“You’re not going mad or anything. I can see them too.” “Can you?” said Harry desperately, turning to Luna. He could see the bat-winged horses reflected in her wide, silvery eyes.
“Oh yes,” said Luna, “I’ve been able to see them since my first year here. They’ve always pulled the carriages. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am."
❝ “It’s alright” said a dreamy voice from beside Harry as Ron vanished into the coach’s dark interior. “You’re not going mad or anything. I can see them too.”
“Can you?” said Harry desperately, turning to Luna. He could see the bat-winged horses reflected in her wide, silvery eyes.
“Oh yes,” said Luna, “I’ve been able to see them since my first year here. They’ve always pulled the carriages. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
Smiling faintly, she climbed into the musty interior of the carriage after Ron. Not altogether reassured, Harry followed her.❞
(I’m starting a series where I assign haunted places from each state to the signs. I’m starting with New Jersey because that’s where I’m from! Also the Red Mill is located in my hometown so I thought that was cool. Ok anyways)
Aries: The Pine Barrens, NJ- The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands or the Pines, is a heavily forested area that covers more than 7 counties across the state of New Jersey. This area has been the site of many legends and is also the alleged home of the infamous Jersey Devil. The Jersey Devil is described as a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a dog and the face of a horse, bat-like leathery wings, horns and a tail. There have been many sightings over the years, specifically in South Jersey, leading many to believe that the Jersey Devil actually exists or is at least a real animal. Some people believe that the vastness and remote nature of the 1 million acre Pine Barrens could allow a species to remain hidden over time. Other legends include the ghost of Captain Kidd, a pirate who supposedly hid his treasure in Barnegat Bay. Some locals say that they’ve seen his ghost wandering along the beach. There are two other ghosts who are actually known to be kind spirits. There is the ghost of a man named James Still, more popularly known as The Black Doctor, who was a man studying medicine in the 19th century who wasn’t permitted to do so because of his race. Undiscouraged, however, he went into seclusion in The Pine Barrens to study his textbooks and also learned herbal remedies. Some say he died from lynching after being discovered and others say he died of a heart attack. His ghost however is still said to come to the aid of injured or stranded travelers in The Pine Barrens. Lastly, there is a white stag that many have claimed to see. The stag supposedly is known to prevent disasters. If you see the white stag, it is supposed to bring good luck.
Takama-Gahara here, I have for you a question. How draw good dergs?
Oh I’ve got you covered:
and there you have your F E R O C I O U S B E A S T
But in all seriousness, instructing people on how to draw imaginary creatures is a bit hard, for me at least. A lot of my learning process is based on winging it until it looks okay and makes even a little sense anatomically. I try to look at animals like birds, bats, reptiles, dogs and horses and combine traits of their anatomy into some sort of a mess of a creature. So I’d instruct you to simply start with looking into basic animal anatomy and trying to learn how animals actually work.
There are tons of tutorials that are way better at explaining things than I’ll ever be and they can get you started. Back in my day when I started drawing I was inspired by Todd Lockwood and his art. His creations gave me a good base to start building my art from. I studied the way he drew and shamelessly copied parts of his work until I felt comfortable enough to draw and try different things on my own.
Not being too ambitious when you start out is pretty important, do some simple designs, kinda like the drawing above. Just drawing some simple lizards with bat wings is a good enough start! And remember to practice, practice and practice some moreヾ(´▽｀;)ゝ
In folklore dating between 1735-1909 the first variation of the Jersey Devil was found. It was said to have had hooves and a head like a horse, wings like a bat and a tail like a snake.
Over the years and into more modern times, sightings have presented various other versions of the Jersey Devil. The name is much more loosely applied to creatures now that even remotely resemble the version from folklore.
During one single week in January 1909, newspapers reported hundreds of sightings and encounters with the supposed Jersey Devil. The encounters spread far across the state and beyond which caused mass panic. So much so that rewards were offered for it’s capture or even the creatures dung.
This brought on a lot of hoaxes by people hoping to make a quick buck.
The Jersey Devil has become a symbol of the state of New Jersey with the NHL football team using the name as their own. Along with other cryptids like the Mothman and Bigfoot, it has made it’s way into popular culture too and features in movies and merchandising.
Please check this masterpost before you send in an ask. It includes all of our currently posted Patronus Analyses sorted by house and in alphabetical order. Each one also includes a link to that post! (We will try to update it as often as possible, though it might be one or two posts behind from time to time)
People who get really pedantic about dragon, wyvern, worm, wyrm, drake distinctions are hilarious.
Have they seen any dragon art from before the 20th century? Because most of them look like depressed mangy chicken-bats no larger than horses, and pretty much everything before modern fantasy treats worm, dragon, and drake as synonyms. Even Tolkien used them largely as synonyms, instead distinguishing fire drakes and cold drakes; I think D&D may be the culprit, since D&D cannot leave synonyms alone (phantom, ghosts, spectres, ghasts are all different things; so are ghouls, zombies, wights; sprites, pixies, ect.; dwarves and gnomes…)
Wyvern is the only one with a consistent definition, and it’s heraldic. So it’s almost like someone using the adjective ‘silver’ and barging in and shouting, “no, it’s argent!”
I only listed things I could verify, as I don’t expect myself to be able to accurately remember the sacred animals of all the hellenic deities (and this isn’t even all of them), so if I’m missing animals, it’s probably because I couldn’t find anything verifying it as being sacred to that specific deity. If you’ve got sources for it though, please point me towards them so I can edit/update the post.