Does anyone know of any public domain prior art for the breath weapon of D&D's winter wolf? I ask because I'd like to use ice-breathing wolves in fiction, but would have to avoid litigation in doing so.

I don't know whether there's any frost breath in mythology, but I'm not an expert on mythology either, and I don't know whether this concept stretches back to antiquity/prehistory.

In my Googling I saw that there are apparently winter wolves in A Song of Ice and Fire (which I haven't seen much of), but from what I was able to find there's nothing about them breathing frost.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It seems that you have two questions: The cultural/mythological basis of the attack and the -Am I going to be sued if I use the name "frost breath" for my -insert work here-? Any of them will give you different answers, and I think you want the later rather than the first. \$\endgroup\$ – Chepelink Sep 22 '16 at 13:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it doesn't seem to need RPG expertise, but rather cultural/historical/literary expertise. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Sep 22 '16 at 13:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ It may be better off asked on Science Fiction & Fantasy. Note that you can always be frivolously sued by anyone baselessly in most places in the world, it'll just take time & money to demonstrate the lawsuit is baseless and have it dismissed or defend the allegations. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Sep 22 '16 at 14:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ Mythology & Folklore SE is also a possibility for a question that is specifically narrowed to just whether there is a precedent in mythology. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 23 '16 at 18:00

I find several different sources that use "Frost Breath".

  1. D&D : Winter Wolves
  2. Pokemon : Pokemon Go has 5 pokemon with this power
  3. Skyrim : A Dragonborn shout power
  4. Magic:TheGathering : Instant card that taps two creatures and prevents them from untapping on the next upkeep
  5. Guild Wars 2 : Spell

With these varied sources, I don't think you are in any danger of being sued for using "Frost Breath".

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