Pyrausta

AB198

Pyrausta

Region of origin: Cyprus

A small, insect-like dragon. It lived its life inside fires and could not survive outside of them.

Originally posted on Tumblr on March 16, 2016

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Afanc

AB177

Afanc

Region of origin: Wales

The afanc is a lake monster, in turns a demon or dragon, utilized in various Welsh folklore and stories, although which actual lake it calls home varies heavily depending on the source. The tales often involved terrorizing and eating townsfolk, being mollified by beautiful maidens and finally slain by knights and heroes once it could be lured from the safety of its watery domain, including some stories attributing killing the beast to King Arthur himself; the site of which is memorialized by a hoof-print on the shore of Llyn Barfog supposedly left by Arthur’s horse Llamrai as she dragged the afanc out of the water.

Originally posted on Tumblr on February 24, 2016

Peluda

AB125

Peluda

Region of origin: La Ferté-Bernard, France

With a name meaning “hairy,” the peluda was covered in poison-tipped “hairs” it could harden into quills and fire as projectiles, or soften and use as whip-like tendrils. An ancient beast, it was supposedly denied access to Noah’s arc and instead survived the flood by hiding out in a cave in northern France until it was safe to emerge, from where it proceeded to terrorize the countryside.

Originally posted on Tumblr on January 3, 2016

Tarasque

AB3

Tarasque

Region of origin: Provence, France

A chimeric dragon that terrorized the local peasantry, the Tarasque was unable to be felled by attacking knights and soldiers but eventually was calmed by Saint Martha and her recitation of the word of God. Martha, attempting to show off her now-reformed Tarasque, brought him to the town where he got ganked by a bunch of scared villagers. Whoops.

Originally posted on Tumblr on September 3, 2015