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Article - 'Bestiary 3' by Angroth

An item about Plots/Characters posted on Aug 8, 2003

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The third article of Angroth's amazing monster bestiary.

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Bestiary 3

By Angroth

You asked for some more, now you have it! I have increased the second bestiary by 14 creatures giving a grand total of 57 (from 43). This is the definitive fantasy bestiary! (well, I hope it is because I’m not making another one!!)



*All descriptions and origins have been located from books and other sources. They are ALL true to their original descriptions. Some descriptions I couldn’t find so I had to fill them in and some things I merely added because they’re in everything fantasy based anyway. But if you want to change these, for your own scenarios then you certainly can, who’s stopping you!? I will!! And I am sorry if I have placed one or two creatures in a different category to what you might expect, some are hard to place while others have no place.*



UNDEAD:

Skeletons- The bones of a dead creature that have somehow come back, most likely for revenge. Usually a necromancer is the one who reanimates the bones.

Zombies- The true walking dead. Rotting and festering, they are mindless and look for flesh to eat.

Lich- Not all skeletons lose their souls. Some hold on to their existence in this world through sheer force of will. Unwilling to pass on, these stubborn souls remain in their rotting bodies, festering in the hatred that is the only focus of their new existence. They have a maleficent disgust for the living. A Lich is a powerful creature with the ability to rain down vast amounts of damage on its foe. These undead creatures are feared on the sea as widely as on land.

Berbalangs- The berbalangs were said to have wings and cat like slits for eyes, but in everyother way they looked human. They needed human flesh to live and spent their time digging in graves and eating the bodies that they could find there. Their eyes can be seen sparkling like fires from a distance. Dwelling with the dead for so long berbalangs have basically become dead themselves. They can hide by lying down and holding their breath. They enter a trance and visibly vanish from our planes. If you hear a berbalangs evil and cruel moan begin to attack behind you as they are never where they seem!

Banshee’s- No one has evidence of the banshee’s shape so it is assumed that she has none. She is merely a screaming wailing voice that haunts the night. Her mournful cry or keening usually signifies a death in the family if heard.

Ghouls- Pale and crave for blood. Ghouls are similar to zombies but they are stronger. They have a deep desire for human flesh.

Ghosts- The spirit of a person. They haunt people and tend to linger in their houses. Ghosts are in more movies than zombies (I think).

Wights- Also known as Barrow Wights, these creatures are vastly old skeletons that usually guard locations such as tombs and so on.Always armoured and carry weapons.

Anne Robinson- This bitch bites!

Vampires- They must stay alive by drinking blood (usually from neck). People who have lived from a vampire sucking their blood are prone to turn into a vampire themselves! However, you are liable to turn into a vampire if you are one of the following: People who commit suicide, witches, the seventh son of a seventh son, people who tell lies (ut oh!), children who havent been baptised (oohhhh nooo!!), criminals, a child born of a mother who has been looked at by a vampire.

They are said to be able to transform into beasts (like wolves and bats) but fear not, they may not enter your house unless you invite them in and, to kill them:

A wooden stake made from aspen or hawthorn wood must be driven through the vampires heart or navel, small stones or grains of incense must be placed in the coffin so the vampire had something to nibble if he awoke, to delay him elaving the coffin, arlic must be stuffed in his mouth, millet seed must be scattered over the vampires body for he could not leave his tomb until every grain had been counted, vampires body must be buried face downwards, Wild thorny roses must be strung outside the coffin inorder to hinder the vampires progress from the grave.



DEMONIC:

T’ao T’ien (Monster Face)- T’ao T’ien are a horrible sight; its monstrous head is connected to one body on the right and one on the left. Usually they have six legs. It’s face is more often seen without its body and can be a dragons, tigers, mans and it is often called an ‘ogre’s mask’.

Balrogs- Made of flame and smoke, they wield a whip and a sword. Accompanied by two large wings, this beast is to be feared.

Demons- Big large red beasts who are muscle bound. They often wield a pitch fork or some kind of spear. These evil monstrosities come from the underworld (hell) and are quite hairy (might have beards or mains). They have immense power and can even breathe flames. They usually have to large horns on their head.

Changelings- Strange mutated beings. Their location and history is a mystery. However they are a very mischevious race. They can easily immitate anything they have touched.

Wargs (hell hounds)- Larger twisted versions of wolves. Wargs can be referred to as hell hounds. They are much larger than an average wolf and are more ferocious. They have a wider jaw with large penetrating teeth.

Nagas- Half human, half god, nagas take the form of snakes. It possesses great wealth and very strange powers that no one really understands. People dreaded and feared it; they thought it could cause or prevent rain which of course meant life or death to the Indian people (its origin). Female naga’s are nagini’s and are very beautiful and divine. Naga’s have the supreme power of the sea and many other magic powers.

Manticore/ Manticora- The most favoured description is a mans head with pale blue eyes and three rows of teeth which fit into eachother like the teeth of a comb. The face and ears are bright red and it has a lion’s body with a scorpion’s tail with stings either side which can shoot of like arrows. It moves swiftly and is fond of human flesh. In other descriptions it is said that a manticore has magical powers.

Cerberus- In greek mythology it guarded the entrance to Hades (the underworld). It was said to have 50 heads but it was soon taken down to a mere 3. It was a ferocious beast that would rip apart any tresspasser it could find.

Chimera- A greek monster made up of three creatures. Sometimes it had a lions front end, a dragons rear with a she-goat’s head embedded between. Sometimes it is said to have all three heads at the front or with a head at each end and one coming out of its back. The chimera was said to be able to breathe flames.

Gorgons- The gorgons were snake haired women whose looks were so terrible that anyone who looked on them turned to stone. Medusa is the most famous of the gorgons. They have sharp pointed teeth and deep glaring eyes.

Jinn- Jinn is the plural of a genie, who were beings made of fire. There are supposedly good and evil Jinn as well as male and female ones and they are aerial beings with transparent bodies that can take on various forms. At first they sometimes appear as swirls of black smoke (like pillars) and they gradually compress into the form of whatever they wish to take. Jinn have immense power. Egyptians said it is the work of an evil genie (jinn) that causes their sandstorms.



BEASTS:

Dragons- Dragons tend to be large winged beasts. They are difficult to describe; they vary so much from time to time and place to place. Nevertheless western dragons are usually heavy-looking serpents with wings and claws. They can be any colour, even black, as long as it is huge, has scales that shine and can belch forth fire and smoke.

Dragons of the east are too numerous to count for, they are everywhere where there is water. They populate the deepest seas and the shallowest river to the tiniest drop of rain. They are completely in charge of weather conditions. A flash of lightning is the dragon flashing its eyes, the wind is its breath and the storms at the sea are caused by the tearing of its claws.

Wyverns- Little is known about the wyvern but it is a flying serpant similar to a dragon, but with two eagles legs and it has a barbed dragons tail. A wyvern without wings is usually called a lindworm. The appearance of a wyvern was supposed to herald a war or an epidemic of fatal disease like bubonic plague.

Tiamat- One of the earliest legendary dragons. She originated in Babylonia and was supposed to be the beautiful, female dragon of confusion the dwelled in the sea.

Minotaur- Son of the Queen of Crete and a beautiful white bull that Neptune brought from the sea. It had the head and horns of a bull (I wonder why!!) and the body of a man and was so hideous to look at that the queen constructed a special maze for it.

Roc- The roc is a gigantic bird that resembles a huge eagle. It lingers in deserts and feeds its young elephants (or anything of its size). Roc’s are not evil but when provoked, because of their size, the can be a dreadful enemy.

Werewolves- Werewolves are wild, vindictive creatures that tear men to pieces an lap up their blood. One way of becoming one is to be bitten by one. Soon after the victim goes through a series of changes (basically they begin to itch and grow hair, then a pentagram appears on them). According to the legend on a night when wolfsbane plant is in bloom and the moon is full, the person turns into a wolf. Its superhuman strength makes it impossible to contain.. At day break the werewolf turns back into its human form and remembers nothing of what happened.

Griffon / Gryphon / Griffin- It is a half bird half mammal with large wings and the head of an eagle. It also has the hind legs and tail of a lion. It is a very large beast that is said to be immensly strong (as strong as 100 eagles).

Gargoyle- One of the most deceiving beasts possible. At day a gargoyle is merely a statue upon a building top but by night the stone sheds from its skin and the creature is let lose. Most gargoyles seem to have wings and an overall monsterous look. At night a gargoyle loses control and causes havoc to those in its path. Before day returns a gargoyle will return to its original location only to look like it has not moved.

Hippogriff / Hippogriffin- These were the offspring of a griffon (half lion, half eagle) and an ordinary mare. The hippogriff had a horses body and the tail combined with the claws, wings and beak of an eagle. The uncommon creature was apparently found in mountain regions.





IMMORTALS:

Tengu- Long ago in Japan the Tengu claimed to own the whole world. A race of monsters, half man, half bird, they had gigantic claws, wings and red beaks. Their eyes were so ferocious and glittering that one glance in your direction felt like a flash of lightning.

Ku- Ku came from hawaiian legends. He was a dog-man who had the ability to transform into any form he desired. He was strong and devoured all who fought him.

Marduk- He was the supreme god. He could use a bow very well. His powers were great and it was he who defeated tiamat (in babylonian belief).

Kujata- An ancient monster god from moslem mythology. He is a vast bull with 4000 eyes, ears, nostrils, mouths and feet. Supposedly it would take 500 years to travel from one eye to another and from one ear to another.

Centaurs- Centaurs are horses with the upper body of a human. They are immortal beings that are very knowledgable. Some tales tell of noble and kind centaurs, others tell that they were a mischevious race who played tricks on people.

Harpies- The harpy is a winged creature with the head and breasts of a woman but the body and talons of a vulture. They are noisy and ravenous creatures continually tormented with fierce hunger. They are filthy and have matted hair. They are also deathly pale from starvation. They are called the birds of hell. They swoop from their dwellings devouring anything possible. Despite being on the brink of starvation, they are unable to die and cannot be killed.

Phoenix- The bird of the sun. There is only ever one at a time. The phoenix lives for a thousand years and is then reborn. Its feathers are a mixture of gold and red that glisten in the light. They never eat or drink and live purely in the air. It was a similar shape to the eagle but much larger.

Senmurv- A descendant of the griffin. It was an immortal bird mammal that is said to have wings that can darken the skies. Later on it was said to have the tail of a bird and the head and paws of a dog (senmurv actually means dog-bird). In the beginning the senmurv was a friend to humans.

Sphinx- Sphinxes have come in many shapes and sizes but there are only two sorts. The egyptian version is the oldest with a lions body, the head of a man and shoulder length straight hair. The greek sphinx however had a womans head and breasts and the body of a lion with birds wings. The most famous sphinx is the sphinx of Thebes or the sphinx or riddle. She asked passers by a riddle and if they could not answer she devoured them (this sphinx was also greek).

Satyrs- Satyrs are gods of the forest who are usually associated with fertility rites. The greeks called them satyrs but the romans called them fauns, pans and sylvans. Most pictures usually show them as having the hind quarters of a goat and a human body, head and arms. They are thickly covered in dark, curling hair and have short horns on their head. They also have pointed animal like ears and hooked noses.



MORTALS (DOMINANT RACES):

Humans- These mortals can vary vastly. They are excellent at adapting to different environments. I’m sure you know the rest or have plans of your own.

Halflings- Halflings resemble children. They are small and similar to dwarves yet they do not have the muscular and chunky build of the dwarves, they are more streamline. Halflings are a peaceful race but will fight to survive.

Dwarves- Usually said to dwell in cave area’s and wield axe style weapons. A dwarf is smaller than a human and much more bulky. They usually weigh a fair amount and are a very stubborn race.

Elves- There are two kinds of elf. Firstly there is the pixie styled elf who is small, slender and has pointed ears. And then there is the version where they are just as tall as humans but more athletically built and once again have pointed ears. Either way they are commonly ascociated with bows and magic.

Beastmen- These creatures resemble goats. They are half goat, half man. Sometimes called goatmen, these beasts have two large horns pretruding from their forehead. Their origins are unknown but they wield large axes and are never found alone.

Cyclops- The word cyclops means ‘round-eyed one’. Cyclops were a race of giants who had one eye in the centre of their forehead.

Goblins- Little scavangers. They are small, green and come in great numbers.

Orcs- A persisting enemy to the humans. Orcs a muscular and resemble large goblins.

Hob(o)goblins- Somewhere between goblins and orcs.

Giants / Ogres- Ogre is the western name for a man eating giant and most countries have tales about them. The most fearsome ogre to walk the earth was Oni of Japanese origin. It was incredibly evil in appearance and temper. It appeared as a giant size human with long elephant tusk like teeth. Female Oni were often reffered to as Yamanba.

Lizardmen- Reptilian humanoids. They dwell near the sea. Little is known of their origins or history. (maybe they’re linked to merfolk)

Merfolk- Merfolk are simply mermaids and mermen. Mermaids are a mysterious yet romantic reature. She is beautiful and is usually happy. Her beautiful hypnotic song has been said to have lured many sailors to their doom. If a mermaid becomes angry her howling can turn the sunniest day into a storm which lashes out at nearby sailors.



LESSER CREATURES / ANIMALS:

Animals- Wolves, lions, snakes, basically anything REAL.

Tony Blair- He’s the lesser creature of the lesser creatures!

Catoblepas- In Ethiopia there is said to be a beast called Catoblepas. It moves very sluggishly and has a remarkably heavy head which the animal finds almost impossible to carry. Fortunately it is unable to lift its head high enough to look at anyone. This is a good thing as all who look into its eyes drop down dead.

Carbuncle- The name Carbuncle, meaing ruby or garnet was given to a very mysterious creature by the spanish conquerors. It was because no one had seen it long enough to know its shape, or whether it had fur or feathers. One man in Paraguay described it as a smallish animal with a shining mirror in its head like a glowing coal. Another peson said it had a mirror of light shining out of the darkness that was similar to the precious stone dragons were thought to have hidden in their brain!

Unicorns- With the body of a sleek white horse, the legs and hooves of an antelope and a lions tail, unicorns had a large horn ontop of their head. It was twisted and said to be four feet long with a white base, black middle and red tip. It was said to be such a powerful horn that anything the unicorn pushed it up against, it would be torn to pieces.

Yale- The yale is shown on various coats of arms as having the head and body of a horse, a goat’s beard and a large boar’s tusks. It has spots and tufts of hair all over its body, cloven hooves and a tufted tail. Its most amazing feature were its horns which were long and curled in the most peculiar manner.

K’i-lin- Basically this creature is the chinese version of the unicorn. It is a animal of good fortune and is still loved by the people. It is said to be so gentle that it only eats dead grass (not living) and be’s careful not to tread on any creatures (such as insects). It has the body of a large deer, the tail of an ox and the hooves of a horse. It’s horn on its head is smaller than a unicorns and is made of flesh.