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Here at Untethered Realms, we're taking on the Challenge as a group. Each day, one of us will be sharing with you a fantastical creature that may be from one of our books, a favorite movie, or something we just came up with as entertainment.
Today we have...
M is for Mephinas
When I was creating strange creatures for Reborn, I wanted something like a hermaphrodite and incorporate that mythology of the off-spring of Hermes and Aphrodite into The Fate Challenges. Thus, mephinas were born.
The doors opened, and a trumpet sounded. A strange creature with a woman’s body and two heads—one male and one female—entered. I blinked and leaned forward in my chair. Although I knew of mephinas, I hadn’t seen one before. According to legend, the winged god Mephets and love goddess Inashara created the mephinas when they joined together. The gods and Royals used the sacred mephinas as messengers. Their heads spoke in unison, “Presenting Prince Vespar and his contingent from the City of Apentha.” - an excerpt from Reborn
Sadly, mephinas did not inherit their father's wings, which would make travel much quicker. They are also shy creatures, so there are no pictures of mephinas out there.
Love the name Mephinas. I wish they weren't such shy creatures! :)ReplyDelete
Great name and I wonder if they argue and the man mind understands the woman side:) You need an artist to create this being-would be neat to seeReplyDelete
I was wondering that as well, Birgit!ReplyDelete
oh, you made me want to dive nose first back into my fantasy series (got to finish other projects first this week - yikes) I want to know more! Have a wonderful week!ReplyDelete
Too bad it's shy - such an amazing creature!ReplyDelete
Make them stand still and pose for a portrait! I love the origin story you created and Mephinas sound like such awesome creatures.ReplyDelete
Very creative. Too bad they're so shy.ReplyDelete
I love the mephinas! It is too bad they're so shy. I could imagine they're quite elegant.ReplyDelete
Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! And Brigit and Ellie, the two heads do argue and like to tell their side of the story. Silly mephinas!ReplyDelete
Interesting. I wonder if the two heads always agree or if they think independently...ReplyDelete
Fascinating. Though my mind has lurched to the Chas Adams cartoon of the two headed baby in a cradle and a doting aunt saying 'I think she looks a little like both of you'.ReplyDelete
And River is right - a portrait would be wonderful.
Gwen, they definitely don't always agree, but they do tend to get their messages right.ReplyDelete
Elephant's Child, a portrait would be nice. Perhaps one day someone will capture a shot of the elusive mephina.
Interesting creatures you've created. I suspect you could spin many tales of their exploits.ReplyDelete
A great "M-day" post.
Learning so much on my blog tour. Nice to follow and connect through atozReplyDelete
You've been incredibly creative with the mythology, gods, and creatures you've come up with for your Fate Challenges series :-)ReplyDelete