Shapeshifters and Chimeras


Some lycanthropes are contagious and possess the Corruption power.


A potential player character. A Supernatural Creature with Abysmal Claws, Transformation (×2) (or once and Regeneration), and Immunity to Hand-to-Hand Weapons and Arrows (vulnerable to silver). As they grow in power, they can purchase more schticks.


Chimerical beings are those that are apparently assembled from parts of others.


The classic chimera has the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent, and breathes fire. Check out the Page of the ancient Chimera myth.


A gryphon or griffin has the ears, body, hind legs, and tail of a lion, and the head, foreparts, and wings of an eagle. They are quite fond of horseflesh. A gryphos marine has the frontal portions of an eagle and the lower portions of a fish. The opinicus has the body of a lion, the wings and head of an eagle, and a short, camel-like tail. A hippogriff has the wings, claws, and head of a gryphon, and the hindquarters of a horse.


While human-horse centaurs are the most common, there is room in the universe for everything from elf-unicorn centaurs to ork-cow centaurs. Bucentaurs have the torso, head, and arms of a man and the body, legs, and tail of a bull, leontocentaurs a lion portion instead of a horse, and onocentaurs the rear portion of an ass.

Fauns and Satyrs

Fauns have the body of a handsome youth and the horns, ears, tail, and feet of a goat. Satyrs have goat legs and pointed ears and are more exuberant by reputation.

Mermen and Tritons


A hippocampus has the front half of a horse and the back half of a fish, with webbed feet in place of hooves and a fin on the back of its neck in place of a mane. Pterocamps are hippocampi with scaly wings. Maricorns are unicorns with the back half of a fish— horned hippocampi. Almaricorns are winged maricorns. An ichthyocentaur has the tail of a dolphin and the foreparts of a horse.


Sort of a human-bull centaur in reverse.


The classic lion-bodied sphinx goes back all over... the androsphinx is the classic Egyptian sphinx with the head of a man on the body of a lion, while the criosphinx has the head of a ram and the hieracosphinx the head of a hawk or eagle. The classical Greek sphinx, called by some the gynosphinx, has wings and the head of a woman. The Assyrian lamassu is doubtless a relative, being a winged lion or bull with a human head. The manticore or manticora, with the head of a man, body of a lion, and tail of a scorpion or dragon, is a man-eater reputed to shoot poisonous darts from its tail.

Body 15, Chi 8, Mind 10, Reflexes 8, Creature Powers 20. Really Big ×5 = +10 Body, 3.2 tons, –5 dodge. Terrible Claws ×2 = +4 damage. Wings, Contract, Enigma, Counter Escalation ×2: wing buffet, hind claws, foreclaws.


A lamia is a sorceress with the head and breasts of a beautiful woman and the body of a snake, capable of luring men and children with a siren song and then draining their blood.


The leucrocotta had the head of a badger, the breast and tail of a lion, the legs of a stag, and cloven feet; it was known for great speed and thought to live in Ethiopia.

Sirens and Harpies

A harpy is a foul creature with the head of an old woman and the body, wings, beak, and claws of a bird. The feathers are heavily Armored, they have a sickening odor, and almost always travel in groups of three.

Sirens, known for their enchanting song, have been depicted with the head of a woman and the body of a bird.


The cockatrice is a creature with the upper body of a rooster and the lower body of a snake, hatched from an egg laid by a cockerel and hatched in a dungheap by a toad. It is almost as nasty as the basilisk.

Mysterious and Bizarre Creatures

The puwa-puwa is a spherical creature covered in fluffy white fur, with a pair of eyes and a pair of short, stubby featureless limbs on its front. The beasts are hollow inside, containing a volume of pressurized gas with a highly fiery essence, giving it an attraction toward the Sphere of Fire. They move by drifting with the wind, or bouncing along the ground if they haven’t got a great deal of lift at the time. (They seem to have some ability to control their amount of lift, though it seems slow.) It is believed that their fur helps them keep their gasbags warm at high altitudes.

They feed by extending their stubby forelimbs into long tentacles with sharp, hollow spines at the end, and sinking them into anything that contains nutrients; they are as happy with honey as blood. (They also clean themselves with a roughened surface on the side of the tentacle.) In combat, they tend to explode when punctured or heavily bludgeoned; if seriously threatened, they can spin around and vent flaming gas from their cloaca, though this severely impairs their lift. The only safe ways to kill them are with ranged weapons, by hacking off a tentacle, stabbing through to the gasbag, and getting out of the way of the ensuing jet of flame, or by inserting a sharpened hollow tube (such as bamboo stake) through the cloaca and getting out of the way as the creature deflates uncontrollably.

The creatures reproduce by budding. Freshly inflated puwa-puwas are a foot in diameter; the large ones can run to eight feet or even more. The fur is prized for its softness and fluffiness (comparable to a sheepskin) and its difficulty in obtaining in other than small pieces. (Inspired by the Playstation game Lunar. Tentacles, Blood Drain, Blast, Flight, Blaze of Glory.