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Name: The Beast of Gevaudan, La Bête du Gévaudan
Area of Origin: The province of Gevaudan, south-central France

The Beast was purported to be a large werewolf that attacked the province of Gevaudan, reported to claiming as many as 113 lives and being the instigator for more than 200 attacks between 1764-67. Victims often had their throats torn out, and the French government spent a considerable amount of man-power to hunt the thing. It was described as having a large tail, a wide mouth, and red hair with a black streak across its back. Based on the eyewitness descriptions, modern day zoologists speculate that it may have been an Asian hyena, which don't exist naturally in the area any longer. The beast has since become a popular subject in the field of Cryptzoology. 
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foxdemongirlhunter Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
The beast was though but some to be a werewolf or just some crazy person who seems to get their kicks by hurting people, meaning eating them, but what do you think it is, a werewolf a wolf-dog or just a pure wolf or some killer human?
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, been a slew of different theories surrounding it! 

Not sure what I think it may have been, I think it was most likely a very large canine, or a pack of them believed to be the same singular animal, but who knows?
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foxdemongirlhunter Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
or some kind of crazed person who seemed to get their kicks on killing people, werewolf or not, wolf-dog or pure-bred wolf, crazy person or not a crazed person, but no one knows what it is or if there is more then one,  i mean who knows, what kind of thing the Beast is.
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davidsudest Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2016
no it's just a hyaenodont coming from the cenozoïc abducted by aliens and released at the same location but at the XVIIIth century !! Aliens made a temporal mistake; of course they never apologized about the killings the beast committed !! moron alien abductors !
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Awesome work as usual :)
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! 
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
You're very welcome; awesome works :)
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davidsudest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
I know Lozère (the ancient Gévaudan) a superb wild region with forests and plateaux
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely a fascinating area!
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Trekkicat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
it was no hyena. The beast was killed and the kept the skeleton. A hyena has less teeth than this monster. They think it is a wolf-dog hybrid. It was as wild as a wolf but it was not scared of humans, like a dog. These times, people tried to cross wolves with dogs to create the most badass dogs used for hunts. But it never really worked. Scientists think this creature was actually used by a man for his pervert intentions. He raped the girls and later the animals finished the job. The beast often led the corpses rot without feeding on the,.A starving animal does not do that. And they found clothings of the victims, carefully folded next to the bodies. I do not think the beast did that. It all stopped when Jean Chastel, the hunter who killed the beast in the futuzre...was in prison. The killings stopped and he became suspicious. When he was relased the killings started again. The beast even ran into the village. This monster was real. this is creepy enough
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I don't remember mention of any skeleton surviving the centuries from what I've read. Visually, with the red hair, I think it resembles the Hyena the closest as certain species of it do grow quite large. I do think that it was a misconception/exaggeration of some real animal. Animals have been known to hunt purely for sport (letting the corpses rot, and not eating them). If you look up the Tsavo Lions, it's a similar story and a much more recent one at that, which makes for a less superstition-driven account. Whether Chastel had some relation to the beast is coincidental in my opinion, but it's the lore and theories surrounding it that makes it interesting. 
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Swift-Nimblefoot Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, maybe you could have drawn the tail longer and like a lion's... that was one of the odd things said about the beast, that it had a long tail unlike those of wolves.
IT's still strange what this could have been, but yeah, most likely, a hyena. Of course that french movie has its own ideas about that. :)
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, that's right, forgot about that detail! 

Yeah, historically the events are proven, but what the creature actually was remains a mystery, which is what makes it so interesting.
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Swift-Nimblefoot Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the interesting bit, as a zoologist this reall intrigued me a lot. If you can, watch the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf, they have a very interesting explanation for the creature (albeit a bit far-fetched)
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theblock Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Was this what the movie "Brotherhood of the Wolf" was based off of :-? I highly recommend it too BTW, good fight choreography and damm it's got Monica Bellucci looking her finest as usual :D The English dubbing however is pretty lousy in the most noticeable parts with the French aristocrats gossiping, you may just prefer it in French audio with the eng subs.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I believe so. I have seen it, it's pretty dang ridiculous, which makes it fun and goofy, haha. It's like a mix of 10 different genres almost. I can't remember if I watched a dub or not though...  

Though, if a new film were to be made, I'd love to see a more reserved, creepier and atmospheric take on the legend. Mythology and Folklore are a rich source that films should draw from more often if you ask me. 
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CrazyCrocuta Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember watching a show on NatGeo, I think, a few years back on this and if I remember right, they thought the beast might actually have been a striped hyena. :) This is really cool though. :D
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, Asian Hyenas seem to be striped and more ferocious looking in general, they also appear to be larger than the average hyenas as well. Thanks, glad you like it!
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RauchundSchall Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what species do you mean with "asian hyena"? right now there are only four species of hyenas in existence: spotted, brown, striped and the aardwolf. all of them live in africa and the spotted hyena one is the biggest one of them. once there were wild hyenas in eurasia but they died out after the last ice age.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I think the striped Hyena is what used to be referred to as the Asian Hyena.  
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RauchundSchall Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for making this clear. I thought maybe theres another species I don't know of that survived in asia and europe even some time after the last ice age. I'm very interested in biology, that's all.

Also your mythology ABC series is awesome :D
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I just get most of the info for these from Wikipedia, so I'm sure it's not totally accurate. ;)

Thanks, much appreciated! 
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ah-puch-zegno Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
el arte de la cronica de la epoca le ponen cola de leon. muy cool
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SardoniCat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
This is fun, you know. I live not far from the "Land of the Beast" as it is called here, and we are plagued with a dozen books a year on the subject. Most of them are not serious and just repeat the same things ad nauseam. I'd like some of these writers to see your vision of the Beast. Maybe it would give them some fresh ideas.
Once again, nice job.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! Ha, that's pretty funny. ;)
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aristi1982 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Excellent!
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Ahhhh ... I should have thought of this, of course! I used to adore "Pact of the Wolves!"
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, the movie was pretty darn ridiculous. ;)
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