Mythic Kingdom: Cryptids, Aliens and Folklore Picture

The full title is "Mythic Kingdom: Cryptozoology, American folklore and Extraterrestrials" but that wouldn't fit so I shortened it. It has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been sitting on this for while and I feel it is now ready to be posted. While making my MK2, I started thinking about the unique categories I added, such as the Alchemical Elementals and the Horrors of Lovecraft, so I decided to add this as a sorta "Bonus" content if you were. Groups that did not make the cut in short. Note some of the creatures have no descriptions yet. I shall try and get around to adding that, or simply look them up yourself and expand your mythological knowledge.

The Mothman has to be likely the most iconic, or at least second most iconic crypid in North American if not the world. Reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from 15 November 1966 to 15 December 1967. But what really set Mothman into American folklore was the introduction of the book The Mothman Prophecies, written by , John Keel in 1975, claiming that Mothman was related to a wide array of supernatural events in the area and the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Many speculate the origins of the Mothman, from alien visitor, aboriginal spirit or deity, to human mutation. The only thing I know for certain is that the appearance of the Mothman, glowing large red eyes, lack of arms just two full bodied wings, and absence of nose or mouth, instills in me a fear that is the most primordial in nature.

The Jersey Devil, as the name might imply haunts the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. Most accounts of the Jersey Devil legend attribute the creature to a "Mother Leeds" although the tale has many variations. According to one version, she invoked the devil by saying "let it be the devil" while giving birth to her 13th child, and it either immediately or soon afterward transformed into a devil-like creature and flew off into the surrounding pines.

I decided I would create my own artistic and logical take on the Mole Person. As many might be lead to believe, via old B-horror movies from the 50s and onwards, the “mole people” are a subterranean race of geniuses or super advance mutant people. Taking forth from what I know of animals and biology I imagined that the lack of sunlight would cause these people to be more sluggish, less intelligent with the lack of the vitamins sunlight gives us, so they are more a slightly primitive race. I also decided to make them more "mole-like" as well, with claws, fur, noses, almost like actual animals that are somewhat humanoid. They used to dig with their claws but when they began slightly evolving they started creating crude tools, so their claws became slightly brittle, but were still effective to fight with. I also decided the fur/skin of the people would be white or very pale colours, much like deep sea creatures are ether clear or colourless by the lack of light touching their skin, gave them red infrared eyes to help them see more clearly in the dark and made their clothing earthen coloured and simply constructed. Their diet I suppose would consist of roots or perhaps minerals themselves as their isn't a large available food source underground. Given my logically assessment and design of the mole person, I have to say I am quite fond of him really.

Sasquatch has never really been a favorite cryptid of mine. I mean other ones cannot be as easily explain as just being a guy in a suit but he does still have his place in Cryptozoology and Americana. Many he believe inhabits the forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. There has been much evidence of him found, video tape, footprints and alike, some has been merely hoaxes. Sasquatch falls into a category I like to call "Big and Hairy". Others of the category include the Skunk Ape said to inhabit the Southern United States, and the Yeti or Abominable Snowman of the Himalayans.

The Loveland Frog is a very curious creature. Said to be a humanoid creature with the face of a frog and is described as standing roughly 4 feet (1.2 m) tall with green leathery skin. It walks upright and has webbed hands and feet, and was allegedly first spotted in Loveland, Ohio. What is really curious about him is one described encounter with the beast in 1955 "a business man said to have seen three or four 3-foot tall frog-faced creatures squatting under a bridge near Loveland. They were described as having wrinkles instead of hair on their heads, lopsided chests, and wide mouths without lips, like frogs. One of them is said to have held up a bar device that shed sparks. A strong odor of alfalfa and almonds was reportedly left behind."

Almost everyone at some point has heard the name... Chupacabra. The alleged "Goat Sucker" of Mexico, and the United States. The most common description of chupacabras is a reptile-like creature, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. There have been some pictures taken of the supposed creature as, perhaps the Chupacabra is merely an undiscovered animal, like the Komodo dragons we're.

Indrid Cold

Greys

Men in Black

Flatwoods monster

Reptilians

Hopkinsville Goblin

The bunyip, or kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. However, the bunyip appears to have formed part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia, although its name varied according to tribal nomenclature. In his 2001 book, writer Robert Holden identified at least nine regional variations for the creature known as the bunyip across Aboriginal Australia. Various written accounts of bunyips were made by Europeans in the early and mid-19th century, as settlement spread across the country.

Any true Scot knows about Nessie, said to be a large dinosaur like creature, likely a plesiosaurs that resides in Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Nessie, as she is affectionately known, is amongst the most famous of cryptids, drawing throngs of interested tourists daily. The most famous picture of Nessie was proven to be a fake, a toy submarine and plastic monster head we're used, but that is not deterred people from looking. Subject of many fictional stories, documentaries and cartoons, Nessie is unlike other monsters, she is a beloved native of Scotland.

I took a more anthropomorphic take on the Beast, and the copious amount of blood is a nod to how voracious the creature was in its method of killing. The reason behind placing it in a winter background is because of the recorded attack on January 12, 1765, where Jacques Portefaix and seven friends, including two girls, were attacked by the Beast; they drove it away by staying grouped together. This incident caught the attention of King Louis XV, who awarded 300 livres to Portefaix, and another 350 livres to be shared among the others. He also sent professional wolf hunter Jean Charles Marc Antoine Vaumesle d'Enneval and his son Jean-François, to kill the beast. And when a savage wolf beast has caught the attention of someone as high up as a king, you know it’s bad business.

Yeti

I think out of all the creatures and monsters I've seen the Popobawa holds top spot as the most insidious and frightening. Indeed this creature still to this date grips people in fear and panic. Believed to be an evil spirit, or shetani, which first appeared on the Tanzanian island of Pemba. In 1995, it was the focus of a major outbreak of mass hysteria which spread from Pemba to Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, and across to Dar es Salaam and other urban centres on the East African coast. The Popobawa is said to attack you in your sleep, even to go as far as rape people, regardless of gender. Popobawa attacks men, women and children, and may attack all of the members of a household, before passing on to another house in the neighborhood.

The Rat King is a real phenomena steeped in folklore, said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, excrement or simply knotted. The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails. The numbers of rats that are joined together can vary, but naturally rat kings formed from a larger number of rats are rarer. The phenomenon is particularly associated with Germany, where the majority of instances have been reported. Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding rat kings, and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen, particularly associated with plagues. For me I decided to take an anthropomorphic(just like the Beast) and literal sense of the ”Rat King”.

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