21. XX - Kraken
91st Júlii 3795, 9th Eon
One is definitely in the middle eastern seas. Another is in the far west sea, but we don't know where any of the others are. We hear tales that there could be one lurking in the dark oceans of the far east...
Colossal. Only a creature living in deep, massive oceans could grow to be that big.
Kraken are something that I, and other cryptozoologists, believed to be either a myth or simply extinct. Stories that sailors had come up with to scare us "land lubbers". But not after what I witnessed after last week... Kraken are very real; more real than I had ever dreamt in my darkest nightmares. Like humungous, armoured squid, octopus or cuttlefish, the Kraken is famous for its huge tentacles that lash, grasp and crush any prey. Including ships.
On my exploration of the seas, I was offered to be aboard an Imperial frigate as they patrolled the middle eastern seas. My time was mostly spent on the higher decks, looking out to the oceans to see if I spot any creatures that I could study. The Hippocampus was the thing that caught my eye the most, and the captain of the ship told me that he came from the north where they were called Kelpie. However, after a week had passed when I had written my notes on the Hippocampus, our boat stopped. Very suddenly. Very unusually. The look on the captain's face turned sour... and suddenly, after the heavy silence, our ship was clenched by many tentacles that erupted out of the water. Men were smashed under falling poles and planks of shattered wood burst out in all directions. The crew were obligated to stay on board and die with their ship, but I dived off of the side and swam for my life. I watched as the monster ripped the ship apart, from a distance, and feasted on the terrified, screaming sailors.
I am now on a small island, stranded in the middle of the ocean. What I could study of the Kraken was that its mouth was circular with gnashing teeth in several layers going around its maw. It had armour plating running down its back and had very small eyes. I can imagine that Kraken only feast on large prey, like ships and whales, as they cannot see smaller prey with such tiny eyes. Nonetheless... I just hope Maganin finds me soon. She'll know when I am in peril.
Unknown. I hope to the Gods there are no more of them...
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia