The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at Questkid13@gmail.com

Side Note: There have been concerns about my using Wikipedia because it is not a reliable resource. I am well aware of wikipedia's unreliable nature--but that's exactly why I use it. Fantasy creatures are available to all, and everyone should have a chance to add their "discoveries." This website is supposed to be a fun collection of fantastical creature information with fun images to go with. I am not a reliable source--I'm just a collector. Though at this point, I am flattered that people are concerned with the validity of my site. :)

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wyvern


A wyvern (or wivern) is winged reptilian creature. Its origin is in Europe. The name "wyvern" derived from the Saxon word Wivere, which means "serpent". The French wyvern is known as the Vouivre. Both words are etymologically related to viper.


Description
These creatures are smaller relatives of dragons with a poisonous sting in their tails. Unlike European Dragons that have four legs, the Wyvern has only two legs and two wings (with manueverable claws that act almost like hands). The rest of its appearance can vary, such as appearing with a tail spade or with a serpent-like tail. Also unlike dragons, wyverns cannot breathe fire.


Heraldry and symbolism
Wyverns can symbolise envy, war, pestilence, and viciousness. However, they also have a more noble depiction as a sign of strength and endurance. Wyverns have been on shields and banners for hundreds of years. They are a sign of strength to those who bear the symbol.



Modern Usage
The wyvern was the emblem of the rulers of Wessex and the word "Wyvern" is associated with the many areas of Wessex, reflected in many county and town heraldries of the South West and west of England. It also has been used farther afield in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as the rivers Wye and Severn run through Hereford and Worcester respectively. Therefore, the wyvern is often used as a mascot in the west and south west. For example, one of the local radio stations is called Wyvern FM, and its first logo, in 1982, featured a wyvern dragon.


A special thanks to Wikipedia and to Tacimur of Deviantart for this great image!

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