uses. Then cells specialize in the same ...


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They didn't evolve at all, because they they aren't living creatures per se. They are extremely advanced machines from a forgotten past. So before we begin, let's lay out what we want these creatures to do: according to your requirements they must be able to: be able to keep track of all spells/magical abilities acquired, what they do and how to use them. ...


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So, your question is somewhat vague since you don't provide much information on said pixies. BUT, I found some information on different animals in the animal kingdom. As you mentioned, eagles do have good vision. As for small creatures, the first resource below talks about mantis shrimp, which have some of the most complex eyes in the world. When considering ...


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Plops will probably go aquatic, at least in some sub-species. There's a plentiful source of food down in the water. Any creature that eats you, based on rubberification, will essentially be poisoned in a small way- if your teeth eventually go rubbery it's very difficult to be a predator. They can breathe in water. Some plops will be eaten by predators ...


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About 20m long ... and you'll be making weapons, too. You've allowed us to scale up (pun intended) linearly. Those plates in the image look like about 8cm (80mm) wide and of unknown length. 80mm = 1000x 80µm, and a moth is about 2cm (20mm) long, so about 1000x 20mm = 20m long. If you have the full distribution of scale-proportions, from 1:1 squarish to 3:50, ...


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Parasitic wasp. source This beetle did not know it was being visited by a parasitic wasp. The wasp is tiny, with a featherlight touch as it lays its egg. Maybe the egg hatches into a tiny grub which makes its way into a crack. Maybe the egg is inserted through a weak spot in the beetle's armor. The end result - the beetle is slowly devoured from the ...


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Edit: I get it now, You need to make something so terrible that it could gobble these things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but not so strong that you need another question. So there is the fire triangle. Fuel, Oxygen, Heat. And well look at that Oxygen is there and it's in your list of weaknesses. One way to stop oxygen from getting to a fire is a fire ...


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High Level Adventurers or Monsters The Torchmaw is stupid-powerful enough to easily destroy a medieval town or forest with impunity. Only high level monsters or adventurers can fight against it. Here's the catch. The Torchmaw is powerful because its body contains a large amount of Chaos Energy. The same energy that allows things to level up. It's not ...


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What about moles/voles, they eat from the roots of plants underground and from what I am reading the Anklebiter not only uses photosynthesis but also sucks blood? But in order for all that nutrition to go somewhere - the foliage or the roots - they roots of the Anklebiter would be very, very tempting. I also would think that ants would be a good idea? Maybe ...


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They Can Barely Move A gorilla is about 6ft tall when fully upright. A smaller gorilla (5ft tall) has muscle fibres 5/6 as thick as the big gorilla. Hence the small guy is 5/6 as strong as the big guy. Say the big guy can pull a 400kg load and push a 150 kg load. The small guy can pull a 333kg load and push a 125kg load. The problem here is that no one ...


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I don't know if I have the full solution for you. But a couple of points stand out from your description: There are tremendous numbers of these Anklebiter creatures/plants, if they reproduce like dandelions. No single predator could practically eliminate too many of these creatures, since they would be too likely to get cancer and die before long. Based on ...


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Humans The plants might seem pretty strong, but they have some pretty big weaknesses. Set fire to them or slice them. Done.... nearly. The plants grow back! What is a human to do against this? Put a rock over it. Or wood. Or throw poison like tar onto the remains. Or dig the root up and put it out of the ground somewhere. Just stop it from growing back, or ...


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Droppers are their own predator. Droppers are fiercely territorial and have no tolerance whatsoever of any incursions by their own kind. If one Dropper sights another a fight will ensue every time as even lesser Droppers consider themselves kings and queens of all they survey. Often these fights are to the death, with the victor then intermittently ...


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without the spells? Several eagles, also some other birds. Yep, no mutated magic octopus or crazy animal amalgamation This time, just a group of birds. Your droppers can't see what's above them meaning anything that can fly and is capable of delivering high enough damage can wing. All the eagle needs to do is fly up, dive in its blind spot and wound its ...


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The flu A creature with one entrance/exit for food, low to the ground when young and only acid against disease. Without further aid from a parent in what is edible or build immunity thanks to breast milk for example they are very vulnerable. Cholera, dysenterie and even the common flu can kill fledglings droppers. Only the strongest survive.


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