Sea-dwelling creatures of great size, the krakens are natural enemies to the great leviathans, rivaling them in size. They are noteworthy for their great size, and their myriad tentacles. The krakens never stop growing, and the eldest of their kind have been mistaken for islands.
Average Lifespan:: Immortal
Average Height:: Varies; the older the kraken, the bigger it is
Average Weight:: N/A; Depends on the individual
Location Found:: Abroad, in all the oceans across the Realms
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Leviathans Krakens and oceanic leviathans are natural enemies, relentlessly preying upon each other's young, and fiercely confronting each other whenever and wherever they meet. These confrontations are brutal, and often result in the death of one or both of the combatants.
Species info credited to Fyfergrund and Blazeh/Verridith.
Appearance The kraken is a massive, aquatic creature with an elongated body and a mass of tentacles which makes up a third of its length extending from around its mouth.Their bodies are typically smooth and streamlined, ending in a flattened, pointed fin. However, some have been reported to be rougher in texture. Primarily found in shades of red, brown, or grey, or some mix thereof, with enormous, dark eyes.
Culture Krakens are primarily solitary creatures, concerned only with surviving and multiplying. While some of the smaller, younger ones have been spotted congregating in areas where food is abundant, the larger, older ones jealously guard their hunting territories against all interlopers, be they kraken, leviathan, or sea dragon. Unlike most other water dwellers, krakens move by passing a jet of water through their bodies,allowing them to move with great speed when necessary. Younger, more vulnerable krakens seek shelter within underwater caverns.
Abilities Their great size grants them great physical power, and their tentacles are capable of ensnaring anything of equal or smaller size to the kraken. Their enormous eyes give them extremely sharp eyesight in the gloomy depths, and if threatened by a foe greater then they can overcome, they can expel a could of thick, black ink as a cover while they jet away. Very few possess any great affinity for magic, and those that do are generally older, larger ones. For those that do, possessing any aptitude for magic other than water is almost unheard of.
While Zacyn and Sago labored on the leviathan, Albion watched from afar, remaining unseen and unnoticed, though whether it was through his own power, or simple disregard by the greater gods is unknown. He gazed upon their work with envy, then slipped away, returning to Noctis, diving deep beneath the sea.
There, deep in the dark ocean depths, he labored on a creation of his own. One that would rival the leviathan in size and power, and contest the leviathan’s dominance over the oceans. But where Zacyn and Sago chose a serpent shape for their new creation, Albion gave his many large, powerful arms to grasp and crush its foes, forging them from strong seaweed to become flesh. Then, he wove them into an island and shaped it into a sleek head, fitted with intelligent eyes that never blinked; last, he drew coral from the depths, and gave his creation a sharp beak as a mouth..
Satisfied, Albion implanted an instinctive desire to kill and consume any leviathan it encountered into the mind of the first kraken, and left it to its own whims as he followed his own. Some years later, he remembered his creation, and made more, though lesser in size and strength, and spread them throughout the oceans of Noctis. They would go on to spread to the other Realms, but the first kraken is said to still exist, lurking somewhere deep beneath the surface of the sea of Noctis.
Classification: An octopus-like kraken. Location: Found in most oceans
Generally not as large as other krakens, their bodies are shorter and more rounded, although they can squeeze into much tighter spaces than their brethren, and often rely on their greater perception and cunning than brute strength.
Classification: Kurai kraken. Location: The oceans of Kurai.
A more aggressive, rough-textured variety of kraken found solely on Kurai. Typically blood-red in color, they prey upon smaller sea creatures, and any demon or hellwolf unfortunate enough to enter their reach. They will even attack ships passing by overhead, yanking anyone or anything they can get a grip on into the water, or outright breaking the ship in half with their tentacles.