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Monster.

You ever heard of the USS Lawton? Yeah, neither did the public. Out of the thousand young men on that ship I was the only survivor. They told my family she was sunk in battle but I know what I saw. It had no conscious, no reasoning, just destroy. I spent the last thirty years trying to prove of what I learned that day. This planet wasn't ours to begin with. Even the holy types will tell you that other ancient species roamed this planet long before Adam and Eve ever set foot on it. And if we keep our heads buried in the sand they will take it back. Long story short: Monsters exist.
~ Ian Thatch

Monsters, also known as Creatures of the Night, Night Fiends, Beasts of Terror, among many other monikers are frightening creatures that live on Earth, often being a danger to humans. They are usually classified as mythical malignant beasts attributed to the supernatural, preternatural, and metaphysical.

Overview

They can be found in folklore from across the world and are an almost universal part of human society being nearly as old or older than humanity itself and seem to embody many of the fears and anxieties humans share as a species. Unlike demons, who are considered a spiritual evil, most monsters are considered fantastical beasts or exceptionally gruesome humanoids capable of being defeated or kept at bay.

Often in folklore a monster is the forbidden offspring of some blasphemous union, such as human and animal or (in some cultures) human and divine (especially gods or angels), they may also be the result of black magic or a curse given by either mortals, demons, deities or God Himself as punishment for some great misdeed; normally a taboo such as cannibalism or the murder of children.

Description

Monsters have served many purposes in history but their main feature is arguably to enforce ethics and discipline such as warning of the dangers of engaging in unlawful or "sinful" ways and also being an easy way to keep young or superstitious people from endangering themselves. Example being telling tales about evil water-hags or bugbears in the forest so as to discourage dangerous play near rivers or venturing too far into forests, which may of been populated by wild animals and criminals in the days of old.

Monsters also provided a means to explain phenomena, cultures and creatures that people had not truly understood and this was especially prominent when people started traveling to other lands and saw strange people and animals that shocked and perhaps even frightened them. This caused humans to become eager to share their exploits with people back home these bewildered travelers may of told amazing stories (some may also of deliberately exaggerated the stories, since storytelling has, and remains, a major source of entertainment to many).

Origins of the Monsters

  • Typhon and Echidna: Two god-like monster who spawned most of the chimeric monsters of the Mediterranean Sea, such as Cerberus, ChimeraLadon, Hydra and Orthrus.
  • Grigori: Fallen angels who mated with human women, which resulted in monsters known as the Nephilim.
  • Cain: The first murderer, whose many descendants were monsters, such as the fierce Grendel.
  • Lilith: In some writings, Lilith was treated as the mother of all vampires or monsters giving her the titles of the First Vampire and the Mother of Monsters.
  • Loki: A trickster deity, who spawned Jormungandr and Fenrir.
  • Shub-Nibburath: A Outer Goddess, who possibly spawned creatures Shoggoth.
  • Affliction: Vampires and Werewolfs emerge through these, by infecting ordinary humans, who then turn into said monsters.