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.
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
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.
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.