Location: Humid regions, usually near the coast.
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.
Status: Unknown, presumed active.
Description and Behavior: The Trustworthy Mask is a white porcelain mask depicting a man with a relaxed expression and slight smile. The inside of the mask however is composed of rotting human flesh, maggots, and splintered bones that dig into the face of whoever wears it. When not worn it gives off a faint sound similar to a man mumbling to himself. Some have remarked that it sounds like it is saying “I said sorry, trust me”, “Eyes sore, must be”, or even “Isyd-Surstee” according to one person. This mumbling stops as soon as it is put on.
The main anomalous effect of the Trustworthy Mask is it makes any statement made by the wearer immediately and thoroughly believed. This includes even the most outlandish lies; for example, one person was convinced by a wearer of the mask that he himself did not exist. The other anomalous effects relate to how the mask affects the wearer. It induces a psychological dependency on the mask by convincing the wearer that they need the mask, or their lies will unravel and their life will fall apart. Once the person is wearing the mask on a permanent basis, the mask will over time erase the original personality of the wearer and replace it with another. The Trustworthy will repeat the process of replacing its wearer’s personality until they die.
Unfortunately, the location of the Trustworthy Mask is not known to us at PRAE. The mask was traced to several potential past wearers. Our research unfortunately reached a dead end with the esteemed billionaire Vincent Amnon. He told us that he did not have the mask, and that he was in fact not wearing at that moment. Regardless of this dead end, we will continue searching for it to inform and protect the public.
Recommended Actions: As the mask poses no real danger if not worn, and takes time to harm if worn, it is recommended to just ignore the Trustworthy Mask if encountered. The real danger is in the people who would misuse it. Therefore, remain vigilant of anyone in a porcelain mask matching the description. Avoid communications of any sort with them.
Location: Convenience Stores and Vending Machines
Description and Behavior: ‘Spider Sodas’ are seemingly normal cans or bottles of soft drink beverages of any brand, with the only distinguishing feature being that the ingredient list is written in an unknown language. When the supposed ‘soda’ contained within contacts human saliva it reacts by transforming the entire container of fluid into the most venomous local spider species. This occurs at a rate of one millilitre being equivalent to one spider regardless of size. Even if part of the liquid is poured in a separate glass the entirety of the soda will transform when the reaction occurs. Due to the nature of this anomalous reaction it is quite common for victims to receive spider bites on the inside of their mouths.
Recommended Actions: It is our recommendation to check all labels of soft drink beverages and dispose of any with suspicious ingredient lists. If you or someone in your proximity activates the reaction, remove the spiders from the mouth and vacate the area. Then be sure to get treated with antivenom. It may be necessary to bring in an exterminator to deal with the sudden infestation.
Status: Unknown, presumed active.
Description and Behavior: The Bust of the Goddess is an approximately two-foot (0.6 meter) tall bust depicting the head and shoulders of a woman of unknown ethnicity. Surviving descriptions of the Bust describe the woman in question as having deep gashes across the front off her face and three empty eye-sockets that seep a black fluid with the consistency of molasses but the smell of blood. Instead of hair, the head is said have five horns with ornamental carvings; though some claim there are up to twenty horns. It is said to change the expression on its face when not observed, and apparently can be heard breathing if carefully listened to.
The Bust was last known be in the possession of the now defunct Chained Gods Temple; a cult that believed the Bust to be both a depiction and conduit of their chief deity, the Chained Goddess. It was their belief that collecting the Bust and its missing eyes would allow the Chained Goddess and her allies to escape their captivity in their full forms to claim the earth as theirs. It is presumed that one of the various splinter groups formed from the surviving members of the Temple currently possess the Bust.
Persons known to have spent a significant amount of time in proximity to the Bust claim to develop the ability to hear it speak. Whether this is due to a degraded mental state or a genuine anomalous trait cannot be determined. What can be determined is the fact that the groups interested in this anomalous entity are willing and able to pursue it to radical lengths, presenting a danger whenever there is a rumor of its presence.
Recommended Actions: This anomalous entity is not, itself, dangerous if the records on it are to be regarded as accurate. At most, the Bust may cause some mental deterioration after prolonged exposure. The groups pursuing it are the real threat to your person. Therefore, it is recommended to ignore this entity and at most try to remain away from anywhere rumors indicate it may be. Instead, please report any rumors to us at PRAE so that we may investigate and learn more about this entity.