Wiki says: “A Bao A Qu is a legend described in Jorge Luis Borges’s 1967 Book of Imaginary Beings as a ”Malay legend Borges claimed that he had found … in the book On Malay Witchcraft (1937), by C.C. Iturvuru”
The A Bao A Qu lived in the Tower of Victory in Chitor. The Tower of Victory consisted of many spiraling steps, from the top of which one can see the most beautiful landscape in the world. The A Bao A Qu waits on the first step for a man brave enough to try to climb up. Until that point, it lies sleeping, a translucent blob, until someone passes. Then, when a man starts climbing, the creature wakes, and follows close behind. As it progresses further and further up, it begins to become clearer and more colorful. It gives off a blue light which increases as it ascends. When the climber ascends halfway up the Tower, the A Bao A Qu’s tentacles become visible. But it only reaches perfection when the climber reaches the top, and achieves Nirvana, so his acts don’t cast any shadows. But almost all the time, the climber cannot reach the top, for they are not perfect. When the A Bao A Qu realizes this, it hangs back, losing color and visibility, and tumbles back down the staircase until it reaches the bottom, once more a colorless, dormant blob. In doing so, it gives a small cry, so soft that it sounds similar to the rustling of silk. The creature has no eyes, but can see with its entire body. When touched, it feels like the fuzz on the skin of a peach. Only once in its everlasting life has the A Bao A Qu reached its destination at the top of the tower.”
Wiki says: Aatxe ([a.atʃe]) is a spirit in the folk mythology of the Basque people. His name is literally translated as “Young Bull”, and he is sometimes known as Etsai. He is a cave-dwelling spirit who adopts the form of a young red bull, but being a shapeshifter, sometimes takes the shape of a man. At night, more so in stormy weather, he arises from the hollow which is his lair. He attacks criminals and other malevolent people. He also protects people by making them stay home when danger is near.
He is theorized to be a representation of the goddess Mari, or may be an enforcer of her will, punishing people who cheat her. Another name for him is Aatxegorri which means ‘young red bull’.
Abaasy, as seen in Xenoblade.
Wiki says: “The abaasy are alleged to be the spirits of the long-time deceased who dwell near graves or in deserted places who otherwise travel about causing destruction. They serve Arson-Doulai, the ruler of the dead, who also swallows people’ souls and gives the living diseases. The abaasy can be appeased by blood sacrifices.
Encyclopedia Mythica describes the abaasy as having teeth made of iron, and traveling in packs of seven. In other sources they are described as “one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged” monsters mounted on “two-headed, eight-legged, two-tailed dragons as steeds.”. In olonkho they are ugly and horrible man-eating beings. Their chief Alyp Khara Aat Mogoidoon is three-headed, six-armed and six-legged giant with body made of iron.”
Unshaded version of my Abaia character. She has cute stripes on her that was unfortunately made hard to see after the shading and effects of the final piece.
“Abaia is a huge, magical eel in Melanesian mythology.
According to Melanesian mythology the Abaia is a type of large eel which dwells at the bottom of freshwater lakes in the Fiji, Solomon and Vanuatu Islands. The Abaia is said to consider all creatures in the lake its children and protects them furiously against anyone who would harm or disturb them. It is said that those who are foolish enough to try to catch the fish from a lake containing the Abaia are immediately overwhelmed by a large wave caused by the thrashing of the Abaia’s powerful tail.
Another version of the legend states that if someone were to harm a creature living in the Abaia’s home, the Abaia would cause a great rain storm flooding the land and drowning those who had caused the harm.”