By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Ash Dekirk
Unusual beasts of all types have crawled, run, swam, and flown via humanitys mind's eye and tourists stories because the sunrise of time. From Gryphons and Unicorns, to Dragons, Mermaids, or even more strange and fantastical animals, A Wizards Bestiary takes you on a mystical trip during the a long time and world wide, to find elusive creatures of delusion and legend. pay attention - right here be Monsters!
The first part lists over 1,000 wonderful creatures from each land in an encyclopedic, alphabetical thesaurus layout, from Aatxe to Zyphoeus. each one access contains a small representation, in addition to cross-references to different comparable beasts.
Next, the authors current extra in-depth positive factors on a few of extra attention-grabbing of those mythical beasts, reminiscent of the ocean Serpent and the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar. historical past, myths, and legends of every creature are provided, with specific emphasis on settling on real-life origins of legendary creatures in genuine residing animals, reminiscent of the hyperlink among the Kraken and the enormous squid. This part is split into those categories:
* Animate Plants
Expanded cryptozoological entries comprise the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Mokele-Mbembe, El Chupacabra, Mothman, and different secret monsters pronounced by means of eyewitnesses yet now not but proven via science.
They are grouped into the next categories:
* Primates and Hominids
* Bipedal Monsters
* Carnivorous Mammals
* Herbivorous Mammals
* Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters
* dwelling Dinosaurs
* secret Monsters
A Wizards Bestiary is profusely illustrated with previous woodcuts, engravings, and different photos from old assets, in addition to interpretations by means of glossy artists, together with the authors. No different bestiary has been so well-illustrated! Hand-drawn medieval-style maps through Oberon Zell-Ravenheart convey purported locales of alternative beasts on all continents and seas.
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A single fiery tail feather can light up an entire room. It grazes in the garden of its owner, Tzar Dalmet, but at night it sometimes sneaks into the nearby orchard of Tzar Vyslav Andronovich to steal his golden apples of youth, beauty, and immortality. It is considered to be the Russian Phoenix, and its origin may likewise have been in Bird of Paradise skins. Fire-Drakes—Great, firebreathing, bat-winged Dragons inhabiting marshes in the British Isles and mountain caverns of northern Europe, where they guard hordes of treasure.
Dragon—A gigantic reptilian creature, frequently possessing bat-like wings and fiery breath. Some are capable of human speech. There are many varieties, living in all the Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Wingless, legless dragons are called Lindorms, Wyrms, or Wyrms. Those with legs but no wings are called Drakes. A Dragon with two limbs and two wings is called a Wyvern. Dragons with feathery rather than leathery wings are called Amphiteres. Dragons exist in cultures the world over. A Wizard’s Bestiary 36 Eastern Dragons tend to be wise and benevolent creatures of clouds, rain, and bodies of water.
See Black Bird of Chernobyl, Man-Dragon, Owlman. Freshwater Octopus—Although there are no known species of cephalopods able to live in fresh water, there have been numerous reports of octopus-like creatures hailing from lakes in Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, as well as in the monster-infested Ohio River. They are always described as being “ugly,” grey in color, and about 3 feet long. They seem similar to Octopus burryi and Octopus filosus/hummelinki. R. ” See Devil’s Lake Monster, Oklahoma Octopus.