This is a database of all sorts of Mythological creatures.
In the included gallery, there are drawings of them. Most
sci-fi and fantasy books include mythological creatures
as a component, so this might be helpful to writers who
use that writing style.
- Mermaids-creatures that have the head and the torso of a woman along with the lower body of a fish. The males of this species are known as mermen. They are reputably wilder and uglier. Their name originates from the Old English word mere (meaning sea) and the suffixes of either men or maid. In the majority of legends involving mermaids they take after sirens, luring men to their deaths. More recently however, they have been depicted in a less ghastly light. Many people don’t know that the Disney movie The Little Mermaid is actually much different from the original story written by Hans Christian Anderson. Because of the widely broadcasted misconceptions about mermaid’s characters, there have been a lot of stories with great ranges in opinion about what the mermaid’s characters are like. However, the one thing that all of the stories agree upon is the mermaid’s basic appearance, with the upper body and torso of a human and the lower portions of a fish, although they are often described with gills, different colored skin, or differently shaped eyes and teeth. When tales ascribe to a mermaid qualities such as different color skin, they are normally colors that you would find in the ocean (ex: green, grey, blue). Depending on the story, this can change, so feel free to make your mermaid whatever color you’d like. There is actually a city in Isreal with a one million dollar reward for anyone who could prove the existence of mermaids of its coast.
- unicorns- horse-like creatures who traditionally have the tale of a lion, cloven hooves, a billy goats beard, and the horn by which we all know it now. In the gallery, the sketch shows a modern day unicorn, where the only thing differing from a horse is its horn. Unicorns are said to have magical healing powers and ethereal speed. Most tales agree that they are fantastically beautiful. They are one of the few mythical beasts that did not begin as an evil being and is always portrayed with good intent. The only way to catch one is through trickery. The beasts were supposedly enraptured with females, specifically young virgins. The hunters in legends would ’bait’ them with beautiful young women. They are solitary beasts with legendary strength. The origins were not considered mythology, for the ancient Greeks and other cultures believed they were real animals that could be found in India. Marco Polo actually wrote a description of unicorns in his log of his travels. He described them as ‘ugly brutes’ that are ‘…not at all such as we describe them’ in certain places in which they believed at the time. Depending on where in history you look, unicorns have a variety of appearances. Depending on when your story is set, you’ll need to find the different beliefs for that time, as many accounts are different. Most writers prefer the modern description however. It is always easier when writing about mythological creatures to describe them with the most current or common appearances because that helps the reader associate. Small differences can make your story unique.
- Dragons- possibly one of the most famous mythical creatures, the dragon comes in two main forms that are seen all throughout history. The first , the Asian dragon, can be seen depicted all throughout ancient history as a long, scaled, and (despite popular belief) wingless beast. Famous for breathing fire and completing impossible tasks, dragons are fierce fighters with sharp talons. In western history they are better known for their large wings that provide them the abbility to fly. They are often thought to be derived from dinosaurs.
- Pheonix- The symbol of rebirth, the pheonix is most well known for its various magical properties and the fact that when it grows old, it is consumed by fire then rises from its own ashes as a newborn.