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Fathom File 007: Takraw
From the Files of Frank Womack, Kaiju Expert*

Kaiju File #  007

Takraw (Taa-crahw)

First Seen: Southwest National Park, Tasmania
Last Seen: Papua New Guinea (Currently Located)


Primary Range:
 Equatorial regions, preferably ones with easy access to water sources


Dietary Preference: Thermal Energy


Description:
 The kaiju known as Takraw is a lumbering, easygoing creature that resembles an odd experimental fusion of a black lobster and a baleen whale, with scarred chitinous armor covering most of its upper body and dense, surprisingly sharp hairs covering its underside. Numerous appendages resembling barnacles and various skin parasites have been observed on its skin, but unlike their natural counterparts, these are actually as much a part of the kaiju itself as its beady red eyes and unusual legs, an ancient, prime example of the CHI-DNA effect. The largest of these takes up the near entirety of its left arm, and most of them are capable of extending outwards several meters, grasping would-be threats in their 'jaws' and immobilizing them until the main body can get close enough to inflict punishment for their trespasses with its bulk and blunt-edged right pincer. Several vents line seemingly random parts of its body, and it is believed that these are used exclusively for self-defense. When sufficiently roused, the kaiju's internal temperature begins to spike, and superheated water vapor can come shooting out of said vents at incredible speeds, severely burning anything within range.

Yet despite these fearsome traits, Takraw is very passive in most circumstances, preferring laying back and soaking up the sun's rays to action. Perhaps due to the extreme durability of its armor, it is even surprisingly tolerant of other kaiju sharing its territory, a behavior only shared by a select few. The only unusual hiccup in this behavior is that on occasion the kaiju will move to the nearest water source, usually the ocean, and ingest enormous quantities of water as a reservoir for its steam attack. The baleen plates in its mouth filter out living organisms, who often can escape before it closes its jaws.

Yet despite this passive personality, Takraw is still a danger to civilian populations. It is very slow even by the standards of kaiju, often taking days to reach a destination most kaiju could reach in hours. It takes a lot of energy for it to change direction due to the awkward, chimeric nature of its limbs, and in the event that a human settlement lies in its path, little can be done to prevent the creature from bulldozing through it, often leaving a deep ravine where homes and places of business once were. It doesn't exactly catch people by surprise, so every case has had a 100% successful evacuation. Fortunately, it will only move when forced, and doesn't seem like the type to change its ways.

Defense Protocols: In the event that Takraw develops an aggression towards humanity, there are a few solutions to take advantage of to prevent loss of life. Yes, its armor is almost impenetrable, taking direct strikes from most major ordinance in use today and shrugging it off, and even though the extended, hair-trigger reactions of the barnacle arms can knock jets out of the sky and the steam is capable of making short work of ground forces, the creature is not without weak spots. The exposed joints on its limbs and the interior of its steam vents can be targeted by smaller munitions, especially remote-controlled drone strikes done quickly enough to avoid the steam messing with their controls. The pain, possibly even loss of limb, can deter the creature significantly, as its own regeneration abilities are far slower than most known kaiju. It is unknown at this point how an attack from a mecha would do against its armor, but I wouldn't advise trying it at the risk of losing a pilot for nothing. All in all, one must be surgical when dealing with this one, using fine, precise strokes as opposed to broad ones.

Noteworthy Abilities:

-CHI-DNA Fusion: Cited by experts as one of the prime examples of this mysterious phenomenon, Takraw is in truth a perfect chimera of several distinct DNA sources, with pieces of crustacean and cetacean DNA grafted together by the almost miraculous properties of the kaiju cell. The barnacles and other such parasitic attachments are part of its own body, and respond to neural impulses from the brain with no competing stimuli at all.

-Steam Blast: Takraw's go-to defensive tactic. Should physical force and intimidation not work in driving away an opponent, It will begin to raise its body temperature, boiling the vast reserves of water it stores in its body and shooting out blasts of superheated steam in all directions from its many vents. Kaiju cells heal quickly from flesh wounds, but burns take a great deal most time to get past, especially to softer bits like the eyes, so this tactic is surprisingly effective at dealing with dangers.

-Sonic Rumble: An ability rarely used, Takraw's chimeric internal anatomy allows it to generate an extremely powerful burst of sound from its mouth, which is capable of liquefying most organic matter in its path. Kaiju that suffer this blow take a very long time to recover, but it is rarely lethal to them. Despite its usefulness, Takraw seems almost reluctant to use it. Perhaps its a sense of pity for the victims, or maybe it just forgets it has the ability at all.

-Slowed Regeneration: While not an impressive 'ability' per se, Takraw heals from wounds to its vulnerable parts much more slowly than the average kaiju. Perhaps its due to the already capable of regenerating crustacean DNA, or perhaps its armor makes it a lower priority. Either way, its noteworthy.

AUTHOR'S NOTES: 
After Grorn emerged and changed the face of life on earth as we knew it, humanity found itself at an odd crossroads. Gone were the days of our sole dominion, we had an arbitrary, conscious force physically capable of retaliating against us should we overstep our bounds. The world economy had already been in a steady nosedive since the Umbara attacks, but now it looked like we were on the verge of losing a capacity to do anything at all the way we used to. 

That's the thing about a lot of the cheap sci-fi I grew up with, it focuses just on the thrills and not enough on the chills and spills. We don't like those two as much, because they remind us there's always a cost to heroism, even if the heroism is worth doing. These attacks had virtually killed several major cities and regional economic centers. Coastal real estate was becoming a death sentence of a career, and oceanic trade was now considered a high risk occupation despite the fact that no kaiju had attacked a cargo freighter at that point. Detroit, after suffering two attacks, was partially flooded with sewage and considered a lawless, FEMA run gangster's paradise. A third of Dubai was a glassy crater. The Seychelles were quarantined for several years until UNDER could confirm there were no more Amminot signs.

Needless to say, people were already angry. Grorn just tipped the cauldron over. The UN convened a major council that almost every single nation watched and attended. The first of the kaiju talks, where self-proclaimed 'experts' talked about the kaiju problem and what we could and should do about it. It started civil enough, but as you can imagine, it was for the most part chimpanzees with typewriters in there. A lot of spitballed half-baked ideas and disagreements over the slightest things. People needed something to blame, even if they have to completely put aside their differences and unite under a common banner to do it. Many blamed UNDER, who had only gone public in the last 5 years, and considered them a socialistic, new world order army with no borders. Others blamed corporate america for its flagrant abuse of resources, others blamed science in general for going too far. Even scarier was the talk of reviving the nuclear weapons program.

Doctor Gaither, who was there in secret, told me many were even considering calling for her arrest and execution. She knew more about kaiju than anyone alive at that point, but she knew better than to try and set the record straight. This was one thrown fruit away from being a mob. But finally, it got set straight by someone no one saw coming.

He was an Australian delegate, with a winning smile and a capacity for untold evil in his eyes. Ross Mclean. He emerged from the quagmire with a very empowering speech about unity and a call to action against a common enemy. He used all the right buzzwords, got the crowd united under a new initiative. Gone were the passive days of waiting to respond when a kaiju got too close to human population centers, the new way, and new people, were much more proactive. They called themselves, in a fit of hubris, OVER. The Oversight Verification and Extermination Response board. Killer, right?

New weapons were tested in many different countries, some far more dangerous than others. Experiments were done with chemical weapons, railguns, mobile weapons platforms, swarm drones. It was a good time to be an arms contractor, to say the least. UNDER's monopoly on advanced weaponry was now publicly released, and the crown jewel of their effort was the SOL. The Strategic Orbital laser. A weapon capable of striking a precise point like a magnifying glass that orbited the earth, only to be deployed when at least seven major world leaders agree it is the best response. Its a horrifying weapon to see in action, but you wouldn't think so if you judged from its first performance.

About two years after Grorn woke up, peculiar seismic activity in Southwest Tasmania caught UNDER's attention. Sure enough, another kaiju was waking up, this one the famously passive Takraw. It presented itself as the perfect target for the new OVER people to test their diadem. The area was almost completely unpopulated, and it was slow and unassuming, which provoked ire from many, especially the newly founded religion, the children of Grorn. It took several hours for the satellite to get into position, it helped that the kaiju wasn't moving at all. Which was extremely unusual. The world watched as the satellite prepped to fire. This was a test in everyone's eyes, they just couldn't agree on what.

As you can put together for yourselves... it didn't work. The laser fired, sure, it was a very... religious experience for many. But the monster was completely unscathed. Its carapace was glowing from the heat, but it didn't seem particularly torn up about it. It gave no indication of being in pain at all. As we would later learn, all they had done was give the creature an energy boost, as it primarily subsisted on thermal energy. It probably would have stayed in place for several years to gather the amount of energy they just gave it. So it didn't get hurt, but it did start moving north, and unfortunately its high surface temperature started a very large wildfire that took weeks to contain. 

It was a colossal failure on OVER's part, and several changes were made to their fledgling infrastructure. You couldn't be careless with kaiju, each one was able to react to the world in a unique way. As for Takraw, it just still just kinda does its own thing. Its in New Guinea now, where it shares ample territory with Meeraj and Kabu Khan. It briefly did battle and held its own against Stormback before the Syyd incursion, which is a feat unto itself, but outside of that all its really done is soak up the tropical sun. It's kind of a 'meh' blip on the world's radar now, but it will be remembered forever as a really powerful statement against blind hostility and paranoia, a mindset that almost wormed itself back into the world. Good riddance.
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*These files are in no representative of nor indicating the opinions and/or facts concerning various government bureaus, including but not limited to: The United Nations, UNDER, etc. These are unofficial productions by a private citizen determined to aid the concerned public in the event of a kaiju or extraterrestrial incursion and are in no way to be considered authoritative reports on the aforementioned dangers.

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And here we are with this bi-weekly installment of the Fathom files! And what a fun one this turned out to be, let me tell you. Takraw may be a minor player in this series, but he's one of my favorite designs. I've drawn him before, but I ultimately scrapped that version as it was for a previous version of this story. You can see him on the upper left here below Grorn, and as you can see he's gone through a few cosmetic changes. Originally he was going to be old Uthegar's first opponent, a more chaotic fusion of the same cell bloom that gave birth to them both, but as time passed and I realized that wasn't the route I wanted, I found new, much better places for the two. Uthegar became the Rodan, and Takraw is something akin to Ebirah, only in a more Destroy All Monsters sort of mindset. He's not aggressive, but not without dangers. I really love all things crustacean, so it was hard to find the right influences to keep the whale bits recognizable. Originally I wanted something sharp and vicious, like a robber crab, but eventually I decided to settle on the lobster/crayfish body type simply due to their shared streamlined body. Despite it being somewhat vanilla, it works. And I came to really like the design a lot. Like, a whole lot.

Now, as for the story, I feel the need to expound a little. I deeply enjoy realistic, hypothetical first contact scenarios, and I enjoy writing them, but I know they can be very dull and boring if done poorly. It runs risk of becoming a Nolanized logic boner about how smart the writer is for knowing how people would react instead of making people we can root for, which is far more important. I knew going in that I don't want this series to be all doom and gloom about monsters killing people, I also wanted to remind people of the fun and abandon they can bring, and passive monsters like Takraw that can live in harmony with others help sell that purpose. It can't be all sunshine and rainbows either, these are unkillable, living natural disasters that kill hundreds of people, if not thousands, every year. To not write them as dangerous is to lose all focus. Its a tightrope act, and writing people dealing with that exact same discourse in the story helps me put my opinion where I feel it best sits. My heroes are a bit more lax towards kaiju, some are too dangerous to be kept alive but others simply want a food source and they'll leave us well enough alone. At the same time, not everyone feels that way, there are paranoid types too, so Takraw's little chapter serves a my sort of commentary about that whole tonal discourse. Both have their place and both can tell excellent stories, but coexisting together takes work and I don't want to sugarcoat that, narratively and logistically speaking. I want to make a monster series with complicated, relevant people and complicated relevant monsters, each of which learns to share the world with the other. And while I'm still working on nailing everything down, its a blast to do either way.

Anyway, hope you all enjoy. I will likely update this one with some better steam effects in the future, as it didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. But I give myself a deadline with these for a reason, so post it I shall. Until next time. 
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Fathom File 006.0: Grorn (Terra Form)
From the Files of Frank Womack, Kaiju Expert*

Kaiju File #  006

Grorn (Grawrn)

First Seen: Somalian Coastline, Africa
Last Seen: Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Current Location Unknown)


Primary Range:
 None


Dietary Preference: Unknown


Description:
 Grorn, in its first appearance, was described as appearing like a cross between a grassy hillside and a dinosaur, with several crystalline protrusions all over of its body. And honestly you could just leave it at that, but if you look closely you can see that there's a lot more to this mysterious organism's appearance. Its not just random assemblage, there's an intelligence behind it that makes one wonder just what Grorn truly is. For one, though we like to refer to it as a singular entity, there is no one central 'Grorn' as we know it. It is in fact a collection of billions of microscopic organisms unlike any ever discovered before. There are traits in these that resemble the unusual kingdom of Archaea, but that's a very simple comparison. Like comparing a hyena to a wolf, or a pine tree to an oak, the resemblance is skin-deep, nothing more. Even more interesting is the fluidity of their anatomy. They are capable of altering their physical makeup to moreso resemble plant or animal cells, as well as hardening into almost mineral-like compositions as well. And the alterations don't stop there.

In fact, Grorn has been observed taking many forms for different battles, environments and, sometimes, depending on how much energy its managed to restore since its last battle. There are attributes of several lifeforms in Grorn's repertoire. Consider the Terra form, pictured above. With arms resembling the cambrian predator anomalocaris, a club tipped tail straight out of the ankylosaur family, and a heavyset, theropod build that gives it a lot of raw physical power behind its blows, it truly is a seamless chimera of life. Most noticeably, though, is the grass-like filament covering its entire body, giving is a plantlike appearance despite its quasi-organic nature. Lining the body are several azure crystals of unknown composition that seem to absorb energy from any source nearby, and also can be used to deflect blows and penetrate attackers. With animal, vegetable and mineral aspects, you might be tempted to make a Gilbert and Sullivan joke or two about it, but you shouldn't. I've tried, and nothing really works in place of 'general.'

But, as chimeric and unusual as its appearance is, the biggest thing one notices about Grorn is the intelligence. Most kaiju are able to think, even engage in problem solving, but this is far beyond the mind of a crafty, opportunistic predator. There's a calm, tranquil consciousness to it that, according to those who have contacted it, feels ancient beyond measure. Carbon dating on what pieces of the being we have collected has been very inconclusive, but many theorize based on its appearances that this creature dates back at least to the early Paleozoic era, making it the oldest known lifeform on earth by a margin of tens of millions of years. Its exact origins are a true mystery no one is currently close to figuring out, and it doesn't help that Grorn itself seems unconcerned with its own beginnings. In fact, all it seems to worry about is what it deems its 'purpose,' preventing any potential disturbance in the equilibrium of the planet and its ecosystems. And unfortunately, our own actions have put us on that chopping block before. Grorn is no friend of humankind, but, unless we give it cause, it is not an enemy either. I doubt its even possible to kill it.


Defense Protocols:
 Hoo boy, where to begin here. There... aren't? In all seriousness, Grorn is a cut above the typical threat we've encountered, it possesses a raw intelligence we can't do much to counter or outsmart. It rarely attacks humankind, but when it has the best you can do is placate it or tire it out until it needs to rest. I personally would recommend the former, Grorn is an ally we really need if another monster threat appears, but some more... corporate-minded individuals might insist their gains are more important than the future well-being of mankind. In that event, however unwise it is, Grorn can be deterred and tired out depending on how long it has had to rest before this. It runs on an unexact timer of sorts, but as it progresses, keep an eye out for its form to change, usually shrinking and simplifying into something easier to deal with. But don't feel confident about your odds. Seriously, Grorn is an unstoppable force, and all the best you can afford to throw at it will only delay the inevitable. This thing's been hit by the SOL and appeared again three weeks later, preventing the disaster after only a minor setback. And let's not even talk about how it earned that rank 4 on the mortality scale...

Noteworthy Abilities:


-Air of Tranquility: An ability no one is even close to understanding, organisms in Grorn's presence have described a peculiar effect when in proximity to the entity. Its described as an absence of emotion or thought, a passive, tranquil state that can last for hours. The closer one is, the more severe and long-lasting the effect can be. With kaiju, it can take much longer in most cases, but even they can be pacified. It only seems to work on organisms with complex nervous systems, however, leading to several hypotheses with as of yet no proof. 

-Balance Scale: Grorn is somehow, with its supernatural abilities, able to sense threats instantaneously from anywhere across the globe, and very few can manage to truly evade it for long. It also understands keenly when that threat is no longer important enough to deal with, or in some cases, that the threat has already altered the world too much to return to its old ways. In the event of a new status quo, such as kaiju emerging worldwide, it will step aside, only emerging to deal with particularly dangerous cases.

-The Mark of Grorn: An ability Grorn has only used once since we began studies into kaiju. The being is somehow able to imbue its own essence into individuals it deems worthy, giving them a sort of immortality and a constant connection to its consciousness. These can be those who speak for it to humankind, such as its now deceased prior 'mouth' and its current one, [redacted]. It also can acquire 'champions' of sorts, monsters that it has bested in the ancient past and granted its own boon to, summoning them in the event that the current foe will be too much of a challenge to fight alone. Two thus far have been documented, the avian Karazak and the serpentine Qingu. 

-Shifting: Grorn's shifting ability is two-fold. The more obvious version seen is its capacity to alter its appearance and anatomy. At this point, half a dozen different forms have been recorded, and it is fully believed more are likely to emerge in the event of a new threat. These individual forms each have their own files, so there will not be a detailed description here.

The second aspect of its shifting ability is how quickly Grorn is able to get around. Its trademark ability to 'melt' into the ground and reappear on the other side of the planet in minutes sounds impossible, but the Syyd incursion, Grorn's most recent sighting, proved it something well within the realm of its abilities. It seems to be quite draining on its energy reserves to do so, however.

-Mana Pulse: The most iconic of Grorn's abilities, as well as its most frightening. It begins when the crystals atop its body begin to glow, and the world around it begins to change. Plants wilt, birds fall out of the sky, people experience several decades worth of aging, all in seconds. Grorn is able to drain the life-force of any unaltered terrestrial lifeform into itself, channeling that energy into one of the deadliest attacks any known kaiju possesses. Depending on its form, the delivery changes, (in the terra form's case, it is emitted by slamming the tail-club into the ground) but the result is the same, the area is whited out in a bright light and a deafening shockwave, leaving a smoldering crater and, typically, no remains. Few things have survived this attack, and those that have rarely surface on earth. After utilizing this, Grorn typically returns to the earth to rest, as much of its reserves can be expended in the attack.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:
I'm going to level with you all, dear readers. You may have trouble believing this, but before all this started, I didn't believe in the supernatural at all. I know, shocker, right? Guy who ran a semi-popular cryptozoology blog and traveled the country in a solar powered RV I inherited to find said cryptids doesn't believe in the non-scientific? Hilarious.

But that changed when that... honestly, I don't know what to call Grorn. It flies in the face of so many established principles, and that's already taking the ones kaiju broke first into account. It doesn't feel like its even alive in the same sense that we are. The best word I have for it is 'elemental,' but even that seems to fall short. Anyway, Grorn changed the world for me, and millions of others, widening it even further than it was before. And immediately we saw that things couldn't be done like they once were without consequences.

The Amminot blooms, which threatened the entire world's balance of nature, were annihilated in less than 12 hours. Which is especially impressive when you realize the largest bloom could be seen from space. We didn't see another for almost a decade after that, and none have equaled that one in size. Grorn has seen to that. And yet, global security had its hands full pacifying the public after the amminot incident. The existence of Grorn, a being able to do what it did so easily, made a lot of people nervous. Especially when the second thing it did was appear in the arctic, where it attacked the quite well-hidden gene bank. Not as a dinosaur, mind you, it only held that form for a moment before dissipating into a verdant tsunami that covered the entire complex in what workers described as 'warm slime mold from hell.' After only ten minutes, it vanished, and workers realized that Grorn had only gone after one thing, a surviving strain of the virus they had taken to study. We had entered a world with no secrets going unseen, and it scared those up high. Many ecology warriors rallied behind the creature, some even proposing worshiping it as a vengeful nature goddess, despite the lack of gender. But surprisingly, it didn't emerge when an old oil rig sank in the arctic. It didn't appear when a massive nuclear plant was reopened, or when the world militaries began testing the more extreme anti-kaiju weapons that thankfully never saw the light of day again. Instead, it came to a little kid in a dream, telling them they would need to listen for its voice, as its old one was dying and needed replacing.

It kept surprising mankind, and they, I mean we, realized its agenda, its age, prevented it from seeing the same dangers we did. It could only think in the long term, and its idea of long term is measured in eons, not years. The world had been through extinction events before, what was another so long as life on earth went on? It was humbling, to say the least. Inspiring, for many. Use of self-sustaining technology skyrocketed after the green thing began to leave its footprint on our soil. But it didn't stop the dangers from occurring, kaiju attacks were beginning to increase. One attack every year became one every three months as the number waking up increased. Before long, we stopped treating each attack like a freak accident, and began treating them more like typhoons, just something you dealt with. And Grorn appeared, on occasion, to ward them off, but the appearances were random. Unreliable. Not enough. We just weren't a big enough blip on its radar to provoke that kind of concern. And apparently, neither were kaiju. Just how used to them was an ancient guardian supposed to be when we were only seeing them for the first time? 

We were in the presence of a god, and just our luck, it was a fickle one. And things were not getting better fast.

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*These files are in no representative of nor indicating the opinions and/or facts concerning various government bureaus, including but not limited to: The United Nations, UNDER, etc. These are unofficial productions by a private citizen determined to aid the concerned public in the event of a kaiju or extraterrestrial incursion and are in no way to be considered authoritative reports on the aforementioned dangers.

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Everyone, meet the first of several 'hero' kaiju in the Fathom series. And I'm sure its a nice familiar face for most of you.

I've been looking forward to getting Grorn posted on here again for a long time now, to be honest. He's one of my most popular monsters and he's fun to write, so its a win-win for everyone. I was originally going to get him posted before I went to work last week, but time ran out on me so I had to wait to put the finishing touches on it. It worked out, though, it gave me time to really put some thought into the bio and how to progress with the story from here.

Grorn plays a sort of dual role in the Fathom mythos. To put it in equivalencies, its a fine line between Showa Mothra, the wisened, ancient protector that comes to aid the deserving and the deserving alone, and Heisei Gamera, the fickle destroyer and defender with a vague connection to humanity that only sometimes really benefits us. He's one of the heroes, but not exactly a cure-all to the kaiju problem; he'll protect mankind from a big and bad enough danger, but it won't shed a tear if a lot of people die in the crossfire. Its motivations are broader than the well-being of one species, sapient or otherwise. In fact, if we hadn't cleaned up our act, we would have been its primary target instead of the blooms when it emerged. Not exactly optimistic, I know. I'm sure many are hoping mankind has a more bright future ahead of them. And they will. ;)

The first showa stories were darker, they reflected the fear of the unknown society faced. As time passed that attitude changed, and the films became lighter in tone and content, which I plan to mirror in some aspects. I don't want people to forget just how unlike us monsters can be, but I want to ride that line, showing that in constrast we're very alike, in good and bad terms. Grorn plays with the idea of nature's revenge, a common enough theme in kaiju lore. It first came to me several years ago when I first read Jurassic Park all the way through. Book!Ian Malcolm made a big point about how indifferent nature was and how even extinction was part of the natural cycle, and it made an impression on me I've never been able to shake off. 

I'd created Grorn originally as a more symbolic, religious monster before, with a more tree-like, yygdrassil appearance, but it fit that fickle defender role well, and the plant-o-saurus design came together very quickly, and a much more distinctive monster was born. That first run I did of him is one of the best kaiju stories my younger self managed to squeeze out, and if my old laptop hadn't died, I probably would have kept it going to completion. For a long time I considered making Grorn the main character of this series, but ultimately I decided to make it a broader universe with no one single hero or villain, but Grorn is still one of the most important figures in the story, and will appear multiple times before we're done. 

Now that that text wall is done, I'm sure you're wondering what comes next. Well, while the story goes right to the next major event, several kaiju appear in between these entries in the planned novel series, so you'll be seeing several minor kaiju for a couple of weeks while I get my next big event put together. Until then, enjoy Grorn and feel free to let me know what you think. :)
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Fathom File 005.2: Amminot Faetas
From the Files of Frank Womack, Kaiju Expert*

Kaiju File #  005 {Page 2}

Amminot (Am-mihn-naught)

First Seen: Somalia coastline, Africa
Last Seen: Dubai, UAE 



Primary Range:
Non-Polar Regions


Dietary Preference: Kaiju Flesh


Description:
 (See Page One for description of polyp stage)

The Amminot polyps, deadly as they are, come with a nefarious second purpose. Like the kaiju cells they were built to destroy, they too can aggregate together into more monstrous forms. The first observed bloom to do so transformed into a monstrous, tentacled creature with surprising chimeric traits taken from vertebrate and invertebrate life forms. No two since have been exactly alike, so giving an exact description is difficult that encompasses them all, but as your esteemed informer I have done my best to give you the common traits below. The image above is a rendering of the first known one that battled Grorn across the Indian Ocean, and should not be taken into account as the sole appearance they can take.

The Amminot virus seems to possess an ability to read whatever is causing its bloom undo harm, and proceeds to attempt to adapt to that struggle to protect the rest of its kin as much as possible. Through some unknown stimuli, polyps will begin to mass together in untold numbers, forming into larger and larger organisms until reaching proportions only kaiju can equal, at times even greater. These second stage blooms are versatile and difficult to classify, but they follow some common patterns. UNDER classifies this term of its existence as the 'faetal' stage, a clever play on words that almost sounds like its making light of the situation if one appears. Most retain the inky violet hue and the neurotoxic abilities the polyps wield, but several new specialties emerge, often all at once. The first to appear had several calcified segments on its otherwise gelatinous body, with enormous barbed meathooks at the end of its tentacles and crushing jaws at the center of its mass, but the second lacked those, instead possessing more insect-like attributes and scale-like coverings on its body.

These gestalt organisms lack a sense of self-preservation, attacking whatever threat is in front of them with no thought for their own well-being, only pausing should remaining polyps come unto danger. Given the average one only stays alive for an average of 18 hours before perishing, little more is known. And for once, I'm not complaining.


Defense Protocols:
 If a faetal bloom emerges, then the surrounding area has likely already been consumed beyond recovery. While ideally that should be caught early and prevented, faetals rarely appear anymore with the rise of anti-kaiju measures, but on the horrible off chance one should occur, only two words are needed. Scorched. And Earth. There is no point in deploying a mecha, the beast will simply adapt to it as the battle drags on, and the precursors were not taking fighting gestalt swarms of single-celled organisms into account when they built them. It would be a waste of a pilot's life. The SOL was built for this purpose, and it is to be used to thoroughly wipe the area they appeared in off the map. Its the only way to be sure, as they say.

But the SOL is not able to be anywhere instantly, it can take hours for it to arrive over a bloom sight. Until then, air strikes are recommended, preferably with cryogenic weapons. The bloom will adapt to face combatants that stick around to fight, so getting in and out, striking from all directions before it can react, is the best way to keep it confused. Its not perfect, but it allows for the greatest number of hits possible before it gets too big to harass. In a couple of cases this might even be enough to kill it, but the SOL is still to make its way to the site without delay.

As noted on page 1, Grorn will appear if at all possible if these blooms emerge, as even a single bloom can pose a threat to the survival of life on earth if left unattended. Should he arrive before the SOL is in position, it is best advised to allow the monster to handle the situation. Its been doing this a lot longer than we have.


Noteworthy Abilities:


-Germination: As with the polyps, the Faetal stage is still at heart millions of microscopic organisms operating together. They are not a single organism, and fighting them like they are one will only end in death. 

-Specialization: Upon transforming, the amminot takes on several new traits based on the DNA they have acquired to determine what best would allow them to defeat their foe. There has yet to be an exact duplicate case of this ability occurring, so use your imaginations to fill in the blanks.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:
You ever hear the phrase that we create our own demons? That our biggest flaws and insecurities are often born from our own actions and we can become slaves to them if we do nothing? Well, Doctor Allison Gaither has experienced that feeling more than most humans ever will. After the extreme miscalculations on the part of the Amminot virus, and the subsequent deaths in Detroit, where another mistake of hers had caused destruction a few years before, she was feeling guilt like you wouldn't believe.

I genuinely think the zeitgeist will replace Oppenheimer with her in the long run. But to give her credit, unlike Oppenheimer, she took actual, physical steps to prevent her terrible creations from destroying everything. It began in Detroit, but when she put two and two together and realized the virus was behind it, she demanded to be taken to the Seychelles, the only other place it had been used, to see if the same sort of 'things' could be found there. To her brief relief, they were not. The currents had washed them away, but that didn't mean they were gone. They'd simply migrated north a good ways. And unlike the colder climate of Detroit, these had nothing but balmy equatorial climates to help them grow.

She told me it was the single scariest thing she'd ever seen after it was done, and I doubt she'd change that if I asked her now. The footage from the Arabian gulf was shown globally. It was like the entire ocean was covered in purple amoebic goo as far as the eye could see. And it was getting closer to shore. If you looked closely, you could see thousands of different kinds of sea life, from myriad schools of fish to even a pod of whales ensnared and digested by them. UNDER began firebombing the stuff with their hybrid Harpy helicopters, and it actually caused quite a reaction. The blooms fractured, moving in different directions as if guided by one single mind. It was otherworldly, to say the least.

As the firestrike continued, they began to notice some strange changes in the blooms' behavior. They were beginning to thicken, I suppose, in the center of their mass, and were slowing their retreat. Then, one of the smaller sections did something no one expected. A large violet tendril shot out from the pool, lashing a harpy out of the sky. Several others followed suit, and the squadron's tattered remains had to retreat. But the bloom began to follow them, lashing more and more violently. Allison's chopper was only crippled, fortunately, and they managed to land on the edge of Somalian land ahead of the attacking bloom. She told me that the purple goo was beginning to behave more intelligently, and was beginning to take shape, towering over the bear sized polyps she saw in Detroit. This was now a kaiju-level problem, and they were fresh out of a solution. No weapons they had could kill a bloom that size, her own previous solution had given birth to the very danger they were facing. and the guilt that washed over her almost made her consider taking her own life rather than be felled by her own creation, which was now advancing towards the shore like a violet kraken.

Her next account is on I honestly have a hard time believing every word of. She told me that, time itself seemed to stop around her, and behind her an ancient, humanlike silhouette stood and told her something she 'couldn't put words to if [she] tried, but somehow understood,' in her own words. She said a feeling a tranquility came over her as time came back to normal speed. The bloom had grown enormous, and even had a face, eyes and teeth included. But it was distracted, because the earth beneath them all was starting to glow. An enormous form was beginning to rise up from beneath them, sliding from under the earth seamlessly, as though it were a liquid, until it towered over them all and roared a defiant, angered roar at the gestalt interloper. Grorn had arisen.

At long last, earth had a champion, but with that came quite a few complications. The ensuing battle between the two monster lasted for hours, eventually ending in Dubai while the remaining UNDER forces did what they could to freeze and destroy the remaining blooms. I won't go into detail here about it, but the final act of the battle in the center of Dubai is now regarded as the stuff of legend. 

Some blooms have appeared since the first, one in Mumbai managed to be even worse than this one, but we had a lot of time to prepare and manage to cull the problem, 9 times out of 10, before one of these emerges. Doctor Gaither takes a personal stake in exterminating these things, its her single greatest mistake after all, but in a way we need to thank her. If not for that incident, we would have been vastly underprepared for the dangers that came later...
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*These files are in no representative of nor indicating the opinions and/or facts concerning various government bureaus, including but not limited to: The United Nations, UNDER, etc. These are unofficial productions by a private citizen determined to aid the concerned public in the event of a kaiju or extraterrestrial incursion and are in no way to be considered authoritative reports on the aforementioned dangers.

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And here we are with entry number 2! I don't have much new to say that my first file on these things didn't cover, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. These death blobs give me no small satisfaction to work on, and I look forward to getting to fully writing out that part of the story in full detail one day. Enjoy!
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Fathom File 005.1: Amminot Polyp
From the Files of Frank Womack, Kaiju Expert*

Kaiju File #  005: {page 1}

Amminot (Am-mihn-naught)

First Seen: Lake Erie, United States
Last Seen: Mumbai, India



Primary Range:
 Non-Polar Regions


Dietary Preference: Organic Matter


Description:
 Amminots, a catchall term for the myriad states and stages of victims of Doctor Allison Gaither's modified virus, typically have a few physical traits in common. In the first recognizable stage, called the polyp by scientists, they are gelatinous in texture, with a dazzling violet color that shifts in hue and saturation constantly. They begin life as infected cells from viral victims, which congregate together, growing larger and more numerous within hours. They are surprisingly mobile with the use of fleshy tendrils they can eject from anywhere on their mass, walking crudely in an almost arthropod like fashion, as well as climbing, jumping and swimming, though they will likely dissolve into individual cells if too much time is spent in liquids. As they grow, the cells begin to develop specialties akin to larger hydrozoans, with some focusing on building a thick sub-dermal surface to defend and aid in holding the polyp together, and other taking on a bright turquoise hue and developing a deadly neurotoxin that they use to immobilize prey. Other specialties likely exist, but as they are too dangerous to isolate for study no effort has been put forward to find out.

On that note, the Amminot polyp, unlike most kaiju cell organisms, prefers to prey on organic matter. It is not uncommon in the event of a bloom for a whole neighborhood to disappear in less than a fortnight. How they sense prey is unknown, no sensory organs have been determined on the creatures, but they can sense a living thing from several meters away and will doggedly pursue that prey until it is consumed. This is the cycle of their lives at this stage, feeding and growing and seeking out others of their kind until they can begin the next level of their infernal existence...


Defense Protocols:
 In the event of a polyp sighting, the proper authorities are to be contacted immediately, as by the time one is willing to show itself in open space, it has likely claimed several victims and has many hungry compatriots eager for a meal themselves. An UNDER funded strike team is usually dispersed and at the sight within three hours, and they will do their absolute utmost to exterminate the organisms before they can spread and germinate into larger forms. They do so through the use of cryogenic weapons, as this is the only proven way to kill the cells for good. Should you find yourself approached by one, the only advice I can give is to get somewhere bright and dry as swiftly as you can. The conditions will weaken their advance. If cornered, fire is partially successful at dispersing them, though if set aflame they can become wild and erratic and able to cause more harm. Police forces in high risk areas for blooms will be distributed Ymir cryo-rifles and other assorted anti-polyp weapons, and usually, through vigilance, a bloom can be prevented before it begins.

In the event of a large-scale bloom, air strikes with cryogenic bombs are to be utilized, though the potential for collateral damage is high. It should be noted that the organism Grorn will, if able, emerge to battle the polyps anytime they gain numbers, and as such proper kaiju evacuation protocols are recommended. 



Noteworthy Abilities:


-Germination: Amminots, at the polyp stage, are almost impossible to harm with conventional weapons. They are an aggregation of single-celled organisms working together for a higher evolutionary purpose, and can adapt their anatomy to fit most situations. They lose their cohesion in wet and arid environments, but can still spread through mitosis and form more of themselves in minutes. As more of them congregate, they become harder to kill, and eventually they begin to combine together into chimeric fusions that most ground forces could do nothing about.

-Neurotoxin: Commonly seen in grown polyps with glowing tendrils, Amminot possess a deadly neurotoxin they use to subdue and feed on their prey. The exact breakdown of the venom is impossible to track, as it is constantly adapting to the environment around it.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:
Have you ever thought you stumbled onto a perfect solution to a problem? Something that managed to steer your ship back on course and into safer waters so well that all or your troubles were over and done with for the foreseeable future? For Doctor Allison Gaither, the genius geneticist that unknowingly played a key role in the emergence of the kaiju infestation, that solution came from the same place the problem did. Her bleeding-edge work towards achieving total cellular regeneration in humans led to an in-depth study of bracoviruses, microorganisms that work with parasitic wasps to alter the dna of their hosts, and many other organisms capable of altering their own genetic code, such as rotifers. Her magnum opus came in the form of a tailored virus capable of tricking the human body into fighting off its own weaknesses, restoring it to the blueprint held in our DNA. Cancer would be devoured, lost limbs regrown, nerve damage undone. Permanent problems now had a seemingly perfect solution.

Until, that is, someone (I don't know who) turned her work against her, and took it to its natural conclusion, creating a weaponized organism able to survive breaking every natural rule. Umbara and the wrath it brought to the eastern U.S. was the price she paid for her advances, and it devoured her conscience every day for years. But she discovered a solution to the problem of an organism able to heal from any wounds instantaneously, tailoring another virus to not just undo the work of the first, but to outrightly sabotage the body. It only targeted those who had the first, regenerating virus in their systems, and tricked the body into breaking itself down, which, FYI, is a grisly sight I wouldn't wish on anyone.

They called it the Amminot virus, and for a time, it was seen as the perfect, karmic solution to the kaiju problem. But it didn't last. Consequences have a way of coming for people who rush to solutions.

It started a few years after Umbara's last stand in Detroit. Even for a city with a lot of historic ups and downs, an unusually high number of disappearances began to happen in lower income neighborhoods. Then, the investigators started to vanish too, and the escalation continued until it could no longer be ignored. Finally, UNDER sent in a strike team, covertly of course, to see the problem for themselves. They lasted two hours. The last anyone from UNDER heard of them was a terrifying transmission that raised more questions than answers. The eye cam of the chief operative showed him, and the rest of his team, enveloped in purple goop, which was eating through their skin at an alarming rate. It was shocking, UNDER agents rarely get caught by surprise and almost never die in the field. On the off chance that they do, a bomb implanted in their bodies goes off, leaving no evidence of the organization and their advanced technology for prying corporate eyes. And it was quite an explosion, hitting a gas line and forming a crater where a block corner used to be. Fortunately, there were no other known fatalities, but they could no longer ignore what was happening underneath the city.

Doctor Gaither recognized the method of their death almost immediately, it mirrored the way Umbara and Okidu fell perfectly. She demanded to be allowed to go the site, and UNDER relented, but only if she brought a LOT of backup. She collected a sample, and, to karma's full credit, immediately recognized what she was seeing. Her tailored virus had done well, but she had underestimated the kaiju cell's ability to adapt, to take what works and make it more. And now, a monster of her own making was born, and it was hungry for more. And though no others were sighted in Detroit after the explosion, they began getting similar reports off of the Ivory Coast and the Red Sea within days, just a short distance from where Okidu died in the Seychelles.

But the exact details of that are another story. I've never seen an Amminot bloom in person, but I've interviewed people who have, and the details are nightmarish every time. These are a single celled hiveminded being that is always seeking a way to make more of itself. It lacks the regeneration kaiju possess in one way, it is more easily wounded, but unlike kaiju which only regenerate as many cells as required, Amminot polyps never stop reproducing as individuals, and given the opportunity, they would swallow the whole damn world alive. Fortunately, we had a great solution appear from right under our noses. Literally. 
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*These files are in no representative of nor indicating the opinions and/or facts concerning various government bureaus, including but not limited to: The United Nations, UNDER, etc. These are unofficial productions by a private citizen determined to aid the concerned public in the event of a kaiju or extraterrestrial incursion and are in no way to be considered authoritative reports on the aforementioned dangers.

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And now we are officially as far into the files as I was two years ago before my old laptop crashed on me!

The Amminot is a concept I've had in my head for years as a way of exploring the regeneration abilities of kaiju and how people might try to counter them. Its a concept that's fascinated me for more than a decade now, ever since I was a wide-eyed preteen watching Godzilla 2000 and falling in love with kaiju fiction. If we, as a jealous species, encountered a being able to recover from anything, any injury, and just keep coming at us, we'd be scrambling to figure out a way to undo it, and potentially apply it to ourselves. Even if it meant no harm, odds are the more skeptical of us would apply the 'what if?' card and experiment. And believe it or not, the possibility of achieving that sort of ability is not as impossible as I once realized. The missing pieces already exist within nature.

I know I mentioned bracoviruses, (look 'em up if you get the chance) but there are a lot of other attributes that give Doctor Gaither her insight into her discoveries. The missing pieces of how exactly I comic book science'd my explanations for them are not going to be found here, however. I've got to save some things for the novelization. ;)

Now, on to the monsters. I guess you could call these things a sort of hybrid of hedorah, gyaos and destoroyah, role-wise. I know its a bit out of series order with existing kaiju properties, but I never said I was following that to the letter, and who could resist karmic, hive-minded death blobs that hunt people? That, and I needed something to keep my people around, I'm trying to write a kaiju series full of useful human characters that play a big, fun part in things. Smaller monsters that can engage individual humans fulfill the drama quota nicely, and these creatures are one I personally am very scared of. The idea of being digested alive is one of my oldest nightmares. That, and honestly, they fulfill the role of a lovely foil for one of the more important kaiju to this story, who you will be seeing very soon.

And by soon I mean tonight or tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the read. :)
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Fathom File 004: Uthegar
From the Files of Frank Womack, Kaiju Expert*

Kaiju File #  004

Uthegar (Oo-the-gahr)

First Seen: Dinas Emrys, Wales
Last Seen: Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Current Location Unknown)



Primary Range:
 None, Distribution is global


Dietary Preference: Solar Energy

Description:
 A lithe, sinuous creature of the skies, Uthegar is a chimeric kaiju possessing traits of multiple clades of organisms, with no clear indication of the one it favors most. Its facial shape and feathery lower body are avian, but its hard exoskeletal features are arthropoid, and its serpentine silhouette evokes a reptile. Its bright red, armored segments lie atop one another, running down to where its hip bones are found, and beyond that its entire lower spinal column is covered in fine edged yellow feathers that serve as solar panels for its energy absorption.   

Most recognizable are the enormous armored turbines that function like limbs on its upper body. Each is capable of releasing a continuous stream of combustion, strong enough to propel the creature through the skies at supersonic speeds. They are highly maneuverable, able to individually pivot a full 180 degrees to maximize directional changes, and when grounded they can even extend into rudimentary arms that grant it functional, if not awkward, locomotion. Its lower limbs, which are quite flexible, are almost incapable of lifting its own weight off the ground, and are mostly used when grappling opponents in the air.


Defense Protocols:
 Uthegar is considered one of the more dangerous active kaiju, but not out of destructive tendencies. The creature is capable of moving faster than sound for extended periods, and the collateral damage of its proximity at such speeds can cause immense devastation in urban areas. Given its speed and typical lack of willingness to land, terrestrial based weaponry is almost useless, and its high maneuverability gives it an edge over most targeted weapons such as the Vajra's railguns and even the SOL. However, high speed airstrikes are capable of steering it clear from civilian areas, and are advised in single encounter circumstances. However, in the presence of another kaiju, a mecha deployment such as Sargas is recommended, as it depends heavily on energy from others to survive and will drag out an encounter until it is sated or it must retreat.

Noteworthy Abilities:


-Organic Thrusters: Uthegar's most iconic feature, the twin thrusters on its back are capable of propelling the creature through the air faster than the speed of sound for several hours at a time, the highest clocked speed being 957 mph. In addition to this, they function very well as offensive weapons should the kaiju be grounded by another, pivoting and firing energy blasts in any direction, albeit at a reduced intensity.  For all of their strengths, they are very draining on its energy reserves, which is why the creature lives such a fast, active lifestyle, seeking as much sunlight as possible to replenish itself. 

-Organic Napalm Spray: A defensive measure rarely seen, Uthegar is capable of shooting a spray of adhesive orange liquid similar in constitution to napalm. It is mostly used when grounded and an opponent is within range, as it could backfire spectacularly if used while flying and spray back into its own face and eyes. It is believed that this ability predates the 'acquisition' of its thrusters.

-Energy Draining: Often overlooked, Uthegar has a small barb above the tip of its tail. In combat with a slower kaiju, it will utilize this barb while hovering out of reach, piercing the softest parts of their hide and draining out their energy, which it stores in the orb just below it. Should the snared kaiju attempt to break free, the orb will explode in a burst of napalm and energy, injuring and disorienting the opponent long enough for Uthegar to escape and regenerate.  

AUTHOR'S NOTES:
Uthegar, the fourth kaiju to appear, was the second one I saw in person, although it was from a sizable distance and only for a moment. That's how most sightings of Uthegar go, I've found. It's rarely anywhere for more than a minute or two, and when it isn't moving, it's usually in a very inhospitable place. As such, the monster's behavior is not very well known. It was there in the battle with the Syyd , it even played a pretty key role in the whole ordeal, but it didn't stick around very long after it was done.

A lot of people didn't believe the stories about it at first. A kaiju, beings that break physical barriers as easily as breathing, that could fly. Quickly, too. But those who first witnessed it have all claimed it was one of the most awe-inspiring things they'd ever seen.

It started with an archaeological dig in Wales, an attempt at discovering the true nature of an iron age site. One unexpected cave-in later, and the world met a new monster, and a lot of drama came with it. Fortunately, my correspondence with certain individuals in UNDER (they prefer to remain nameless) has given me a wealth of information about the incident. The agents were apprehended on arrival at the site by men and women in almost medieval garb, who possessed extremely advanced technology and intimate knowledge of kaiju behavior. Later correspondence with a renegade member (again, also nameless) would tell me all about them, the secretive Order of Saint George and the minutiae of their ancient society, but I'm not here to talk about them. That's another entry.

As the new kaiju could not be apprehended the way previous ones had, not for lack of trying, there was little option for UNDER but to observe. And upon returning to the site, they found another surprise, the enormous scorched bones of another, much larger kaiju which had perished in mortal combat with Uthegar untold centuries, maybe even millennia ago. It was a landmark moment for the people of UNDER, discovering that kaiju could be killed by others of their aberrant kind, even if they didn't know exactly how.  

Just as Meeraj months before had provoked speculation about prior kaiju appearances in human history,  it was Uthegar that confirmed them. An enormous red fire spewing monster that looks even remotely dragonlike buried underneath Wales, secretly guarded by actual knights? It proved everything, but it also opened up new questions. How many more myths were brought about by these creatures? How many more would we see? How much danger were we in?

Turns out we hadn't seen anything yet. But, back to my original topic:

Uthegar is unusual for a kaiju. Most are land-bound and prefer to spend time in the sea where their mass is more easily accommodated. They usually only surface during storms to gain a boost of energy from stray lightning, but Uthegar takes its energy from the sun, which is more of a slow burn of absorption than the sudden surge of electricity. Its thrusters are very powerful, but they take a lot of energy to use, so the kaiju is constantly on the move to the sunniest place possible to maximize consumption. It becomes incredibly lethargic when night falls, barely able to move at all, which is likely how it was able to be trapped below ground in battle with the ancient kaiju so long ago.

It was through a similar outcome that Uthegar was once thought defeated. The Order of Saint George procured a piece of ancient technology, a battery of some kind whose origins we still don't know, as a lure, drawing the creature to an old mine in Russia, which they then demolished, burying it alive. They hoped it would be for good this time.

Naturally, it broke free less than a month later, having used the energy from the lure to sustain itself. Fortunately, it discovered places like the Sahara desert and the eternally sunny summers of the arctic and antarctic not long after, and today we rarely have to deal with the creature at all. And thank goodness. If Uthegar decided to turn its powers on us, even with all the improvements we've made with anti-kaiju defenses, I'm not sure we'd win.

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*These files are in no representative of nor indicating the opinions and/or facts concerning various government bureaus, including but not limited to: The United Nations, UNDER, etc. These are unofficial productions by a private citizen determined to aid the concerned public in the event of a kaiju or extraterrestrial incursion and are in no way to be considered authoritative reports on the aforementioned dangers.

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Here's our entry for this week!

Some of you may recognize the name of this monster from a previous entry I made in 2015, but this creature is far from that one. They may share a name, but Uthegar was a forced-in hero kaiju in the old series, now he moreso plays the part of the rodan.

Designing a flying kaiju is no easy task. These days people usually just take a prehistoric flying reptile, bird or arthropod that they haven't seen done yet and give it some extra kaiju-y doodads. I knew going in that I didn't want my most frequent flyer to be like that. So I worked for weeks off and on, trying to put together a concept that I liked. I went through a lot of names, base creatures and such, and honestly there was no clear moment of inspiration that led to the design above. This one was achieved through elbow grease, two hands and maximum effort.

Last year I had the good fortune of watching the original Rodan film for the first time. I found it to be a bit of a slog in parts, but the creatures themselves evoked something I've never seen in a Rodan portrayal since. A feeling of true menace, instead of the (awesome) sky ronin character he later became or the (kinda sorta okay I guess) monster of the week his heisei and millenium forms took. These original creatures flew around the entire world in a very short time, wreaking havoc on whatever was nearby. An enormous airborne organism that could go that fast would be dangerous without any malicious intent required, if they flew over a city the speed could topple buildings and liquefy people! That feeling of supersonic terror, of something you couldn't prevent blazing through your hometown and ripping it from the earth genuinely scared me, and I knew I had to find a way to achieve that for a 21st century audience.

So I settled on dropping wings in favor or organic jets, it made for a more interesting silhouette and gave me a lot of fun ideas for combat scenes. And when I decided to give Uthegar this design instead of his old naga-esque one, the connections to the red dragon of wales followed shortly behind. I know its a slightly liberal take on the creature, but I'm not going for literal takes on the myths, just the enormous organisms that inspired them in pre-history, and that's only for a few monsters. I duly hope all the purists out there can forgive me this transgression.

Now don't worry, the Fathom series will have more traditional flying kaiju, but they won't be quite as prominent. In fact, speaking of familiar things, quite a few of you will enjoy the next addition to the files. I've got an old classic waiting in the wings. ;)

Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment.
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Hey everybody! For those who haven't been in the know, I've been a real ghost on the internet in general these past six months. The reasons for that are many, and range from being very personal to very financial.

Well, I can now say that the overwhelming majority of those issues are behind me. I've got a new place, miles away from the inlaws I've had to stay with, a job that allows me to afford it, and my own internet connection! So, for the most part, consider this an official announcement of my return to the interwebs.

The only remaining hiccup is that I'm still working off of an older computer. My tablet works on it, but the jury's still out on my old art programs running worth a crap on it. So art might be a little later in coming, and it'll probably involve a lot of stuff starting from scratch again. Hopefully, though, everything will work out.

Here's looking at you guys! See you again soon! 

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Like your Godzilla works. Might I suggest you make Dagahra from Rebirth of Mothra 2, Gabara from All Monsters Attack aka Godzilla's Revenge, Gaira and Sanda from War fo the Gargantuas, Ookondoru the giant condor from Godzilla vs Ebirah, and Minilla, son of Godzilla. I'm a bit of a Godzilla fan and from the looks of it you're a bit of one too. Nice to meet you.
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