Manticore

2023-08-26 Snargl 2 minutes 40 seconds

What is a Manticore?

Manticore statue with a terrific face and tail
Lion statue with horns on it's head and a night sky background with stars and a mountain
Group of Manticores standing on top of a stone block wall in front of a city skyline with
A manticore is a mythical creature that originated from Persian and Indian legends and was later adopted by Greek and medieval writers.

It has the head of a human, often with horns, the body of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion or a dragon.

This creature is a fierce and voracious predator that can shoot venomous spikes from its tail and devour its prey whole, leaving no bones behind.

Its name means "man-eater" in Old Persian, and it was sometimes used as a symbol of the devil or evil.

Some examples of manticore in literature and art are:
  • In the ancient Greek epic poem Argonautica, the hero Jason encounters a manticore on his quest for the Golden Fleece.
    He manages to wound it with his spear, but it escapes into the forest.
  • In the medieval bestiary Physiologus, the manticore is described as a beast that lives in India and has a voice like a trumpet.
    It is said to be a sign of the Antichrist, who will deceive many people with his human appearance and eloquent speech.
  • In the fantasy novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.
    Lewis, a manticore is one of the creatures that serve the White Witch and fight against Aslan and his army.
    It is killed by Peter, the High King of Narnia.
  • In the video game series Final Fantasy, the manticore is a recurring enemy that usually appears in desert areas.
    It can use its tail to inflict poison or paralysis on the player's characters.

Example of the color palette for the image of Manticore

Picture with primary colors of Dark jungle green, Fawn, Feldgrau, Gray-Tea Green and Banana Mania
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 8005-B80G
NCS S 6010-G10Y
RAL Classic
RAL 8022
RAL 1034
RAL 7043
RAL 9007
RAL 1015
RAL Design
RAL 160 20 20
RAL 050 70 40
RAL 000 35 00
RAL 100 60 05
RAL 075 90 20
RAL Effect
RAL 310-3
RAL 850-6
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What does a Manticore look like?

Stuffed lion standing on a stone platform with its wings spread out and a large
Lion with a red mane and a red bloodied tail standing in front of a castle with a red substance on its body
Lion with wings standing on a rock in a city setting with tall buildings in the background and a bird flying above
Statue of a lion with wings on a pedestal in front of a building with a fire in the background
Lion with wings is standing on a rock in a city with flames in the air and buildings in the background
A manticore is a beast of legend
With a human face and a lion's chest
It has a scorpion tail that can shoot spikes
And wings that let it soar in the sky

Some say it came from ancient Persia
Where it was called the man-eater
Others say it was born from Chaos
And lives in the mountains of the north

No matter where it came from or where it dwells
One thing is certain, it's a fearsome creature
It can devour any animal except the elephant
And it prefers to hunt humans for its meal

So if you ever encounter a manticore
Don't try to fight it or to run
Just hope that it's not hungry or bored
And maybe you'll live to see the sun.

Example of the color palette for the image of Manticore

Picture with primary colors of Smoky black, Persian plum, Pale taupe, Rose pink and Ruddy brown
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
RAL Classic
RAL 9005
RAL 3032
RAL 1019
RAL 4003
RAL 2001
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 020 20 29
RAL 030 60 20
RAL 340 70 35
RAL 060 50 60
RAL Effect
RAL 530-5
RAL 780-5
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