Deep Sea Giant Loptus
|Deep Sea Giant Loptus|
|Official Name||Deep Sea Giant Loptus|
|Common Nicknames||Lesser Kraken, Giant Squid|
While the surface of the Oceans of Aloria have been extensively explored, at least by the reckoning of many, the Deep Sea Giant Loptus lurks in the depths of all of them, out of sight. A gigantic squid, this creature uses its two long feeding tentacles to do heavy damage to its prey before curling it in and consuming it with its sharp beak. For many years these leviathans have remained hidden, masked by the tales and folklore of many Cultures and Races, but they are now undeniable as a fact of life. The Giant Lopti still inspires fear in many sailors and scholars alike, their unprecedented aggressions upon reaching the surface of the seas being well documented.
The history of the Deep Sea Giant Loptus is lost, as the deep-sea creature has only been seen sparingly over the many millennia of Alorian history. However, several notable encounters have taken place over this period. The first was likely the Seraph themselves, as some murals depicting aquatic life show a creature of similar appearance to the Giant Loptus. The imagery of the Giant Lopti also appears in Meraic artwork recovered over the decades, indicating that they were also aware of it. The next Race to encounter the huge cephalopod was the Altalar, with reports of monstrous, tentacled sea creatures being a feature of the Consolidation. However, many believers in Altalar faith, especially in Fin’ullen superstition, believe that negative interactions with the creatures who would react with hostility to being yanked from the depths, birthed the stories of the Unwritten God Morrlond. The tentacled form of the Deep Sea Giant Loptus to this day is still said to inspire terror in Fin’ullen sailors, despite its rather tame appearance overall, limited to only two major limbs. To this day, most Fin’ullen will claim that the Loptus is in fact, some perverted offspring of Morrlond, and a beast capable of wielding dark water Magic. Following this, it was the Velheim Ailor who next encountered the Giant Loptus. They saw it as a servant of the Union of Water, an abomination of death meant to test the skills of sailors, or some form of Demon corrupted by fleeing into the depths to escape its fate at the hands of Basjtur.
For generations after these encounters, the Deep Sea Giant Loptus remained an enigma, considered a myth by most, but real to those who faced one. Ultimately, in 189 AC, the naval forces of the Regalian Empire encountered and killed one off the southern coastline of the Regalian Archipelago. This confirmed for many, its existence, and produced a brief swell of terror from the Fin’ullen dominated coastal states of Daen. It took until 307 AC however, for the next major sighting of the Deep Sea Giant Loptus to occur, and it was not a pleasant one. During the Dread War, an immense creature known as the Kraken was unleashed onto the Regalian Navy by the Dread Empire. This beast, whilst terrifying in its own regard, has since been identified as a Void-mutated Giant Loptus, corrupted by the powers of the Kathar into a living weapon of war. Unfortunately, it was not killed during the conflict and is instead now believed to still be a weapon of the current Dread Empire, though, with the rebirth of the Allorn Empire, rumors from the Far West speak of great naval battles and fierce fights been Suvial, Allorn, and Dread forces, some of which are said to include organic weapons of war like the Kraken. However, for many, the Giant Loptus remains but an image in their minds, very far away, and only rarely surfacing for a major appearance.
The Deep Sea Giant Loptus is a huge beast, reaching up to forty feet long, though that is mainly due to its huge feeding tentacles, with a highly varying weight between three and six hundred pounds. Its body is like that of many other cephalopods, possessing a large mantle, which it has eight short maneuvering tentacles and two much larger, and longer feeding tentacles, for both doing damage and helping to reel in its prey. Each of these possesses a dense array of suction cups that runs up their interior, helping in its hunting methods. These tendrils sit around their hard, black beak, a feature capable of breaking through materials such as wood and bone with ease. Just above these tendrils on either side of the creature’s body are two massive eyes, fully adapted to the darkness of the seas. Their bodies also possess fins attached near the top to help them maneuver, and jets, on their “underside” close to their tentacles to help propel water through their bodies. Their colors rank from being covered in hues of pink to hues of grey, though a sighting reported seeing one with a golden color along its entire body.
The Deep Sea Giant Loptus has heavy sexual dimorphism, and overall favoritism in numbers, toward the female sex. They are always larger than their male counterparts, while also likely being born higher, numbering six out of the seven confirmed Giant Loptus corpses that have been found since 189 AC.
Life Span and Development
Much of the development of the Deep Sea Giant Loptus is only assumed based on their deep-sea origin, with many instead looking to more surface-bound cephalopods to explain their existence. They are assumed to be laid in many hundreds of eggs that will latch onto the crags in the ocean floor, or in whatever exists down there. From that point, the babies will eventually emerge, many eating one another to gain immediate sustenance. From there, they begin what is almost certainly a decade-long path to maturity. During such a time, they are likely easy prey for whales and other beasts that lurk at those depths, like the Deep Sea Serpent. Their lifespans are unknown but are estimated to reach up to 100 years given their immense size.
The Deep Sea Giant Loptus is an enigma to consider, as despite its large body, similarly large brain, and unique living conditions, none have been observed to be anything but aggressive. Why this is though, is obvious: they are often yanked to the surface, or upon being drawn there, harmed. This often occurs when deep-sea fishing efforts trap one of their feeding tendrils, if not some part of their body, while other reasons may be desperation for food, or if the Fin’ullen is to be believed as well as many a sailor, a “cruel malevolence that exists in every part of their being, which compels them to seek out others to harm.” In truth, these beasts are likely enraged at being both blind and injured, flailing their tentacles and seeking to escape, but also do as much harm as possible. Actual deaths at the hands of a Giant Loptus are relatively rare, but due to their razored suction cups, the damage they do is often extreme, lasting a lifetime. Beyond this, nothing further can be confirmed, though some see them as having a rivalry of some sort with different species of whale, whose bodies sometimes show the injuries of fights with beasts like the Giant Loptus.
Territory and Groupings
The domain of the Deep Sea Giant Loptus is as their name suggests, the deep parts of the sea normally invisible to the sentient Races of Aloria. Some are known to go to the surface of the water for unknown reasons, be it a desperate search for food, or becoming interested or affronted by a naval vessel.
- Myths of krakens are common in Velheim Culture, but they have long held that there are beasts worthy of being called Kraken still in the sea, and the Giant Loptus does not equal the true horrors such beasts possess. It was for this reason that the beast unleashed by the Dread Empire was dubbed the Kraken, and there has been a renewal in naval monster stories of these beasts in the ports of the Alorian world.
- Deep Sea Serpents, in reality, feed on Deep Sea Giant Loptus from time to time, despite what great powers the Fin’ullen might claim these cephalopods to possess.