The Giant Kraken is a very rare, very unseen sea-creature with 8 gigantic tentacles. The only way they have been found is dead, washed up upon the banks of the seas. These massive creatures are one of the most dangerous, largest, and still unknown about creatures within Caelereth. With their strength they can even tear whole ships apart.
Image description: A Giant Kraken. Picture drawn by Quellion.
Giant Kraken are over 16 pygges in weight, and
over 40 peds in height. The largest Giant Kraken
ever found had a tentacle span of 10 peds. The Kraken is able to camouflage
itself with its surroundings, capable of
changing colors from bright red, to greens, to sandy
orange, making it almost
impossible to see under the water. The Kraken has 8 tentacles,
each having up to 1000 suckers aligning them. The large suckers are endowed with
sensors, which allow the Kraken to reject something if it doesn’t seem right to
eat. Their average lifespan is only 3 years.
Special Abilities. The tentacles of the Giant Kraken can anchor the beast to rocks, and tear apart prey. Being invertebrates, meaning they have no bone structure, a Giant Kraken can pull itself through a tube near 1/15th its size. The Giant Kraken is also said to have the largest brain of any non-skeletal animal. Furthermore their eyesight is almost as good as normal human.
Territory. Giant Krakens can be found only within deep oceans. The Giant Kraken uses its suckers to anchor itself to the ocean floor in which it is hunts for food. Kraken roam solitary within their 3 furlay, claimed territory. They normally live in an underwater cave, deep near the ocean floor where they are practically impossible to find.
Habitat/Behaviour. The Giant Kraken spends its day hiding in the darkness of the ocean floor. It hunts only at night and usually crawls along the bottom of the sea floor. They walk along the bottom or can also glide by propelling themselves with a jet of water, thrust out of its gill chamber. If alarmed the Kraken can escape at a high speed, usually leaving a thick black stream of oil behind it, to try to blind its attackers.
Diet. The Giant Kraken can eat any sort of fish that it wraps its tentacles around. They prefer harder creatures, crab-like animals in which they use their sharp beak to shatter to pieces. Kraken have a special salivary gland in which it can poison its meal with venom.
Mating. A male Kraken has one pair of tentacles with no suckers near the end. He mates with a female by inserting this tentacle into her mantle cavity. A sperm package is propelled down a tentacle groove into the females oviduct where the sperm fertilizes the eggs. The male dies soon after mating.
The female may produce up to 100.000 eggs, which she strings up under a rock. She stays with them for 6 months without eating. Each egg hatches and the young, only about 1/16 of a ped swims away. Joining other small fish and hiding in the seabed. The mother dies then, starved and exhausted. The young will grow over 6 times its size in a few months.
Origin. The origin of these beasts is unknown. It is said by some that these creatures were made by an angry sorcerer, bent on stopping all overseas trade, but they were let down by the gentle nature of the beast, who could easily destroy an entire fleet of ships.
Myth/Lore. One particular legend involving a Giant Kraken concerns the foundation of the fishing village of Parthanul in the eastern Santharian province of Manthria. It is said that when the first settlers arrived to found Parthanul, folk from the countryside, not used to the ways of sea life, they forgot one very important thing - to honour Baveras and thank her for the fish that was the basis of their lives. Angry, she ordered a Giant Kraken to frighten them and shoo them away. It was impossible to live there - that was their punishment. After sometime, when settlers from other places near the sea, which properly revered Baveras, tried to move there, the Goddess of the Sea felt more appeased and let them live there. The Giant Kraken was found dead on the beach, and people felt their prayers were answered. Though this is a myth and may not be relied upon as real facts, one point is true - the finding of a Giant Kraken. Probably killed by other reason other than Baveras’ benevolence, what is certain is that one of the rare and enormous seamonsters was found lying dead on Parthanul's beach. - Other than this, Parthanulians are very eccletic people in what concerns religion.
Researchers. Many have looked. None have found any alive. Researchers that have found the dead have done much studying, but without being able to see them in the wild, they have learned very little new in the last few centuries.
Information provided by Ashen Gryphon