Imagine this: you are walking through a jungle with a group of people when something moves just at the corner of your vision. You turn to move, but it’s too late. The massive, reddish creature moves too fast for you to track as it leaps towards you, claws extended. You have just encountered a manticore.
According to Greek myth, the manticore was a massive creature, a chimera of different parts that created the fearsome man-eater. Generally described as having a human-like face, the creature had a red, lion’s body, the tail of a scorpion or a dragon — depending on which account you believe — and having three rows of teeth.
To accompany it’s monstrous appearance, the manticore was allegedly fast, more swift than its massive size should allow. It is so fast that supposedly no man can keep up with its lightning speed. To top this all off, the manticore is said to have extremely sharp claws — claws so sharp that they could cut a man into ribbons with a single swipe! Of course, making this creature even more terrifying, some accounts describe the manticore as being winged, like a dragon. Its tail is barbed and poisonous, having the capability of shootings its stingers towards its victims.
The fearsome appearance of the manticore is sure to give anyone who encounters it nightmares. Though according to legend, the manticore preferred to attack a group of travellers, the way to mark its coming is its call: the loud boom of a trumpet. So beware travellers, and listen for the sound of music amongst the trees. For it might not be a person practicing their notes but rather a terrifying creature lying in wait for its next meal.
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