If magical mirrors bring spookiness to fantasy literature, it’s the beasts and birds that bring life to it. From centaurs to dragons, satyrs to unicorns, the A-Z of magical creatures is illustrious. Humans have revelled in creating creatures with powers that we only wish we had ourselves. From breathing fire to raining coins, there is no limit to what beasts and birds can do in our literature.
Dragons are the eternal favourites. There is no magical beast that occurs more widely in fantasy literature. Gigantic reptiles with wings, scales and talons, dragons are the picture of power, strength and virility. Unicorns are no less. These single-horned white animals have the head, body, and tail of a horse and the hind legs of an antelope. Swift and beautiful, they are the symbols of purity and grace. Kappas are different. These water demons look like a green monkey but with a turtle shell. They delight in drowning people, especially children! Fantasy has produced some interesting hybrids. A sphinx is a creature with a lion’s body and a man’s head (think pyramids). Satyrs are men with the legs of goats, and sometimes have the tail and ears of a horse or donkey. Chimaeras beat them all. They are frightening creatures with the front of a lion, the middle of a goat, the rear of a dragon, and the heads of all three creatures. The Chimaera is capable of breathing fire from its mouths, and its breath is like the fumes in a volcano. Keep safe distance!
Coming to the birds, there’s nothing like the phoenix. This magnificent bird lives for thousands of years, then jumps into flames and is reborn from the ashes. The symbol of resurrection! The ziz is a giant bird that came from the chaos at the beginning of time. Its wingspan eclipses the sun. A raicho is a majestic bird that can mimic the sound of thunder!
Cockatrice and cock of dawn, daemons and demons, fauns and fauths and ogs and orcs; the pool of magical creatures is immense! There is no limit to imagination. And hence, no limits to what these creatures can do. Let the magical fauna amaze you!