Mythical Creatures (Undergoing Edits (But hey you should still read it))
Author: Soupcan Sam

Chapter 0
Where They Came From

I'd like to thank Wikipedia right off for most of this. What you're going to be reading in this chapter is mostly that and I don't claim to have written any of it. Why you can't just look this up on Wiki yourself, I don't exactly know. But since I'm already here I guess I'll do it for you.

Origin:

Some mythical creatures have their origin in traditional mythology and have been believed to be real creatures(Ex. the dragon, unicorn, and griffin). Others are based on real encounters, originating in garbled accounts of travelers' tales. **Think of this like the game called "Telephone" A group of people position themselves in a circle or some other shape that resembles a circle. A particular phrase - let's say, in this case, that phrase is "I saw you take my wallet, you dirty thief" - is passed around the circle solely by whispering it into the receiver's ear. So, you start out with a simple accusation of thievery on one end and by the time it reaches you again it has turned into something like: "You've just seen a three-headed dragon-like creature? Flying towards us? Well it must be true! Quick! Everyone scatter before it gets here with the police!" I never did get my wallet back**

Hybrids:

Often mythical creatures are hybrids, a combination of two or more animals (Ex. a centaur, minotaur, mermaid). **At this point, Wikipedia bombards the reader with all kinds of fancy words that I don't intend to write down here. If you want to read it so bad, go look it up yourself**
Lacking a common morphological vocabulary, classical and medieval scholars and travelers would describe unusual animals by comparing them to better known animals who shared some of their features. **The only really confusing part about this is trying to decide what exactly a 'common morphological vocabulary' is**

Monsters in the Modern Day

While you don't often find people who believe in unicorns or dragons, other legendary creatures are thought to exist even today, but evidence is lacking. These include: chupacabras, Bigfoot, Yetis, the Loch Ness Monster, and aliens. **These animals are more commonly referred to as 'cryptids' which is just a fancy way of saying that some people think they exist and since we don't have any proof that they do or do not exist that they aren't going to let us say that they don't exist**

Cultural Influence:

In medieval bestiaries, legendary creatures are listed together with real animals. Often, legendary creatures were incorporated into heraldry and architectural decoration. Many creatures appear in fantasy fiction where they are often claimed to have supernatural powers or knowledge or to guard some object of great value which becomes critical to the plot of the story in which it is found. **Just have to say here: well, duh. Thank heavens Wiki's able to outline the most basic element of fantasy's for us, right? **


So that concludes Wiki's say in all this. Thank goodness. On with the good stuff.

Warning: I do not, nor have I ever claimed to have written the majority of the above. That's mostly Wiki. So if you've got some issue with what it says don't come complaining to me.

Additional Warning: The monsters and creatures listed after this may give small children nightmares and/or pop out of your computer screen and eat you alive. Read at your own risk.

One More Additional Warning: In the event of a horrible monstrosity being released on account of this informative book on monsters, please send all complaints to the front office in triplicate.

 

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