Fantastic Beasts and Astounding Creatures of Myth

This blog is a compilation of information, pictures, myths, and other sorts of things pertaining to Fantastic/Mythical creatures. Information gathered by three connoisseurs of mythology.
We will not provide any sort of disclaimer about frightening images or upsetting information, because, well, the best creatures are those in the shadows.
So, adventurer beware, the forest is dark and full of terrors.

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The Will-o’-the-Wisp: 
This apparition is known by many names: Jack o’ Lantern, Hinkypunk,or simply, orb.
Said to appear in bogs and swamps, these mischievous beings lure unwary travelers of their path, becoming faint whenever the victim draws close, causing them to be swallowed in quicksand and bog pits.
Their origin could be many things: the spirits of unbaptized babies, vengeful fairies, or even the HELLFIRE LANTERN CARRIED BY STINGY JACK FOR ETERNITY(read more on him HERE)
Picture credit: Oxeren
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Ryujin by Kaitlin Reid
Ryūjin or Ryōjin (龍神, “dragon god”?), also known as Ōwatatsumi, was the tutelary deity of the sea in Japanese mythology. This Japanese dragon symbolized the power of the ocean, had a large mouth, and was able to transform into a human shape. Ryūjin lived in Ryūgū-jō, his palace under the sea built out of red and white coral, from where he controlled the tides with magical tide jewels. Sea turtles, fish and jellyfish are often depicted as Ryūjin’s servants.Ryūjin was the father of the beautiful goddess Otohime who married the hunter prince Hoori. The first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, is said to have been a grandson of Otohime and Hoori’s. Thus, Ryūjin is one of the ancestors of the Japanese imperial dynasty.
(A World of Fantasy)

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Ryujin by Kaitlin Reid

Ryūjin or Ryōjin (龍神, “dragon god”?), also known as Ōwatatsumi, was the tutelary deity of the sea in Japanese mythology. This Japanese dragon symbolized the power of the ocean, had a large mouth, and was able to transform into a human shape. Ryūjin lived in Ryūgū-jō, his palace under the sea built out of red and white coral, from where he controlled the tides with magical tide jewels. Sea turtles, fish and jellyfish are often depicted as Ryūjin’s servants.

Ryūjin was the father of the beautiful goddess Otohime who married the hunter prince Hoori. The first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, is said to have been a grandson of Otohime and Hoori’s. Thus, Ryūjin is one of the ancestors of the Japanese imperial dynasty.

(A World of Fantasy)

(Source: diefantasie, via fuckyeahstrangemythology)

The dread Basilisk. Said to be born when a cockerel (rooster) hatches the egg from a serpent or toad, this monster is known far and wide as the king of beasts. It’s characteristic stare can cause instant death in a glance, and its breath causes disease and death. If you happen to meet on the path at midnight, and you don’t happen to die on the spot, they fear the scent of the weasel, just as the cobra fears the mongoose! Good luck finding a weasel though…
The Orochi is a monster of Japanese legend. Endowed with 8 heads and tails, this beast terrorized a family on the Hi river. Each year, the Orochi would devour one of the daughters of the earth deities at the head of the river. On the eighth year, Susanoo descended from heaven and came to this river. Seeing the deities’ plight, he transformed the daughter into a comb to hide her, set out strong liquor, which the Orochi drank. While the monster was intoxicated, Susanoo hacked it into pieces, turning the river red with blood. When cutting the middle tail, Susanoo’s sword broke. Upon further investigation, he found a great sword hidden within the Orochi’s tail.

The Orochi is a monster of Japanese legend. Endowed with 8 heads and tails, this beast terrorized a family on the Hi river. Each year, the Orochi would devour one of the daughters of the earth deities at the head of the river. On the eighth year, Susanoo descended from heaven and came to this river. Seeing the deities’ plight, he transformed the daughter into a comb to hide her, set out strong liquor, which the Orochi drank. While the monster was intoxicated, Susanoo hacked it into pieces, turning the river red with blood. When cutting the middle tail, Susanoo’s sword broke. Upon further investigation, he found a great sword hidden within the Orochi’s tail.

Ladon

If there are two things the Greeks love in their mythology, they are (1) multiple heads, and (2) dragons guarding important things. Ladon has the best of both worlds: He guards the Golden Apples of the Hesperides with 100 heads! 

He is said to be either the offspring of Phorcys and Ceto, the great ocean deities, or of Echidna and Typhon, making him the sibling of the Nemean Lion. 

When Heracles was charged with retrieving one of the Golden Apples, accounts differ. Most say that Heracles convinced Atlas to retrieve them, while others say that Heracles killed Ladon and took the Apples himself.

He’s also the basis of the constellation Draco

Succubus
Beautiful and desirable women that sometimes appear with bat-like wings, horns, hooves, and fangs.
Appeared to men in the night and seduced them into sexual encounters. (Celibate monks were especially prone to such attacks and often blamed Succubi for their lustful thoughts and actions.)
Succubi would suck the life force out of men - leaving them exhausted - or more often, killing them.
Echidna
A monstrous she-dragon with the head and breast of a woman. She presided over the corruptions of the earth : rot, slime, fetid waters, illness and disease.
She was often equated with Python, a dragon born of the fetid slime left behind by the great Deluge.
 Others call her the Tartarean lamprey, and assigned her to the dark, swampy pit of Tartaros beneath the earth. 
Hesiod, makes her a daughter of monstrous sea-gods, and presumably associates her with rotting sea-scum and fetid salt-marshes. In all cases, she was described as the consort of Typhoeus, a monstrous storm-daemon who challenged Zeus in heaven. Together they spawned a host of terrible monsters to plague the earth.

Echidna

A monstrous she-dragon with the head and breast of a woman. She presided over the corruptions of the earth : rot, slime, fetid waters, illness and disease.

She was often equated with Python, a dragon born of the fetid slime left behind by the great Deluge.

Others call her the Tartarean lamprey, and assigned her to the dark, swampy pit of Tartaros beneath the earth.

Hesiod, makes her a daughter of monstrous sea-gods, and presumably associates her with rotting sea-scum and fetid salt-marshes. 
In all cases, she was described as the consort of Typhoeus, a monstrous storm-daemon who challenged Zeus in heaven. Together they spawned a host of terrible monsters to plague the earth.

Golem-

A golem is a being created from inanimate matter, typically out of rock, mud, or clay. Featured in Jewish texts, golems are said to be the result of human attempts to create life, in the same manner as homunculi or the Frankenstein monster. Golems can never speak, and will obey the command of their masters as literally as possible.

The Lernean Hydra
Nine-headed serpent that terrorized the swamps near Lerna. One of its heads was immortal and the other eight would regenerate by two each time it was cut off. 
Killed by Heracles with the assistance of his nephew, Iolaus