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by The Coatlocan Qanate of Khumasa. . 512 reads.

Fantastic Animalia and Incorporeal Creatures


Weight: 1814—2041 kilos

Length: 25—30 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: Dragons were a once proud and majestic race of sentient beings that soared high over the skies of Sokos, with an ancient culture and language of their own that rivalled the primeval elves, dwarves and men, or influenced their development as some scholars have asserted. The biology of dragons and their cultures demanding hundreds of acres for territorial hunting spelled their own doom in Sokos, as the rising tide of men marked by the Kostuan Empire saw dragons hunted to eventual near extinction on the continent. However reports from natives and explorers in Tylos tell of southern dragons that still soar in the sky, the last remnant of a great race now brought to ruin.


Weight: 226—362 kilos

Length: 9—13 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: Unlike its greater cousin the wyvern is no less formidable or threatening, bearing razor sharp teeth and the ability to fly. Lacking the intelligence of dragons, wyverns are fierce and restless, ever hunting for their next meal in the skies or nesting in forest clearings or highland caves. Many a traveller has had the unlucky fortune of stumbling across a wyvern’s nest, and they have earned a hardy reputation as survivors where dragons and other large flying creatures have been cut to extinction in Sokos.


Weight: 317—400 kilos

Length: 12—16 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “So there I was with three of me mates in the woods hunting this beautiful stag for all hours of the morn. We ran it to and fro in those woods, shaking up all manner of dust and commotion until finally the stag came to a halt in a small clearing and turned to face us. I and the others eagerly dismounted and I was given the honor of slaying it with my spear, but as I approached I heard the most awful of sounds to my right. A loud scraping—no slithering! And next I know this massive wyrm swoops in from the treeline and snatches the stag up in one mighty bite before leaving all the same.” ~ Domnall MacConaill


Weight: 135—250 kilos

Length: 4.8—5.5 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “You know, a drake is really just a big dog. Like—like—like I get what you’re thinking: ‘my oh my, Antonis is a fool! How can a monster like that be like a dog?’ But I’ve seen them! I’ve seen one with my own eyes, yes. It came creeping round the woods and up the road until it reached a field, and around there I knew was a sheep’s pen. The drake hoped right over the gate and soon enough was coming back out with a sheep in its mouth, pulling it down to the—yes it ate a sheep! Look I get a dog can’t do that, but it absolutely would if it could. And rather yet, I think they can be tamed. I saw where it went and where its den is, and tonight I’ll be making my way there. You’ll all see soon enough!” ~ Antonis

Sea Serpent

Weight: 907—136 kilos

Length: 10—13 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The sea serpent is an aquatic creature believed to be a cousin of the land-bound wyrm often found in forests. Unlike its cousin, the sea serpent is always on the move, hunting for food beneath the ocean’s surface. They will eat sharks, dolphins and even schools of small fish. The larger breeds, capable in their nature and seemingly always hungry, have been known to attack sailors and ships, and any man thrown overboard who avoids the sharks will surely be found by a sea serpent given enough time. Fortunately they are incredibly territorial and rarely are more than one found together except for the mating season.


Weight: 22,680—29,940 kilos

Length: 20—30 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The hydra is a rare and legendary creature, often consigned to myth and fiction, but it is a very real and very living monster that lurks beneath the seas and oceans of Arkonos. The hydra bears three distinct heads and each appear to function independently of one another, although the three heads are all connected to the same body. Yet the majesty of the hydra should not blind one to its danger, with massive fangs and mouths large enough to eat a man whole, the waterborne giant has often been the doom of many sailors and explorers who threw caution to the wind.


Weight: 68,040—100,000 kilos

Length: 390—600 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “When heading out to sea on long voyages, take heed of my words for many sailors have met their doom from ignorance. There is a great and holy creature that haunts that ocean floor and it is one to be revered and yet feared, understood and respected for the fearsome power and strength that it contains. If you ever see shimmers of something so impossibly large beneath your ship, or forbid it, long sprouts of tentacles dangling just at the water’s surface: pray to whatever gods you think will have mercy on your insolence. For other, more wise sailors, I offer this solution: take a square of whale meat with you and ferment it in alcohol along the voyage, and once you reach the open sea light incense and toss the meat overboard. A simple but effective ritual that will save you from the jaws of death itself.” ~ Hakaram bn Khibar


Weight: 34,926—58,967 kilos

Length: 12—20.4 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The leviathan is a large whale-sized animal that largely stays near the bottom of the ocean, surfacing only to expel water and take in fresh oxygen for its travels. Leviathans, while still dangerous, are often the subject of fictitious or imaginative stories painting them as monstrous creatures that take delight in sinking ships and drowning sailors. However this is untrue and has never been demonstrated. In fact leviathans are rather passive near ships or curious, and the only reported incidents of ships being attacked by leviathans happened during feeding when the animal likely mistook the ship for other sea creatures.


Weight: 20—200 kilos

Length: 0.5—5 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: “‘Ey cap’n? Es there somthin’ on tha soide of tha bloodeh ship?” -Unknown Sailor.

The Sangunavis or commonly named: “ship-leacher”, often is found attaching itself to the sides of vessels with its clawed limbs and consumes barnacles and preying on close by fish. It’s often regarded as a harmless or lazy creature that tends to wander the great expanse of blue seas mindlessly while attempting to enjoy its long lifespan. It likes chomping down on schools of fish which it can attract with its colourful “horns” or the seafloor flora. Interactions with Sokosians and Tylosians often find the creature to be friendly, it seemingly loves to be patted on its soft underbelly in opposition to its hard shell. Though when threatened, it will defend itself and quite fiercely, often seen when competing with other males of its species by comparing their “horn” lengths, but they get tired quickly and give up rather easily.


Weight: 41—68 kilos

Length: 1.42—1.6 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: Drowners are a sickly sight, with blue skin and gills, and a tall winged fringe along their backs that allow them easier movement in waterways and swamps. Moving through the water by use of their webbed hands, drowners prey on unsuspecting animals and people who venture too close to the water’s edge. Whether a bird or man, a drowner is capable of grabbing them with incredible strength and forcing them beneath the water. As if that is not enough many have been killed by wrongly assuming that drowners are restricted to the water, and are rudely surprised when the creature comes darting out onto land.


Weight: 200—300 kilos

Length: 2—3 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “Not even in the rivers can one in the Empyrium find solace, young one. If you ever find yourself in the lush riverbanks and a deathly silence awaits you, there’s nothing you can do. You’ve been found. And you’ll be eaten.” ~ An Elven elder to a young explorer in her village

A Fluvarosh (p: Fluvaresh) is a large, mammalian aquatic creature found near major rivers in central and southern Sokos. Residing in caves or lush forests growing on the riverbank, it is completely unobservable to the untrained eye, many finding certain doom if a pack of Fluvaresh should sight them in its crosshairs.

Characterized by dark, flowing membranes and iridescent scales, it traverses extremely quickly along or through rivers despite its size, unhindered by water regardless of whether it chooses to swim or trudge through the waters. Extremely territorial, it engages in clashes over land with other packs over a preferred cave, grotto, or particular spot where oblivious farmers water their herds. In particular, many farmers and herders find Fluvaresh to be extremely bothersome (and lethal, if not careful) pests that make desert herding harder than it is already. Nevertheless, the Fluvaresh persist, unceasing in their hunt for anything at the waterfront.


Weight: 158—306 kilos

Length: 7.6—9.3 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The cockatrice, like the griffin, has been hunted to extinction in Sokos due to its violent nature coupled with its pristine feathers that were valued by hunters all over the continent. Now the cockatrice has been discovered once more in Tylos, residing in hilly terrain and flying over fields and forests in search of prey. The cockatrice, as per its namesake, is often heard making a guttural call that sounds a mixture of a rooster and a wolf, a startling sound to hear for sure in the Tylosian wilderness.


Weight: Indeterminate

Length: 1—1.3 meters

Diet: Unknown

Description: “It was a vivid and incandescent forenoon when I espoused to go on a promenade down yonder approaching the freshet. The water was as distilled and serene as I could vigilantly mind, and the comme il faut diaphanous liquor I envisaged as decorous and apposite for an anchoritic demiurge who envinced modest predilections towards fabrications and other mendacity. Fixed and indefinite, I lingered near the cascade as my perception and inviolable sanity ambled and as I contemplated the illustrious divine’s ale I experienced my own ephemeral anima gallivanting and cavorting over the pellucid solution. My very soma craved and hungered to abut with the tragic enchantress that was my own vivacity. With stoic forbearance I repulsed and discountenanced my antediluvian proclivity and serendipity guerdoned and sanctified my intransigent esse. At the parlous verge I beheld a stupendous and inimitable glimpse of a luminescent winged creature smoldering and sweltering with scintillating laudation. Unscathed and ignorant to its conflagrations the prodigious passerine lingered over the courseway for only a juncture, and presently ended hovering and ascended with lissome to the ether, which appeared deprived and deficient of the tincture the avifauna sustained.” ~ Tong-Gan Senyi


Weight: 181—363 kilos

Length: 8.2—10.6 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The griffin was a proud and noble creature of Sokos, but after centuries of hunting for its prized feathered man, and ending up the trophy of many wealthy aristocrats, the griffin was brought to total extinction across the continent. Now it lives on only in works of heraldry and art, the symbol of a more illustrious time, but in Tylos the proud griffin remains strong and flourishing, with nesting grounds across the entire continent. Often attacking farm animals and lone travelers, the issues that plagued the survival of the griffin in Sokos are alive and well in the wildernesses of the Tylosian continent.


Weight: 40—60 kilos

Length: 9—11.5 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: A unique avian oddity to the west, the thunderbird dwells in the mountains and plains of northern and central Tylos. The thunderbird is associated with the raw power of tempestuous winds and searing lightning of storms, with close encounters even stating that the creature itself could be seen with brilliant arcs of that raw energy entrapped in its wings and possess the ability to emanate a field of pure electrical energy, cast lightning bolts or summon torrential winds, and even acts as a lightning rod with wild bolts impacting it with no effect.

Despite its association with threatening winds and dangerous lightning, the storms that it heralds also provide life giving rains, and its ability of acting as a lightning rod also gives it cultural standing as a symbol of protection.


Weight: 136—220 kilos

Length: 2—2.8 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: The troll is a crude and devilish creature of a hidden cunning that plagues the roads and hills where men often travel, and has grown from an old diet of deer, wolves and livestock to preying on man now. Traders and peasants make up the troll’s main diet, snatching them and killing them before carrying off lifeless corpses to their feasting areas. Even armed knights and swordsmen are endangered by such brutes, with foul claws that can carve deep into a man’s body. The whoops, hollers and laughs they let out as they hunt is bone-chilling, and enough to scare any man from travelling the country roads alone.


Weight: 351—830 kilos

Length: 3—4 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: “I once tried to teach a giant to read, it’s true. I spent well over a year travelling through hamlets and long-forgotten towns across the Eternals and Westreaches before finally arriving at a little farm whose people informed me was plagued by a giant. Supposedly this big and burly man stood maybe three or four men high and would come down occasionally to pack off sheep and chicken. I was entranced with the notion and immediately set out exploring the highlands, where I am told giants love to reside. Soon enough I found one, rugged and larger than anything I had seen in my life he raised up a stone and threatened me with it. Fortunately I have a way with words, and soothed him long enough to produce my books. I showed him tomes on language, the sciences, the natural arts, magicka and geometry and to my disdain he smiled dumbly and took hold of my texts and chewed upon them. Angered that they were not food he roared at me, and I quickly left in defeat.” ~ Danh Fugwai


Weight: 136—226 kilos

Length: 2.74—3.96 meters


Description: “We had suffered long enough with these attacks on our horses and stables, and now that the night creature was targeting innocents, it was our duty to slay it. A whole group of twenty horsemen and I joined together to protect the local towns, and we rode down through the plains and dunes looking for our uninvited guest. As the hour approached darkness we soon found our monster, near the craggy rocks and mesas a shrill reached out past the dunes. It was a gargoyle, with cracked gray skin dirtied with sand and dried blood, and it challenged me and my companions. What we thought was a simple fight turned into a bloodbath as the monster ripped shields and swords from hands, and tore into necks and torsos with teeth and claws. The might of man was almost not enough to slay it, but seizing on the opportunity I raised my blade and cut off its hands, and my surviving companions quickly overwhelmed it. We brought its head back as a reward and learned a valuable lesson in professional gargoyle hunting.” ~ Ira Chaghur


Weight: 500—800 kilos

Length: 4—7 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “It-it was almost as if the creature could sense the vile nature of the bandits! Otherwise, how could the beast have mauled them whilst leaving the raid victims completely unharmed? And then, the beast exuded some sort of… fog and disappeared! Just like that!”

“My, how convenient.” ~ Ryeongsean sentry and a skeptical municipal officer

Description: The baikhu is a very large feline with an ice-white pelt and bluish to black stripes across it. It has only been sighted in snow-capped mountaintops, in which its fur helps it camouflage perfectly. A carnivorous creature, the baikhu hunts moose, caribou, and other large herbivorous creatures in its preferred biome. Although it has been observed consuming sentient life-forms, witnesses to it are led to believe the creature can somehow distinguish the moralities of a being, as most witnesses are usually victims of some sort of unjust attack whose assailants were mysteriously mutilated by a large, white beast. However, baikhu are rarely seen, and its nature still remains a mystery, putting the theory of its perception of morality in question.

The exact capabilities of this creature are yet unknown, aside from its terrible strength, although many witnesses recall baikhu disappearing into a fog, which some assert the baikhu itself created


Weight: 381—544 kilos

Length: 1.43—1.82 meters

Diet: Herbivore

Description: “Saw a unicorn today. Most majestic sight I have ever laid eyes on. I was out in the forest with a few friends searching for mushrooms when we heard the rustling of trees and bushes. My friends wanted to turn back, fearing a wolf or worse a bandit, but I was undeterred. I pressed on and after a few minutes reached a small grove where I laid eyes on a white mare. Initially I thought it to be a noble’s horse that had gotten loose, but quickly I saw how wrong I was once I caught sight of the horn growing from its head. Many of these animals have been hunted for that horn and some claim it has magical properties. I don’t know if that’s true. The unicorn watched me few a few moments before darting off in the woods, and my friends and I were awestruck and left quickly to tell the others.” ~ Evelyn Thorra


Weight: 3.62—4.53 kilos

Length: 0.30—0.48 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: The jackalope is a small rabbit-like animal native to Tylos, but don’t let its size or appearance fool you as the jackalope is an apex predator that has filled an ecological niche in the continent’s forests and undergrowth. Armed with sharp teeth and claws, the jackalope is capable of sustaining speeds quicker than most living creatures, and lives on a diet of rodents and small birds. While a jackalope is rarely fatal to men, if cornered and provoked it can leave nasty scars and injuries with antler, claw and tooth.


Weight: 158—181 kilos

Length: 1.82—3 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: High in the mountains of Sokos the great yeti resides, a rare and reclusive sight that is often mistaken at a distance for a man. In its natural habitat the yeti hunts for mountain goats, but at times in periods of shortages ventures to the cold highlands surrounding the mountains in search of plants and wildlife. It is there that the animal is most often spotted, but due to its size and strength rivaling a dsen, observers rarely approach it out of fear.


Weight: 136—204 kilos

Length: 1.82—2.83 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: "The chimera is a creature of many worlds, yet belongs to none of them. It is cursed and malformed, its appearance the combination of various animals by alchemical or magical means, with an origin that still remains unknown to us. With the body of a lion, a spare head of a goat that sprouts from its body, and the tail of a snake ready to strike, it is both unsightly and dangerous. If that was not enough, the chimera is capable of breathing fire and has slain many men. It is an abomination without regard for any living creature. Yet I heard that down in Aelythium they quite fancy it and paint their shields with crude drawings of the vile thing. Puzzling.” ~ Wen-Kahn-Shu-Nyi


Weight: 40—50 kilos

Length: 1.42—1.6 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “They say in the jungles of Tylos that man has often gone insane, twisted by the sights he has seen and the grievances that he has suffered, and turned into a rabid and feral beast with a unending hunger. This was the same story the village elder told us, yet I was unconvinced and pressed on with our retinue to explore the woodlands in hopes of establishing a trading post. As dusk approached and we made camp the men and I were soon assaulted by a most wicked and inhuman scream. With a chattering of teeth and sounds that almost reminded me of a man lost in thought the creature emerged from the darkness. With rapid speed it attacked the first man who shouted in response, tearing at his throat and torso. Before it retreated, in the campfire light, I laid eyes upon the monster. Bone-white skin and sunken eyes glared back at me in a deathless gaze, and I knew then that the legends were more than fiction.” ~ Alcides, KSCC


Weight: 226—498 kilos

Length: 1.98—3.65 meters

Diet: Carnivore

Description: “Barghests are nothing but violent animals and a plague on our society. Like a wolf they stalk the woods and remote lands looking for an easy meal, whether that’s a wild animal like a deer or boar, or valuable livestock. Unlike a wolf, however, the barghest is cruel and cunning. It doesn’t only kill to eat, but it kills for fun. Entire pastures wiped out by a single one all because it finds amusement in it, I suppose. When it comes down to it, I don’t care about the origins of the barghest or why Artyan made them. They’re a bane to our existence, and I won’t tolerate them killing cattle, or worse, men and women. You shouldn’t either.” ~ Raynaurd de Ardes


Weight: 882—1104 kilos

Length: 3.2—4.6 meters

Diet: Omnivore

Description: Believed to have been a creation from bull and man, minotaurs stand nearly as tall as four men, and have the strength to shake the earth itself. While not being too numerous, nor intelligent enough to cooperate on a grand scale, They still grasp the idea of weaponry to make quick work of potential prey, or threats that try to dispatch them. from simple clubs, to massive tree trunks they pull from the earth. With its monstrous horns, weapons rarely are needed however. Able to send many a creature on their back with sheer weight and size, the Minotaur has little in the lack of prey in the forests and hills that they roam.


Weight: 900—1500 kilos

Length: 4—6 meters

Diet: Herbivore

Description: “It’s hard to look them in the eye when you bring that blade upon their neck. All they’ve done for you. All they could do. They’re almost sentient in that regard. Makes it nigh impossible to eat them. Nigh impossible.” - A Dsen tundra rancher

Yyaka are large, muscular bovine creatures with thick fur, suited to their native tundra environment at the very north of Sokos. They are a placid animal; however, when provoked, they will charge at their aggressor. Considering their size, bulk, and incredible running speeds, such charges are lethal. It is for this reason that many, particularly larger species such as dsen, have found them to be excellent mounts, as their strength allows them to carry heavy loads with minimal adverse effects to their overall speed and stamina. In addition, they are extremely simple to direct, either by rein, prod, or whip.

Their most widespread use in today’s world, however, are as cattle for the tundra or mountainous parts of Sokos, in which many farmers have found it more convenient to raise yyaka rather than the standard cow. Their superior size and strength make them all-around better concerning work with plowing and mills, although their dairy yields leave plenty to be desired. Their most interesting attribute is their taste; the yyaka’s size and wild diet make the meat, albeit incredibly tough, very delicious, which is best cooked slowly. Nevertheless, their size and niche, climate-locked diet make them quite costly to feed and maintain, so yyaka meat, bones, horns, and leather are subsequently also expensive.


Weight: 54—81 kilos

Length: 1.57—1.72 meters

Diet: Unknown

Description: “Way out in the nearly untamed wilds there are a few settlements that have seen more hardship than any man deserves. Plagues, bandits, famine, all of that is known to them and more, and has become their life. Such suffering is noticed by the world around us, and it reacts in a way to balance itself. All that evil has to go somewhere, and so when travelers started reporting sights of ghostly young women lost in the woods, it made sense to me. They call them banshees and like a wailing woman in the throes of disaster they screech an ear-shattering scream. Whether they’re real women, cursed by their misfortune to stalk the woods in anguish, or spirits manifested by the very world around us, I cannot say.” ~ Bmajid Salskiam


Weight: Indeterminate

Length: 0.30—0.91 meters

Diet: Unknown

Description: “The Will-O'-Wisp, or just the wisp, has many names in many languages. It is a rare sight for sure, but after much research I myself have witnessed them. Many would tell you that the wisps are deadly, that their light is entrancing and calling you to certain doom. While I will concede that they are wonderful in their brilliance, I believe these notions of danger and disaster to be nothing more than backward superstition. I observed the wisps for a few hours in their natural environment, which seems to be anywhere from sundown to just before dawn. They were mostly blue, white and golden and idled around the forest for some time, but occasionally darted or jerked in random directions as if being pulled by some unseen force. I have yet to discover their origins, and some believe that they’re the spirits of the dead. I’m unsure of that, but I can at least confirm that the area reeked of magical energy.” ~ Edyn Deria


Weight: 30—72 kilograms

Length: 1.67—1.87 meters

Diet: Unknown

Description: “Stay out of the Black Fault. Many young men like you have gone off with these crazy ideas of exploring there, of seeing for themselves the dark forces at play in those unholy crevices. Maybe you’re even thinking about being a grave robber, looting the abandoned equipment of long dead armies that perished there. Well let me tell you something, friend. Things in the fault? They don’t die. Not like you and me. There’s sinister things at play there, especially since that Kostuan magister came crawling back out of it. Believe me, I’ve seen it. Dozens of shambling men who are cursed to never die and willed by evil to kill everything that crosses their path.” ~ Detandril Exbitar