Hey fediverse, I'm trying to think of some cool, obscure and friendly mythical creatures from existing folklore. The kind who could plausibly be friends of a young child. Anyone have any suggestions? :D

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@quinnstephens Any particular part/world region of folklore? And are you ideally wanting something humanoid, something child-size, or something more unusual?

@ExilianOfficial I'm trying to put together creatures from all over the world, so any culture could work! Currently the group contains a pixie and an alux, so I have Celtic and Mayan folklore included so far.

@ExilianOfficial And ideally they should be human-sized or smaller so I can fit a large number of them in one composition :)

@quinnstephens And is it important that they're benevolent in the original folkloric conception? (That is, avoiding say "here's an X but this one's a friendly cute version").

@ExilianOfficial I'm not averse to putting a friendly spin on them if I can make a case for it!

@quinnstephens Some initial thoughts:
> Barbegazi, the "ice beard" dwarfs of the French/Swiss alps who rescue people from snowdrifts
> Knockers, the Cornish/Welsh trickster spirits who hammer at mine walls before a cave-in to warn miners to get out the way
> Domovoy, easy European household spirits (might be too similar to the alux?)
> Would break your size thing but the Musgoso of northern Spain, a giant who acts as a shepherd to the shepherds, is very cool.
> A tiny lammasu would be adorable.

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