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|Alternate Names/Spellings||Catoblepon, Catoplepe, Gorgon|
|Origins||Greek, Roman and Medieval European Mythology, Legend and Folklore|
|Appearance||Bovine with a head hung low...|
The Catoblepas is a creature with origins in Greek and Roman mythology, legend and folklore. Specifically, accounts of their existence first arose in Natural History (a work written by Pliny the Elder). Accounts of its existence would later go on to have connections to Medieval Europe.
It has the appearance and size of a bull and eyebrows that are high and shaggy. Its eyes are narrower than that of a normal bull and are bloodshot. It has a mane of hair growing from its forehead and thus covering its face.
The Catoblepas is always seen with its head down to the ground, hence its name, which means "Downward looking" in Latin.
When threatened by predators, the Catoblepas shudders and raises its mane, exposing its face and emitting a foul and pungent breath. Any animal that looks unto the creature's face or smells it would suffer from convulsions and die.
Due to its nature, this creature is always living as a solitary mammal, unlike normal cattle which roam in herds. It feeds on poisonous vegetation, which probably caused its gaze and breath to be poisonous.
It has a poisonous and foul breath due to its diet of poisonous vegetation. It also has a gaze that kills living things, though how a Catoblepas eating poisonous plants could simply give it such a gaze is unknown.