Polyphemus



Overview

  • Unveiled to the world 17 years ago in conjunction with the birth of the Ophion Foundation, Polyphemus is a colossal extraterrestrial organism. While a small portion of its mass is accessible via a seismic crack at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the vast majority of Polyphemus is buried deep beneath the Earth’s crust.


Discovery

  • Seventeen years ago, seismic upheaval in the Pacific Ocean exposed a small portion of the extraterrestrial giant to the Earth’s surface. It was detected almost immediately by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration using its hydrophone array. At first, it was reported that the source of the infamous Bloop had been discovered, but it soon became apparent that the new organism was many orders of magnitude larger.
  • The news captured the attention of Elias Israfel and his nascent Ophion Foundation. He wasted no time in gathering a crew of professionals and personally funded the construction of an underwater laboratory to study the new discovery. When the section of the creature was finally excavated sufficiently for analysis, it was discovered that the majority of the exposed flesh consisted of a single primitive eye. The creature was dubbed “Polyphemus,” after the legendary Greek Cyclops.


History

  • The early history of Polyphemus is nearly impossible to deduce with the tools presently available. Based on its position deep beneath the Earth’s crust, it is possible that Polyphemus has been buried here longer than life has existed on this planet. The generally agreed upon hypothesis in the scientific community states that Polyphemus likely originated outside of the Sol System and collided with Earth in the distant past.


Biology

  • Relatively little is presently understood about Polyphemus’s biological systems. Polyphemus is an extraterrestrial with origins older than prehistory, and biological concepts based on earthly life have been woefully insufficient. What is known is that its flesh is composed of an incredibly dense, tumor-like material. Polyphemus possesses millions of primitive eyes, each positioned seemingly at random on its considerable bulk. At present, Polyphemus is an amorphous mass that stretches from the Sea of Japan to the coast of Morocco, and from the heart of Canada to the Northern tip of Antarctica. What shape it might have had prior to becoming trapped in the Earth’s crust is unknown.
  • It has been hypothesized that the majority of Polyphemus’s form was destroyed when it crashed into Earth and came into contact with its mantle and core. Such extensive damage might have left the creature too weak to escape the planet’s gravitational pull. It is unknown how Polyphemus might have survived such an impact. Certainly, no other known organism could endure similar trauma. Astrobiologists argue that Polyphemus should be classified in a Kingdom unto itself, and that it likely does not fit into any definition of “life” as we understand it.
  • Polyphemus secretes viscous black ooze at regular intervals from unseen cracks in its flesh. The ooze has proven to be highly toxic, and most animals instinctively avoid contact with it. More distressingly, the ooze draws evocative comparisons to visions reported by victims of the Black Nirvana Incident. The tar-like ocean seen materializing on the surface of the moon during hallucinations bears a striking resemblance to the substance Polyphemus produces.

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