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AATXE:
 
Origin: Basque
 
This spirit of Basque mythology is a cave dwelling shapeshifter. Most often it appears as a red bull but can also assume human form. On stormy nights the Aatxe emerges from his cavern and assaults evil-doers. Locals residing in a region where the Aatxe is near are wise enough to stay indoors on nights of inclement weather.
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ACHERI:
 
Origin: Native American
 
The deep forests and remote mountain regions of this world sometimes hold terrible secrets. One of them is known as the Acheri. This malevolent, disease-bringer is a spirit who appears as a small girl. Sometimes she appears as a normal female child and sometimes with hideous, demonic features. The Acheri it is said, will enter a village, singing and dancing during times of celebration and join the gathering. The Acheri will then cast her shadow on human children to spread her deadly disease. Her victims fall ill and often die, but only after the spirit is long gone.
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ADARO:
 
Origin: Solomon Islands
 
These terrors of the deep are sea spirits with webbed hands and feet and sharp, spiny crests protruding from\ their hideous bulbous heads. They harrass and assault fisherman mostly, at best stealing their cargo and at worst dragging them to their deaths beneath the waves.
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ADLET:
 
Origin: Inuit
 
The people of the frozen north lands tell tales of a human-dog hybrid race called the Adlet. These creatures are muscular and lanky. Their elongated torsos give way to a lower body covered in hair with the legs and tail of a dog. Adlet are extremely swift runners and are therefore excellent hunters. The first Adlet were said to be the offspring of a stubborn native girl who refused to take a human husband and mated with a dog. The Adlet are territorial and aggressive. Encounters with them in the wild often result in deadly conflict.
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ADZE:
 
Origin: Africa
 
A supernatural parasitic vampire creature which takes the form of a firefly or other insect. It is said to return to human form if captured. In human form the Adze has the power to possess others. While in insect form the creature can allegedly fly through closed doors and suck the blood of human victims who then fall ill and die.
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AKHLUT:
 
Origin: Inuit
 
The fearsome Akhlut is a spirit creature from the frigid waters of the north. They are highly intelligent and use their shapeshifting abilities to ruthlessly hunt their prey on land as easily as at sea. Akhlut normally appear simply as an orca with unusally beautiful markings. When the pursuit of a prey target leads them onto the shore, they take the form of an enormous black wolf or some combination of wolf and orca.
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ALP-LUACHRA:

 

Origin: Ireland

 

An Irish Fairy also called a Just-Halver takes the form of a newt and waits on the banks of a body of water until its victim falls asleep at which time it crawls down their throat and eats half of the food in their belly.

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AMPHISBAENA:

 

Origin: Greek

 

A Greek hero once severed the head of a mighty foe and carried the prize over the land on a flying steed. From the drops of blood that fell to earth, the amphisbaena were spawned. These serpents with an equally deadly head at both ends of thier bodies are said to lurk near battlefields to feed on the corpses of the fallen.

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ANGEL:

 

Origin: Worldwide

 

Angels are celestial beings, often associated with goodness and purity. They are usually servants or messengers of a higher being. They have many names which vary between region and culture. Among them are Seraphim, Cherub and Darda’il to name just a few. Angels most often appear as beautiful, winged humanoids bathed in light. They are also said to sometimes visit the physical world and walk amongst us disguised as normal humans.

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ANKOU:

 

Origin: France

 

According to legend, the Ankou are henchman to Death. They are said to guard cemeteries and transport the souls of the dead in a cart pulled by large black horses. Sometimes the Ankou are seen carrying a large scythe, much like the Grim reaper. In some cultures, the Ankou are thought to be the soul of the last person to die in the area in any given year.

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APSARA:

 

Origin: India

 

The strikingly beautiful Apsara are female beings who inhabit the realm of the god, Indra. Accompanied by Celestial Musicians, their singing and dancing mesmerizes gods and men alike. Apsara are sometimes said to be associated with or once were water nymphs.

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ASWANG:

Origin: Filipino

This vampiric demon of Southeast Asia is also known as a Bayot or Sok-sok. The Aswang is a corpse-eater, devouring the flesh of the deceased and replacing it with an effigy made of wood or plant matter. They are shape shifters and live normal lives among humans, only morphing into their ghoulish forms to feed.

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