Legendary Beasts

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The Klannag(?) live in swamps and lakes, especially those with still currents. They are born when a corpse is thrown into a body of water without being consecrated. The Klannag has long, webbed hands and feet, and will try to lure people into his water to strangle them. Klannag are drawn to the sound of reed flutes, and they can turn the sound back on the player, to entice him or her to approach the monsters. A Klannag can also bewitch people who step barefoot into its lake or swamp. They especially love children, and will lure them in so as to eat their bones. Klannag can be defeated by shouting or screaming loudly, draping oneself in garlands of red flowers, or by throwing enchanted salts into its waters while chanting sacred prayers.
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A couple from Oasitê Folklore:

The Fê-fê-fê (ImageImageImage) is a beast that has the body of a bear, the humps of a camel, the stinging fur of a caterpillar, and eight legs like a spider, though the first and last pairs end in the paws of a bear, and the middle two end in those of a snow leopard. It is so dangerous that nobody has seen its face and lived to tell about it; in art, it is often depicted with a human skull in place of a head.
The Fê-fê-fê is believed to live in remote mountain caves, where it spins a web that is made of the finest fabric in the world. In the Oasitê national epic, the Setêho ʻia Wiyui, even the folk-hero Nanai-wa-Nanai (who needed the web for a net to catch a rampaging wind god) was unable to defeat the beast using strength or skill, and had to resort to trickery, first luring it out of its cave to attack a puppet, then causing an avalanche that sent the beast tumbling down the mountainside and stealing the web before it could dig itself out and climb back up.
In later folktales, the Fê-fê-fê serves as a warning against letting greed get in the way of prudence- it is said to live off the flesh of fortune hunters it attracts by hanging bolts of the fine cloth it spins outside its lair as bait.
It's name, incidentally, is derived from the soft shuffling sound its eight paws are said to make against the mountain rock.

The Iyengi (ImageImageImage) are the ghosts or spirits of the malignant dead. Often invisible, they lurk along roads in the wilderness and prey upon passers-by at night. Sometimes they attack as an unseen force beating and clawing at some unfortunate traveller. Other times they choose to show themselves, appearing suddenly with a roar and a flash of light. Gaunt giants wearing fine priestly robes and surrounded by flame, with bulging, bloody eyes, rotten blue skin, and long tongues lashing out of fanged, grimacing mouths, their appearance alone is said to be so grotesque and terrible that those who see them (especially unexpectedly) can fall into a fevered delirium. On rare occasions, they are believed to enter settlements, spreading fever, causing poltergeist-like activity, and occasionally possessing people.
Though they are immensely strong and invulnerable to any sort of physical harm, the Iyengi do have one easily-exploited weakness: they are extremely vain and prudish, and are deeply offended by nudity. As such, one can easily dispel them by undressing- or, more commonly, convincing a hot, gullible friend to do so. Should that fail, the Iyengi's identity in life must be determined, and its body disinterred, stripped of any remaining flesh, and publicly displayed in an area the Iyengi is believed to frequent. Upon seeing its own naked skeleton (and realizing that others have as well), the Iyengi will be deeply mortified and sink into the earth out of embarrassment, never to return.
The Oasitê wear amulets of skulls or crude figures with exaggerated genitals as charms against the Iyengi.

The Isisi to Pama (ImageImageImage Image ImageImage) – the 'Father of Fishes'- is a glowing, beautiful. silvery creature resembling an ornate fish with a human face, believed to bring good luck to any who see it. It inhabits the Monowe river, but is believed to emerge on nights in early spring and swim through the air above the riverbank, causing fish to spawn as he goes.
One evening long ago, so the story goes, an old Oasitê fisherwoman caught a fish with a human face. This alarmed her at first, but she was hungry, so she put it in her basket and carried it home. As she prepared to cook her catch, though, she was shocked to see its lips moving, as though it was trying to speak- though of course no sound came out. Thinking quickly, she filled the pot in which she was going to cook the fish with cold water, and held the fish beneath it so she could hear its words.
The fish warned her that he was the Isisi to Pama, the Father of All Fishes, and that if she were to cook him, the fish of the river would no longer be able to spawn, and she would soon starve. She agreed to free him, and he offered her a further deal: if she and her people would refrain from eating his children, the fish of the Monowe river would no longer lay a single egg at a time (as they had up to that point) but would fill the waterways with countless thousands of incomparably delicious eggs when they spawned, and the fisherwoman and her people would be entitled to a fourth part of this bounty.
To this day, the Oasitê do not eat the flesh of fish; and their children try to catch a glimpse of the Father of Fishes through the trees on the cold spring evenings before the Spawning Feast.
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I am especially impressed with the Fê-fê-fê (ImageImageImage) and the Isisi to Pama (ImageImageImage Image ImageImage) – the 'Father of Fishes'.
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Legendary beasts in Rireinu?

There is the kareni, a type of iñasiike, or undead. A kareni has the shape of an attractive young woman, but her flesh is as cold and hard as stone, and it glitters in strong light. The kareni will seduce you with honeyed words and gentle caresses, and then she will suck out your mind, turning you into her mindless puppet. Normal weapons and mindblasting have no effect on a kareni. The only way to kill her is to stab her heart with a pointy stick. Then she will shatter into a pile of gravel.
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prettydragoon wrote:There is the kareni, a type of iñasiike, or undead. A kareni has the shape of an attractive young woman, but her flesh is as cold and hard as stone, and it glitters in strong light.
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Another Legendary Beast from Anra is the Bieberfag; a small hermaphroditic humanoid with an abnormally high pitched voice that can paralyse any that hears it. The Bieberfag then feeds on the paralysed victims, except the younger victims, which it bites and infects with Bieberfagitis, so that they instinctively obey the Bieberfag that infected them and develop a low level psionic link with it. The Bieberfag then uses the infected to aid in shepherding victims into it's vicinity, making it easier to find prey.
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Avjunza wrote:
prettydragoon wrote:There is the kareni, a type of iñasiike, or undead. A kareni has the shape of an attractive young woman, but her flesh is as cold and hard as stone, and it glitters in strong light.
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Another Legendary Beast from Anra is the Bieberfag; a small hermaphroditic humanoid with an abnormally high pitched voice that can paralyse any that hears it.
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Yesterday I added a new one (or rather 25 new species) to my Kankonian bestiary!

Budzhor: Budzhors were a romantic invention of the Hegheosik Empire that eid not exist until the ninth century. They were fairy- or sprite-like creatures with long hair and wings that were associated with precious stones. Each species of budzhor had its own mineral with which it was associated. It was said that these creatures touched clay or hard earth to turn it into their associated mineral, and the budzhor was a sort of guardian of that stone. The badzhia, for instance, was associated with rubies, and had red hair and red wings. Badzhias would wear red ruby catsuits and ruby slippers. There were many other species of budzhor: the nobdul (associated with sapphire), the vreskia (emerald), the lesiphis (amethyst), the dahadousk (diamond), the orzhau (zircon), the prebizha (lapis lazuli), the abarphos (bloodstone), the rekhregh (hematite), the haspilia (beryl), the greizhar (celadon), the yereini (jasper), the dmanda (jade), the oregio (malachite), the personosh (zoisite), the lhitaya (kunzite), the sabon (quartzite), the zhadastar (molybdenite), the soblaos (marble), the pobino (rhodochrosite), the eintzina (chrysoberyl), the tanya (olivine), the azhubria (turquoise), the pmegasa (obsidian), and the apospo (pearl). An apospo had the top half of a bivalve shell on her/his back, making her/him look noticeably different from the other budzhor species, and was said to taste like an oyster, only one thousand times more delicious.
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Whatever happened to PrettyDragoon and the other people who used to participate on this thread?
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eldin raigmore wrote: 25 Dec 2020 05:51 Whatever happened to PrettyDragoon and the other people who used to participate on this thread?
According to her profile, PrettyDragoon signed in as recently as October 25 of this year!

And it took me a while, but I can finally see the etymology: kareni comes from the surname Cullen.
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Let me tell you, the convention circuit on Rireinu is as mind-numbing as ever. If you get the chance, just tell them you have to floss your flerken, or something.
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