"no unicorns, no griffins, no manticores or basilisks"

Unicorns are depicted as mystical creatures with a single horn which was said to have magical properties. Their name comes from the Latin unus  "one" and cornu "horn".

Unicorn Wood Cut
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The Griffin is a lion bodied, eagled headed and winged creature which has appeared in legend from as early as 4-5 century BC.  The griffin was thought to be a guardian of the divine.

Griffin
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The word  Manticore comes from the Persian for maneater. The manticore is a legendary beast with a human head and lion like body, with some stories describing it having a tail of a Scorpion.

Manticore
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The Basilisk is a mythological creature called the King of Snakes. Said to able to kill its victims with a glance, the basilisk was included by Leonardo Da Vinci in his Bestiary.

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