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Slime Creature Feature

By Celeste McElhaney on

Slime Creature Feature

It goes by a multitude of names: blob, jelly, goo, ooze, grime, gelatinous cube, but the simple 'slime' is by far the reigning favorite for this ucky monster. Swallowing everything in its wake or spitting bits of goo at its enemies, the Slime is prevalent in fantasy and sci-fi, from the all-consuming Blob or S.L.I.M.E. to the cute little drop-like slimes of Dragon Quest. However, unlike most monsters this mysterious creature never appeared in legends and myths - they first showed up in the 1900s. In 1958 a movie called 'The Blob' showed in theaters, following the story of a strange...

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Yeti Creature Feature

By Celeste McElhaney on

Yeti Creature Feature

Right now, cute Yetis are quite popular, their huge grins and shaggy coats featuring in everything from bags to books to games and more. It seemed that all of a sudden Yetis went from rare to practically everywhere! But where did they originate? Certainly not as the cute and funny creatures we know today - the first Yetis were vastly different beasts. For the Sherpa peoples of mountainous eastern Nepal, the Yetis were an important and terrifying figure in their legends. Folklore told of a ravenous, wild furred creature ape-like creature that would fiercely attack people that strayed out of the safety...

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Gargoyle Creature Feature

By Celeste McElhaney on

Gargoyle Creature Feature

-Creature Feature-Gargoyles In ancient and medieval days water spouts were placed onto buildings to help divert water from the other parts of the roof. Oftentimes these were carved into monstrous shapes, which came to be known as Gargoyles.Standing guard over their rooftops and villages, Gargoyles in medieval times were thought to ward off evil spirits and monstrous beings. Some even thought that the Gargoyles would come alive at night, and that the ones with wings would soar over the village and protect it from evil.Over time Gargoyles were carved more and more grotesquely, the belief being that the uglier they...

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Dragon Creature Feature

By Celeste McElhaney on

Dragon Creature Feature

The word drakōn in Greek originally meant a large serpent, and most 'dragons' in myth took this form. As time went on in what would become the Western world, Dragons were usually seen as evil, frightening creatures that were greedy and dangerous. In the Eastern world, however, Dragons were seen as powerful but mostly beneficent beings which commanded the powers of rivers and rains.Dragons have always been many and varied, however, in both nature and body. Tiamat, a Chaldean dragon, had four legs, scales, and wings. However, the Greek Hydra had many heads.Nowadays Dragons are seen as an ever-expanding variety of characters,...

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Troll Creature Feature

By Celeste McElhaney on

Troll Creature Feature

Today Trolls are often the stuff of amusement -- they look at us with quizzical expressions, stomp after heroes with big clubs, or even dance around with brightly colored hair. However, trolls were not always quite so benign or such an easily conquered foe. In old tales of Europe where the trolls first appeared, they were portrayed as mysterious and monstrous creatures who were quite ugly and not particularly fond of humans. Over time the tales of trolls showed them becoming more grouchy and mean, even eating travelers as they crossed bridges. Fairy tales such as the Billy Goats Gruff...

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