ALC15: Nightmare Crawlers

Location: Humid regions, usually near the coast.

Status: Active.

Description and Behavior: Nightmare Crawlers are an anomalous species that superficially resemble large centipedes with anywhere from nine to fifteen sets of legs, though they are in fact vertebrates. They crawl in behind the eyes of their victims while they sleep. Once in place, they inject an anomalous venom that causes a deep yet distressed sleep resulting in long and stressful nightmares. The Nightmare Crawler then somehow ‘feeds’ off of the nightmares, often manifesting in the nightmare itself as a human-like face that taunts the victim with a word salad of negative and violent terms. Occasionally the entity will lose part of a leg or other appendage due to the muscle movements of the distressed victim, these usually end up in the front of the eye and closely resemble eyelashes. Eventually the Nightmare Crawler will lay eggs in the sinuses of the victim. Once these hatch, the young Nightmare Crawlers leave the victim while they sleep and seek out new hosts.

Recommended Action: It is recommended to wear a relatively tight-fitting sleep mask to deny initial entry to the Nightmare Crawlers. If you do exhibit the symptoms associated with them, chiefly frequent nightmares and pressure behind the eyes, check any eyelashes you remove from your eyes to confirm that they are not actually legs. Regardless of whether they are, go to a doctor to inspect the situation. Fortunately, the Nightmare Crawlers have never been linked to a death or serious injury, so dealing with them is a matter of comfort and can be done at a relatively leisurely pace.

AMI11: Evil Rubber Ducks

Location: Various sewer systems around the world.

Status: Active.

Description and Behavior: Evil Rubber Ducks are an anomalous species of semiaquatic mollusks that closely resemble a rubber duck with a goatee. They have a tough and thick skin that feels like rubber, protecting them from their harsh environment in the sewers and making them nearly impossible to kill. While floating they use their foot to maneuver through water and can also use the foot to traverse solid surfaces. Their diet largely consists of insects, small rodents, and nutrients scavenged from human waste.

Usually they offer little danger to those that encounter them in the sewers. They are relatively docile if left untouched and usually either hide or remain motionless if humans are near. If they are picked up, they will attempt to sting the person, which causes paralysis and permanent nerve damage. This very rarely happens as most people aren’t inclined to pick up objects in the sewers.

It is during the reproductive phase that these entities can become dangerous. A pair of these Evil Rubber Ducks will make their way to the surface, usually through a toilet. Once in a bathroom with a bath the pair will wait motionlessly until a human being starts taking a bath. It is then that one of the Evil Rubber Ducks will sneak up on the person and inject paralyzing venom with a stinger hidden in its ‘mouth’. Once the victim is paralyzed the pair will enter the tub and make holes in the skin of the person, laying incubated eggs into these holes. Evil Rubber Ducks are hermaphroditic and can lay anywhere from a hundred to three hundred eggs each. The eggs hatch within the hour and the baby Evil Rubber Ducks start eating the victim alive, usually having the entire body devoured within four hours of hatching. The adults will remove the bathtub drain cap after feeding has ended, whether to conclusion or by intervention, allowing the babies to escape to the sewer. The adults then die.

Recommended Actions: It is important to always thoroughly check your bathroom before taking a bath. Always make sure the toilet lid is always closed when not in used to ensure that no entry can take place. If you do notice any Evil Rubber Ducks, do your best to try to drive them away back into the sewers. This is best achieved with chemicals and shows of force. If you can get at least one into the toilet the other is sure to follow.