Appearance: A beautiful horse with wings.

Symbol or Attribute: His wings are his identifying symbol.

Strengths: Can fly.

Weaknesses: Can be captured and ridden.

Parents: Medusa – Pegasus was born from the blood of her severed head when Perseus killed her. His brother Chrysaor was born at the same moment; Chrysaor was not a horse though little is known of his appearance and he may have been a giant. Poseidon-was the father of Chrysaor and may also have been the father of Pegasus.

Spouse: None

Children: None known.

Associated Sites: Mount Helicon, where Pegasus kicked the mountain to stop it growing larger and at the same moment, created the spring called Hippocrene; Corinth, where the ill-fated hero Bellerophon captured him on the high hill of Acrocorinth.

Basic Story: Bellerophon tried to use Pegasus to fly to Mount Olympus, but Zeus was not amused and sent an insect to bite Pegasus. Pegasus then bucked off Bellerophon, who fell to earth and died. Moral: don’t try to crash Mount Olympus without an invite.

Alternate name: Sometimes spelled “Pegasos”, which may mean his name has non-Greek origins indicated by the “-os” ending, which is pre-Greek. Winged horses and other winged animals were also sometimes depicted in Minoan art on the island of Crete.

Interesting Fact: Pegasus is sometimes called “The Thundering Horse of Jove,” an alternate name for Zeus,  and is thought to carry Zeus’ thunderbolts


Kappa (river child)

The Kappa by allendouglasstudioA Kappa (河童?, “river-child”), alternatively called kawatarō (川太郎?, “river-boy”), komahiki (“horse puller”), orkawako (川子?, “river-child”), is a yōkai found in Japanese folklore.The name is a combination of the word kawa(river) and wappa, an inflection of warabe (child). In Shintō they are considered to be one of many suijin (水神,“water deity”), their yorishiro, or one of their temporary appearances. A hairy kappa is called a Hyōsube (ひょうすべ?). There are more than eighty other names associated with the kappa in different regions, including kawappa, gawappa,kōgo, mizushi, mizuchi, enkō, kawaso, suitengu, and dangame. Along with the oni and the tengu, the kappa is among the best-known yōkai in Japan.

Kappa are similar to Finnish Näkki, Scandinavian/Germanic näck/neck, Slavic vodník and Scottish kelpie, in that all have been used to warn children of the dangers lurking in rivers and lakes.

It has been suggested that the kappa legends are based on the Japanese giant salamander or hanzaki, an aggressive salamander that grabs its prey with its powerful jaws.


The Adlet is the Werewolf of the Inuit. They resemble the Werewolf in shape, form and behavior. It stands between six and eight feet tall and has human-like features such as hands, only with long and sharp claws. They can be found in some regions of Quebec, Labrador and some lands to the north. They are merciless killers who hunt in packs and stalk their prey. They paralyze their prey with fear, making them easier to hunt. The prey’s death is slow, agonizing and extremely painful; the Adlet crushes its prey into an unrecognized pulp and then eats the guts and blood that spill out from the body. Though their intellect is of some lower primates’, they are somewhat smarter than wolves and are capable of using some tools. The Adlet is omnivorous; they only eat vegetation when their desired food is not available. They enjoy meat – especially human flesh and blood, according to legend. Like werewolves, they heal fast and they can only be injured or killed by fire or silver.


Ten things about Dragons

1.There Are Three Species of Ancient Chinese Dragons

Ancient Chinese Dragon

In ancient Chinese mythology, the people believed that there were three species of dragons; these were known as “lung” (sky), “li” (sea) and “kiau” (marsh) dragons.

Instead of being feared, these magnificent mythological creatures were admired so much that the dragon was often a symbol for imperial authority.


Eragon’s Saphira was a Hybrid Mutt

Eragon and Saphira

While the movie ‘Eragon,’ based on Christopher Paolini’s ‘Inheritance’ series, was a complete disaster, we gotta give the animation team props for their unique design for Saphira. In order to distinguish her from other cinematic dragons, the animators took inspiration from several different animals, including eagles, puppies and wildebeests. This would explain why young Saphira looked absolutely adorable — we’ll admit it: we “awwed” when she first hatched.


Chimeras Are Dragons Too, You Guys

Not to be outdone by other cultures and their mythologies, the ancient Greeks had their own dragons. They believed that there were four different species of dragons, which included the fire-breathing Chimera, a serpent called Dracones, a marine being named Cetea and a fearsome female monster named Dracaenae.


Iceland Wouldn’t Allow Viking Ships With Grimacing Dragons to Approach Their Shores



The King of Denmark sent the spirit of a wizard to scout for a way to invade the country. A dragon, backed up by an army of snakes and insects scared the wizard away from one region of the country. A gigantic bull, a huge bird and a mountain giant also frightened away the wizard and convinced him that the country could not be invaded.

These are known as the four landvættir, and ancient Icelanders revered them so highly, that Viking ships featuring any of these grimacing (usually dragons on the prow) weren’t allowed near shore, because they didn’t want to provoke them. Now they are on the country’s coat of arms. History!


Crew Members Subbed in for Elliot in ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Pete and Elliot

Who didn’t want their own invisible dragon friend like Elliot in the classic Disney movie ‘Pete’s Dragon?’ You could fly around town, have adventures and have a giant protector who would defend you against all bullies. But in order to create the flying sequences for the movie in an age before digital special effects existed, Sean Marshall (aka Pete) was sitting on pedestals that were supported by crew members, with Elliot being added in via blue screen later on.


It’s Hard to Make Dragons Look Scary

There are many challenges that animators and special effects teams must overcome when designing a dragon for a movie or television show. But one of the main obstacles that visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw had to face with when coming up with the design for the dragons in ‘Reign of Fire’ was making sure that the creatures looked real and not like some cheesy cartoon. They also had to keep an eye out and make sure that the dragon’s leg size matched the wing size because the thing was walking like a gorilla. Sadly, all of their hard work couldn’t save them from the fact that they were working on a Matthew McConaughey dragon movie.


Somewhere There Are Adorable Models of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragons

Who isn’t a fan of Daenerys Targaryen and her three “babies”? While Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion looked cute in Seasons One and Two, we all know that’s not going to last much longer. In order to help the actors in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ the special effects team built models so the actors could have placeholders to work with on set and then the animators brought them to life in post-production thanks to the magic of digital technology. Unfortunately HBO didn’t make replicas of the dragon models the special effects team used, as they could have turned them into blowtorches and sold them on their website. Talk about a missed opportunity.


The Celts Thought Dragons Existed in the Afterlife

Celtic Dragon

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The ancient Celts, also revered dragons as wise and powerful animals who often had the gift of prophecy. They worshipped dragons and thought them akin to gods, as they felt they symbolized the joining between this world and the next. They also thought that dragons guarded the gates of the Underworld — so when you died, you were greeted not by St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, but by a ferocious beast.


The Brits Thought Oranges Gave You Dragon-Slaying Power

St. George and the Dragon

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One of the most famous medieval British legends revolves around a knight named St. George. He is celebrated for slaying a dragon that kidnapped a king’s daughter as part of a mission to kill all the beautiful women in the land. With the help of an enchanted orange tree, St. George was able to slay the dragon and rescue the fair maiden.


Basically, Every Ancient Culture Loved Dragons

Dragon Artwork in Japan

Much like the ancient Chinese, the Celts, the Greek and the Icelandic, the ancient Japanese worshipped dragons. They believed they were water deities, and there was even a form of Shinto belief called ‘Ryūjin Shinkō’ dedicated to dragons. However, unlike other ancient cultures, the Japanese believed that dragons looked more like serpents: they had no wings and were often depicted as having three claws on each foot.

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Urashima and the Dragonians

Urashima and the Dragonians


Otohime, sometimes called Toyotama-hime, is the daughter of the sea dragon god Ryûjin, who is also known as Watatsumi or Wadatsumi. (The latter is King Wada’s name in Japanese.) Ryûjin controlled the tides with two jewels and lived in a palace of red and white coral under the sea.

He is described as having a very large mouth, hence the design of the Water Dragon. (The Water Dragon is also based on an oarfish—thanks to troutoforder for helping me there.) He can also transform into a human.


The beautiful Otohime married Hoori (Fire Fade), the third and youngest son of Konohanasakuya-hime and Ninigi-no-Mikoto, who was the grandson of Amaterasu. Together Otohime and Hoori birthed a child—Emperor Jimmu, the first emperor of Japan. After giving birth, Otohime turned into a wani (a type of sea dragon or serpent) and flew away.


^Otohime (left) and Hoori (right).

The most well-known tale of Otohime is the tragic legend of Urashima Tarô. In it, Urashima finds some kids bullying a turtle, and saves it and returns it to the sea. The next day, a giant turtle comes to him and tells him that the turtle he saved was in fact the the daughter of Ryûjin, who now wants to thank him. Urashima lets the turtle bring him to Ryûjin’s palace, and there are several explanations for how Urashima was able to breath underwater. Some say the turtle gave him gills, some say he took a magic pill. In Ôkami, he ate the flesh of a mermaid, which is said to grant immortality.

When he arrives, he meets Ryûjin and Otohime, who has returned to her form as a beautiful princess. He stays for a few days, but then grows concerned about his ailing mother. He asks to leave, and Otohime is sad to see him go, but she gives him a mysterious tatamebako (square box).She tells him that the box will protect him from harm, but he must never open it.

He returns home only to find that everything has changed. His home is gone, his mother is dead, and nobody is familiar. Nobody knows his name. It turns out that 300 years have passed, and out of desperation he opens the box. Suddenly his skin withers, his back hunches, and he grows a long white beard. Otohime’s voice rings out from the sea, telling him that the box contained his old age. In some versions, 300 years was too much for his body and he simply turns to dust.


The tatamebako (“Treasure Box”) can be found in Ôkami by blooming a dead patch of coral in the Water Dragon’s room after he dies. Return it to Urashima and he will become an old man in one of the most touching small moments in the game.