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Bestiary: Kappa

Today’s bestiary entry comes from Japanese folklore: the Kappa. They are basically river spirits. Their looks differ, though they often have scales or carapaces or webbed hands and feet. One constant trait is their head, they have a flat area or bowl … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Hydra

The Hydra is a lovely little (ahem) creature with a whole lot of heads. It’s a classic from  Greek myth, particularly in combination with Hercules. The story is that Hercules was sent to kill it, but it kept growing more … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Quetzal

The Quetzalcoatl is a god in the shape of a giant feathered serpent from Mesoamerican legend. There are a bunch of different depictions from different areas and periods, including several human forms. I went with the more literal scaly, feathery … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Dark Ladies

This one is a special entry. These Dark Ladies are based on a costume a friend and I made for a festival called Elf Fantasy Fair some years ago. The costume itself was based on a story my friend had read in one … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Cerberus

Cerberus is a three-headed dog from Greek mythology who guards the entrance to the underworld. He has a run-in with Hercules, and shows up whenever someone living tries to get into the underworld. My favourite modern version of Cerberus is Fluffy … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Wendigo

The Wendigo is a creature from North American legends. Sometimes it is a monster, sometimes a human that turns into a monster, usually by resorting to cannibalism. In a way, Wendigos share some characteristics with zombies, though Wendigos aren’t technically … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Banshee

The Banshee is a creature from Irish mythology. She sometimes hangs around battlefields and washes the bloody clothes of the dead. Banshees are best known for their wailing. It’s a death omen, and when a banshee screams someone is either dead … Continue reading

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