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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Medieval Menagerie

Tired of the same old fantasy creatures? Medieval legend is full of bizarre monsters that can make for great inspiration for your fantasy story.

Ever heard of an Aspidochelone?

This sea-monster is similar to a whale, but it has spines along the ridge of its back, a turtle-shell, and a head like a snake.

The creature masks itself as an island, sometimes even appearing to have rocks, trees, and sandy beaches. It lures sailors to land on its back, then it pulls all the sailors and their ship down into the depths of the ocean where it devours them.

In medieval lore, the Aspidochelone was symbolic of Satan, who deceives sinners, and drags them down into hell.

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