Vespers on the Rocks
Marsh Island Monster
A monstrous creature with no known analogue, the Marsh Island Creature has been tracked by the party since the beginning of the Canyons incident but was sighted only on the fourth night of the investigation by Jake, Carly and Ches. The creature has between twelve and fourteen limbs counting flippers, one withered human-like arm and a scythe-like bony protrusion. It is protected along most of its rather large body by a chitinous looking shell and has a human-like mouth and dentition. It seems reasonable to assume that this is the creature that bit Maddy on the first night of the party’s stay on Marsh Island.
The creature apparently resides in an animal den that has been partially converted into a makeshift dwelling. It is unclear if the furnishings and personal possessions originally belonged to the creature (anecdotal evidence suggests not) but it seems likely that the creature considers all the contents of the cave its own property. The creature probably has a limited ability to communicate (possibly by writing) though otherwise its intelligence is unknown. Video recording devices fail when aimed at the creature, making it impossible to record by conventional means, but providing strong incidental indications of its presence. The Marsh Island Creature may or may not be responsible for one or more deaths on the island and the connection to the Heart of the Marsh and the Creole village, if any, remain a mystery at this time.