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This is the Bestiary Project.

A bestiary is a compendium of creatures, most popular in Medieval times. All living things, and sometimes nonliving things, were supposed to be included, and therefore mundane creatures such as cattle and dogs appeared alongside the fantastic, such as unicorns and dragons. In modern times, bestiaries are most often a collection of mythical creatures. Sometimes they’re written for games as well, or for the creatures found in specific fantasy worlds, like Lord of the Rings.

Over time, a select few mythical animals have become favorites, and those favorites have been changed and warped into new creations. More often than not, it is the new version that gets put into modern bestiaries. Sometimes there will be mention of the past versions, but the concept of, say, a unicorn with huge elephant feet and a terribly aggressive temperament are so foreign to people that it’s usually set aside. The older versions of the creatures are sometimes far more fascinating than their modern day counterparts, and are in danger of being completely forgotten. The Society for the Preservation of Figments, Fantastics, and Literaries is a (rather small) group who are interested in preventing those creatures from being forgotten.

The Bestiary Project is a modern bestiary that tries to present lesser known and older versions of mythical, magical, and otherwise fantastic beasts. There is research done, often comparing notes between several different versions of a story to see what is consistent between them. There is also some guesswork, and to be honest some personal opinion is going to sneak in here, although I’ll do my best to keep that to a minimum. There will also be some artistic license used. A bestiary needs pictures, after all, and I’ll be taking on that challenge as well as trying to find older images for the sake of comparison.

I’m open to suggestions if you know of a beastie you think I should include, but I do reserve the right to completely disregard it. If it’s a modern-day bastardization, please don’t bring it up. There is no such thing as a “lupogriff,” nor is there a “pegacorn.” If you think I missed something important or you think you have some information on a creature that isn’t in its entry, feel free to tell me. Again, I reserve the right to ignore that, especially if it’s something like, “Werewolves look like (insert movie reference here).”

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  1. Hi Bestiary Project.

    I hope you continue with this project and finally be the first project about mythical creatures that finish it entirely! Most projects are incomplete! I see you are non-active for a while now and I hope this message helps you to continue! You really need more creatures to get more people interested!

    I have this huge list of creatures (only from folkore and mythology) I use in my own RPG-idea game and maybe it can help you one way or another!

    This list features only very-different from eachother creatures, there isn’t a Manticore because I have the Piasa, and I left out greek Minotaurs, Hydra’s and Harpies in favor for less known Sarangay, Balaur and Vila.

    A bao a qu (dragon ooze)
    Aatxe
    Abaasy
    Ababil
    Abaia
    Abatwa (Swarm)
    Acheri (drekavac)
    Adaro
    Adze (firefly monster)
    Aerico
    Afanc (addanc)
    Agloolik
    Agrios (armored bear)
    Ahkiyyini
    Ahuizotl
    Aipalookvik
    Aitvaras
    Ajatar
    Akaname
    Akhlut
    Alicanto (Stymphalian bird)
    Almiraj
    Alp luachra
    Alraune
    Amanojaku
    Amhuluk
    a-mi-kuk
    ammit
    Amphiptere
    Amphisbaena
    Aniwye
    ankou (grim reaper)
    antaeus (troll)
    ao ao
    arachne
    argopelter
    argus
    asanbosam
    asag
    asdeev
    Ashinaga
    aswang
    atosis
    Automaton (iron golem)
    Awahondo (assassin bug)
    Awd goggie

    bakekujira
    bakru
    baku
    Bakunawa
    balaur (hydra)
    banshee
    barbegazi
    barghest (black shuck)
    barometz
    basan (fire phororhacos bird)
    basilisk
    batibat
    bauk
    baykok
    Beelzebub (minion)
    berbalang
    berserker (einherjar)
    binaye-ahani (totem)
    black annis (boo hag)
    bloody bones
    bocanach (monster goat)
    bodach
    boggart (ballywag)
    boobrie
    brobinyak (dragon-man)
    brollachan (mist horror)
    buggane (mole version)
    bunyip
    butatsch-ah-ilgs

    cactus cat
    cacus (fire giant)
    cadejo
    Caliban (hag-child)
    calopus
    camulatz
    carbuncle
    cerastes
    cerberus (garmr)
    chamrosh (griffon)
    charybdis
    cherufe
    chon chon
    chrysaor (boar-man)
    chupacabra
    Clurichaun
    con rit (water centipede)
    crocotta (leucrotta)
    cuco (jack-o-lantern)
    curupira (kijimuna)
    cu sith

    Death worm
    Delgeth (pronghorn)
    Djieien (camel spider)
    Dobhar-chu
    Draugr (Haugbui)
    Drop bear
    Dullahan
    Dvergr (Dactyl)

    Echeneis (remora)
    El cuero
    Emela-Ntouka
    Empusa (mantis version)
    Encantado
    Enenra
    Erchitu
    Erlking
    Ewah

    Fachen
    Fafnir (greed gold dragon)
    Far darrig (jester)
    Faun (satyr)
    Fear gorta
    Fear liath (gray alien-like)
    Fetch (mirror doppelganger)
    Fext (death knight zombie)
    fomorian (magical cyclops)
    Fossegrim

    Gaasyendietha (meteor dragon)
    Ga-gorib
    Gaki (Preta)
    Gallu
    Gancanagh
    Gashadokuro
    Gaueko (shadow lords)
    Ghul (sand genie)
    Girimehkala (evil elephant)
    Girtablilu
    Glaistig
    Globster
    Gloson
    Goat raider (dutch bokkenrijder)
    Goblin (or bugbear)
    Gold-digging ant
    Gorgon (medusa)
    Grindylow
    Grotesque (evil gargoyle)
    Gulon

    Haakapainzi (apocalypse locust)
    Haietlik
    Hala (ala)
    Harionago (+ slith-mouthed woman)
    Heikegani (crabman)
    Hekantoncheires
    Hidebehind
    Horerczy
    Hraesvelgr (winged giant)
    Hsigo (flying monkey)
    Hyakume
    Hypnalis

    Ichneumon (wasp version)
    Ifrit
    Ikuchi (oil sea serpent)
    Iku-turso
    Imp
    Impundulu (evil thunderbird)
    Incubus
    Intulo
    Isitoq
    Ittan-momen
    Itzpapalotl

    Jack-in-irons
    Jenglot
    Jidra
    Jinmenju
    Jorogumo
    Jotunn (frost giant)
    Jubokko (vampire tree)
    Juggernaut

    kallikantzaros
    Kamaitachi (sickle weasel)
    Kamikiri
    Kapre
    Karkadann (evil unicorn)
    Karkinos
    Kaw kaw
    Kelpie
    Keukegen
    khalkotauroi
    Kikimora
    Kobold
    Kokogiak
    Kongamato
    Kraken
    Kumiho (evil kitsune)
    Kurage (jellyfish monster)

    Ladon (plant dragon)
    Laestrygon (skinless giant)
    Lamia
    Lampade (evil underground nymph)
    Lavellan
    Lechusa
    Lemure
    Leshy
    Lou carcolh
    Loup garou (Werewolf lords)
    Lukwata (dunkleosteus appearance)

    Maenad (fury)
    Mahaha (ice demon)
    Makhai
    Mamlambo
    Mandragora
    Mapinguari
    Merrow (lake giant)
    Minhacao
    Mishibizhiw (water panther)
    Mngwa
    Mokele-mbembe (evil nessie)
    Mokoi
    moroi (normal vampire)
    Mothman
    Mummy
    Myrmecoleon

    Nalusa falaya
    Namazu
    Nargun (planctae)
    Nekomata
    Nemean lion
    Nidhogg
    Noppera-bo (doppelganger)
    Nuckelavee
    Nue
    Nuppeppo (flesh ooze)
    Nycar (mini-lindworm)

    Obambo
    Odontotyrannus
    Olitrau
    Omukade
    Oni
    Ovinnik (kasha)

    Peluda
    Peryton
    Phooka (horse)
    piasa (manticore)
    planetnik
    polong (blood monster)
    poltergeist
    popobawa
    pua tu tahi (clam monster)
    pukwudgie
    pyrausta

    qalupalik
    qliphoth

    raiju
    rakshasa
    raktavija
    rarog
    rat king
    ratatoskr
    redcap (Dunter)
    revenant (possessed sword)
    rokurokubi (the grudge movement)
    rompo (bone powers)
    rusalka

    sagari
    salamander
    sandwalker
    sarangay (crystal minotaur)
    Satori (telepatic monkey)
    sazae-oni
    scarab swarm
    Scorpios
    Scylla
    Serpopard
    Sewer alligator (albino)
    Shadhavar
    Shellycoat
    Sianach
    Sigbin
    siguanaba
    Siyokoy
    skinwalker (minor werewolf)
    Sphinx
    Splinter cat
    Springheel jack
    Strigoi (powerful vampire)
    Succubus
    suiko (kappa)
    Svaltarfar (Dokkalfar)
    Svara

    Tanuki
    Taotie
    Tarasque
    tenaga
    Tenome (Pan’s Labyrinth)
    Tera-tsutsuki
    Terra-cotta chariot
    Tesso
    Teumessian fox (silver fox)
    Thraie (bee queen)
    Tiddalik
    Tikbalang (slenderman behavior)
    Tikoloshe (undead Gremlin)
    Tiyanak (Toyol)
    Tizheruk (invisible lake serpent)
    Tooth fairy (swarm)
    Tsemaus (sand shark)
    Tsuchigumo (demon spider)

    Uktena

    Valkyrie (on sleipnir)
    Valravn
    Vetala (brain-eating vampires)
    Vila (storm harpy)
    Vish kanya
    Vodyanoi
    Vouivre (wyvern with women upperbody on end of tail)

    Wanyudo
    Water leaper
    Wendigo
    Wild hunt
    Will o wisp
    Wizard’s shackle
    Wolpertinger
    Wulgaru (wood golem)

    Xing tian (evil blemmyes or Acephali in armor)

    Yara-ma-yha-who
    Ya-te-veo
    Yehwe zogbanu (spikey troll)
    Yeitso
    Yowie (evil, stinking sasquatch version)
    Ypotryll (unstoppable boar monster)
    Yuki-onna

    Zaratan (Aspidochelone)
    Zmey (gorynych)
    Zombie

    • Hey, thanks for the encouragement. I realize it took me over a year to get back to you. This is quite a list. I may pull from it, and I notice that one or two of the creatures on your list were covered in earlier posts. I’m trying to get things back on track with this blog and will be reformatting some things, but if things go well I will start posting again. I will keep this list around and take inspiration from it. Again, thank you, and good luck with that RPG.

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