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Monsters of Terra: A Compendium
Writer Daren Gillingham
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Sea Serpents
Daren Gillingham
Jun 15, 2018
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No Plagiarism!igycwuK3uBM1jaby5qPAposted on PENANA

Sea serpents…copyright protection3PENANArDrffDTXmn

I once thought they were a myth. I was a young lad, fresh from the university, and I thought I knew better. After all, who can trust the accounts of a bunch of drunken sailors?copyright protection3PENANA3FECRa7BdB

I had a lot to learn about humility and the horrors of this world.copyright protection3PENANAdZDxaO5gfV

I was heading south, leaving Vigil and just beginning my travels. The sailors warned me not to have any lights on deck after dark, but I thought I knew better. I thought they were just a bunch of drunken, superstitious morons.copyright protection3PENANARHzjWOWPMi

I left my cabin while the crew was sleeping and stepped out onto the deck for some fresh air. The poor souls who’d drawn night watch that night were snoring blissfully rather than keeping an eye out for pirates or denizens of the deep.copyright protection3PENANAdQYRsP2Arg

I took their lax attitude and their drunken slumber as further proof that what they had to say was meaningless. After all, they hadn’t spent years studying as I had. They hadn’t seen real monsters up close the way I had.copyright protection3PENANAcFgPcqEiHT

That’s what I told myself anyway.copyright protection3PENANAdzAMSxBPmn

I strolled up to the railing with my lantern in hand and looked out over the dark ocean. It was beautiful.copyright protection3PENANA8Ad6rGVugn

It was also unbelievably stupid.copyright protection3PENANAKs21ierWx9

I’m not sure how long I stood there putting us all in danger like that, but one of the crew finally noticed me. I’m not sure if it was one of the ones who were passed out or someone else who couldn’t sleep.copyright protection3PENANAQKIrxBY9ql

I felt his firm hand on my shoulder. He turned me around roughly. Ripped the lantern out of my hands and doused it before I knew what had happened.copyright protection3PENANAwyVKFnqARH

He backhanded me, and I staggered back holding my cheek like a child. What can I say? I’d been stuck studying books for so long I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to get hit.copyright protection3PENANAYC90Drf5oM

“You’re an idiot,” he told me.copyright protection3PENANAfexXF5yEeZ

I forget what exactly I said at the time. Something to the effect of me knowing better. No doubt something arrogant and idiotic.copyright protection3PENANAZLxUvdhVO9

Then the ship rocked, and I stumbled. Even in the darkness, I saw the fear in his eyes.copyright protection3PENANACMMMMpe2vC

“It’s just the waves,” I said.copyright protection3PENANAPKRnIwshbH

He looked at me then the way I look at particularly dense students.copyright protection3PENANAgasO5X1nTP

“See many waves out there? Feel any wind?” the man said. His words were heated, and a vein throbbed on his temple so aggressively I thought it might burst.copyright protection3PENANAxwBjjoJxre

Then he ran up and down the ship rousing everyone. His voice was panicked.copyright protection3PENANAagZ1EIy7ZJ

I shook my head, muttering something about sailors being idiots.copyright protection3PENANAOgUg4Ze6n8

Then, the ship rocked so violently I slammed into the railing, and the air left my lungs in a whoosh.copyright protection3PENANAVUFxdYWWwo

I blinked spots out of my eyes and took in rasping breaths. People were yelling, the ship was rocking, and I held onto the railing so tight my knuckles were white.copyright protection3PENANAbHFbIjTgqT

I looked up and came face to face with the result of my arrogance.copyright protection3PENANA0e9VvdVKki

Or rather… I looked up and saw row upon row of razor-sharp teeth. Each one larger than I was.copyright protection3PENANATfcyNqxKn4

One of the sailors yanked me back away from it, and another shoved me below deck. The ship rocked, and deafening roars drowned out everything else.copyright protection3PENANA8zLNKu6ELx

More sailors and a few wizards they’d brought along for security rushed past me onto the main deck, and the ship groaned so violently I thought it might snap like a twig.copyright protection3PENANAxLMGGhUB2e

I can’t testify as to what happened given that I couldn’t see anything, but what felt like hours later I was getting reprimanded by the captain who was extremely keen on throwing me overboard.copyright protection3PENANAUWu6vix22U

I honestly can’t say I blame him.copyright protection3PENANA7btTYen5T8

Apparently, the only reason we’d managed to get away was that a second serpent attracted by the ruckus had attacked the first and we’d slipped away while the two snapped at each other.copyright protection3PENANACqUo7BG2cJ

Just the waves from their movements and their deafening roars had nearly torn our ship apart.copyright protection3PENANAg7FLeb3Le5

So, when you travel by sea, I strongly advise you to listen to the sailors and put whatever you think you know aside. It just might save your life.copyright protection3PENANAGlg9efoBkh

I haven’t had another encounter with a Sea serpent, and I wasn’t exactly in the best position to study that specimen, but what I can say is that they are massive in the extreme. Quite possibly even larger than dragons.copyright protection3PENANAKXIEmPf3Rs

It dwarfed our ship, and most of its bulk was deep beneath the water.copyright protection3PENANAN8ztTNEWzS

Don’t seek them out. If you have to study them, do so from other people’s accounts. They cannot be observed safely. Don’t try to lure one to the surface. Just pray they never find you.copyright protection3PENANA2fdjpsyN4T

- Nicholas Wolfram, Professor of Monsterology at Lestria Universitycopyright protection3PENANA5ORNseDIhv

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