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 151 Ars Thaumaturgis, Sun, 30th Dec '12 6:15:57 AM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
The first experience of the nucklavee that I recall is probably its appearance in The Bard's Tale (the ~2005 version), complete with musical introduction!

Hum, as to other infrequently-used supernatural creatures, there's the myrmecoleon; specifically, the second version described in that article: a creature born of ant and lion (!), with the head of the latter and the body of the former. Alas, since the lion head craves meat and the ant body can only handle vegetable matter, the poor creature starves to death.

 152 Ars Thaumaturgis, Mon, 31st Dec '12 7:10:08 AM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
I just discovered the anchimayen and (sort of re-disovered) the soucouyant. Both are entities that can take he form of flying fireballs; the former are servants of of sorcerers called "kalku", and also take the form of small children, while the latter are people (often women) who shed their skin to take the fireball form, which they use to become vampires. (Despite the usual case for vampires, soucouyant are apparently not undead.)

The soucouyant may be defeated by finding their shed skin and adding coarse salt to it, preventing the entity from wearing it again and thus leaving it to die (presumably with the coming day, as they usually transform only by night).

edited 31st Dec '12 7:10:41 AM by ArsThaumaturgis

Despite Scotland being frequently tapped as a source of inspiration for mythical creatures, I just found one that is severely underused in fiction: the wild haggis.

I know. Sort of cheating because they really exist. wink

edited 31st Dec '12 9:00:17 AM by peasant

 
 154 Matues, Mon, 31st Dec '12 9:19:54 AM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
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I always thought the second were cool.

/Is in the habit of looking up random mythical creatures/
Selkies (the legends about selkies always seemed pretty tragic to me, so there's some great Tear Jerker potential there). Pca (the singular form is pca). Dryads, Aurai, and Nereids never seem to get much screen/page time, either.
...Well, that was awkward...
 156 Zarek, Tue, 8th Jan '13 5:41:03 PM from anywhere in time and space Relationship Status: Dating the Doctor
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[up]I don't know much about Aurai, but I imagine the reason Dryads and Nereids don't get shown very often is because they're usually in fantasy stories, which often require some form of adventure or travel, and it's kinda hard to be an adventurer when you can't leave your river/forest/tree.
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 157 Matues, Thu, 10th Jan '13 1:55:17 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
If it's a sea-based adventure, then a Nereid could manage.
 158 Noaqiyeum, Sat, 19th Jan '13 6:52:30 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Loni - Nuckelavee appears in The Squire's Tales, which was how I was introduced to it. It's described very close to the legends. Sir Gawain first tries to joust against it, and the first thing it does is tear off his shield and shred it with its fingernails.

It left an impression. :D

Stolen By Faeries (who should really be in this thread...) told me a while ago about beings from the folklore of Malta:
  • The kaw kaw is a slimy, grey bogeyman who walks the streets at night hunting for the guilty. His body is sluglike and boneless, which he uses to inchworm his way through cracks to get at his prey, and he wears an enormous Cheshire Cat Grin.
  • Il-Belliegha is a being who inhabits wells, and catches the unwary with its enormous, many-toed foot and drags them in to eat. Sort of like an enormous anthropophagous freshwater barnacle.

On this page I ran across a passing reference to a Peruvian being called the Simpira: it has the form of has the form of a black jaguar with deer horns, with one paw in the shape of a corkscrew. It can grow large enough to catch wrongdoers and drag them into its lair, where they are transformed into jungle beasts to serve it.

The Amazonian yacu-mama and Cherokee tlanusi are similar to ISO-standard lake serpents... only these are actually both giant leeches. The yacu-mama has some Charybdis-like traits, as well.
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 159 Spinosegnosaurus 77, Sat, 20th Apr '13 6:20:27 AM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Anyone else here heard of the hydrus? It resembles a weasel (or sometimes a snake) and allows crocodiles to eat it so that it can burst out from inside them a la Alien.
 160 Zarek, Sat, 20th Apr '13 6:25:38 AM from anywhere in time and space Relationship Status: Dating the Doctor
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[up]Yeah, I've heard of that one. It was mentioned in one of the Ology books (specifically Monsterology).
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 161 Spinosegnosaurus 77, Sat, 20th Apr '13 6:28:55 AM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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[up]Oh yeah, that one. That's actually where I first heard about it. Now that I think about, I think I might still have my copy

edited 20th Apr '13 6:29:31 AM by Spinosegnosaurus77

the irish carman, an evil witch with three sons named Dub (darkness), Dother (evil), and Dain (violence).

The norse syoja, which causes cancer.

The finnish hiisi, a deity who gave life to the first snakes.

The slavic kikimora.

The arabian ghul, not to be confused with the western "ghoul".

The indian navagunjara, a chimera-like creature.

The chinese nu wa, a snake-woman responsible for creating humans.

The japanese sazae-oni, a turban snail demon. yes, a frickin shellfish monster!

The australian yara-ma-yha-who.
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 163 Noaqiyeum, Sat, 20th Apr '13 11:55:54 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Sazae-oni are neat. :D Could you elaborate on some of the others?
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 164 rikalous, Sat, 20th Apr '13 12:45:29 PM from Right behind you, with a knife Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Oh I say!
Thought I'd mention a couple things that have done pretty well on making some of these guys less underused.

Rosario + Vampire includes a doppelganger, a lamia, and a kraken, along with some more common stuff. Hat tip for actually having the siren character be a bird-person instead of a mermaid type.

Dresden Files has some good stuff as well, mostly on the faerie front. Jenny Greenteeth shows up, the Redcap (yes, apparently there's just the one) makes an appearance in the most recent book, and the Leansidhe (again, an individual rather than a race here), who gives artists inspiration in exchange for shortening their lives, is an important secondary character.
The above post is probably not entirely serious.
 165 nekomoon 14, Sat, 20th Apr '13 1:33:16 PM from Oakland, CA
The kikimora is like really hard to describe but its a woman with bird's feet and some kind of animal head; as for the yara-ma-yha-who, its a blood-sucking frog-like thing that has no teeth (I guess it kinda gums you to death, tee hee) and is red all over.

Here's another example: hsigo are chinese flying monkeys.
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 166 Noaqiyeum, Sat, 20th Apr '13 1:46:16 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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What's the syoja?
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 167 nekomoon 14, Sat, 20th Apr '13 3:51:58 PM from Oakland, CA
I actually have no idea what syoja looks like, but it's supposed to be the child of an evil dwarf and one of the four winds, so I'd guess an ash-blackened guy with like wings or something.
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 168 Spinosegnosaurus 77, Sun, 21st Apr '13 5:17:47 AM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Anyone here heard of the Native American piasa? It has a bird's wings, a bear's head & a deer's antlers, not to mention a very long tail.

Also, the peryton. It's basically a winged deer that casts a man's shadow. Oh, and it lives in Atlantis. Of course.
 169 nova 24, Sun, 21st Apr '13 10:26:56 AM from The worst possible timezone for browsing forums
Fire Fox! (Not Firefox)
I think that Japanese kitsune, the man-foxes, could use a little more love.
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 170 Twentington, Sun, 21st Apr '13 1:20:35 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
Mustelidae = awesome
The bat-otter. evil grin
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 171 nekomoon 14, Sun, 21st Apr '13 1:26:33 PM from Oakland, CA
In anime, fox-people are second in popularity only to cat-people, so they're definitely not under-represented. Now, traditional crow-tengu are pretty rare in anime AND non-anime fiction.
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 172 Noaqiyeum, Sun, 21st Apr '13 5:14:45 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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I remember the peryton and the piasa! I've worldbuilt the peryton into an entire taxon of species, actually, which are basically diurnal bats with antlers.

The piasa always kind of reminded me of a chimaera with wings. 0_0
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 173 Spinosegnosaurus 77, Sat, 4th May '13 4:55:48 AM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Anyone else here think the Cetea of Classical Mythology need more love? They're effectively sea serpents, but they appear to be stockier and not as serpentine as most.

Also, the mythical salamander. It's basically a normal salamander WITH A FIRE MOTIF!

edited 4th May '13 5:00:10 AM by Spinosegnosaurus77

 174 joeyjojo, Sat, 4th May '13 6:02:00 AM from The Magic Land Of Oz Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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I was going to say salamanders aren't mythic. smile

edited 4th May '13 6:02:19 AM by joeyjojo

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 175 Loni Jay, Sat, 4th May '13 6:34:48 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
@Noa: The other book I read that had a Nuckelavee in it was in The Bitterbynde, a trilogy that drew a lot on European folklore. In that version it erupted from the ocean and killed the queen of a kingdom.
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