Gigan

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Gigan

Region of origin: Spaaace

Various versions attribute his origins and loyalties to different alien civilizations, but throughout most iterations the creature known as Gigan was a massive extraterrestrial reptilian creature who was experimented on and rebuilt with various cybernetic enhancements and arsenals and sent to Earth to fascilitate its conquest, often in conjunction with other space-borne kaiju such as King Ghidorah or Megalon, only to be repelled by Godzilla and his allies. Aside from his natural size and hardiness as a kaiju, Gigan makes use of various augmentations that can be swapped out upgraded, from  hooks and blades to more complex mechanical additions like chainsaw arms, the buzzsaw in his abdomen and lasers fired from his visor-like single eye.

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Villa Santina Aliens

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Villa Santina Aliens

Region of origin: Villa Santina, Udine, Italy

In August of 1947, R.L. Johannis, an artist and amateur geologist staying in the village of Raveo followed the nearby Chiarso stream into the mountains near neighboring Villa Santina. There he encountered a red disc-shaped object partially embedded in the mountainside, from which emerged two small figures, green-skinned, strangely-dressed and, he estimated, less than three feet in height. Johannis waved hello as the figures approached him, which he believes may have been perceived as a threatening gesture as one reached down to its belt and fired a vaporous ray at him, causing a sensation he likened to a “violent electric shock,” knocking him to the ground, still conscious but weakened and unable to move without great effort. While down, the two inspected the area and seemingly took an easel Johannis had set up nearby before returning to the disc-shaped craft which shortly shot up into the sky and disappeared from sight. After a few hours, Johannis felt he had recovered enough to return to Raveo; he came back to the site the next day but found nothing out of the ordinary.

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The Poole Pyramid

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The Poole Pyramid

Region of origin: Poole, Dorset, England

A strange triangular creature sighted twice in 1965 by then-seven-year-old Terence Druce and his younger brother Roderick, later nicknamed the Poole Pyramid by Cryptopia. Terence first saw the “thing” in his room late one night at the foot of his bed, covered in multicolored interlocking triangles and with long black arms ending in pincer-claws. Terence screamed in panic waking up Roderick who also saw the creature before it disappeared. The next day, the two encountered presumably the same creature while walking home, still tall and triangular but now simply a black shape lacking the many-colored facets from the night before and possessing a “beak-like” protrusion near its top. Despite its lack of distinct features, it gave the impression it was watching the boys but never moved to follow them. The creature was never seen again but several years later other members of the Druce family would continue witnessing strange sky-lights and UFO activity.

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The Flatwoods Monster (Updated)

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The Flatwoods Monster

Region of origin: Braxton County, West Virginia

In the late summer of 1952 in Braxton county, there was a rash of monster and UFO sightings, and while specifics varied greatly from account to account, the most documented case among them was the initial encounter in the forests near the village of Flatwoods, where a group of five children and one of their parents went exploring after what they thought might have been a UFO landing or crashing. Heading towards the area where the light they had seen seemed to settle, they found the area permeated by a pungent mist which left them with stinging eyes or a nauseous feeling, and some would later be treated for effects similar to exposure to mustard gas. As they continued through the woods they found what they described as a large, slender figure, looming 10-12 feet tall and seemingly either mechanical or wearing some kind metallic outfit or casing that fanned out near the bottom resembling an apron or frock, and a spade-shaped cowl surrounding its round, red face. The figure’s large eyes lit up bright enough to illuminate the surrounding woods, then hissed and moved towards the group, levitating slightly off the ground. The group ran away as it approached them and later came back with some local law enforcement and media to inspect the area who found nothing at the site other than some lingering trace of the gas’ scent and what appeared to be a black oil. After the story got out, there was reports of a mother and daughter coming forward to say they had seen a similar creature at their farm, and later another nearby sighting of a reptilian figure whose lower body was encased in the same floating, metallic base as the Flatwoods monster.

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Mothman

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Mothman

Region of origin: Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Starting in November of 1966 in the area near Point Pleasant, there were numerous reported sightings of a large creature, black or dark brown in color with large glowing red eyes, with descriptions ranging from humanoid to a massive bird to something in-between. Most were just sightings but one couple said it chased their car down the road, keeping pace with them even as they reached speeds of 100 mile per hour. These sightings carried on for thirteen months, accompanied by phenomena like illness in witnesses, animal mutilation, technological malfunctions. One of the most widely-corroborated cryptid sightings, in all there were over one hundred people who had claimed they had seen the creature or otherwise experienced strange anomalous incidents that would get tied into the investigation. The sightings continued but slowed, and largely stopped around the same time as the collapse of the Silver Bridge into the Ohio River in December 1967, a tragic event that resulted in 46 deaths, for which many believe the presence of the strange creature had functioned as a omen or warning, and has since led to claims of similar creatures showing up in the time preceding other large disasters. Origins attributed to the creature range from the demonic to the extraterrestrial, or that West Virginia itself may just be a supernatural hotspot where reality is thin and extra-dimensional creatures like a Mothman may more easily slip through. Alternatively, many also write off the sightings as large bird such as a sandhill crane or maybe a giant owl obscured by the darkness, and connecting all the events leading up to the bridge’s collapse being a form of mass hysteria and apophenia fueled by Mothman coverage in the local papers. Imagined or not, Mothman remains a popular celebrity for Point Pleasant, receiving a statue and an annual festival in the city in 2002. Based on my research, I’m pretty sure everyone on the internet wants to date him.

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The Grafton Monster

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The Grafton Monster

Region of origin: Grafton, West Virginia

One night in mid-June of 1964, reporter Robert Cockrell was driving home when he approached a large white “obstruction” on the side of the road. As he passed, he ascertained it appeared to be a living creature, estimated about nine feet tall with white smooth skin and no discernible head. Panicked, Cockrell sped on, but returned later that night with two friends to try and find the creature. Any trace of the creature had disappeared, the grass in the spot where it had been looked matted as if something had been there but nothing nearby indicating where it had come from or gone. While searching, the three heard a strange whistling noise but were unable to locate a source of the sound. The story spread and while the monster was never sighted again, monster-hunting remained a popular activity around Grafton for the remainder of the summer. Details were scant and so too were possible explanations, but the creature’s seeming ability to vanish into thin air has led people to postulate it shares origins either extraterrestrial or extra-dimensional with other local sightings such as the Flatwoods Monster or Mothman.

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The Ground Flattener

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The Ground Flattener

Region of origin: Neptune/Miron

In March of 1840, Jakob Lorber began hearing the “Inner Voice,” ostensibly the voice of Jesus Christ in his heart compelling him to write down what it told him. For twenty-four years, he wrote a “New Revelation,” amounting to thousands of pages touching on faith and religion and extensive universalist knowledge, including information on the flora and fauna of the worlds outside of Earth. Among these, in 1842 he identified an eighth planet from the sun which he called Miron, four years before the official discovery of Neptune, and described the terrain and the lifeforms that lived there. One such creature, which Lorber called the Ground Flattener, or later known as the Leveller, was an elephantine creature with long, straight tusks which it used to till the soil and cone-shaped legs ending in large, flat feet which is used to stamp the prepared ground flat. The people of Miron tamed these Levellers and used them to help with the construction of their dwellings.

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