Return of the Hydra: prologue
The Bane of all sailors
This creature has many names. Terrified Shairran sailors call it ‘the Kraken’, while the Ademorrans speak about ‘the Sea God’, some lesser deity allied to their own god The Devourerer. The Sirens inhabiting the Ademorran shores use the same name, and really seem to worship the Kraken as their own personal god. They also seem to have some way of communicating with it, for the Kraken is a highly intelligent creature, although it prefers to dine upon landlubbers, rather than starting a conversation with them.
In his riddles,Straton the Abstinent constantly refers to it as ‘the Beast’, a creature that will ‘break the ships and feast upon the flesh’ of ‘every witless worm, every thoughtless thief’, so ‘the weak will wither’ and ‘the strong will survive’.
Recently, the Kraken has been known to send a Shairran fleet full of Kernian elite-soldiers fleeing (see Torin’s journal ) and to summon a storm to smash ‘ the Hunter’ on the rocks. For some reason, he’s after some of the survivors of the shipwreck.