All hail random monster generators!
Rook over at the blog Foreign Planets wrote a good one (with a great selection of Japanese prints), let's give it a spin!
Appearance: combination of 1 animal and 1 monster: Centipede + Dragon
Traits: 1 feature, 1 power
Feature: huge horns
special bond with an individual human couldn't quite work it into the concept, so re-rolled and got Napalm Breath
The centipede + dragon combo instantly reminded me of the Chinese carnival dragons, which are carried by many people! The horns fit the theme as well.