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The Lernean Hydra is a creature with origins in Greek mythology, legend and folklore. The first was one of many offspring from the divine monsters Typhon and Echidna.
Basically like a snake or dragon with many heads.
WARNING do not attempt to slay, only demigods have been known to slay them, many heads equals death
One of the Hydra's most well known abilities is it's regeneration. When one of its heads is cut off, two would instantly grow back. The only way to combat it is to burn the stump before the two heads can grow back. Also, it can shoot potent acid, has poisonous breath, and blood that is also poisonous. In fact, the blood is so virulent that even so much as SMELLING ITS FOOTPRINTS can kill a man!
The Hydra notably appears as the second of the twelve labours of the hero Hercules. The beast terrorises the town of Lerna and Hercules starts chopping its heads off only to discover they sprout back. With help from his nephew Ioalus, Hercules manages to cut off the Hydra's heads and cauterise the bleeding stumps to stop them growing back. One of the heads is immortal, so Hercules rips it off with his bare hands and buries it. He then dips his arrow heads in the monsters blood, making them deadly.