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Square-Cubic Law tells us that at some size the neck of our giant breaks under its own weight(2), but how large is a giant that has a ring that fits a forearm? Our Giant's finger's diameter is the diameter of the forearm of the human. I am a rather slender person of 2 meters height, my wrist is pretty much skin over bone. To fit my wrist, that'd be $d_{w}=...


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A tale of envy. Hippos. The Ishisonga remembers swimming as a cub: it loved swimming, it would dive beneath the water and feed on the lush and delicious water-weed, reveling in the cool splashy games with the hippo children; swimming was what it dreamt about, what made life worthwhile. Then time passed: it grew, its head heavy with horn, it became more ...


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Imagine that the Ichisonga was a real creature, a species of rhinoceros inhabiting Africa. Rhinos already behave like this and they are herbivores. They'll attack most things. Of course they lose against elephants but that doesn't stop them trying. Why? Nobody knows! Rhino versus elephant. https://youtu.be/4sRlnNllql0?t=155 Rhino against just ...


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It could be that ichisongas shared their territories with hippos and elephants for thousands of years and probably due to increasing competition, these ichisongas must have developed a territorial instinct. Probably these ichisongas waited around till the elephants and hippos rotted away to make sure that they were dead and that they won't be back to bother ...


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I don't think there is a single website or book I can point you to, but since I've spent a lot of time on similar searches, I'll try to give some general pointers. First of all, keep in mind that the franchises you mention in turn got their information from somewhere else, so you can start by looking at their influences. Let's take Dwarves in Middle Earth: ...


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Rubber mallet. I have used this method successfully (n=2). Children feel defenseless in the dark. You don't want to give them a shotgun or a Bowie knife. You can give them a rubber mallet. A rubber mallet is not a toy. They are big, hefty tools. Even a kid can deliver a wallop with one should something need walloping, but she is unlikely to hurt ...


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Distraction via Good Memories If a child's fear is what materializes the "monster" then the lack of fear is what will defeat it (duh face palm answer down voted). Working with children in the past I have found that not reacting to what is causing them fear but staying calm and even talking about something off topic to be very helpful. I was able to keep a ...


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Are giants magical? If you have magic, then the giant is probably proportional. The ratio of finger-radius-to-arm-radius is going to be about the ratio of height-to-height. I'd be real dubious about that 10-to-1 number, though. You might want to check that with your own fingers. Eyeballing it on myself, I get something a lot closer to 4-to-1. ...


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James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, 1890. The Wikipedia article has links to several on-line editions. Warning! (1) It is a massive work. (2) It is addictive. (3) It is somewhat out of date anthropologically, but that shouldn't matter as a source of artistic inspiration. Robert Graves, The White Goddess, 1948. Warning! It is a poetic / fantasy essay made ...


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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (wiki link here). This is the book to read if you want to get some interesting perspectives on the commonality of mythology and stories throughout cultures. The author's thesis is that much of mythology follows the same basic story, which he calls the "monomyth". It is comprised, basically, of the following story, quoted ...


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Satyrs were originally portrayed as having horselike legs, along with horse ears and tail (and a permanent boner, but that's neither here nor there). They only acquired goatlike characteristics later when they began to be associated and conflated with Pan, which was originally a completely different nature spirit.


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Make the seal psychosomatic, which will only work if the powers are mental base. In other words, the way the power should work is that the user activates them. For super strength, for instance, it's not that he innately possesses the strength of ten men - it's that he can 'turn on' the power in his head and choose to wield the strength of ten men. This way, ...


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I see that Trish answered while I was typing. I'll give my answer anyway because it doesn't require complicated formulae to understand. Radius is a length. For scaling up distance you don't have to worry about the square-cube law. Estimating finger diameter to forearm diameter (and equivalently radius). Hold two fingers together. Are the as wide as your ...


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In Greek mythology there is the ipotane. For the most part they were overall human-like, but with horse legs, hindquarters, tail, and ears. Excluding the ears, your creature sounds like an ipotane. Many artist renderings end up swapping the top and bottom parts, or give ipotanes more horse-like features. It does seem, however, that the older Greek myths ...


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Cats† Have you ever wondered why cats will sometimes stare, or even vocalize, at seemingly nothing? Suddenly dash across the house like a madman... err, mad-feline. It is because they can see these monsters forming. Or their fading remains. And cats are supernaturally gifted with claws and fangs that can shred the shadows of terror as easily as drapes. ...


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Lucid dreaming- through composure and self discipline, the child can be trained to become aware that the nightmare is a dream, and gain control over the dream's narrative. This could allow the child to actually fight back against the monster.


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Blanket over head I can't recall where I read the story (but it was probably an old one) and it's author or title, but there was a sci-fi short story that involved materialization of your fears - a chemical that made you see hallucinations that felt real enough that if the hallucination would kill you, you'd die. When the two protagonists understood the ...


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It's entirely reasonable for the giant to have proportionally thicker limbs. This will help him walk. Consider a giant 2.5x the overall size of a human with 1.5x proportionally thicker limbs. He'll weigh roughly 2.5^3=15.6x what a human does, and have legs roughly (2.5×1.5)^2=14x thicker. A few handwaves about bone and muscle density and this should ...


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Your sage would need to be a skilled hypnotist. By hypnotising Hanuman - who.must be sufficiently suggestible that he could be hypnotized in the first place - and suggesting to him that any memories of having powers were a dream, that in reality he is ordinary and that he can do only things that a mundane person could do, he can subconsciously participate ...


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Kori bustard the largest extant bird that can fly. Argentavis magnificens the largest bird ever that could fly. Quetzalcoatlus the largest flying animal ever. But when it flew, the Earth spun a little faster (so gravity was effectively (ever so slightly) less), the atmosphere was also thicker (making flying easter), & the atmosphere had a higher ...


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Unfortunately, I don't think what you're looking for exists. As @AlexP says in a comment: You are chasing a ghost. Epiales is one of the countless "personified abstractions" which populated ancient mythology; he has no other life than his name and function. I did find some literary references to Epiales, and can confirm that the "source material" for ...


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Drugs, and Nerve clamping. The Sage starts by sending Hanuman to sleep - at the time period in question, this would probably be accomplished with some form of opioid. Then, the Sage makes a small incision in the back of Hanuman's neck, and clamps suitable nerves to block his powers - the organs that let him fly cannot receive signal from the brain, his ...


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Children are afraid of the dark because it is an unknown and they lack the confidence to take care of themselves. On the other hand when you become an adult you start to carry keys around with you. It is a symbol of taking your security into your own hands, leaving the house on your own and being responsible. The monster may hate the sound of jingling keys, ...


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Since some monsters come from under the end of the bed and grab your feet, I suggest a footboard combined with a guillotine. This will chop the monster's arms off while leaving the child's feet safe. For monsters that are merely lurking under the bed, a simple lever that causes the bed to drop to the floor will effectively both flatten and trap the monster. ...


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A not serious answer, but if you want a more comic tone you could find it interesting... You could try to trick the monster. Since it thrives in the dark, it hasn't good sight, so you could disguise a brave full-grown man (maybe a short one :) ) as a kid and let him in the child room with the lights turned off. When the monster tries to manifest itself to ...


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If you are worried about scientific plausibility, make your hero a little boy who saves the giant. A normal man who saves a giant would be saving someone much stronger than himself anyway, so making the hero a little boy simply increases the fact that someone weaker saves someone stronger from a situation where strength is not enough. And if you can't ...


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With corridors, all the other variations make sense, but, if you’re looking for a thinner corridor for your centaur to walk through, maybe it could still be a bit narrow, but, the corridors have a split off section every few meters that act like branching roads on highways, so they don’t need to clumsily turn around, but they can continue walking while ...


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