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("I am a Prussian, knowest thou my colours?", the title comes from one prussian song, so please stop accusing me of being a Prussian :D [link])

pheeew...my latest work, an episode from the Franco-Prussian war (1870) ...the war that humiliated France , abolished the Second Empire and created the Second German Empire , thereby ending the proces of unification of German states...

Prussian columns storming the French positions during the battle of Gravelotte- the turning point of the war, that ultimately confirmed Prussian superiority (you probably noticed my pickelhaube-fascination :P ) ... but during that war a surprise also happened to the Prussians...their forces armed with famous breech loaded Dreyse rifles met the French equipped with much better Chassepot rifles, with farther range and better construction..this forced the Prussian units to "flee forwards" to strike the French as fast as possible so that French soldiers couldn't use the main advantage of their rifles- range (1300 yards compared to prussian 650 yards).


It took my a very long time to finish this piece...you know...summer...laziness and simple impatience...(I couldn't draw more than 30 minutes a day ) but I hope the final result isn't that bad and comes up to my previous works... (I doubt if it's better :P )

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Cryptid 064b Megaconda

Amazon River, South America

Type: Super Animals

Evidence: Sightings, pictures exist which appear to show a snake in excess of 100 feet however these photos often do not contain any point of reference to base the creature’s size and are dismissed as inconclusive.

Possible Population size: Unknown. Ultimately every anaconda has the potential to become a giant.

It's fairly general knowledge that reptiles continue to grow all of their lives. On average, anacondas can grow to roughly thirty feet, however some explorers and native peoples of the Amazon River basin have reported sightings of anacondas in exess of fifty to a hundred+ feet.
One of the first reported sightings from explorers occurred in 1907 by adventurer Major Percy H. Fawcett. Major Fawcett was sent by the Royal Geographic Society to survey the Rio Abuna and Acre Rivers when he and a group of natives were drifting along the Rio Negro River. At one point in the trip he spotted a great triangular serpentine head appearing at the bow of his boat, Fawcett opened fire hitting the creature in the spine. The giant snake thrashed the water into a foamy frenzy all around the boat as it violently died from its wounds. According to Fawcett, the snake measured 45 feet out of the water and 17 feet in the water, a total of 62 feet. Though this massive snake was remarkably long the diameter was relatively small, only 12 inches. Unfortunately Fawcett had no way to carry the massive creature back from the interior of the Amazon, once publicized his account was received with ridicule even though he insisted his account was both truthful and accurate.
Herpetologist Raymond Ditmars rejected Fawcett’s story on the grounds that anacondas where not thought to get much longer than 19 feet, a number that was soon increased to 30 feet. Decades after Fawcett’s encounter Bernard Heuvelmans came to his defense arguing that Fawcett’s writings where generally honest and reliable. Heuvelmans also noted in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals that American herpetologist Thomas Barboor, Brazilian expert Dr. Afranio do Amaral of the Institute at Butantan and Doctor Jose Condido de Melo of the Rio de Janeiro Zoo all agreed that 45 feet should be the accepted maximum length.
In an article which appeared in the International Society of Cryptozoology newsletter J. Richard Greenwell mentions that a 1944 petroleum expedition in Columbia claimed to have measured a 37 foot long anaconda, however this claim is not always regarded as reliable. Perhaps a more credible report came from scientist Vincent Roth who claimed to have shot and killed an anaconda in British Guiana that measured 34 feet.
Closing statement:
Though these two encounters are generally dismissed by modern science there are plenty of researchers who still believe that the Giant Anaconda swims the waters of the Amazon to this day, and if you wanted to hide a giant snake anywhere in the world, the Amazon River might just be the perfect place to do so.

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Cryptid 009 Lizard Men

Location: World Wide

Type: Humanoid Hybrid

Evidence: Beyond eyewitness sightings, there remains little to no physical evidence of the creature’s existence.

Possible Population size: Unknown

The Term Lizard Men is not specific to one specific cryptid; instead it is used to describe a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid like lizard men, sometimes referred to as Homo-subterreptus. Sightings of Lizard Men are reported all over the globe, including the Intulo of South Africa, the South Carolina Lizard Man, the New Jersey Gator Man and the Loveland Frogmen of Ohio.
Out of all of the many lizard men stories, one of the most well known is the story of the South Carolina lizard man. Native Americans that called the Carolinas home used to talk about a race or lizard or fish men who lived in the area they called the Inzignanin. Reports by modern man of the South Carolina Lizard Man started around 1972, however the first official documented sighting on the creature occurred on June 29th 1988. The encounter took place on a back woods road near Scape Ore Swamp, outside of Bishopville, South Carolina at around 2 a.m. 17 year old Christopher Davis had just finished changing his flat tire, while putting the jack into the trunk of his car Davis reported the following encounter:
“I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down; it had three big fingers, long black nails and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.”
The creature eventually lost its grip and was flung off the rooftop and onto the side of the road. Understandable Davis did not turn back to assess the well being of the beast but upon making it home he noticed that his side view mirror and roof top suffered considerable damage. Throughout what remained of that year, numerous witnesses came forth with their own frightening tales of the aggressive creature and several strange 3 toe foot prints where cast in the area. The latest encounter with the South Carolina Lizard Man occurred in 2004 when it reportedly tried to pull a young girl into the river she was walking by.

Not much is known about the Intulo of South Africa, thought to dwell in the province of KwaZulu Natal this so called “lizard man” is described as mostly reptilian with human characteristics. This description of the Intulo is similar to other so called “New World Lizard Men” like the Gator Man of the American South East, the New Jersey Gator Man and the Lizard Man of South Carolina. There are some researchers who believe that the Intulo is a form of primate with reptilian like features, a description which matches some accounts of the Honey Island Swamp Monster. The Intulo is also a “Lizard Man” like creature in both Xosa and Zulu Mythology.
Sightings of the Intulo have only taken place in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa; at least the ones that have been brought forward. Most translations state that the sightings are referred to in past tense meaning that modern day stories may be describing older tales but other argue this is not true. Very little is known about these creatures and few modern day sightings on the Intulo exist.

Closing Statement:
Many theories have been presented in relation to the identity of the Lizard men, theories such as Aliens, Living Dinosaurs, and even off shoots of evolution in which the reptilian hierarchy continued to evolve along the same path as early primates. At one point in time reptiles ruled the earth, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the most dominate species on the planet could continue to evolve in small numbers unseen by mankind. Although no reptilian species known to man have shown signs of such advanced evolution, the reptile is the oldest and most successful species on the plant and could hold secrets that have yet come to light.
Another theory in regards to lizard men is that they may be reptilian aliens. Many UFO and alien abduction cases have made note of aliens being reptile like and since have been declared "reptilians". Many cryptozoology related reptilian sightings may have a tie to the possible alien race. Although this theory tends to loose credibility when various conspiricy theories are shoehorned into the mix.

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Cryptid003 Thunder Bird

Location: Central and North Eastern United States

Type: Super Animal

Evidence: Sightings, photographs, and video footage.

Possible Population size: Unknown, but it's safe to say; if they are real, there are at least two.

Originally thought to have been a Native American legend, but some evidence suggests that gigantic predatory birds may be soaring through the skies of North America. Modern reports of the Thunderbird come from various places in the North America, a large number of these sightings take place in the central states and as far north as Pennsylvania.
The Thunderbird is belived to have a wingspan of fifteen feet (five meters) and a body size of four to six feet (one and a half to two meters). Many sceptics claim that that Thunderbird sightings are nothing more than mistaken identity of various large birds such as the wandering albatross (diomedea exulans, boasting a 12 foot wingspan), The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) or the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus; with wingspan sizes measuring 10.5 and 10 feet respectively). Despite this, one must take into consideration the fact that there were reports of the Thunderbird having the strength to lift a child off of the ground. Current predatory birds are not equipped with grasping feet that are strong enough to hold such weight; instead they live primarily as carrion eaters and only seldom become predatory, usually only preying on smaller animals.
One of the most controversial eye witness reports of the Thunderbird’s ability to lift a human off the ground comes from Lawndale, Illinois. On July 25th, 1977, around 9 pm a group of three boys where playing in a friends backyard when they looked up to see two large birds soaring above. As the birds came closer they became aggressive and attacked the boys, two of which managed to escape, however the third boy, Marlon Lowe, did not. One of the birds clamped onto Marlon’s shoulder with its claws and proceed to lift the young boy from the ground for an estimated distance of about 30 yards. The young boy’s cries for help attracted the attention of the near by neighbors who rushed to his aid, combined with their help and the boy beating the bird as hard as he could, Marlon was finally released. Although viewed by some as a tall tail, the description given by witnesses of the attaching birds describe a large black bird, with a white ring around its neck and a wingspan of about 10 feet, traits that match the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) almost exactly.
The evidence thus far for the existence of a large predatory bird in North America is based on historical and modern sightings and legends with no physical evidence, there is however two images of the Thunderbird, or at least a large bird. The first was taken the same year as the attack on Marlon Lowe and in the same state. On July 30, 1977 John Huffer, an ex-marine and photographer, took a 100 foot roll of color film of two large birds taking off from a tree in an inlet of Lake Shelbyville. Thought by many to be a turkey vulture, it remains fairly unknown evidence of a possible mystery animal. To date little, if any, evaluation of the film has been done, the Discovery Channel, in their program “Into the Unknown” gave the film some mention but dismissed it fairly quickly as a vulture.
The other photographic image of a Thunderbird is more of a mystery, and may not actually exist at all. The image is known as “the Thunderbird Photograph” and was supposedly taken at the end of the 19th century in Texas. The image is said to depict six western clothed adult men, standing arms length from each other in front of a barn, where a large bird is nailed to the wall. Many have claimed to have seen or held this infamous image, including the late Ivan T. Sanderson who reportedly had acquired a photocopy of the image in 1966, the same year in which Sanderson gave the image, later lost, to a couple of men from Pennsylvania who were searching for the Thunderbird. The image has yet to surface, and may well not exist at all. The image was reported to have been published in 1886 in the Tombstone Arizona Epitaph, however this was somewhat dubiously reported in a 1963 article by Jack Pearl called "The Monster Bird That Carries off Human Beings!" in Saga magazine. Searches of the Tombstone Epitaph have come up empty, aside from an article from April 26, 1890 of a 16 foot bird found in the desert by a couple of ranchers. So the mystery of the "Thunderbird Photo" is no closer to being solved then it was nearly 40 years ago during its first mention.
Closing statement:
Regardless of what the Thunderbird might be, something large soars the skies of North America and it is only a matter of time before its true identity is reviled to the world, With misinformation and misidentification abounding, coupled with a lack of support in searching for these birds, it is no wonder that these creatures have evaded discovery like so many others from around the world.
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Cryptid 035 Kongamato

Location: Jiundu Country, Central Africa

Type: Living Fossil

Evidence: Sightings by credable sorces and tribesmen alike.

Possible Population size: Unknown

Some 65 million years ago, starting in the Jurassic and lasting into the Cretaceous, there existed a powerful flying reptile known as the Pterosaurs. The majority of fossils found have been in marine deposits, which means they probably were fish eaters and spent most of their time over coastal waters. These Pterosaurs apparently managed to fly with no feathers, their main aerodynamic feature where wings of membrane supported by an enormously elongated fourth finger. They had hollow limb bones and a large keeled breastbone attached to strong wing muscles which where needed for true flight, not just gliding.
The large expenditure of energy required to remain in flight for long periods of time, and the resulting loss of heat caused by the surface of their wings exposed to moving air, means that they must have had some method of regulating body heat, although it is doubtful they were truly warm blooded as mammals are. The majority of the Pterosaurs species where anywhere from the size of a sparrow to the size of an eagle, however some larger species have been discovered. The Pteranodon with a wingspan of 27 ft. and the colossal Quetzalcoatlus, with a wingspan of 50 ft, possibly 60 ft. are two examples of these larger species. Some pterosaurs even had fur, although they are in now way related to mammals. It would seem impossible that these creatures could have survived to the present day. After all, if they existed surely people would see them flying about as they hunted for food. How could a flying population of reptiles remain hidden? There are reports that people have been seeing flying creatures that match the description of pterosaurs for a hundreds of years. People have even been reportedly killed by these ancient flying creatures.
In 1923 a traveler by the name of Frank H. Melland worked for a time in Zambia. He gathered native reports of ferocious flying reptiles. The natives called this creature Kongamato which translated into “overwhelmer of boats". The Kongamato was said to have lived in the Jiundu swamps in the Mwinilunga District of western Zambia, near the border of Congo and Angola. It was described as having no feathers, smooth black or red skin, a wingspan between 4 ft. and 7 ft., and possessing a beak full of teeth.
It had a reputation for capsizing canoes and causing death to anyone who merely looked at it. When showed drawings of pterosaurs the native people present immediately and unhesitatingly picked it out and identified it as a Kongamato. Among the natives who did so was a rather wild and quite unsophisticated headman from the Jiundu country, where the Kongamato is supposed to be most active.
In 1925, a distinguished English newspaper correspondent, G. Ward Price, was with the future Duke of Windsor on an official visit to Rhodesia. He reported a story that a civil servant told them of the wounding of a man who entered a feared swamp in Rhodesia known to be the home of demons. The brave native entered the swamp, determined to explore it in spite of the dangers. When he returned he was on the verge of death from a great wound in his chest. He recounted how a strange huge bird with a long beak attacked him. When the civil servant showed the man a picture of a pterosaur, from a book of prehistoric animals, the man screamed in terror and fled from the servant's home
In 1942 Colonel C. R. S. Pitman reported stories the natives told him of a large bat - bird like creature that lived the dense swampy regions of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. Tracks of the creatures were seen, with evidence of a large tail dragging the ground. These reports were not limited to Zambia, but also came from other locations in Africa such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Skeptics suggest that these fantastic sounding tales derived from the fanciful imaginations of natives who were hired to work on archeological digs where fossilized pterosaurs were uncovered in Tendagaru, Tanzania, in the years prior to World War I. These digs, however, took place over 900 miles from Zambia. Why did no reports of living pterosaurs come from Tanzania, where these imaginative natives lived?
Perhaps the most striking report of living pterosaurs comes not from natives, but from white explorers in the employment of the British Museum. In 1932 through 1933 the Percy Sladen Expedition ventured deep into West Africa. In charge of the team was Ivan T. Sanderson, a well-known zoologist and writer. While in the Assumbo Mountains in the Cameroons, they made camp in a wooded valley near a steep banked river. They were out hunting near the river when Sanderson shot a large fruit-eating bat. Upon being shot the creature fell into the swift moving river below, as Sanderson was carefully making his way in the fast moving current, he lost his balance and fell in. He had just regained his balance when his companion suddenly shouted "Look out!"
"And I looked. Then I let out a shout also and instantly bobbed down under the water, because, coming straight at me only a few feet above the water was a black thing the size of an eagle. I had only a glimpse of its face, yet that was quite sufficient, for its lower jaw hung open and bore a semicircle of pointed white teeth set about their own width apart from each other. When I emerged, it was gone. George was facing the other way blazing off his second barrel.
I arrived dripping on my rock and we looked at each other. "Will it come back?" we chorused. And just before it became too dark to see, it came again, hurtling back down the river, its teeth chattering, the air "shss-shssing" as it was cleft by the great, black, dracula-like wings. We were both off-guard, my gun was unloaded, and the brute made straight for George. He ducked. The animal soared over him and was at once swallowed up in the night."
When Sanderson and George returned to camp they asked the natives about the creature. Sanderson asked them, spreading his arms, what kind of bat is this large and is all black? "Olitiau!" was the response. The natives asked Sanderson where they had seen this creature, to which Sanderson pointed back at the river. The natives fled in terror in the opposite direction, taking only their guns and leaving their valuables behind.
In 1956 in Zambia along the Luapula River, engineer J.P.F. Brown was driving back to Salisbury from a visit to Kasenga in Zaire. He stopped at a location called Fort Rosebery, just to the west of Lake Bangweulu, for a break. It was about 6:00 p.m. when he saw two creatures flying slowly and silently directly overhead. Bewildered he observed that these creatures looked prehistoric. He estimated a wingspan of about 3-3 1/2 feet, a long thin tail, and a narrow head, which he likened to an elongated snout of a dog. One of them opened its mouth in which he saw a large number of pointed teeth. He gave the beak to tail length at about 4 1/2 feet.
In 1957, at a hospital at Fort Rosebery, the same location J. P. F. Brown had reported seeing strange flying creatures the year before, a patient came in with a severe wound in his chest. The doctor asked him what had happened and the native claimed that a great bird had attacked him in the Bangweulu Swamps. When asked to sketch the bird, the native drew a picture of a creature that resembled a pterosaur.
The most recent sighting was in 1988. Professor Roy Mackal led an expedition to Namibia where reports of a creature with a wingspan of up to 30 ft were collected. The avian cryptid usually glided through the air, but also was capable of true flight. It was usually seen at dusk, gliding between crevices between two hills about a mile apart. Although the expedition was not successful in getting solid evidence, one team member, James Kosi, reportedly saw the creature from about 1000 ft. away. He described it as a giant glider shape, black with white markings.
But could ancient prehistoric flying reptiles thought to have died out 65 million years ago still be roaming the dense swampy areas and hot desert mountain regions of Africa, or could there be a simpler explanation for these sightings. There are two species of birds that live in the swampy areas of Zambia that could possibly be mistaken for some kind of prehistoric apparition, especially under low light conditions or at nighttime. The shoebill stork is a dark colored bird with an 8 ft. wingspan and a decidedly prehistoric appearance. They have become rare, and can only be found in the deep recesses of swamps in Zambia and neighboring countries. However, there is no evidence of the shoebill behaving aggressively towards humans, and in fact they try to avoid humans as much as possible.
They have large bills, but they are not pointed, and they do not have teeth, in fact no known bird living today has real teeth. Another odd-looking bird that lives in the area is the saddle billed stork. These rather beautiful birds have a wingspan of up to 8½ feet, a long bright red bill with a horizontal black stripe ¾ up from the tip and with a yellow blaze from the eyes down and into the stripe, with additional orange stripes on the sides of the head. Their overall coloration is black and white with a black head, featherless red feet, and a beak that is long and pointed. Although it would be difficult to confuse this bird with a featherless, monotone colored pterosaur, its beak is similar.
It also is not beyond the realm of possibility that perhaps a deranged, sick, threatened, or confused saddle-billed stork could attack a human and plunge its beak into a man's chest. Both of these candidates are rather poor substitutes for pterosaurs, although they probably do account for some of the reports. Many of the natives are very superstitious, and fervently believe in the stories of monsters in the swamps waiting to attack intruders. It is not difficult to imagine that a quick flyby of one of these large birds in the dark could send one running back to camp with a story of a near miss by a flying demon.
Whether the reports are of actual sightings of pterosaur related creatures, or if it they represent some unknown huge sort of bat or bird, perhaps time will tell. Of all the remote, inaccessible locations in the world where unknown creatures could still exist, probably the best candidates would have to be the deep enormous swamps in Africa. These swamps are so overgrown with vines and undergrowth that human travel is next to impossible. In addition, the ground is often so soft that humans could not even stand without sinking, and the many rivers and waterlogged areas block many avenues of penetration. Vicious insects and other critters that can cause sickness from disease or death from venom accompany the hostile terrain.
The area is racked with political instability, patrolled by guerillas and armed bandits with little respect for non-native intruders, which provides a powerful disincentive to would-be explorers. Over flights by aircraft are ineffective since the treetops are so thick in the deep swamps that little or nothing can been seen underneath. Africa is hiding its secrets well. If there are living dinosaurs alive today, these dense over grown swampy areas of Africa are a prime candidate for harboring them.

Closing statement:
Despite many sightings by credible eye-witnesses the Kongamato has left behind no physical evidence to prove that it actually exists. Natives, close to death after a run in with the creature, do not prove anything other than an attack of some kind did happen. As with the majority of crypid it will take a body, alive or dead, to prove to the world that the Kongamato exists in reality not in just myth and legend.

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Cryptid028 Ogopogo

Location: Lake Okanagan, Canada

Type: Lake Serpent

Evidence: several videos and photographs

Possible Population size: There seems to be a sizeable breeding population.

In 1890, Captain Thomas Shorts was at the wheel of this steam boat when he saw a finned creature about sixteen feet long, with a head like a ram, swimming in the waters of Lake Okanagan. Upon turning the boat in the direction of the creature it disappeared below the surface, Captain Shorts is met with ridicule and disbelief upon reporting the sighting. Soon, other reports followed, at least 2 or 3 a year and have increased so much so that today the local population firmly believes in the existence of Ogopogo.
The name, Ogopogo is derived from a British folk song composed by W.H. Brimblecombe. Brimblecombe, sang his song for the members of his British Columbia Rotarian Club, but gave it a local twist based on the now famous creature dwelling in Lake Okanagan. The next day the Vancouver Daily Province, declared Ogopogo to be the official name of the "Famous Okanagan Sea Serpent," and the name stuck. That same year proved to be a busy year for Ogopogo, throughout the summer and into the fall reported sightings of the creature became more common. In November Ogopogo was spotted by no less than 60 people attending a baptism on the lake.
In 1914, on the banks of Rattlesnake Island, a group of Indians stumbled upon a carcass which some researchers believe was that of a juvenile Ogopogo. The carcass was estimated to be between 5 and 6 feet in length and weighted upwards of 400 pounds. The epidermis of the creature was described as being bluish grey in color and had a tail fin as well as 4 distinct flippers. The natives brought the corpse to local naturalist who lived near by who, after studying the corpse, came to the conclusion that the carcass was that of a rogue manatee, however, neither the natives or the naturalist where able to explain how a manatee might have come to live, much less die, on the shores of Okanagan.
In July 1949, a group of people on a party boat saw what they claimed to be Ogopogo at a distance of about 100 feet. The creature was partially submerged with its head under water; it had a forked horizontal tail, characteristic of whales but moved in an undulating motion much like a snake. The portion of the body that was exposed measured an estimated 30 feet in length with smooth dark skin as is common with most sightings of its kind. When the movie camera became popular and more affordable to the general public it seemed only a matter of time before the creature was caught on film and in 1968 it would appear that is exactly what happened. A saw mill worker named Art Folden from Case, British Columbia, using his 8 mm movie camera, captured what is believed by some to be the first motion picture evidence of Ogopogo. Mr. Folden was originally reluctant to make the film public for fear of ridicule, however he showed it over and over again to family and friends for almost two years before his brother in law convinced him to turn it over for investigation, unfortunately by that time the film was not in very good shape and difficult to make out.
According to Mr. Folden, he and his wife where driving home from a day on the lake when he noticed something odd in the water near the shore. Jokingly he told his wife that it was Ogopogo, but when she looked she thought that it was just a bunch of ducks. It was fairly late in the afternoon but Folden decided to stop and film the object anyway. Since he was almost out of film he would stop shooting when the object would go under water and begin shooting again as it came to the surface. The film shows a large dark object disappearing and reappearing in a sequence of moves that indicated it was moving out to deeper water. Using the pine trees on the shore which where approximately 25 feet tall, the dark mass in Folden’s footage was estimated to be roughly 65 feet in length and 3 feet in diameter. Skeptics blew off the film saying that the object looked like a large wake, theorizing that a passing boat stirred the water enough to send the wake shoreward. Closer examination of the footage partially dispelled the wake theory, what could have been a mistaken wake could also have been mistaken for the tip of fin from a gigantic creature moving just below the surface of the water.
In 1980, ten years after Folden’s film was taken, a group of vacationers thought that they sighting Ogopogo. One of the men, Larry Thal, had a home movie camera and managed to capture some intriguing footage of the creature. "Larry's film showed how the animal swims and the massive waves that it creates," said Arlene Gaal, a researcher and author who has been investigating Ogopogo since 1968 and who has records on file of more than 200 sightings, including the Folden film. "It actually showed that it has some form of appendage that seems to pop up every now and then. But the interesting thing is that the animal Art Folden shot and the animal Larry Thal shot are basically the same size. They are very large creatures. In Larry's film we're seeing a creature at least forty to sixty feet from head to tail."
It is possible that there are several creatures of varying size living with in the lake, all belonging to the same unknown zoological family. Researchers agree that for an animal to exist there must be a sizable breeding population. It is also possible that there are several creatures of varying size belonging to different zoological families living in the lake; this would explain some of the different eye witness testimonials. While experts may disagree on the Chaplin footage, there remains no adequate explanation for the large object seen surfacing in Art Folden’s film or the object which clearly turns up a large wake in Larry Thal’s footage. Add to these films the hundreds of other sightings reported over the years and you have something of a mystery living in Lake Okanagan.
Since the lake is connected to the Pacific Ocean by the Columbia River, there is speculation as water levels rose due to the melting ice from the last Ice Age; the creatures swam up the river and into the lake to feed on the lush vegetation in the newly formed valley. As the water receded the creatures became trapped in the lake evolving over the millennia to fresh water living. Researchers to this day are trying to figure out what Ogopogo might be; the majority of reports claim the creature to be serpentine, elongated to about forty to sixty feet in length. The skin has been described as dark green to green-black with other colors ranging from gray, blue-black, and brown, to brown-black. All sightings claim the skin is smooth and appears to be free of scales, hair, or fur, with the possible exception of the head which might exhibit sparse hairs or a mane directly at the back of the neck, which may link the creature to the English water horse, Kelpie. There are some who suggest that Ogopogo may be a plesiosaur, a long necked water reptile of the Mesozoic era, presumed extinct for more than 70 million years. Some Researchers believe that Ogopogo, because of its large vertically undulating motion and descriptions of a whale like tail, could be a Zeuglodon, a primitive tooth whale thought to have died out over 25 million years ago.
Closing Statement:
So what is Ogopogo and does it really exist, eye witness reports all describe a creature bearing no resemblance to any known species. The few photographic images we have are all too fuzzy to clearly make out and to easily dismissed as a hoax. It would seem that modern science will first need a body or live specimen to determine the true nature of the creature. However this two may prove impossible as the Canadian government is taking no chances of Ogopogo being harmed. It has declared the creature an endangered species and hunting it is against the law. The people who live on Lake Okanagan need no further proof and have constructed a life-sized model of the creature, which is the center piece of the area’s annual festival called, “Ogopogo Days,” For them, Ogopogo is alive and well.
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Mordian is the embodiment of the Nazi and 3rd reich in 40k setting. Being racist, pure blood, uniform, jewsterminatus, hitlol, yadda yadda and awesome weaponries and discipline~

the hive world is a highly regimented society, its subjects separated by a caste system of high spire, mid spire, lower spire and underhive inhabitants. Majority of Mordia citizen are conscripted into the guard as imperial tithe, it is a tradition, of martial servitude.

but of course, as you would guess, a low spire soldier could not become lord commander, even if he is blessed by the emprah. the caste system is both a political governing body of the masses as well as a tool of discipline. Officers only came from the top spire and men of lower tiers are to serve them without questions, or it is heresy. With this, throughout millennias, the reputation of the Ironguard as a ruthless, discipline and effective martial force is forged.

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Ironhearts is senior veterans of the low spire, (mid spire can buy their way into junior officer while underhivers is cursed with a lifetime as levy troops and cannon fodder) their years of service marking them as heroes of the regiment they come from, but could not promote any further into officer school due to the caste system. Thusly, created the storm-trooper/elite role where they serve out the ends of their lives. Younger Mordians look up to them as grandfather exemplars, legendary hero figures, the old breed, the soul of the fighting regiment and they rally around them. Ironhearts are as much as a spiritual core as well as a fearsome fighting machine. Skills honed throughout a lifetime of war and carnage, these men are cold blooded killers who said farewell to mercy and compassion along with the foes they have slayed along the way, long time ago. what is left is just the honor of serving the imperium till the last day of their life. Most have serious augmentic surgery and holders of the prestigious Iron Aquilla and Macharius Sash.

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Just need to finish this, been put too long away and skill level is so different now it is hard to finish.

ps: greater good illuminated, with imperial steel~
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Here is my portrait of George Reeves as Clark Kent from "The Adventures of Superman" TV series from the 1950s.
To me George Reeves will always be Superman personafied. You can have your Chris Reeve and all the others that came after, but none hold a candle to George in my opinion.
Colored pencil on Canson colore art paper.
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Cryptid 024, The Wendego

A.K.A. Witigo, Witiko and Wee-Tee-Go

Location: Northern United States and Canada

Type: Hairy Humanoid

Evidence: Scattered Sightings, some dating back hundreds of years

Possible Population size: Indistinguisable.

My thoughts and theories:
Considered by many modern paranormal researchers to be an alternate (or regional) name for the more traditional hairy-hominid known as Sasquatch, the Wendigo is considered by most Native American tribes (particularly the Inuits) to be another - and infinitely more dangerous - breed of beast altogether.
Known to different North American tribal groups by the names Witigo, Witiko and Wee-Tee-Go, this animal is almost universally described as being a lanky, 15-foot tall, beast-like phantasm, with glowing eyes, long, yellowed canine teeth, and a hyper-extended tongue. This quasi-animal is almost always depicted with a coat of matted fur, but there are some eyewitness accounts which insist that the creature is hairless and covered with a sallow, jaundiced skin. Based upon these descriptions it is not surprising that this being has inspired terror in all who have encountered it.
Achieving international acclaim in Algernon Blackwood's 1907 short story called "The Wendigo", legends of this animal date back for centuries, and have almost always been associated with the act of cannibalism. In fact, one persistent tale details the Wendingo's origin as being that of a human who was forced to resort to consuming his peers (no doubt in an unfortunate Donner Party-esque situation) in order to survive a particularly brutal Canadian winter.
The sole survivor of this ordeal was corrupted by his actions and possessed by evil spirits who transformed him into this hideous monstrosity. The legend insists that all those who have participated in the act of cannibalism (even in order to survive) risk the chance that they themselves may be transformed into a member of this bloodthirsty, half-corporeal, species.
Legends such as these have persisted (especially in northern Ontario) even into the 20th century, assuming almost the same position that Werewolves once dominated in Europe throughout the middle ages. There is even one intriguing case which hails from October of 1907 (a popular year for the Wendingo), which involved a Cree man named Jack Fiddler, who had claimed to have killed 14 of these monsters during his lifetime.
The story garnered international attention when the then 87 year-old men was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Cree woman, whom he claimed was on the verge of transforming completely into a ravenous member of the Wendingo clan. Neither Fiddler, nor his son Joseph, hesitated in pleading guilty to the crime, but both insisted that their decisive action averted what could have quickly become a profound tragedy for the other members of their tribe. Until the end of his days this Native American "Van Helsing" held true to his conviction that the sacrifice he and his son had made was indeed a noble one.
Closing statement: Although the creature seems to mostly exist in legend with little to no proof of it's existance, I've always been told that there is a little truth to every tall tale. This one in particular may be easily be denounced as someone retelling his whitness to the ghoulish sight one might find when stumbling across an individual enguageing in the act of cannibalism. Possibly, a lone man with weeks of hair growth, driven insane by his deeds, perched over the remains of peers and growling like an animal might very much so look more monster than human to us. On the other hand, with so much of the Canadian fronteer unexplored, it is also possible that a horrific creature like the Wendego may exist. Even our own bodies could hide ressive geans that, when triggered could revert us back to a more primal state.
After all, every culture around the world has at least one legend revolving around humans acheving in-human transformation.
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Cryptid 081 Nadi Bear

Location: Western Kenya, Africa

Type: Hybrid Beast

Evidence: Besides hundred of sightings by westerners and reports that local people have killed the animal, there remains no physical evidence that the Nandi Bear exists.

Possible Population size: Unknown

Reports of the Nandi Bear by westerns have been coming out of western Kenya, Africa from as early as the 1900’s, however the native people have been encountering the beast for much longer. The creature takes its name from the Nandi people which call western Kenya their home. The Nandi people call the creature “Kent’ and believe that when the Nandi Bear takes a human life, it only does so to eat the brains.
Described as being about the same size as a large lion and resembling that of a hyena with a brownish red to a dark color coat, the name Nandi Bear can be a bit misleading. The name comes from two factors, its frequent sightings by the Nandi people and its apparent bear like facial features and stride. The only known bear species in Africa, the Atlas Bear, which lived some distance away in the Atlas Mountains, is said to have gone extinct several decades ago due to over hunting by the Roman Empire, leaving us with one question, what is the Nandi Bear. Scientists have speculated four main theories.
The Nandi Bear is said to have many bear like qualities, its facial features and stride match those of known bears, and reports also say it is able to stand on its hind legs, another trait of known bears. The Nandi Bear is also reported to be able to climb trees, waiting for a possible victim to pass by. The physical features of the Nandi bear do have some resemblance to that of the extinct Atlas Bear, however the distance from the Atlas Mountains and lack of any fossil records in the area make that highly unlikely.
Perhaps the most likely candidate for the true identity of the Nandi Bear is that of a Hyena. It is thought that the Nandi bear may be an undiscovered giant hyena or even a prehistoric survivor. Fossil records show that during the Pleistocene there lived a hyena in Africa that was roughly it size of a modern lion called the Short-Faced Hyena. Being a much more active hunter, the Short-Faced Hyena would match many of the reported attacks by the Nandi Bear.
Some Zoologists feel that if the Nandi Bear truly does exist it may be a surviving Chalicothere, a sloped back animal related to horses which had large claws instead of hooves. Like the Short-Faced Hyena, the Chalicothere is thought to have gone extinct in the Pleistocene Era. It is believed that the creature’s claws were used for digging up roots and possibly for defense. If this was true, and the Chalicothere used its claws for defense, than an enraged Chalicothere would be capable of reported Nandi Bear attacks. Although being a herbivore, the Chalicothere does fit the general description of the Nandi Bear.
The Nandi Tribe often describes the Nandi Bear as a large baboon like primate. Mark A. Hall and Loren Coleman agree that the Nandi Bear may be a form of unknown baboon, possibly another prehistoric survivor. Fossils indicate that a giant baboon twice the size of modern baboons once lived in Africa, and large baboon would be capable of reported Nandi Bear attacks. Baboons can also stand up straight and climb trees, a reported quality of the Nandi bear.

Closing Statement:
In 1919, a farmer named Cara Buxton related the following story:
"A short time ago a 'Gadett' [or geteit, another name for the Nandi Bear] visited the district. This name is given to the animal by the Lumbwa and signifies the 'brain-eater.' Its first appearance was on my farm, where the sheep were missing. We finally found all ten, seven were dead and three were still alive. In no case were the bodies touched, but the brains were torn out. During the next ten days fifty-seven goats and sheep were destroyed in the same way; of these thirteen were found alive ..."
Whatever the Nadi Bear is, the fact that sightings often are reported alongside strange livestock mutilations means that the creature is potentially dangerous. The Nadi Bear may be a variation of Chupacabras or other known livestock killers. As usual, we won't know the truth until one is caught or killed.... or.... maybe it's best if we don't know the truth, and enjoy it for the mystery it is.

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