The Kirin is a chimeral creature of Japanese folklore, and his rare appearance marks the passing of a sagely leader or ruler.
This creature is believed to be more powerful than a dragon but less aggressive. They are protective creatures and said to be good omens. They have the head of a dragon and a deer-like body covered in scales. Their legs are like horses' and sometimes have a single horn or antlers. They are known as "defenders of the innocent".