"a wealth of dragons, chimeras, manticores"
Dragon
GNU Free Documentation LicenseDragon - Credit: Mac m 13

Dragons, chimeras and manticores are all mythological creatures. Dragons have serpentine or reptilian traits and feature in legends of worldwide cultures.

Chimera, Etruscan bronze
Public DomainChimera, Etruscan bronze - Credit: Lucarelli

The  chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature in Greek mythology. It was composed of the parts of multiple animals: upon the body of a lioness with a tail that terminated in a snake's head, the head of a goat arose on her back at the centre of her spine.

The manticore  is a legendary creature of Persian origin similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. The creature's feet may also be of a dragon, but are mostly referred to as lions paws.

Manticore, engraving
Public DomainManticore, engraving - Credit: Jonstonus, Joannes