Mythical Creatures in Writing, Part I
Mythical creatures populate our fantasy worlds, and at the moment, the ones that are ‘in style’ or ‘trendy’, such as vamps, fairies, griffins, werewolves etc, are everywhere. You know the kind, the ones you see in every second book. Not that it’s a bad thing, I’m rather fond of werewolf stories myself. But I’m looking for something different, and there are many myths still waiting to come alive. These are the myths that take my fancy.
I’m on the prowl for a different creature for my new novel, and while I’m at it, I thought I’d share some beasts that I ran across, for no reason other than it might offer a spark of creativity.
And here’s the first one for your consumption.
Watch his serpent tail and fiery breath.
This big guy would make a kick-ass hit-creature. I mean, it takes human form once summoned and will do you bidding. To top that off, he can’t lie when asked a direct question. There is a lot of creativity space here, and there is nothing to say he should remain the bad guy. Plus his desire to return to heaven could make anyone do desperate things. I would just hate to be the girl who falls for him and then sees his true form.
What is it?
An angel who, before he fell, belonged to the order of dominations. Now the powerful Great Marquis of Hell commands thirty legions of demons. He carries some baggage – after 1,200 years in hell, he hoped to return to heaven with the non-fallen angels, but was deceived. Ouch, this could make him resentful and pretty nasty.
Ability / Power
Is known to give true answers to all questions. His exceptional fighting skills and strength makes him a reliable creature to the conjurer. This means he can be used to do your bidding. He is called and controlled by an exorcist.
When invoked, he’s depicted as a wolf or ox with griffon wings, serpent’s tail, and it spits fire. He is capable of changing into human form upon request.
Appearances In Fiction
- In the comic book B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine, depicted as a monstrous red demon with a lupine face.
- In Alan Moore’s comic book series Promethea
- In the light novel, anime, and manga series Shakugan no Shana as a Crimson Lord bound to the Flame Haze Margery Daw
- In the 2006 Dungeons & Dragons supplement Tome of Magic: Pact, Shadow, and True Name Magic
- Anima: Marchosias – Fantasy Flight Games