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M is for Monster


What exactly is the definition of a monster? I mean the “big destructive creature” kind of monster, not the “really evil person” kind. I think it’s a little questionable whether it’s ever okay for a natural animal, even in a supernatural setting, to be portrayed as a “monster” in the sense of it being okay to kill it without considering other options; I can’t deny that I like some of the classic ones that don’t make much sense to be anything other than animals, but I’d prefer to make them more like, well, animals. For truly monstrous monsters, I’d go with demons or with artificial creatures, depending on the setting.

For Project Quintessence, the villain Ashroth relies partially on created monsters that aren’t even made of normal matter; the alien nature is probably why I made many of them tend to be otherworldly tentacled creatures, but some of them are dragonlike as well.


Over at Flash! Friday, it’s Flashversary. The prompt this time allows almost total freedom, but having to be exactly 150 words instead of within a range sounded like it could be a challenge; I was kind of surprised that it wasn’t really a problem. Here’s my entry for round one.


Luna’s jet ripped through the smoke, but it wasn’t fast enough. Thousands had already burned. “No more! Tonight, Orochi dies!”

She rolled to dodge a tongue of flame from the mechanical wyrm, and fired a missile straight down its maw to little effect. She was relieved to see impacts on two of the monster’s other heads.

“Adam! Michiru! Formation Alpha!”

All three screamed “Combine! Guardian Susanoo!” as three machines became one unbelievable warrior.

Orochi ignored the steel samurai and spat a fireball at the hospital. Susanoo dashed into the projectile’s path and drew the Sword of Storms. The flames danced around the heavenly blade until it glowed red. The blades on the robot’s left gauntlet extended and were connected by a plasma bowstring. The trio fired their sword as an arrow straight into the fusion reactor that was the dragon’s heart. The beast fell to Earth, into its own inferno.