Loki, son of Odin was a paradox, beloved by the Aesir but also their greatest source of grief. He was a master sorcerer, a shape shifter appearing as a salmon,a mare, seal, a fly, and a crone. Also known as Loptr, or Hveðrungr, Loki is both Aesir (Norse god) and Jötunn (giant) He is father to Hel, ruler of the underworld, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr all by his first wife, the giantess Angrboda.
Medb, also known as Mab or Maeve, is the magnificent Warrior Queen of Faeries. According to Irish legend, as in the stories of Gwenhwyfar, no King could reign in this world unless he was married to this Queen of the Otherworld. In other words the King must have one foot in this world and one in the other. Her fierce invasion of Ulster precipitated her downfall. In revenge for this act, she was slain by the single slingshot of Forbai, son of the Ulster King, while she was bathing in a pool.
A Manticore is a legendary creature similiar to a sphinx but described as a lion with the head of an old man, rows of incredibly sharp teeth and a tail that can fire deadly quills at its victim. A Manticore is often seen as dangerous and predatory, using its quills to poison or paralyse a victim before devouring them with its many rows of teeth - many people used to blame missing people on this beast and it may of had some inspiration from the rare phenomena of man-eating lions and tigers.