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QUACKCAST 575 - Fave fantasy creatures?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 22, 2022
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Fantasy creatures are cool and we're here to talk about our faves. One of mine is elves. I love them… Being quite elfy myself. Fantasy is pretty fun to play around with, you have the freedom to create anything but even so there are a few recognised and agreed on fantasy creatures that people stick with.

Tolkien is responsible for creating iconic versions of creatures like Dwarves and elves among many others but it was really the American students going to university in the 1960s and 70s that solidified things. These were RPG gamers. RPG games had always been popular with that crowd. In previous generations with the SciFi writers in the 30s and 40s it was naval based war games that they'd play on the floor with ship models. But in the 1960s fantasy was all the rage.

These RPG enthusiasts came up with detailed game systems like Dungeons and Dragons which created bibles of fantasy creatures of all kinds. This served to collate, define and refine fantasy creatures for pop-culture as a whole for the decades to come. This is why despite all the freedom, fantasy creatures across different stories and mediums don't changes very much.

So what are YOUR fave fantasy creatures? Here are some of ours, see if you can guess who's is who's: Naked, mysterious, secretive, powerful, necromancer witches; big veiny, musclebound, brutish, ragged trolls; Noble, brave, muscular, archer centaurs.
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Ozoneocean at 9:22PM, March 22, 2022

I like that Anime about the main lady and her dragons because it has a whole bunch of different types of dragons from different cultures ^_^ I love the way they mix them like that. There are so many "dragons" in different cultures. The big one in Australia is the Rainbow Serpent, who created everything.

Ozoneocean at 9:17PM, March 22, 2022

Dragons are weird... Technically the only dragons are the European ones because that's where the name comes from and has specific meanings to the cultures it came from. Also "dragon" was basically any big demonic monster, with wings, legs, no legs... The creatures in the east are gods and elemental spirits called stuff like Ruyu, or Koruyu among other things (from memory). Names like wyvern, wrymm, worm, drake etc were from different languages and meant a similar thing... But culture evolves and mixes and now especially since stuff like D&D all those names refer to specific differences like Amelius says. -but just remember that's only for modern fantasy! If you're reading Tolkien or any older fantasy or mythology our current definitions don't really apply.

usedbooks at 8:47PM, March 22, 2022

The few times I played D&D, my character was a gnome. I'm drawn to stories about all kinds of fae and races of small beings. I like the idea of forest spirits too. I grew up surrounded by woodland and I'd just wander off into the forest for a few hours sometimes. I also like shape-shifting things like swere creatures and selkies -- I find the concept both whimsical and horrifying.

Kou the Mad at 3:17PM, March 22, 2022

It honestly depends on the setting, though I am particularly fond of Goblins and Orcs.

EssayBee at 11:17AM, March 22, 2022

Now I want a series about a girl and her wyvern called "Wyvern and Shirley."

Jason Moon at 11:10AM, March 22, 2022

Thanks Amy.

Amelius at 8:59AM, March 22, 2022

Every wyvern is a dragon, but not every dragon is a wyvern! Wyvern's specifically are the kind with 2 back legs and no arms, just wings. Supposedly people qualify 4 legs and wings as default dragon, but that's very Eurocentric because the Asian dragons are just dragons, I don't think they'd appreciate anyone saying "hmm actually it's a Drake because it has no wings" but I'm sure there's some dragon discourse somewhere on the subject.

Jason Moon at 8:40AM, March 22, 2022

What's the difference between a wyvern and a dragon you guys?

EssayBee at 5:17AM, March 22, 2022

Wookiees and Toons.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 4:30AM, March 22, 2022

@Ozoneocean - Yeah, but these are mermaid nipples, we don't know how they work. Maybe they're the ones eating the star fish from the inside^^

Ozoneocean at 4:20AM, March 22, 2022

@davidxolukoga you have the same taste as Pit XD

Ozoneocean at 4:19AM, March 22, 2022

Starfish have a mouth right where the nipple goes...

davidxolukoga at 3:44AM, March 22, 2022

I like ogres, and dragons

Andreas_Helixfinger at 3:42AM, March 22, 2022

As for the centaur boobage part. I'd encourage to leave the centaur boobs uncovered and instead experiment with the covering of mermaid boobs. Because with mermaids you can get really sexy creative with how you cover those up. Glewing seashells right on. Or putting on bras made of coral. Or use sea stars. Just slap a sea star over each nipple. The sea stars don't mind. The sea star is like: "I really like this spot. What would I have to do to have her let me stay here"XD

Andreas_Helixfinger at 3:41AM, March 22, 2022

I love most of pretty much all of the classic fantasy and mythological creatures. I particularly love orcs, goblins and trolls and anything half-animal, half-human like minotaurs, satyrs, centaurs, harpies, gorgons etc. I really like the small folktale nature spirit-like races like faries, pixies, brownies, changelings etc. One type of creature that I find particularly fascinating is the djinns, popularly known as genies through Disney's Aladdin. I love their estethic, the mythology told around them and their concept of granting people wishes, and how they can twist the results of those wishes around based on how vague they make them.


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