I recently discovered an interesting little creature called the nutria or river rat. They are an invasive species that was brought from South America by fur traders. Since coming to the southern United States, the nutria have caused widespread destruction to swamps and other ecosystems. The devastation they cause is so great that state governments pay hunters extra for their fur and meat. Butchers across America have described butchering nutria to be similar to butchering a rabbit.
I decided that in addition to the war that will decide the fate of the Empire of Gradaia, I will be exploring Gradaia’s wildlife as well while writing my second fantasy book. For instance, I am thinking of creating a theropod dinosaur that has a combination of features from other theropods. For example, I could give this creature Carnotaurus’s body, size, and hide, Velociraptor’s arms and hands, Tyrannosaurus’s head, Ceratosaurus’s horns, Carcharodontosaurus’s teeth, and the feathers of various other theropods. I can imagine these beasts terrorizing villages and eating human and livestock alike. At times, I can see them scavenging corpses on a battlefield.
With herbivores, I am thinking of combining features of other plant-eating dinosaurs. For example, I could give it Triceratops’s face only without the horns, Iguanadon’s size and front legs, and a Hadrosaur’s body. I can picture these beasts roaming in herds through the fields and plains of Gradaia, grazing on trees and grass. I can also picture them being hunted by humans and predators alike.
With pterosaurs, I am thinking of combining the size and head of Pteranodon, the tail of Rhamphorhynchus, and the large head crest of Tapejara. I can see these creatures as either large sea birds or oversized vultures that feast on carcasses.
Overall, this will give me a chance to shake off some of the cobwebs on my knowledge of dinosaurs.
Here is the name of my Kaiju as well as the title of the novella! I gave the Kaiju a name that had the word “karma” in it because I wanted it to be the incarnation of humanity’s bad karma. The “thaur” section of its name is kind of a twist of the “saur” section of dinosaur.
I have just reached the fifth chapter of my Kaiju story and things are seriously starting to heat up! A battle begins, a city is ravaged, and the future of the Golden State hangs in the balance. I estimate I may be in either the half way or two thirds point in the writing process for this novella. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
At first, I thought of including only one Kaiju in my Kaiju story and portray its conflict with the local military. Now, however, I am thinking of raising the stakes and feature another Kaiju to battle the first. This will be a homage to the classic Kaiju stories where one Kaiju battles another. I already have an idea for what this new Kaiju will look like and what abilities it will have. This is going to be my own interpretation of the clash of the titans!
In Numen the Slayer, there is a colossal monstrous bear called the Graega. I named it the Graega because “Graega” is one of the Anglo-Saxon words for “gray”. Due to its status as a monster, I decided to give the Graega the same feel as Grendel in Beowulf. When standing at full height, the Graega is over ten feet tall and weighs over three tons. Its fur is ash-gray mixed with bone white. Its jowls are large and enclose powerful jaws filled with crooked and crushing teeth. One of its eyes is dead and its broad back has the scars and broken spears and arrows it acquired from countless battles with every warrior and hunter who was bold enough to face it. Its arms and legs are as thick as tree trunks while its paws are tipped with curved claws as big as meat hooks. The Graega’s roar is deep and guttural like a damned soul screaming for salvation. For a decade, the Graega was the scourge of the northern borders of Umbran, terrorizing every village and Welt settlement and killing every creature in sight like a demon of death. At some point, Numen and his companions encounter the Graega on their journey and have to deal with it.
I had an interesting thought about the Kaiju in my story. Since I am an avid fan of Greek mythology, I thought of making this Kaiju a primordial being like the Titans. This would be fitting since the Titans were the original Kaiju. For example, the Titan Gaia (depicted in the picture above) was the primordial mother of all life. My Kaiju will be based on the same concept as new mutated lifeforms and organisms are born from its very presence and flesh. Due to this, my Kaiju will have the power to not only destroy whole cities but also transform the biosphere and environment around it.