THE MYTHICAL CREATURES OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Not all creatures people talk about do actually exist. Some of them might spring from the vivid imagination of certain tribes or races who look for specific answers to explain the circumstances of their lives and therefore are parts of legends and myths. Other creatures might in fact exist, but there are only a few who can tell the tale - the borderline between fact and fiction is thin. But judge yourself - maybe you come across one of these creatures one day, which others consider to have no basis in reality at all...

Overview. The following Mythical Creatures are known throughout the world of Caelereth:

The Avéquis Lighthorse

AVÉQUIS LIGHTHORSE, THE
The Avéquis is a mythical creature, a winged horse, that is often associated with the High Goddess of Light Nakashi of the Aeoliran religion predominant at the continent Aeruillin, as it is the companion that was created for her by Arkon, God of Creation. It is at home in the sky and may be seen playing among the clouds. The Avéquis is an elegant and beautiful animal, though not many have seen it. The name Avéquis derives from "Avé", which means "light" in Tharian and "Quis", being derived from "Equis", which means "horse". The literal translation is therefore "Lighthorse" or "Horse of the Light".
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CAIRNHOOM CREATURE, THE ("SHUKINU")
The Cairnhoom (as they are called by the merchant Faen men and their customers who have only heard of these creatures through their stories) are a very mysterious group of gigantic creatures that inhabit the mountain ranges of Germon Doilth and Therrein Nermarem (or "Shifting Mountains" due to the activity of these creatures) in the Northwest of Nybelmar. The Cairnhoom, also known as "Shukinu" (literally "Stone Spirits") by the renowned mercenary clans of the Tsohamin men, "Doil Tenasi" by the short statured Morchini humans (meaning "People of the Doilth") and Shiingarath by the elegant and accomplished Tarshiinite men ("Spirit [of the] Mountains"), have the amazing natural ability to shape stone on various degrees via unexplained magical means. These phenomenal beings appear to show sentience in some of their actions, and by many are considered a race in their own right, though no evidence can be procured of Cairnhoom culture, history or traditions. This fact greatly separates them from the neighboring societies who all boast quite rich heritages.

Depending on who you ask, you may be led to believe that these creatures are unusually (and unexplainably) hostile towards others, particularly if you are asking a Tsohamin. Despite the fact that the Cairnhoom have undeniably shown territorial tendencies in the past towards "intruders", a logical deduction from the research compiled would be the consideration that these creatures are (though completely obstinate in their acceptance of others) quite '"tame". Their generally forboding appearence and frightening capabilities however would seem to be factors contributing to a much worse view of the Cairnhoom.
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CENTAUR, THE
Centaurs are but one of many kinds of powerful mythical creatures bred by sorcerers during the War of the Chosen (approximately 9500 b.S.), or at least this is what legends tell us. Representing a strange, inseperable combination of a human fighter and a horse, the Centaur is a quick, strong, and fierce warrior. It is unknown if Centaurs still inhabit Santharian lands at the current age, though every now and then new stories arise in different parts of the country.
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DRAKONA, THE ("COMPANION OF PARIYA")
The Drakona is a dragon, albeit a tiny one, which has been bestowed upon the Aeoliran High Goddess of Destruction Pariya by the High God Creation Arkon as a symbolic animal of the fire realm. Barely a fore high, this dragon has the ability of its larger counterparts to belch fire with startling abruptness and effectiveness. This has been thoroughly documented in the varied tales of Pariya and her exploits. However, an aspect of the Drakona as nearly unverifiable as it is mysterious is its tendency to bring “gifts” to those most in need of his services. It is a common belief and hope amongst women that if a fire is created and appealed to with enough desperation resulting from the wrong doings of men that the Drakona shall appear amidst the flames and bestow upon the seeker a stone not unlike the gem which is often depicted upon the forehead of Pariya Herself. This gem is then hidden in the household and never mentioned to anyone. The gems are said to have changed the lives of all that have received them. The men of the house are either unknowingly rehabilitated to the “proper” ways of a loving home (through pain, anguish, and finally… fear) or driven out of the home and out of their minds.

Many a wronged woman has spent long evenings staring into the embers of a fire just hoping to catch a glimpse of Pariya’s reptilian companion, the Drakona. While most would try to avoid the Aeoliran High Goddess of Destruction at all costs, her companion is sought after by the women of Aeruillin quite often when vengeance is desired upon the men in their lives.
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DREAM TEMPTER APPARITION, THE
Parasitic apparitions, the Dream Tempters are, most of the times, disembodied figures haunting the dreams of those that come too close to the Venlaken Enclave's borders in the southern Nybelmar. In case that the haunted is a man, the figure is usually feminine, and in case that the haunted is a woman, the figure is usually masculine. The Dream Tempters are adapting their appearance according to their victims' desires and thus it is said that "few things, if any, can match a Dream Tempter's beauty". These beings exhaust the vitality of their victims, tormenting them night after night until their deaths. The ones who die this way are also believed to become at their turn Dream Tempters.Return to the top
 

GRYPHON, THE ("GRIFFON")
Gryphons (also often spelled Griffons or Gryffons) are noble beasts with the head, forelegs and wings of a majestic eagle and the strong body of a lion. Their appearance is not very common nowadays, but they mainly can be spotted roaming the highlands of the Tandala, the High and the Low Fores or the Magic Sickle at the west of Santharia
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The Hiveling

HIVELING CREATURE, THE
Dancing without feet, watching without eyes, and roaring in a buzzing, shivering dialect spoken by wings in place of a tongue. Most of what is known of the Hivelings is from fleeting eyewitness accounts and ancients stories and songs. Most commonly described as “a man made of bees”, they in fact take many forms, using many kinds of insect as a host – though always swarming insects, and it seems they cannot keep such a form for long. Foremost, this is a creature of impossibilities; by rights it shouldn’t exist at all – and its very presence invites questions that have few clear answers. Return to the top
 

HORSEFAY, THE
The Horsefay is a very rare winged creature not even half a ped in height. This tiny horse-like beast is very rare, but has been found within the Quallian and Auturian Forests. It has been tamed by the elves of these forests and sought out by the Brownies, but rarely have any other races even seen a Horsefay.
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The Kiivosh

KIIVOSH, THE
Originally the Kiïvosh is a legendary figure known from the Lands of the Barbarians. The exact meaning of the Kiïvosh is still unknown - like many other things which originate from this regions. The Kiïvosh very often is illustrated by ancient Santharian artists in the most different ways you can think of: sometimes as a sort of a birdlike variety of a Mystran (a shadowlike phenomenon), sometimes as a simple raven, sometimes as a gryph, but most often as a mixture of fish and bird, diving through the Lands of Dreams into reality, shining in all possible colors of the rainbow. Somehow the Kiïvosh has managed its way into Santharian mythology, where it is very often interpreted as a messenger of the Goddess of the Scythe, Queprur. As Queprur is completely unknown to the superstitious people of the barbarians, it seems pretty obvious that the Kiïvosh had some other meaning in the Northlands as now in the Santharian realm.
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MAD DANCING FAERIES, THE
The "Mad Dancing Faeries" are believed to be ghostly apparitions roaming the woods of the Enclave and sometimes the woods west of Lun - in southern Nybelmar. They always take the form of young beautiful women and they always appear only in groups. However, anyone who happens to see their unearthly mad dance is doomed: the men become mute and unable to take care of themselves anymore, while the women become crazed, talking continuously and not being able to hold on to a certain state of mind for more than a few moments. Return to the top
 

The Maerquis Darkhorse

MAERQUIS DARKHORSE, THE
The Maerquis is a mythical creature, a winged horse, that is always associated with the High God of the Dark Polmaen predominant at the continent Aeruillin, as it is the companion that was created for him by Arkon, God of Creation. The Maerquis was created to aid the god in his eternal struggle against the dark. Though Polmaen has power over the Dark, he is not evil and is responsible for dealing with the evil forces of Caelereth. The winged horse was born of the night, and only a creature such as he could truly fight the forces of evil. The name "Maerquis" derives from "Maer", which means "dark" in Tharian and "Quis", being derived from "Equis", which means "horse". The literal translation is therefore "Darkhorse" or "Horse of the Dark".
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MANTICORE, THE
The Manticore is - like e.g. the griffon - a strange and nowadays very rare combination of two or more common Caelereth beasts, in this case obviously of an oracau and a gryph, sometimes of a scorpion too. Manticores possess the complete body of the predator but are also endowed with enormous wings, furthermore - although this may vary - they can have a lethally spiked tail which reminds of the mentioned scorpion. Very seldom Manticores can be spotted who have an uncouth mannish head and who also possess the ability to speak. These exceptions may eventually result of an ancient curse. The latter creatures are all deemed to be of evil nature, whereas the typical Manticore cannot be categorized per se in this way. Return to the top
 

The Phoenix

PHOENIX, THE
Of all the winged creatures on the surface of Caelereth, none is so mystical, beautiful, or wondrous as the Bird of Flames, the legendary Phoenix. This awe inspiring bird is rarely seen, and very little is known about its origins. Some strongly believe that it is a God's pet, let loose on the world now and again, to give the people a glimpse of a Gods' powers. Others swear by the fact that the Phoenix is, itself a God, the incarnation of Foiros, bringing peace to the righteous and swift retribution to the evil and corrupt. Still others say it is not more then a near extinct animal, no different from a swan or dove. Whatever the case, the Phoenix is the rise of many tales and poems, and the few people that claim to  have caught a glimpse of this extraordinary bird, seem to be blessed living long and prosperous lives, or cursed, and soon find horrific ways to die. Some pass it off a coincidence, but...
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RAINSPIRIT PRESENCE, THE ("YAAMÛR")
Have you ever tasted the air after a hard rain, and stood perhaps in awe of a clarity of presence, filled with light and reverence for life everywhere? Have you ever experienced the way a forest of dripping leaves fills itself with a sibilant percussion that empties your head of words? If so, then you may have already encountered a Rainspirit and received its blessing. Rainspirits, or the "Yaamûr" as they are known in Nybelmar (pronounced: yaaah-moor), are benevolent presences which are said to possess the power to “empty the head of words” and bless people with the gift of silence.
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The Taurian

TAURIAN, THE
Taurians are gigantic beasts of myth and legend, having on the one hand the head and feet of a bull and on the other hand the form of a humanoid body. They are mainly known in Northern Sarvonian lands, namely at locations like the Celeste Mountains, where the Kuglimz of this area can tell a lot of stories about these fierce beasts. Return to the top
 

The Unicorn

UNICORN, THE
The Unicorn is a mythical horse-like beast, with a horn attached on its forehead. Unicorns can live to be hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years old if left untouched by evil hands. There is little genuine fact known about the animal, due to it being mainly a creature of myth and legend. The elves see in the Unicorn is the symbolic animal of Foiros, God of the Sun, representing in its uniqueness and purity the sun, the Injèrá, and thus the High Goddess Avá the One, She Who Dreameth Forth All Things. Return to the top
 

   
 Date of last edit 17th Frozen Rivers 1670 a.S.

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