Although the raven is not a fictional beast there are many myths from around the world that evolve around this black bird. Most cultures see the raven as a bad omen associated with death. Some believe it is a creature that has the soul of people murdered or carries the souls of the damned. Ravens are often confused with crows, although both are often associated with death they are different birds. Black cats and coyotes have common mythology around them as well.
The raven has been depicted with or as gods and goddesses and used as national symbols. Legend said that witches associating with ravens did dark magic. Ravens are associated with darkness as opposed to the dove that is a symbol of light.
The raven has also appeared in literary works by Stephen King, Shakespeare, James Barclay, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Mark Twain. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most famous poems ever written, quoth the raven “Nevermore.”
Powers: Ravens don’t really have magical powers they are mostly signs of death and impeding destruction. They are considered messengers of death and associated with black magic.
Weaknesses: Although a raven may be easy to kill many people fear the repercussions of murdering the birds. Many believe bad luck would fall onto anyone who harms or kills a raven. Some even believed that the soul that the raven carried would now haunt the person who harmed the bird.