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Strange things follow wherever fairies appear. For instance- the Stray Sod. A weird plot of grass (similar in concept to a Fairy Ring) that was enchanted by the fairies. Whoever steps on it completely loses their sense of direction, causing them to wander around and bump into stuff/get eaten by a monster. The fairies find this very amusing. In modern works, Stray Sod are often sentient little Feybeasts.





A traditional symbol of death. A giant black dog only seen at night. Or preferably not seen at all, as anybody who lays eyes on it dies instantly. Sometimes associated with the Hellhound of Classical Mythology and the Barghest of English Folklore, this big black dog has been known by many titles- Goblin Hound, Black Dog, Devil Dog,etc.




One of the top four common undead- falling after Ghosts, Zombies, and Lich (not counting semi-undead like vampires, ghouls, or shadowmen- nor vague categorizations like Skeleton, Wraith, or Spectre). Whereas Ghosts are just the spirit, Zombies are just the corpse, and Lich are immortal warlocks/wizards/witches/enchantresses/sorcerers/magi whose skin rotted off leaving them still alive but as a skeleton, Wights are dead bodies possessed by an evil spirit.

casper isn't a morning person
lich lord Xykon

The funny thing is, the word Wight just means a creature, or more specifically a human being. How did it come to be regarded as an undead monster? So glad you asked! See, in one translation of the Grettis Saga, the word Draug (Norwegian Undead Warriors that guarded their grave-treasures from robbers) was translated as Barrow Wights- essentially meaning People of the Barrow. In Lord of the Rings, the first modern fantasy book, they were also mentioned as such, probably Tolkien got the name from the Grettis Saga. The Hobbits run into a bunch of ‘Barrow-Wights’ (people of the barrow) living in an old burial mound. It can’t be expected for everybody that reads LOTR to know such an obscure archaic word as Wight, so they assumed Wight just meant Undead Monster.

Tom Bombadillo

DnD, following Tolkien’s lead, placed Wights in the very first edition of the game. Warcraft, Warhammer, Magic: The Gathering, A Song of Ice and Fire, and many others soon included variants of Wights. Though the original meaning of the word Wight is now utterly lost, the Undead Warrior aspect of the Draug still remains, living on through the Barrow-Wights of Tyrn Gorthad.





Well, I’m not sure this is as much a creature as a creature template or even a class, but I’ll see what I can do. Most of our modern idea of ‘Elementals’ comes from the four classical elements- Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. Each of these had a specific spirit-type associated with it in Alchemical Tradition, but pop-culture has changed most of these. Salamanders for Fire are often replaced by Efreets or Fire Monsters to avoid confusion with the non-mythical namesake. Sylphs for Air are usually represented as the archetypal Tinkerbell fairy. As for Water, Undines are pretty much unrivaled although suspiciously represented exactly like mermaids. Gnomes, on the other hand, have morphed so much into Garden Santas that any attempt to make them ‘Earthen’ is very rare, not to mention the fact it makes them overlap somewhat with the modern Dwarf. Therefore the role of Earth elemental is usually taken up by a Golem or something, besides when the element is taken out altogether and replaced with ‘Rock’. When authors feel like simplifying all this, they simply use the generic spirit image, give it four or five subspecies with different powers and decor, and call it a day.




As I look at my list of mythical creatures, I see that the next entry says Goomba.

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I’m pretty sure they’re copyrighted, so I’ll skip to the ‘Chinese Unicorn’, the Kirin. Also called the Qilin. This mythical beast, originating as you probably guessed in China, was said to appear whenever a great man, such as a sage or a good ruler was about to be born. They are often depicted wreathed in fire, with beards and manes, and with two stubby horns atop their mythical noggins. Other than that, they range completely in description from culture to culture. Some of the earliest descriptions seem to describe giraffes. This is probably where the antlers come from, along with their ability to walk without disturbing the grass. One of the oldest stories describes the Emperor having captured a live Quilin. As time went on, and people saw no more giraffes, the Quilin changed in nature to be more mytholigized, and took on some features of the Long, or Chinese Dragon. They became holy symbols, the pets of the gods. When Europeans heard of the Kilin, they called them Chinese Unicorns, although this is goofy as they have two horns, not one. Plus, they are not very much like horses, more resembling golden lions or bulls.

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The Caonineag, like most of the obscure mythical creatures this list has devolved into, has about a bazillion name-variants and just as many vaguely-defined magical traits. In this case, the ‘Caointeach’, by which I mean the ‘Caoidheag’, sometimes called the ‘Caointeachhag’, is a type of Banshee from the Scottish Highlands. She differentiates from the standard Banshee in that she is invisible. Or is it that she only foretells deaths within her clan? Or that she, in Islay versions, wears a tattered green shawl and can be banished by being given new clothes?

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I honestly have no idea why this is a bunny. But it came up when I searched Caointeach on Google and it’s a cool picture that fits the mood so… Yep. Also- IT’S A BUNNY!!!




Small, armadillo-like creatures from South America, Inuyucuoy are benevolent creatures with a large gem in the middle of their forehead. These gems are reflective, like mirrors, but in the night glow red or blue (very patriotic). When young, the baby Inuyucuoy have a large flap of leather covering up the gem, which recedes as the child gets older. When they reach old age, they have a flowing beard which changes color with the Inuyucuoy’s mood. The females are feathered. According to some legends, Inuyucuoy curl into a ball when frightened, but other legends maintain they can emit a blinding flash of light from their forehead gem.





The Bird of the Moon from Hindu legends and Indian folk stories. That’s really all there is to say about that.

the man on the moon and his little pet boid




A bogeyman, usually seen wearing long coats with shells sewn onto them. They really like wearing coats. They make their homes by rivers, calling out to people and pretending to be drowning. When passerbys come rushing down to the water, the Shellycoat cackles and runs off. An overall harmless, if annoying, type of fairy.

This is a Shellycoat. Minus the coat. I could find lots of Shellycoats with no coats, and even some Shellycoats with coats but no shells, but none with both! Come on people! Its name is literally Shelly-Coat! As in, a coat that is shell-y!





A type of mischievous Hobgoblin/Brownie from English Folklore. Commonly associated with the ‘Household Spirit’ type of fairy (hence Dobby from Harry Potter).

Not necessarily relevant, but still hilarious.




As mythical creatures go, this is about as obscure as it gets before the zone of “Your Search did not match any documents”. It is literally a wagon. An eeeevil wagon. (‘,:- /

May or may not be filled with little centipede demons that might also be referred to as ‘Hellwains’.


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Hi everybody and welcome to another post in the List of Mythical Creatures series! This list (the whole thing can be found here.) is coming to a close- I’d give it maybe five more posts- and I need ideas. One idea I have is to go back to the “Authorities” where I tackle one monster or a small group and beat that proverbial horse to death (not to advocate animal cruelty. I like animals. Especially dogs and hamsters).

If you readers have any suggestions, please let me know. In the mean time-

Ten Spirits of the Unknown!

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The Ocasta is one of my personal favorite mythical creatures. They are made entirely out of tin, making them invincible, however there are very few of them- maybe even only one, and they live deep out in the wild places of the world. The Ocasta Stick is one of the most powerful magical objects. When thrown across chasms, it creates a bridge which disappears as soon as the Ocasta is finished walking over it. It can also guide the owner to whatever they are looking for- treasure, lost cell phones, etc. The Ocasta uses it to find livers for his lunch.

the best I could find
Technically this is a ‘metal monster’ but Ocastae are so obscure there aren’t any drawings of them on the Interwebs. This will have to satisfy you.


The Sprite is a water spirit that dwells deep in forests by pools or springs. They are often accompanied by frogs, fish, and other aquatic animals, not to mention lots and lots of mushrooms. Many mythologists consider them a later term for Naiads and they are sometimes called Spriggans.

A really strange little goblin fellow. I’m not sure he was meant to be a Sprite, but I just think he’s cool.




This one may seem very weird and ridiculous, but I promise I didn’t make it up. Dracae are little mischievous wood fairies that turn into plates in order to drown people. That’s right, they transform into plates and float down the river hoping some thrifty housewife will come along and decide to save money on dishware. When she wades into water, the plates transform back to their original form and drown her.

the deadly dracae
the deadly dracae, terror of the earth



In a world populated with so many evil fairies, it is refreshing to meet the Hyter Sprites, which take the form of Sand Martins. The story originates in Norfolk, England, and although they are not given a definitive description (even the name varies- hikry, ikry,) there seems to be a general idea that when children do not return home before dark, the hyter-sprites come and find them. After a sharp admonition, they lead the kid back home.


Their qualities are not always so light-hearted, however. Some descriptions say that rather than kind spirits that lead home the lost lamb, ‘the Hyter Sprites will get you’. They are sometimes described not as birds, but as long legged blood-sucking bat/spider things.





Child-eating monsters that roam the night, carrying a long-handled net. When they see their prey, they swoop the kid up in the net and carry it off to the icy cave of the Snee-Nee-IQ to be eaten.

either a dementor or the ghost of christmas past
Either a snow-dementor or The Ghost of Christmas Future from the Muppets.



A one legged swamp spirit (associated with ‘Fairy Lights’, e.g. Elf Fires, Will O’ The Wisp) that walks around carrying a lantern with which it tries to lead lost travelers astray. Some who set off on dark, cold nights through the swamps follow the Hinkypunk and are never seen again.

i lost my leg in a freak lantern-cleaning accident




The Fuath is an evil water-dwelling creature (whose name means ‘hate’) in Gaelic folklore. There are three types: the Uruisg (the ‘normal’ kind), a lizardfolk type of creature which has webbed toes, lives in the water, and sometimes intermarries with humans, the Behir, a dragonic serpent with wings and a venomous sting, and the Peallaidh, a household spirit (I like to think of them as Dragon household spirits- maybe even a creature from dragon’s folklore- because of their association with the Behir and because it’s just a cool twist on the Household Spirit trope). The young are covered in a coat of thick yellow fur.






In Jorge Luis Borges’s 1967 Book of Imaginary Beings, a collection of folkloric creatures from around the world, the Abang Aku lives on the steps of the Tower of Victory. It comes from elsewhere, but got left behind by its comrades. The only way it can get back to it’s home is through the invisible gateway atop the tower. It wants to get to the top, but can’t unless it follows a human up. Whenever a human starts to climb, the beast wakes up. At first, it is shapeless and void, but as it nears the top it becomes more beautiful and clear. However, if the climber decides he is too tired to continued and starts to come back down, the poor Abang tumbles down the stairs and lays motionless on the first step.

little baby sea turtle




A benevolent Bull Spirit from Basque Folklore that lives in caves and hollows. When it is stormy or when unwanted dangerous enemies are intruding on his ‘range of protection’ he wanders out and kills the danger. The Aatxe is usually rather fond of the people he protects, warning them and keeping them indoors when trouble is near.

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humanoid aatxe
And just for added coolness, a humanoid Aatxe coming out of his cave.





A huge Ogre/Troll creature, the Buggane is equipped with a mane of thick black hair, tusks, eeeeevil red eyes, and other monster qualities. They are regarded by fairies as cruel, unsophisticated, and rude, but sometimes useful. When someone annoys the fairies, they call up the local Buggane from his lair (usually a bone-filled cavern or some such monster-worthy location). Always glad for a chance to destroy and wreak havoc, and also to get on the fairies’ good side, the Buggane obliges and destroys the offender.



New Monster 01- what has seven heads and likes to scratch fancy furniture?

WELCOME ALL to the first post in what will hopefully be an irregularly posted new series here at ImaginaryCreatureAuthority! At the suggestion of lex922013, I have decided to include a couple self-created creatures on this blog. I’m not sure how this will go, but I’ll never find out if I don’t try!

And so, without further ado I present…


That’s right- a seven headed marsh dwelling cat that breathes poison and can only be permanently beheaded with fire. The Hydrameow, like all the original creatures I post here, is public domain. It is scheduled to be a monster in my current project-in-progress, a pen-and-paper semi-traditional fantasy RPG (I doubt the game will be available for several years. It’s still in the first stages of creation), but in the meantime it will just be a goofy meme.

Apologies to D&D, I used your Hydra image for the Photoshop. Hope it’s OK.

I suppose I should include stats. In my game, the stats are going to be different, but for now I’ll use D&D stats. Correct me if I mess something up or write it wrong- I’m not an expert with D&D rules.

Hydrameow Stats

Huge Magical Beast

Hit Dice: 7d10+38 (77 hp)

Initiative: +1

Speed: 20 ft. (4 squares), swim 20 ft

Armor Class: 17 (–2 size, +1 Dex, +8 natural), touch 9, flat-footed 16

Base Attack/Grapple: +7/+19

Attack/Full Attack: 7 bites +10 melee (1d10+4)

Space/Reach: 15 ft./10 ft.

Special Attack: Constrict 2d8+8

Special Qualities: fast healing 17, low-light vision, scent

Saves: Fort +10, Ref +6, Will +4

Abilities: Str 19, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 9

Skills: Listen +7, Spot +7, Swim +12

Feats: Combat Reflexes , Iron Will, Toughness, Weapon Focus (bite)

Environment: marshes, mountains

Organization: Solitary

Challenge Rating: 6 (normal)

Treasure: 1/10 coins, 50% goods, 50% items

Alignment: Always Chaotic Neutral

The Movie Monsters Authority

There is no doubt that monster movies as a genre include some of the dumbest movies ever created. But who hasn’t seen the iconic image of King Kong, hanging on to the Empire State Building, fighting off helicopters? Or heard people (badly) imitating Dracula’s Hungarian accent? They may be corny, but they tap into something primal.

best thing ever

Although King Kong was made in the 1930’s, and examples of the genre were to be found in older books, the big Monster Movie Bang began in the fifties. As time went on, a formula developed. The theme is usually something along the lines that Nature is something that shouldn’t be messed with. “You never should have taken Kong off the island!” “You never should have bred Raptors!” “You never should have tested bombs near Godzilla’s island!” The monster almost always ends up dying.

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Anyway, this article is in two sections: Giant Monsters and Humanoid Monsters.




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Made in 1933, King Kong is still iconic, and the Gift Shop at the Empire State Building is filled with his likeness. He is the last of his species, living his lonely life high atop Skull Mountain. His daily routine includes fighting dinosaurs, hunting for prey, and trying to break through the wall protecting the human village. He met a tragic death when he got loose in New York and was killed by the Air Force.

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The first ‘Atomic’ Monster Movie (a monster movie where the monster is created or empowered by Atomic Radiation and also embodies that force) it almost certainly was the primary inspiration for Godzilla, which came out sixteen months later. The Rhedosaurus is brought out of hibernation by Atomic Bomb tests in the Arctic Circle. It makes it’s way south to the Rhedosaurus spawning ground, which just so happens to be New York City. He ends up being, you won’t believe it! Killed. By flames, this time.




Godzilla (originally called Gojira) is a huge Dinosaur-like creature with firey breath. He was monster-fied by Atomic Radiation. After he destroyed Tokyo he was seemingly killed by an ‘oxygen-destroyer’. However, he has returned many times to appear in 36 Toho and Hollywood films, three American adaptions of Japanese films, and practically infinite comics, video games, and novels. In crossovers he has fought the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Frankenstein’s Monster, and others.





Ymir was the pre-release name for the Venusian Monster that terrorizes Italy (primarily Rome) in the film 20 Million Miles to Earth, probably named for the Jotunn Ymir from Norse Mythology. It was changed during production though. The creature is semi-aquatic, eats Sulfur, and throughout the film’s plot he gets bigger and bigger, finally being a giant green titan who kills an elephant in the Rome Zoo. He is killed when he falls off the Colosseum to his death during a battle with the Italian Army.




The title character in The Giant Gila Monster is a Giant Gila Monster. And that’s all the back story he gets. He attacks a small town, terrorizing the inhabitants until local teen Chase Winstead packs his car with nitroglycerin and sends it speeding into the monster. The monster dies in flames.




Godzilla has a couple of monsters that make recurring appearances in his films. Mothra is a giant moth that, unlike most monsters on this list, is a beneficent character. He is the protector of the Earth.

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The Archenemy of Godzilla, three headed dragon King Ghidora first appeared as an extraterrestrial planet-destroyer. He was responsible for the extinction of the Venusians five thousand years before he turned his attention to Earth. He was stopped by Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.


It was later revealed that King Ghidora worked for the extraterrestrial Garoga race, but in later films his backstory remained fluid. For instance, he has been featured as one of the Three Guardians of Yamato, as a creation of the ‘Earth Unionists’, and as the cause for the extinction of dinosaurs. He came back many times to fight Godzilla, including once as Mecha-King Gjhidora and once as Keizer Ghidora. He is based on the dragon Orochi from Japanese mythology.




Not all monsters are giant, city smashing terrors. Some operate on a much smaller scale but still include the same themes.

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Dracula lives in a castle in Transylvania. He was created by the writer Bram Stoker, first as a character in a short story and then the title character of the iconic novel. In contrast to many folklore vampires, which are depicted as undead zombie-like creatures, Dracula is a sophisticated, high class vampire, very proud of his aristocratic heritage.


In life, he was a ‘soldier, statesman, and alchemist’. After his death, he returned as a vampire and began to plot world-domination. He boards a Russian ship to London and kills all the crew members. When the ship is searched, the Captain’s log tells of strange events during the voyage. Dracula leaves the ship and strolls into London as a dog.

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Dracula in the novel was a combination of werewolf and vampire legends, but only the vampire part carried over into the play and the subsequent movies. Although Dracula has gypsy bodygaurds, he is finally defeated by having his head chopped off.



Although some call the monster Frankenstein, IT IS ACTUALLY THE SCIENTIST!!!!!! AARRRGGGHHH! PEOPLE ALWAYS MESS THIS UP!!!! Sorry. That’s my pet peeve. Anyway, Frankenstein the scientist, along with his hunchback assistant Fritz, create the monster from dead bodies and then zap him to life with electricity.

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When Frankenstein opens the roof, the monster reaches up towards the sky. Fritz enters with a torch scaring the creature. Frankenstein mistakes his fright for an attack, and chains the creature up. But, after strangling Fritz and being locked inside the room, then sedated with a drug, the monster just gets more and more scared. When Doctor Waldman is about to destroy him, the monster gets loose and strangles him. The film ends with him being trapped inside a burning windmill and dying.

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In the 1932 film The Mummy, archaeologists find a cursed mummy who was buried alive. For some reason, the archeologist’s assistant thinks it would be be a good idea to read the “Scroll of Life” while they stand near the mummy. Of course, the mummy rises and flees. Like a lot of movies, it starts to get weird near the end. The mummy thinks that somebody is his lost love reincarnated, so he tries to kill her and then raise her back to life (??). Luckily, she remembers her past life and prays to Isis for help. A statue of Isis raises its arm and shoots a laser at the Scroll of Life, breaking the spell and making the Mummy crumble to dust.

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Like Dracula and King Ghidora, the Wolf Man was influenced by folklore. He is a werewolf. Unlike every film since then, it does not include the idea that werewolves transform at the full moon (which was not in the traditional folklore either, by the way). In The Wolf Man, werewolves transform in autumn when the wolfsbane blooms.




A swamp monster living in the mysterious Black Lagoon. He was shot to death.

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This week: Cool Creatures with Humanoid Features


The Chiruwi is a monster with only one arm and one leg. It bounces along, eating people. However, if you can trip it then it will be defeated.





The Bhuta people are little folk of the forest, living in trees and under rocks. They are red and always stare straight ahead. If you can climb a tree, they won’t see you. But if they do see you, then be prepared to run away very fast.

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What’s weirder than a man with a shark fin on his noggin who slides down rainbows throwing venomous fish? Not much.





The King of the Elves. Nobody knows where he came from or what he is, but one day he showed up in Faerie and conquered the land, making himself the king. Before then, fairies were mainly peaceful, but he started the practice of capturing humans. He and his hunters go out into the Human Realm every night and capture human children, leaving changelings in their place. He is very dangerous.

love that fox dude and robots are cool too and wyverns
This guy is slightly different, but I’m using the picture anyway because it’s cool.




Whereas Lepracauns are kindly little fairies who make shoes for widows and such like, and Far Darrigs are little rat men who enjoy practical jokes, the Cluricauns are more Old-School. They hate humans, and would destroy them if they could. As it is, they keep to themselves, cursing any fools who get too close in hopes of gold.

three brotherhoods
Far Darrigs, Leprechauns, and Claricauns and related, but don’t have much to do with each other.




Centipede Heads are possibly the most hideous creature to ever exist. They live deep underground, in tunnels build by the ancient genies and castles above deep seas of lava. Their capitol city is at the very core of the earth, and is powered by the Unobtanium crystal the Earth is built around. Their king, the evil goat spirit Baphomet, plans one day to break through the surface of the planet and conquer all the surface realms.

Centipede heads look like a mix between and orc, a zombie, and a centipede. They were created by some insane warlock who fell down into the center of the earth and was trapped for seven thousand years on a crevice suspended above a lava lake before his spells couldn’t keep him alive any longer.

A Centipede Head with Baphomet in the foreground.




Another monstrous underground creature, the Yellowjacket head is known for its deadly sting, which can kill a grown troll in less than an hour, and is even feared by dragons. They live underground, and are slaves of Baphomet as well. They are about as tall as a man, but fly very quickly when not chained to a pickaxe. Whenever one gets out from an underground nest, villagers from miles around are instantly in deadly danger. Only unicorns and giant eagles are strong and quick enough to defeat these insectoid killers.





Folleti are dwarf creatures from Italian folklore. They are known to inhabit farmhouses, and can be either a help or an annoyance. Their mischievous side makes them prone to curdle milk, tie horses together by their tails, and in the most extreme cases shapeshift to foxes and kill all the chickens in the henhouse.

But if you leave them porridge at night time, they will become very happy with you and try to repay by doing little favors around the farmyard. They also really love hedgehogs.

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Whoa. That is the end of the Cool Creatures with Humanoid Features. Depending on how many creatures are left in the spirits division, this series is about finished. Stay tuned for more though. I’m a bit stuck about what to do next, so if you have a post you would like to see, comment for Thor’s sake! There’s a reason we have a comment section on this blog.

Since you didn’t get all ten of your mythical creatures, I will leave you with a bonus Montage of the Hamsters.


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A creature resembling a beagle, with very short front legs like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s very long ears serve as an extra pair of arms, and can grab prey (weird, In know). They are kept as pets by the Aswang, hideous were-bat-insect-things who suck blood and fly around at midnight cackling evilly.

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There are lots of legends about Crows and Ravens being evil. Sometimes they serve witches, sometimes they dwell in the ruins of ancient castles and sorcerer’s towers. The Ginwings of the North are similar creatures, but much much eviller. They were kept underground for hundreds of years, imprisoned, but when finally released they are quite a dark and powerful force. Their chief love is gold, and they can smell gold from miles away. When this happens, they swarm and attack, killing everyone that stands in their way. They they go into a frenzy, killing each other for that gold. By the end of the violent battle, there is usually only one or two Gingwings left, who then carry the gold off to their lairs, too tired to fight. Many merchants traveling deserted desert roads have met their doom from Gingwings.





Typhon is a giant from Greek Mythology. He is known by all the other giants and titans for his excellent shadow puppets. Why does he do such great shadow puppets? Because its hands are dragon heads. Yep, that’s right. So whenever it goes to war against human villages or even roman cities, it can smash people and breath fire at the same time. It also can go into Whirlwind Mode, where it flies around in a circle, causing a tornado. When his mother, Gaia, commanded him and the rest of that race to fight Zeus and his rising Olympian clan, he was stuffed under a mountain. However, even in his captive state he still causes destruction, and makes the mountain become a volcano.

He was married to Echidna, who was half snake and half human. Their children were Cereberus, who guards the Underworld, the Hydra, the Chimera, the Dragon, the Sphinx, the Evil Eagle, the Harpies, the Gorgons, and the Sea Serpents. So, Typhon is pretty much the father of half the Mythical Creature list!



What a funny creature is the Mooncalf! A shy little fellow, it stays inside its little house all day long, and only comes out at midnight, to dance its heart out in complicated patterns all across the fields. This is the true origin of Crop Circles.

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Alicorns are winged Unicorns. Their horns are very valuable.

sparkletastic magical freindship power!
sparkletastic magical freindship power!



A goat with swiveling horns that can be spun around super fast. Sometimes they lift off into the air and fly around.

pegaty hacked into mythology



Well folks, we’ve come to the end of the Monsters and Beasts List. There will only be a couple more of Cool Creatures with Humanoid Features and Spirits of the Unknown before the List of Mythical creatures comes to a close. Wow.

Since there were only six creatures in this post, I’ll leave you will a Bonus Coolness.

just something cool

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The List of Mythical Creatures is divided into three alternating categories: Monsters and Beasts, Cool Creatures with Humanoid Features, and Spirits of the Unknown.

This week: Spirits of the Unknown!

An Imaginary Creature Authority production- zebrabird certified.

Bugbears are the biggest type of Bogies. Unlike many of their smaller cousins such as the Boggart or the Bogeyman, Bugbears don’t make their home in human housholds, surviving on dropped food or pets that become too annoying. Bugbears are spirits of the wild.

a bugbear hunting
A Bugbear hunting.

They are huge and ferocious, which earned them the “bear” association, and hunt down deer for sustenance. While they are normally feral creatures, sometimes orcs and goblins capture them as war beasts. Tribes with a Bugbear calvary are almost invincible in open field combat, and it takes a whole big alliance of elves and men to stop them.

a bugbear in captivity
a bugbear in captivity

Bugbears have been known to sometimes become civilized, and there are rumors about Bugbear cities hidden deep in the jungles.

a bugbear defending the borders of the city
a bugbear defending the borders of the sacred city




Strange, jungle-dwelling animal rights activists. One, the Curupira, drives hunters mad with a high pitched whistle sound and then kills them. The Caipora is more moderate, and only kills those who take more than is needed. The Curupira‘s secret weapon is his backwards feet, which he uses to make misleading tracks. The Caipora‘s secret weapon is his steed, a little pig that rides fast as the wind. Both are depicted as small men.






Silvans are spirits of the forest who live with Dryads. The difference is that Dryads are spirits who LIVE IN trees, and Silvans are spirits MADE OF trees. They are also known as the Green Men, the Barkheads, and Ents.





Dokkaebi are basically just the Japanese Folklore equivalent of European Fairies. They are sometimes mischevious, they can turn invisible or summon objects with magic, they bring good fortune to those who leave out food for it or appease it via a ritual, and their appearance is made evident by a mysterious flame. They also like to waylay travelers, forcing them to wrestle and, if they win, eating you and if they lose, letting you pass.

Sometimes listed as Goblinoids.




Also from Japanese folklore, the Nekomata are two-tailed Cat Spirits that live deep in the mountains and attack people. They are very mysterious, so not much is known about them. It is said they can shapeshift into humans. Some pretend to be house cats, and when they gain their humans’ trusts, POOF! Next day the neighbor comes over and finds bloody skeletons, a broken window, and the Nekomanta’s worries left on the doorstep. It has gone back up to the mountain with it’s friends.

two tailed



Also known as Elf Fires or Fire Sprites, Wisps are strange lights seen floating in swamps into the night. They dance around, luring anyone foolish enough to walk outside the village walls after nightfall to a certain death by the hands of evil magic. Nobody knows what really causes them, whether it be some fiend from another dimension, sitting in the dark mists of netherspace gathering his mysterious lights, or whether they are just an anomaly, a glitch in the matrix as it were. Whatever they are, they leave in their path only mutilated skeletons hanging from trees.

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Water Babies are monsters who lurk under the water. Anybody who passes their lair is pulled down, drowned, and eaten. Most live in woodland streams, but some live in the ocean and eat sailors who fall off ships.





The Sisiutl is a monster that flies through the air. It has two dragon heads and a human head in the middle.

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What’s scarier than a monster that lives in mirrors? Not much. Especially if the monster is Bloody Mary.