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Chimera

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Arising from Greek mythology, the chimera's form is a combination of lion, goat and snake. The head and the main body are those of a lion, whilst the goat's head springs from the middle of the creatures back, and the snake forms the tail. In all tales, the chimera has the ability to breathe fire, an ability that proves to be her undoing when the Greek hero Bellerophon inserts a lump of lead into her throat, which then melts and destroys her insides.

The story of the chimera is a simple one, though its origins are not particularly clear. As one of the offspring of the giant Typhon and the half-woman, half-serpent being Echidna, the chimera laid waste to the land until she was finally slain by Bellerophon with the aid of Pegasus.

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