The Horrifying Beasts – Hydra, Scylla and Manticore

 

Mythical creatures are one of the most awesome aspects of any mythology.

In Champions of Gods, they will be taking their rightful place as the most amazing and terrifying creatures that have ever existed.

We will also try to correct some misinterpretations that were present for a long time as well as try to showcase as many mythical creatures as we possibly can.

We have already talked about Chimera, Basilisk, and Simurgh. However, even though these three are awesome, they are only the beginning of the huge lore of mythical creatures.

Let’s witness the greatness of some of the most horrifying among them.

 

Hydra

When you think about mythical creatures, there aren’t many that come to mind before Hydra.

This creature has been used in many games as an inspiration for many different creatures. Even in the lore of mythical creatures that is as awesome as one of the Greeks, Hydra takes one of the top spots for the most dangerous monsters of them all.

Hydra was a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology. Its lair was the lake of Lerna, reputed to be an entrance to the Underworld.

Hydra was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. Hydra had many heads and every time someone would cut off one of them, two more heads would grow out of stomp.

Upon reaching the swamp near Lake Lerna, where the Hydra dwelt, Heracles covered his mouth and nose with a cloth to protect himself from the poisonous fumes. Hydra’s only weakness was that it was invulnerable only if it retained at least one head.

After getting Hydra out of its lair, he chopped off one of Hydra’s head, but unfortunately two new grew out of the stomp.

Realizing that he could not defeat the Hydra in this way, Heracles called on his nephew Iolaus for help. His nephew then came up with the idea of using a firebrand to scorch the neck stumps after each decapitation. Hercules cut off each head and Iolaus cauterized the open stumps.

The Hydra’s one immortal head was cut off with a golden sword given to Hercules by Athena.

Hercules would later use arrows dipped in the Hydra’s poisonous blood to kill other foes during his remaining labors, such as Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon.

In the end, Hydra’s poison was the cause of Hercules’s death (though as a part of a completely different story).
Hydra was one of the deadliest creatures to ever exist and one of the most awesome as well.

 

Scylla

In our article about Civilizations of Champions of Gods, we have talked about the fact that Roman mythology isn’t that rich with the mythical creatures of their own.

Luckily Greek mythology was filled with many amazing creatures. What this has enabled us to do is, not only to recreate the more famous mythical creatures but to also create the lesser known awesome creatures from the Greek mythology.

The first Monster, chosen to be included in the Roman Mythical creatures ranks, is none other than Scylla.

Scylla was a sea monster who haunted the rocks of a narrow strait opposite the whirlpool of Charybdis. Ships who sailed too close to her rocks would lose six men to her ravenous, darting heads.

Homer describes Scylla as a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks and grisly like heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth.

It lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Charybdis. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow’s range of each other—so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass too close to Scylla and vice versa.

The story of Odysseus, Scylla, and Charybdis is a great one.

Odysseus and his shipmates try to return back to their home island Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War.

While in Circe’s island, the witch mentioned to Odysseus to sail closer to Scylla than Charybdis, as the latter would surely destroy the whole ship, while the former would only eat a few of his men. Odysseus followed her advice, and once they were barely past the narrow channel, they were distracted by Charybdis thus giving Scylla the opportunity to eat six of the crew members.

A predicament from which even the great Odysseus couldn’t come out unscathed.

Scylla was one of those ferocious monsters that would bring doom to all who dared approach it.

 

Manticore

Now, many of you may wonder what is Manticore doing here as a Persian mythical creature.

You would be right to think that, I mean, after all, there were so many games with Greek mythology themes that featured this creature as part of this mythology.

However, while Manticore is mentioned in Greek Mythology its origins are deep in the sands of Persia. Greeks have incorporated this mythical creature into the lore of their mythical creatures because of its pure awesomeness.

Let us see what Manticore really is.

Manticore is a man-eating, Persian monster with the body and face of a lion (sometimes described with the face of a man), and a spike-tipped, arrow-shooting, scorpion-like tail. Yeah, I really gave it my all in this description 🙂

It is similar to the Satyral, a legendary creature with “the body of a lion, the tail and horns of an antelope, and the face of an old man” (You can also see some of the Satyral’s if you pay close attention to the picture of the Persian palace 🙂 )

Manticore is one of those awesome creatures that get your imagination going. A striking sight of the Manticore was even more horrifying when viewed from up-close, with a row of sharp pointed teeth that could strike fear into the bravest of warriors.

It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind. In an ancient story, a group of hunters went on a journey to capture the famous Manticore.

After they settled in a camp, they heard something approaching them. With their weapons ready, terrified in their souls, they awaited the arrival of the beast. Can you guess what happened?

Only one hunter made it back. He never saw the Manticore with his own eyes, but his colleagues fell one by one until he could stand firm no longer.

I guess that sometimes, things just take turn for the worse. So, no chasing Manticores for you kids 😉

 

Conclusion

In this article, we talked about another 3 awesome mythical creatures that will be featured in Champions of Gods.

We have just scratched the surface of what is the huge lore of the mythical creatures.

Some of them are horrifying and some of them are beautiful, but what all of them have in common is pure Awesomeness.

 

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  • Smarmi

    Who’s the artist? I see the signature, but you don’t credit the artist via website. It’s as good as art theft, because you need written permission before using an artist’s paintings.

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