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Thursday, August 4, 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.
Skoffin not pictured anywhere in medieval manuscripts...

Maybe no one ever saw one and lived to tell about it...

The skoffin is the offspring of an arctic fox and a female tabby cat, and is the Icelandic version of a basilisk. It was a truly evil being that said horribly wicked things, and killed with just a look.

A skoffin could only be killed by seeing another of its kind. (In some stories it was tricked into seeing its own reflection.) Later lore claimed that it could also be killed by the sign of the cross or with a silver bullet.

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