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What kinds of mythical monsters or creatures do your conpeople have in their stories?

Essun believe in nasty things called Sonomungu, literally, "Water-Men." They stand at 9 feet tall, have wide shoulders, razor-sharp spines along their backs, retractable claws, and a pair of large tusks on their lower jaw. They live under the surface of bodies of deep water like lakes and rivers. Water-men prey on humans and will pull under any human they find who goes too deep into the water, and can also come out of the water to leave traps. Their preferred trap is a rope snare that hangs the victim upside down from a tree (commonly forgotten and left about by Essun hunters).

Men and children who are captured by them are simply eaten, but women suffer a worse fate. Their nipples are torn off and their vaginas are ripped apart by the water-men's large, blade-covered penises. They're taken back to a water-men village where they're forced to bear their sons and breastfeed them with the blood from where their nipples once were. There are no female Sonomungu; they need to capture human girls to have for wives.
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Micamo wrote: but women suffer a worse fate. Their nipples are torn off and their vaginas are ripped apart by the water-men's large, blade-covered penises. They're taken back to a water-men village where they're forced to bear their sons and breastfeed them with the blood from where their nipples once were. There are no female Sonomungu; they need to capture human girls to have for wives.
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Visinoid wrote:D: Omg. Way to be explicit.
To give context, many of the stories that include water-men are meant to teach "Bad shit happens to people who go out into the wilds alone and unprepared, especially women." The water-men themselves are partially exaggerations of neighboring tribes who will gladly capture foreign women they find about and keep them as sex slaves. A practice Essun also gladly indulge in, by the way.

EDIT: Another one I came up with. Not sure who I should give this to, but this monster works by possessing a person, giving them the ability to burn or melt through any substance they touch and making them immortal. The only way to kill one is to find out the name of the person they're possessing, find the monster, and tell it to them. As an added benefit it leaves the possessed victim unharmed. At least one story should revolve around someone deliberately provoking one into possessing a loved one to save their life.
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In Kron, decommissioning a Mecha is an extremely complex procedure. Not doing it 100% of the way through is bad, but many people do, as the procedure is so arcane and complex that they innocently forget a step or two.

Anyway, unproperly decommisioned Mecha have this nasty habit of "waking up" and then running off of their AI. Which usually means that it will rampage the nearest town. And destroy it. They have the nickname of "Vialoasuka"--literally, "Evil Mecha". Anyway, these things will continue to destroy towns until they are stopped--which to Kron, means "Blown the fuck up with weapons"--and then properly gotten rid of.

And then there are ones who are revived by forces unknown to man.....

The Kron also have these beliefs in these "Mech-People"--supposedly, they roam Kron sewers and are bounty hunter robots that were decommissioned. While they DO exist, they are in far less numbers than the Kron say. But they always tell their children of the "Gaikron"....and how they will attack and kill any defenseless person they see (Kron children tend to play in the sewers), so don't go into the sewers, kids.

Finally, the Kron also tend to have distorted views of magic because they shun it so much. Ever since the Daemon fucked up a summoning ritual and got themselves slaughtered by the very Nosferatsu they summoned, a lot of Kron used to view magic as some uncontrollable force that would kill anyone who used it, and that that Nosferatsu would come to take the lives of anyone who used magic.
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The bounderies between legendary beasts and factual beasts is hair thin as there are tons of various forms of creature in my world =)
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Darn, this reminds me that there was a class on Medieval conceptions of the wilderness and beasts in my first quarter of college. Should have taken it, because it sounded interesting and it would have helped some of my graduating requirements.

Anyhow, in traditional Aidisese folklore from the era preceeding their equivalent to our Industrial Revolution, they believed that near Aidis' borders to that of Besera, there existed large, demonic beast-men. It was believed that these demonic beast-men were sort of like mutants of Beseran men, particularly Beseran soldiers. They were described to be normal men during the day, but during the night they would transform into their true self - completely black with glowing eyes, and feeding on the life energies of their prey whether through magical means (so just sucking out their energy) or by physical ones (eating them, or, in some legends, in the case of women, boning them). These Beseran demon-men were most likely the result of the exaggerations of Beseran nobles' armor, which was noticeably pitch-black in color and often full of fearsome decorations and made in fearsome shapes; it also didn't help that the Beserans were generally dark-skinned (although the Aidsese by this time weren't really racist, as a good chunk of the Aidisese population was dark-skinned anyways).
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KANKONIAN MONSTERS

Bapra: A bapra was a monster that lived in the sands of Povoi. It had five-part radial symmetry, and resembled a red dream catcher. This monster had the main of its body above the sand, and its feet in the underworld. It was a passage between the overworld and underworld; anyone it ate ended up in the underworld. The portal between worlds moved as the creature moved. Sometimes a bapra would vanish into the quicksand, in which case it was considered in between worlds.

Ptort: Ptorts were little people who were only one tzetz tall. They looked like miniature Kankonians, and the men had beards. Ptorts lived in trees and logs, and were often said to be fond of carving pictures and words into wood. They knew magic and were said to be able to turn animals into stone to stop them from eating them. In Ktibagu and Poparan the ptorts often worked evil magic, but in Tze*ethia they were known mainly as wish-granters, who could grant a wish for a human being.

Dragon: In Povoi dragons are beige and although they breathe fire they also give milk. They are wise and benevolent, but the messages they have to give often go over the heads of humans. Povoian dragons are so mystical that human beings cannot really understand them. In Hegheos dragons are green like your stereotypical reptile and breathe fire to kill and eat humans. When Khari and Salva were created, Khari tripped over a dragon's tail and the dragon has been an enemy of humanity ever since.

Buhangem: The buhangem was an old lady in Tze*ethik folklore. She was immortal and was sometimes described as shape-shifting, but is most often depicted as made out of mismatched body parts sewn together. Whenever something was awry or out of place, like a shoe hanging from a tree, it was attributed to the buhangem.

Anthoi: The anthoi were a race of humans who lived in the ocean. They were just like Kankonian humans except they had white skin and straight, blonde hair. If an anthoi left the water, his blue eyes would burst and he would go blind. The anthoi wore bathing suits made of shark skin that covered their thighs up to their shoulders, and ate fish and squid. They could be said to swallow a jellyfish in one gulp without being poisoned. The story of Andy the Anthoi, who falls in love with a girl from the land, is a classic Kankonian folktale. It is believed the anthoi may have been inspired by sightings of early Shaleyan visitors to the planet.

Naxibu: The naxibu (naksibu in Kankonian) was a snake with a bulb-shaped head and spikes on its back. The naxibu could speak to humans. If the statement it made was false, its lie could be proven by turning it over, making the spikes stick down on the ground and making its underbelly vulnerable to being slain. It the statement it made was true and you tested the veracity of its statement, it would fall back down on its underbelly and strike, killing you. It is theorized that the naxibu may have been inspired by finding hallucigenia fossils.

Kanor: The kanor was half crane, half human. According to Tze*ethik mythology, the kanors migrated in large flocks between this world and a world far, far away. A human who landed on a kanor's back would be taken to Gogu*bayis, where there were no wars and no killing. A kanor did, however, have the possibility of being killed when it was visiting Kankonia. It is now believed that the kanor myth was originated by finding fossils of troödons.

Neshnir: In Tze*ethik mythology, the neshnirs were giant, ugly crawling monsters. They resembled orange slugs with antler-like protrusions in place of eye stalks. A neshnir left behind a grey substance called fashkas as it crawled. The fashkas was poison. Eventually the world became overrun by the neshnirs and their fashkas. People were despairing over what to do. Then a woman named Phandi caught a ptort and used it to make a wish that the neshnirs had never been created. History was changed and no trace was left of the species or their fashkas.

Thapomos: A thapomos was a sheep with the head of a human according to the Tze*ethiks. A group of humans visited a field named Poskheya and were warned not to eat the grass there or they would turn into sheep. They ate the psilocybin mushrooms in the field, however, and listened to the grass blades speaking to them and asking the humans to eat them. They ate the grass and began turning into sheep, starting with sheep tails and eventually progressing towards the front of their bodies. By the time they had to sense to leave the garden, however, they were already up to their necks in wool. All their offspring for future generations were thapomas too. Today to call someone an "abamfash er Poskheya" (eater in Poskheya) is to call him/her a Kool-aid drinker.

Nesikar: The nesikar was a blue woman with wavy red hair who lived in the water. She had external gills that looked like blue seaweed. Nesikars lived in their hidden communities underwater. In these communities, all the work was done by women, and reproduction was by means of barnacles that got caught in the hair. Work and play were done by night and rest was during the day. Animals were cooked by means of gas. Houses were built entirely out of stone with elaborate turrets, and the skulls of people who had drowned were kept in these houses and worshipped by the nesikars.

Moikuri: Moikuri were little people in Povoian mythology, about the size of a ptort. They had straight hair, like the Ancient Povoians. Moikuri were friendly with young people and would sit on their shoulders and tell them stories and jokes, but with people in prime adulthood and older they were hostile and could throw spears at them if provoked. It was said that the moikuri never aged, and in fact were impossible to kill.

Subol: According to the mythology of eastern Durben, the subol was a beast that lived on fire. It resembled a yellow caterpillar with nine segments to its body plus a head that ate fire and a rectum that shot ashes out. If you saw one crawling in your house, it was a sure sign that your house was about to burn down.

Megedzhi: According to Poparanian mythology, the megedzhi was a whistle that could bring all the worms up and hypnotize them into dance. A man named Selanas played it one harvest and managed to get giant worms to do evil and wreak havoc upon the world. For this Selanas was exoculated, and the megedzhi was thrown into the Naspar River. Searching for the magical megedzhi was one of the favorite quests of the people of Poparan.
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Khemehekis wrote:Ptort: Ptorts were little people who were only one tzetz tall. They looked like miniature Kankonians, and the men had beards. Ptorts lived in trees and logs, and were often said to be fond of carving pictures and words into wood. They knew magic and were said to be able to turn animals into stone to stop them from eating them. In Ktibagu and Poparan the ptorts often worked evil magic, but in Tze*ethia they were known mainly as wish-granters, who could grant a wish for a human being.
A tzetz? Translated units, pl0x. Also sounds suspiciously like dwarves/gnomes.
When Khari and Salva were created, Khari tripped over a dragon's tail and the dragon has been an enemy of humanity ever since.
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Neshnir: In Tze*ethik mythology, the neshnirs were giant, ugly crawling monsters. They resembled orange slugs with antler-like protrusions in place of eye stalks. A neshnir left behind a grey substance called fashkas as it crawled. The fashkas was poison. Eventually the world became overrun by the neshnirs and their fashkas. People were despairing over what to do. Then a woman named Phandi caught a ptort and used it to make a wish that the neshnirs had never been created. History was changed and no trace was left of the species or their fashkas.
There's the obvious plot hole about how that story is even told...
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Micamo wrote:
Khemehekis wrote:Ptort:
sounds suspiciously like dwarves/gnomes.
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Micamo wrote:There's the obvious plot hole about how that story is even told...
It is a myth...
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The big one for the Ankuati is the Tapaiku; an ageless (killable but otherwise immortal) dragon-like creature that could shapeshift into any other animal bigger than a house cat. Their true form looks like a classic European dragon, minus the wings and fire-breath, about 16 ft long and jet black.

Legends say that Puamanu, the greatest of the Tapaiku, kidnapped a young girl named Tlinitai, and Kiapo, a fourteen year old boy who was meant to wed her, was the only one who dared track down Puamanu and rescue his bride. After a year of searching, he found them, and challenged Puamanu. They fought for two days, as Puamanu kept changing his shape and healing. Finally, Kiapo managed to lure him into a trap, and just as he was about to strike the killing blow, Puamanu promised Kiapo both the girl and the Tapaiku shapeshifting power if he let him live.

Kiapo agreed, and returned to his tribe, but he was forever the mortal enemy of all Tapaiku from that moment on, and was eventually banished from the tribe so that they would stop getting attacked by Tapaiku every other day.
He went on to found the great cityfort of Kiang, and only men who had slain a Tapaiku, and their immediate families, were allowed to live there. After that came the Great Siege, where all the Tapaiku gathered in force and attacked the city.

Many believe this to have been the end of the Tapaiku...
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On the continent of Kormond, there are a race of sentient monsters called Snipes. They are huge creatures with red eyes, black skin, large bat-like wings, teeth-filled snouts, and a bad disposition. At one time, when the Krwx first arrived at Kormond, the Snipes wrecked havoc and terrorized the Krwx. This was part of the reason the Guardians were formed. They Guardians destroyed nearly all of the Snipes, though a few lived on. As the continent became more populated with other races, the remaining Snipes were forced to the far south. They now live on only in the legends of the Krwx, the Anuvians, and the inhabitants of the Basin.
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Due to its extreme magic imbalance, Föro quite often has really f'ed up shit happening--like the Tyrant Fisa. Fisas are creatures formed by so much magic coalescing that it takes on a physical form, but the Tyrant takes it to really massive extremes. It has basically no form or shape--it can heblretty much anything it wants to be, magic isn't a solid--and attacks pretty much anything. On the outside, it appears as a very transparent soft glowing white, there's nothing on the inside. It attack with magic, using both magic in the air and even the magic in its body, casting spells for no real particular reason besides destruction. It basically cannot be destroyed, given how etheral magic is, and so the only way to get rid of one is to seal it away with a Tech-Ritual, no easy task given how powerful it is. But it will always come back...

One of Föro's kings, Gaisco, supposedly had a Tyrant Fisa sealed in his body. He radiated magic constantly, making it hard to be near him. When he died, it "died" with him.
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I've worked out several of these for the Viksor:
LIST OF VIKSEN LEGENDARY CREATURES

Ætu

The ætu (Diffian èstoliþ, Jaxaran sètol) is regarded as the Viksen equivalent of the vampire. There are different in several ways from European vampires, however. Viksen vampires are said to appear in the form of beautiful humans and to seduce their victims before eating them whole. In the version of the legend that is best known today, ætu’d are usually male and target virgin females.

The ætu’d are not “undead” but are said to be outcasts from humankind, punished for seeking immortality or beauty by requiring human flesh to stay alive. If they do not eat they gradually begin to transform, either into donkeys or fungus patches depending on the legend. They are usually found in forests and are associated with certain kinds of tree, particularly the ash, often being said to have a “home tree” in which they hide.

West of Diffy, the equivalent name for the creature is sædu. This term is becoming less common due to media influence from the east, although it is found in a few well-known works of fiction.

Chickens

In the early Viksen religion, the Soul-Egg Hen was a mythological red chicken that laid eggs into which the soul of another creature could be placed through the application of the correct magical spell, as long as this spell was performed within a day of the egg being laid. The Hen would incubate the egg for one hundred (Venusian) years, after which it would hatch into a creature bearing the original soul. In later Damaist folklore, the soul could be placed into any hen’s egg, the time of incubation was variable (from thousands of years to a few seconds or minutes), and the creature that emerged would usually be depicted as monstrous.

The Life-Egg Hen was originally the sister of the Soul-Egg Hen. She was coloured white. Her eggs could be eaten and would bring about extended life and good fortune.

The father of the two hens was Źakhan (Jaxaran Yakakan, Diffian Yakhanath). He had one thousand wives, but laid the eggs from which his two daughters were born himself, without recoursing to females (other accounts say he gave birth like a mammal). Źakhan was the son of the sky mother Mai but chose to come down to Earth, where he had his own land called the Meadow Kingdom. He was rash and foolish and made war with men, but lost: his kingdom and his wives and children were taken from him. Źakhan was coloured black.

Ghosts

Ghosts may be left behind when a person dies, usually by a conscious act of will. The ghost is not the whole of a person’s spirit, and is generally restricted to a distillation of the more inhuman, malevolent, aspects of their personality.

Golden Fish

The Golden Fish are said to turn into solid gold when captured (in life, they have golden-coloured scales). However, they must not be injured in any way when removed from the water, and should instead be allowed to asphyxiate naturally. There are two different traditions of the effects of damaging in some other way. The first says they will either turn into ghostly fish-spirits which forever haunt their killers. The second says they will bleed uncontrollably, with black blood that burns up everything it touches. This bleeding can only be stopped by throwing the fish back into the water (or by throwing water over the fish).

Great Black Bird

The Great Black Bird was the king of Mercury, the Sky Planet. With a wingspan that could cover an entire kingdom, it came to Venus, where it was defeated by the White-Faced Man. However, it laid a number of eggs, which also had to be destroyed subsequently.

Moths

Moths in some early Viksen legends are said to be the manifestation of the souls of the dead. This evolved into a tradition whereby evil sorcerers might temporarily transfer their souls into large black moths in order to leave their bodies, which further developed into the idea that moths (and butterflies) may be used by both good and evil to send messages (for example, to a loved one).

Nu

The nu (Jaxaran nol, whence Diffian nolaþ) was a fearsome elephantine monster. It was described as like an ox, the height of several men; horned, with clawed feet like those of a lion; long-tailed; with red eyes, large ears or sometimes wings, and a strange appendage on its face by which it strangled its victims like a snake and then used to suck their blood or swallow them whole.

In modern Viksen, nu means simply ‘elephant’.

Pinaba

The pinaba (Jaxaran penam, Diffian pinaboìþ) was a giant water-dwelling creature. It may have been inspired by real-life sightings of the giant squid, and pinaba means ‘squid’ in modern Viksen. The third-century writer Kriku, in his Bestiary, describes the pinaba as follows:

“This monstrous creature is as long as the height of three hundred men, although some two-thirds of this length is made up of its great tentacles which trail behind it and in which many ships have been caught up. The main body, green in colour, is set about with eight great red eyes, allowing it to see in all directions. The mouth has two great protruding lips surrounding a long red tongue, and inside is set about with many thousand teeth of terrible sharpness.”

Spiders

Several spiders appear in Viksen mythology and folklore. One of the most well-known is Yizu (C.O.V. Elæzaþ), adopted from the mythology of Ichi. Yizu is a great spider warrior who travels the world looking for adventure. He has several magical attributes, such as the ability to change his size and even to adopt human form on occasion. The aim of Yizu’s adventure was originally to replace the leg he lost in battle; however, it is said he enjoys his great journey so much he would probably continue even if he regained the leg.

Ńavagi (‘the red one’) is described as a great bloated red spider, perhaps a foot wide, who lives on the blood of humans and livestock. She is impossible to kill, as she will always respawn from one of the vast supply of eggs kept in her fortress, where she is waited upon by smaller spiders. Ńavagi is said to have killed her own husband and eaten him. In alternative versions of the legend, there are many ńavagu’d of both sexes, though they are no less dangerous.

Giant spiders are said to roam the deserts and mountains to the north of the Viksor. They are many times the size of a man and deadly to all who come across them.

Luck spiders are associated with good fortune, and are particularly said to be able to bestow good skill with the needle upon young girls who they favour.

Wug

The wug (Jaxaran úg) is a troll-like creature described as being shaped somewhat like a man, neckless, short-limbed, covered in brown or black fur, with yellow (sometimes red) eyes and a mouth full of sharp teeth. These creatures live in tribal groups in mountainous forests and prey on human beings and other creatures.

Zey

Stories of the zey’d first appear in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; the name is believed to be onomatopoeic (representative of the buzzing sound of flying insects). The zey’d take the form of small black flies which exist in great swarms and emerge from food that is thrown away and left to rot. They will eat all the food left in a house in a matter of minutes. Beyond this, zey’d are not considered particularly dangerous. Yizu the spider is said to be the enemy of all zey’d.
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An one-of-a-kind monster in a Midhera epic I'm working on: A creature called Fractured Jaw. Her body is covered in black eyes, her mouth splits and opens in 8 pieces, and she is always seen wearing a particular, strange type of animal skin. She captures unsuspecting travelers who accidentally enter her domain, and devours victims by splitting their skull open with her 8-piece mouth and sucking out their brain.

However, she can only eat someone who fails at her game: With every victim, she gives them one opportunity to guess what type of animal skin her clothes are made of. Guess wrong, and she eats you. Guess correctly, and she dies. The heroine of the story uses a spell to turn herself invisible so she can learn Fractured Jaw's secret: The skin she wears is that of a louse that she fed very well to grow extremely large.
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Micamo wrote:
Khemehekis wrote:Ptort: Ptorts were little people who were only one tzetz tall. They looked like miniature Kankonians, and the men had beards. Ptorts lived in trees and logs, and were often said to be fond of carving pictures and words into wood. They knew magic and were said to be able to turn animals into stone to stop them from eating them. In Ktibagu and Poparan the ptorts often worked evil magic, but in Tze*ethia they were known mainly as wish-granters, who could grant a wish for a human being.
A tzetz? Translated units, pl0x. Also sounds suspiciously like dwarves/gnomes.
The measurement of length is based on the tzetz, equal to 10.88527 centimeters (4.28554 inches). The akhatz equals ten tzetz, and the shitz equals one thousand tzetz, or one hundred akhatz.
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Oh, can I share a factual beast of my Conworld? I personally think it's epic enough to be warranted Legendary =D

Hauxedraheos: Looking much like an oversized whale, the Hauxedraheos may grow as long as two hundred and fifty feet in length. It's primary food source is the small fish that swim in the Winter-Warm Sea, which are sucked in through large baleen plates, which separates them from larger marine animals, such as landsharks, which have a nasty tendency to eviscerate the internal organs of predators when swallowed. While even the minuscule humans are too big to be on the Hauxedraheos' diet, they are intensely territorial and violent. Their primary defense mechanisms are at the rear of their body. Where one might expect to see a caudal fin, there is none. In fact the, entire lateral line of the animal, nearly a hundred feet, is a mess of ten to fifteen prehensile tentacles.
When not in use, the tentacles wrap up, to form a vaguely tail-like shape, which can propel the animal through the water at speeds of up to seventy miles per hour, a feat that is nothing less than astonishing. However, when aggravated, the tentacles splay apart and the Hauxedraheos uses it's four powerful pectoral fins to stabilize itself, while it's tentacles start to do work. While these are particularly used in mating rituals or fending off rival males from an alpha-male's harem (did I mention they traveled in harems?) these tentacles can quite easily crush small to medium class ships which wander too close to their harem or territory - though there are rumors of mythical Hauxedraheos which were so colossal in size, they could pull down entire Ships-of-the-Line with ease.
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Many good things, especially among the last several; though I personally think the "shitz" as a unit of lengths is, well, ...
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eldin raigmore wrote:Many good things, especially among the last several; though I personally think the "shitz" as a unit of lengths is, well, ...
"This pupil of mine is really out of order sometimes; he's really hard to keep in line. Give him a tzetz, he'll take a shitz..."

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