Santa Claus

Merry Christmas!

Well everybody, since last year I compiled an epic list of Christmas-related mythical creatures, I figured this year I’d focus on good old Santa Claus.

What the heck is he, anyway?

 

SAINT NICHOLAS

A very kind early-Christian bishop, Saint Nicholas, is famous for giving money to poor families by secretly throwing the sacks of gold through their windows at night.

As time went on, other stories became attributed to him such as calming a storm at sea, saving innocent prisoners from death, punching heretics at the Council of Nicaea, and resurrecting three children who had been killed and sold as ham during a famine.

Over time, Saint Nick became combined with another figure…

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS

Celebrations of ‘Yule’ in Germanic Cultures have been around since ancient times. After all, in all that cold and grey there is a basic need for some feasting and fire.

The Aesir (Thor, Loki, etc.) were associated with the event, particularly Odin. According to tradition, the first toast of Yuletide was drunk to him, the second to Njord and Frey, and the third to the king. Strangely, Yuletide was also associated with the activity of ghosts and wandering Draugr. Today we have Halloween for that.


YULE TOMTE

Tomte (also from Norse Folklore) are little troll-like creatures that can be either a help or a hassle for a Scandinavian home. They wear pointy red hats (like garden gnomes) and are particularly associated with Christmas. They ride around with the Yule Goat, leaving presents on doorsteps or even bringing them directly to the children.

Over time, the Yule Tomte became one character, who gradually became more like Santa- though there are differences. Instead of living at the North Pole, he lives in a local forest, or perhaps in Greenland. He is not overweight, and his carriage is pulled by goats. His helpers are the traditional farm Tomte.

 

THE OUTFIT

After the Odin/ Saint Nick/ Father Christmas character was born, the legend began to grow. And his uniform changed as well.

First came ‘Green Santa’. Introduced into American culture in the 1700’s. Unlike the traditional bishop image, this Santa was a fat man wearing a green winter coat. Because he was a legend brought over by Dutch immigrants, he became a stereotype of New York Dutch subculture- smoking a pipe, sometimes wearing a sailor uniform. Other images simply showed him as a jolly man who gave presents in stockings.

The Dutch Sinterclass became Santa Claus.

There is lots more I would like to say- about my green brother and my father, old Grandfather Yule, and why we were both called Nicholas after the saint (whose day is December sixth) who used to give secret presents, sometimes throwing purses of money through the window.

-Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Though the green coat didn’t stick, it paved the way for depictions of Santa to exchange his bishop apparel for more generic winter clothes, though still a red coat.

Probably the most recognizable part of the Santa Suit is the hat. Most don’t know that Santa’s headwear is actually a nightcap.

But the hat wasn’t always around. See this image from Old Santeclaus with Much Delight:

A fur cap, and a brown beard!

Also note the reindeer. Traditionally, Saint Nick rode around on a white horse. Odin rode on his eight-legged steed, Sleipnir.

In all likelihood, the eight-legged horse was just too weird, and the white stallion was a bit over-the-top-noble for the newly emerging ‘fat elf’ Santa.

So where did the reindeer come from?

Old Santeclaus with Much Delight is the first source to mention them. When asked, the anonymous writer described magical animals resembling reindeer, which lived near the North Pole and were known to be able to fly. He said his mother had witnessed these.

Once the tale entered the public imagination, the reindeer’s number expanded from one to eight, thanks to our next influential source.

 

NOT EVEN A MOUSE

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, yet another anonymous short story, solidified the image of Santa.

He was small, a ‘jolly old elf’ in fact. He rode in a ‘miniature sleigh’, pulled by ‘eight tiny reindeer’.

In the first edition illustrations of the poem, Santa wears a fur cap and pretty much normal (for that time) clothes.

Later editions show him with a long coat, very Saint Nicholas like.

In 1958, the year of the ’58 Chevy, Santa was bald and wore no hat. The sixties brought in orange and green Santa Clothes, and a pink sleigh.

Back to the poem itself.

Referred to throughout the poem as St. Nick or Saint Nicholas, this iteration of Santa brought in the mode of entry (through the chimney, of course) and the names of the Reindeer.


Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder, Blixem.

Later, Dunder and Blixem were replaced by Donner and Blitzen. And we haven’t even reached the most famous reindeer of all…

Rudolph was one attempt at building the legend that succeeded madly, to the point that for many people, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the only one they can name!

  

ELVES AND THE NORTH POLE

As seen above, Santa Claus was sometimes considered an elf. In some depictions from the early twentieth century, he made all the toys himself. But then, workers from the Salvation Army began dressing up as Santa, and Coca Cola commercials started using him for advertising.

These commercials, and popular fiction The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, ended the idea of Santa being an elf.

But what about those other elves?

Nobody knows the precise origin of the elves. It probably has something to do with the Yule Tomte from Scandinavian mythology.

The first literature to describe them was Christmas Elves, by Louisa May Alcott. After that, the American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book depicted elves at work preparing for Christmas. They have continued that role ever since.

 

THOMAS NAST

Thomas Nast was a cartoonist, whose drawings of Santa Claus added all sorts of stuff to the legend.

Before Nast, Santa was generally assumed to live somewhere in Europe. Dwelling at the North Pole made him even more iconically Wintry, and also made Snowmen a permanent part of his entourage.

Santa at the North Pole

The Naughty and Nice list was also important. When Odin (father yule) wanted to know what was happening down in the lower worlds, he would send his two ravens to spy. They would sit and the chimney of houses and report back to Odin about which people were being good, and which bad.

Saint Nick would always have a sort of evil alter ego, for instance Krampus or Black Pete. They would punish bad children (in extreme cases whipping them or carrying them to Spain for punishment, in later days just giving them coal). They were the accusers.

Anyway, there was always an idea of Santa Claus distinguishing between bad and good. Today, thanks to Tom Nast, it takes the form of the naughty and nice list. The modern accusers are little demonic elves on the shelves.

The Naughty and Nice list

 

KRIS KRINGLE

The King of Jingling, Kris Kringle, is one of the many epitaphs of Santa. But where did it come from?

The Christkind (Christ-child) is traditionally the giver of gifts in places such as Australia, Switzerland, and Quebec. He is sort of a Baby Jesus archetype, though many others consider him an angel. He (or in some cases she) flies around with St. Nicholas and delivers presents.

Martin Luther tried to make it the Protestant Christmas tradition, during the reformation. He hoped it would bring attention back to the true meaning of Christmas.

The Christkind was Americanized as Kris Kringle, and applied to Santa.

 

Well, that’s it everybody! See you next time- on Imaginary Creature Authority!

 

 

 

 

 

Why did A, B, C, and D get coal in their stockings?

Because they were Not E!

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This week, we have Ten Rare and Lesser Known Creatures from Greek Mythology!

I’m sorry for the delay. WordPress did this stupid new update that made me have to start over twice, so I got really uninspired for about a month.

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OPHIOTAURUS

Though lesser known, the Ophiotaurus was one of the original cosmic beings. It was born from primordial Chaos, along with Gaia and Ouranos. Ophiotaurus is half serpent and half bull.

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Audumbla’s husband?

 

 

STYMPHALIAN BIRDS

These birds can shoot their feathers like bullets and kill their prey! Also, their dung is poisonous. So don’t eat it!

They initially belonged to the goddess Artemis, but when she moved into a swamp some got loose and soon spread all over the countryside, shooting their bronze, armor-piercing feathers at the locals. These ferocious avians still inhabit swamps today, but luckily have more natural predators.

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TARAXIPPUS

Like many mythical creatures (leprechauns for instance), the taraxippoi were sometimes considered a type of ghost. This is because, in the classical cultures of the Italian Peninsula, it was a tradition to have the tombs of great heroes be the turning point of a race track. These taraxippoi would inhabit certain places and scare horses, causing them to run away. Sometimes it would be a flashing light, sometimes just a malevolent presence. These ‘presences’ were also associated with the god Neptune.

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AETERNAE

Alexander the Great supposedly was attacked, while traveling through India (classically regarded as a land of mystery and strangeness), by a group of ferocious creatures with saw-toothed horns on the top of their heads, like land sawfish.

 

 

CROCOTTA

A strange creature, bred by a lion and a hyena, that inhabited India and Ethiopia. It particularly hates dogs, and will lure them out of the house by imitating the voice of the owner. They also imitate human voices and call out to the master of the house. Its eyes change color, its shadow strikes any dog it falls on dumb, and it uses magic to cause anything it thrice looks on to become paralyzed. Besides luring humans and their dogs, they will also dig up corpses to get a meal, ripping them apart with their one huge tooth protruding directly from their skull with no gum.

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The crocotta was said elsewhere to be the same as a hyena (ancient historians often used known animals to describe unknown creatures- i.e. the body of a horse and the horn of a goat. Later people misinterpreted these and that is where many of our legends come from), but I shall stick with the accounts identifying it as a separate thing. Another very similar creature is the leucrocotta.

 

 

TELCHINES

These dog-headed creatures with flippers for hands once inhabited the island of Rhodes. They fashioned the Trident of Poseidon and the Scythe of Cronus.

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DACTYLS

Little finger-people created from the fingers of the Titaness Rhea. They were skilled in math, metalworking, and magic, the last perfected especially by the evil sorcerer Epimedes. Three of them were dancing warriors known as the Korybantes, who served the goddess Cybele. One of them, a forger named Celmis, was a childhood friend of Zeus back in the Golden Age, and five of the original ten were the founders of the Olympic Games!

 

 

HYPERBOREANS

In the far north lived the one-eyed Arimaspians, beyond them the gold-guarding Griffins. But even farther north live the Hyperboreans, whose country lies beyond the north wind. The Hyperboreans were giant, ten feet tall, because they were sons of Boreas, the god of the North Wind.

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And one more, not technically an entire species but a lesser known character.

 

 

ORTHRUS

This two headed dog guarded the cattle of Geryon the giant.

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Orthrus was the son of Typhon and Echidna, and his siblings included such monsters and the Chimera, the Sphinx, the Nemean Lion, the Lernean Hydra, the Liver-Eating Eagle, the serpent Ladon, the Crommyonian Sow, Gorgon (mother of Medusa and her two sisters), the Colchian Dragon, Scylla, the Harpies, several Sea Monsters, at least one snake footed giant, and of course the three-headed Cerebus.

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Orthrus was killed by Heracles (his own stepfather, in some myths), and it can be assumed he now lives in Hades with his bro.

On the side, I would just like to point out that despite the Disney cartoons Hades is not presented as an entirely bad guy. At least not all the time. The bad things he does don’t actually seem that bad in comparison to some of what Zeus and even Poseidon do, yet both of them are treated as good guys almost with exception.

Hades was not a particularly horrible place either. Elysium was there for heroes and great kings, the Asphodel Meadows for indifferent people, and the Mourning Fields for people who have wasted their lives on unrequited love.

Tartarus (the land reserved for the wicked and the titans and such) was technically a separate place, said to be as far below the underworld as the earth is below the sky.

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Well, that’s it! I leave you with this-

Happy Halloween!

Have a good Hallowed Evening, followers and random readers!

I hope you enjoy Trick or Treating/watching scary movies! Or if you read this after Trick or Treating, I hope you had a good time and didn’t forget to leave out some victuals on the porch for wayfaring spirits.

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If not Halloween, then as the choice be thine, Happy Scarecrow Day!

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POTAMOI

Most of us are familiar with the standard classical mythology creatures- satyrs, centaurs, nymphs, cyclopes, chimeras- but there are also quite a few lesser known creatures that deserve more appreciation. The next post shall deal mainly with those, but for a little free sample I present the Potamoi.

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Brothers of the Oceanids (which were later absorbed into the concept of Mermaids), the Potamoi are exactly like mermaids but for their bull head. They are the river and stream gods. And plus, a mer-cow is just cool amiright?

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“Mer-cow? Hmmph! We did it first.”

 

 

WOKOLO

Evil, short little men who walk around at night and capture children. They also steal stuff.

 

 

NDILE

A vampire sock that turns into a snake and sucks your blood (from Sierra Leone).

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KISHI

A creature that literally has eyes on the back of its head, as well as an entire hyena face. To disguise this they wear their hair either as in long braids or all puffed up as an afro.

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NKANYAMBA

A demonic pool-dwelling serpent, twisting and furious, that emerges from the depths only to find food.

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NUNDU

Looks like a normal leopard, but when it prepares to eat its mouth open huger  and huger and sucks you in.

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RAKSASA

There are two races of raksasa, the blue and the green. They have long teeth, dirty hair, and vertical slits for eyes. Their fingers are backwards, and they walk around kidnapping children. They won’t, however, eat anybody who claims to be related to them. So that’s nice at least.

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Two different kinds of Raksasa. The green one is a Buto Ijo and the bull-headed one is a Lembu Sura. Both like forests and mountains, though Buto Ijo will sometimes live among humans.

 

 

KUMO

Though it pretends to be a futon, and looks strikingly like one when curled up, the Kumo is actually an impostor! When somebody sits on it the insectoid monster sticks out its furry legs, drags them down through a secret passage to its web, ties them up for later, and goes back to being a futon.

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XIANG SHI

A zombie from China that emerges from its grave at night and sucks the blood of the living.

 

 

MANSUSOPSOP

A giant bat with a long pointed tongue that lowers into houses and sucks the blood of people. Have you noticed that at least forty percent of mythical creatures suck the blood of humans? Must be some deep psychological fear or something.

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Ten Creatures of All Categories!

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ANKOU

The driver of the Death Carriage, the Ankou is a skeleton whose head revolves around looking for the people he is commanded to carry away. Only dying people see his cart pull up in the driveway or see him walk over while his horse gets a drink from your Koi Pond.

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NOCNITSA

Invisible shadow creatures that suck the blood of babies while they sleep.

 

 

VUKODLAK AND KRESNIK

A type of zombie that is created when an evil person comes back to life. They are, like Nocnitsae, vampiric. When they drink enough blood they have the appearance of an empty skin ballooned to the size of an elephant. Their arch-enemies are the Kresnik, friendly spirits who guard homes from evil.

 

 

SPUNKIE

Fairy Lights, Will O’ the Wisp, Elf Fires, whatever. This is just another name for the same thing.

 

 

METS-HALDIJAS

Forest dwelling monsters, covered in moss for camouflage. They are two legged, no arms, and will stack on top of each other to look like boulders. In this way they confuse travelers into wandering from the trail. Then they jump out suddenly with a cry of “Bllllaaaaaarggggiiieee!” I don’t know why they like to do that so much, because after scaring the person they let them continue their hike.

Mets Haldijas

 

 

MORA

Basically poltergeists. Drive people crazy and cause messes.

 

 

POLUDNITSA

Spirits that live in fields. They ask riddles to farmers and if you don’t know the answer you get eaten.

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ABIKU

Always hungry and thirsty, Abiku crawl inside people and steal all the food they eat. Then they take it back to the Abiku lair and share with their friends. When the next mealtime comes around, the Abiku returns. Sadly, the person starves unless someone wise and/or completely random hangs a bell on their neck. Abiku hate that awful ringing sound and will give it up as a lost case.

 

 

GHUL

Ghuls dwell in uninhabited deserts, waiting for travelers to come through. They are like ostriches, except they have one eye. And long, sharp teeth.

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I know, I know. It has two eyes. I did the best I could all right? Ghul are very rare.

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Greetings all. I realize I haven’t been consistently posting in a LONG time, and for that, I apologize. Right when I started getting a lot of followers (by my standards at least) I abandoned them all.

I hope you haven’t all left and gone on to other blogs during my absence.

The reason I’ve been so inconsistent is that I’ve been devoting all my time to the publishing of my first book- The Adventures of Gardus Ningo!

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Now available on Amazon for $2.99, or for free with Kindle Unlimited until 2020 AD.

So, in repayment for my absence, I give you a special edition of the List, featuring ten ultra-obscure creatures from all three categories (Cool Creatures with Humanoid Features, Spirits of the Unknown, and Monsters) that I recently discovered.

 

PANTHEON

Now, normally when we hear the word ‘pantheon’ we think of a group of gods, such as the Greek pantheon ruled over by Zeus or the Norse pantheon ruled over by Odin. Even the word pantheon means ‘of all the gods’.

 

 

 

(Shown- Greek, Norse, and Memeland Pantheons)

But you probably didn’t know there’s also an obscure heraldic creature called the Pantheon. Why they named it that? Who knows.

Anyway, the Pantheon is usually depicted as a fox or deer type creature, or chimericae thereof. They are white with purple stars or purple with gold stars. And that’s literally all there is to say about them. At least be grateful I gave you the collage.

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MUSHUSSU/MUSHUSHU

A chimeric creature found in the ruins of Babylon, the Mushushu Dragon (sometimes translated as the shirrush) is part ‘dragon’, part lion, and part eagle. Mushushi are found on a couple other artifacts from Mesopotamia, but the main one is the one on the Ishtar Gate.

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NÄKK

Shapeshifters that live in whirlpools and try to drown people.

 

 

ALKUNTANE

Minuscule vampiric creatures from the Pacific Northwest, Alkuntani look and sound like mosquitoes and fly around feeding on people’s blood. They are evil abominations waging eternal war on all that is good. So in other words, they’re mosquitoes under a new name.

The only difference is these will also sometimes drill through your ear and suck out your brains. (I couldn’t  find any Alkuntane pictures- besides one that was more of a wasp- so I went with mosquito memes.)

 

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NINGISHZIDA

A god/monster from Mesopotamian mythology and folklore, Ningishzida is depicted as a Chaos archetype, similar to the Uktena or other snake beings of mythology. Though some stories depict him as bad or at least chaotic neutral, others give him the role of Vegetation God as well.

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Note the bird feet and wings.

 

 

OVDA

An ancient story written in the early days of this blog, the tickly tickly, involves these creatures. They are wild forest spirits, from Finland, that enjoy playing mean pranks. They are sometimes heard laughing and clapping deep in unexplored woods. They also like tickling people to death, thus its role in the above story.

 

 

ANIWYE

A huge, poisonous stink-cloud shooting skunk found near the Great Lakes. Usually they just wander through the forest, but if they hear somebody inside a cave they spray right into it, killing the unfortunate spelunkers. Aniwye also will sometimes, though this is more rare, go crazy and start attacking houses- biting the roofs off and spraying inside.

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HUECU

Like most monsters, the giant squids of the Andean mountains have retreated into the wilderness, still attacking and killing with ferocity anything they can find. Some theorize they are related the the Kraken, but this is unlikely as Kraken live in the Ocean, and Huecu live in mountain lakes pretty far inland. Also, Huecu look pretty weird- flattish and pink with eyes all around it and four big ones in the center.

 

 

TAQUATU

A giant, invisible, cannibalistic giant that rides around on an equally giant, invisible (and possibly even cannibalistic) canoe. They only way to see one coming is to keep a careful eye on the water, as you’ll be able to see the canoe’s wake.

 

 

DZIWOZONY

Wild women who dwell deep in forests. They are tall, skinny, and have really long fingers and hair. All this makes them look incredibly creepy, but they are actually sweet people who take care of lost children until they can return them to their parents. The only problem is that they might accidentally squash babies while protecting them from the cold or tickle them to death, at which they cry and this eerie wailing makes other children beware of the forest and therefore not get lost, so it all adds up in the end.

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STRAY SOD

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.

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GRIM

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.

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WIGHT

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.

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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.

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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.

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ELEMENTAL

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.

 

 

KIRIN/QILIN

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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CAOINEAG

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!!!

 

 

INUYUCUOY

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.

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CHAKORA

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

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SHELLYCOAT

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.

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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!

 

 

 

DOBBIE

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

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Not necessarily relevant, but still hilarious.

 

 

HELLWAIN

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’.