The Kraken is a legendary sea monster said to have spawned from the flesh of the Leviathan. While initially believed to have been only one, it was later revealed that there were multiple Kraken running amok in the ocean depths.
Fearsome creatures with tentacles closely resembling a giant squid's that could sink multiple ships with the crushing grip of their appendages, and drag an entire ship's crew beneath the surface to a watery grave. The Kraken were said by some to be the length of 10 ships, but legend's of even larger Kraken exist though are less common.
These beasts of the sea would be the subject of many legends and lore that circulated for centuries on the Seven Seas. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the Kraken have made it a well known ocean-dwelling monster despite only a few having seen it and lived to tell the tale.
The word "Kraken" was first heard in seagoing lore and mythology, referring to a creature whose many arms or tentacles could reach to the top of a ship's mainmast and could without any great effort capsize a fully-rigged vessel. The huge suckers on the Kraken's tentacles were strong enough to pull the flesh clean away from a sailor's face.
Legends of the Kraken go back many years of seagoing mythology. The word "Kraken" was first heard in 12th-century Norwegian legends, referring to a creature the size of an island, and usually depicted as a giant squid. In these legends, the Kraken normally lived at great depths, but have been sighted at the surface and have reportedly attacked ships.
In Norse mythology, the Kraken was a creature from the sea so large that on the surface it was mistaken for a chain of islands. Seamen were often lost when they camped on what they thought was an island, only to be drowned when the creature swam back to the bottom of the sea. It had large tentacles and suckers with which it could seize large ships and drag them down. The Norse believed the Kraken would rise to the surface at the end of the world.
Guardians of the Sea
The Humbling of Dakuwaqa
When the Fijian shark god Dakuwaqa set his sights on conquering the Island of Kadavu and its newly emerging civilization, God did not stand idly by. Instead, he sent one of his mightiest sea monsters, a tremendous octopus-like beast, to attack the would-be god. In the midst of combat, the creature stated that it was testing Dakuwaqa's worthiness to rule over the people of Kadavu. In in the end Dakuwaqa was no match for the divine beast who quickly overpowered him and began tearing his jagged teeth off one by one until the shark-god promised to never attack the island again.
Since this event Dakuwaqa has gained dominion over the island and the worship of its inhabitants, though instead of ruling through violence and conquest, the shark god now rules through earning the respect of the islanders as a guardian against malignant threats, in a way similar to the way the Kraken protected the islands people from himself long ago. Likewise, whenever ocean gods of pagan pantheons began to emerge, the Kraken have fought them as well, slaying the deities at the behest of the lord.
There came a time however when many among the Kraken began to doubt the might of God and specifically his dominion over the oceans, arguing that their race did not exist to glorify the might and power of God, but to glorify their own as the true rulers of the sea. Many came to believe that God was using their race to enact his will upon the oceans and do his dirty work and so they renounced their faith in the creator and set off on their own throughout the ocean.
Without Rahab to aid the heavenly forces against the Kraken rebellion, the sea beasts usurped control over the Seven Seas, though now instead of being united under the will of God, they fought amongst each other in tumultuous battles that rocked the oceans of the world. In time some Kraken came to serve the gods of other pantheons while others sought out power from demonic sources. Still others remain free individuals, roaming the oceans in search for a new purpose, some accumulating treasure within ocean rifts while still others collect ancient knowledge and carve it upon the walls of underwater caves deep within the depths of the ocean.
The Children of Dagon
At some point after their rebellion, the cult of Dagon came to prominence within the worlds oceans and managed to overpower the rule of the disjointed Kraken race. It is during this time that many Kraken became corrupted, transformed under the servitude of new demonic masters of the depths. These Kraken grew to gargantuan sizes and were more eldritch in appearance, possessing countless tentacles and eyes that gazed into the minds of sailors who observed them. The Kraken once again been united, except this time as slaves of Dagon and the forces of the Abyss, serving their same ancient role as enforcers for a more powerful master.
War with Atlantis
When the legions of Dagon rose to prominence within the oceans of the world, Atlantis was one of the first civilizations asked to bend the knee to Dagon in order to be spared the horrors a war for conquest would bring. The proud Atlantean people adamantly refused to bow before the Lord of the Depths, immediately sparking a deadly undersea conflict that goes on to this day, albeit largely unnoticed by the surface world.
Hundreds of Kraken under the command of Dagon have launched assaults upon the mighty city, only to be slain by the advanced technology of the Atlanteans, or devoured by the city's guardian Charybdis, which uses is massive maw to swallow minor Kraken whole and tear large chunks of flesh out of giant Kraken. So many of the Kraken race have fallen to Charybdis and the forces of Atlantis that the giant sea monsters have come to fear Atlantis and now refuse to attack the city, preferring to endure the wrath of their demonic master than face the gaping maw of Charybdis. Some have even come to switch sides in the conflict and now protect Atlantis, seeking to be adopted as guardians by the Sea God Poseidon himself.
Leviathan and the Kraken
It is said that in the times before the Kraken an even more gargantuan beast roamed the oceans of the world. Known as Leviathan, this sea monster reigned supreme over the Seven Seas until the hand of God came upon the surface of the waters and tamed the turbulent waves it had once commanded. Furious, the Leviathan trashed about creating a great oceanic tumult until it too was eventually subdued by the might of the lord.
During this violent conflict, great chunks of Leviathan's flesh were scattered throughout the sea, eventually forming into the Leviathan's Kraken offspring which continue to dwell in the darkest depths of the ocean to this day. While some believe the Leviathan was torn apart entirely, there are some who believe the great beast still lives, its ancient body still bearing the scars that birthed the Kraken, serving as living evidence for the violent origins of the aquatic species.
|“||Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.