- European (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Cave Dweller (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
- Dragons (common type)
A Spanish flying serpent that protects treasure in woods caves and behind waterfalls. They originate from the Celtic Asturian and Cantabrian folklore (two regions in the north of Spain). They are known to capture the Xana; a type of beautiful Fairy. The Cuelebre are immortal having thick scales that cannot be penetrated. They live for a very very long time and rarely move from their cave. When the do emerge it is only to eat cattle and people. Thee is one known way to kill a Cuelebre- to give it a red-hot stone or a bread full of pins. The foolish creature will eat this dangerous stone or pinned bread which will destroy its insides. Many have searched for its treasure but few have survived. It became known that the best time to venture out in search for the treasure was at night in the Midsummer. At that time the beasts spells do not work. The adventurer is advised to marry the Xana and thus take some of the treasure. According to the Cantabrian legend, on the night of Saint Bartholomew, the beast will increase its power and unleash vast devastation to people.
When the Cuelebre become elderly their scales grow even thicker and tougher and the reptiles leave their caves and travel the ocean to live in Mar Cuajada, a paradise land beyond the sea.
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