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Aliases: (Terrestrial Form) The Creeping Silence, The Silent Maiden – (Winged Form) The Vibrant Banshee, Song of Destruction
Date Discovered: May 10th, 1956
Place of Origin: Naka Mine, Laos
Notable Stomping Grounds: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
Height: 70 feet
Length: 110 feet
Wingspan: 130 feet
Biology: Before mutation, Megaria was a larval cicada that was suffering parasitism by a form of fungus. Due to the location of her first emergence, it is believed that she was buried near Yamaneon deposits and was exposed to its radiation. The massive amounts of vibrations that came from nearby mining efforts may have triggered the mutation for both her and the fungus. It is believed that this mutation has changed her fungal growths to a more symbiotic strain. The fungal growths are capable of absorbing sound and other vibrations, converting this into energy. Though absorption of radiation should provide enough energy for her, it seems that she seeks out this extra source build up her internal stores. This may be used to fuel her sound-based attacks or for her more energy-consuming winged form. The absorbing fungus creates an odd muffling effect in the area around her which has led to her aliases.
So far no other specimen of her kind exists.
Her kaiju powers include:
- Super strength
- An enhanced healing factor
- Immunity to radiation
- Sound Absorption
- Vibrating Claws
- Sonic Blasts
- Rapid Metamorphosis
Personality: Despite her wicked claws and ebon growths, Megaria is a rather peaceful creature. When in her terrestrial form, she is rather slow moving and calm. She does not show any malice or contempt towards the world around her, she just simply crawls her way towards the nearest source of noise. Any occurrences of her trampling buildings or “attacking” towns are often the result of the settlement being in the way of her direct path. This destruction is not done on purpose nor does she relish it, she is just simply going about her business. These “attacks” are surprisingly rare for her terrestrial form, as she often shows up to cities and heavily populated to feed on the sound pollution. This habit of hers gives her the appearance of curiosity, as she is drawn to loud events and scenes of chaos. When she arrives, she often parks herself on the edge of the cacophonous area and stays there. Her fungal growths will absorb the sound while she sits there and watches. While some kaiju can referred to as things like “fighters” or “protectors,” many see her more as a “spectator.” She finds interest in particularly loud subjects and large enough sources of movement will catch her eye. In certain cases, she may be seen slowly scooching herself closer to areas of interest, moving in for more sound and for a closer look. When the noise sources die down, she will listen for another louder source and move on, hopefully in a direction that takes her away from the city and not through it.
While her curious nature and passive habits makes her one of the more peaceful kaiju, she does get herself into trouble from time to time. Military bases and other areas of important operation are quite noisy, and they are capable of drawing her attention. This results in her setting camp right near or in a militarized zone, which is not appreciated. Though she does not intentionally cause destruction, that doesn’t make up for the fact that she can trample structures and vehicles as she settles on the perfect spot to feed. Since aircraft produce an obscene amount of sound, she will often wind up near the airfield so that she can watch the planes. Her presence near these areas cause a lot of problems, from runways getting damaged by her claws and bulk, to her curiously swiping at the local aircraft like an amused toddler watching a fly. It has also been found that her sound-absorbing fungus can interfere with other wavelengths, causing issues with communications whenever she is nearby. These same problems can happen if she winds up deep in a city, so some groups have turned to creating a deterrent. In areas where she is known to frequent, the locals have constructed “Boom Towers.” These structures look like radio towers, but are outfitted with a massive sound system to create huge amounts of noise. If Megaria is becoming a pest to a city or base, a specific Boom Tower will be turned on so that it draws her attention away from the populated area.
When it comes to other kaiju, Megaria has no interest in fighting or territory. She just wants sound to feed on and will simply head to wherever there is plenty of it nearby, even if it means approaching another noisier kaiju. If the other monster does not disagree with her presence, she may wind up following them around for a bit so that she can feed her fungus and curiosity. This does have the unfortunate effect of drawing her towards more aggressive kaiju, especially when two or more are fighting. The sound of roars and chaos will catch her notice, and she will crawl her way towards the battle. Even when approaching a fight, she will just sit on the sidelines and watch, having no drive to jump into the brawl. The combatants, though, may not share this sentiment. Some may choose to lash out at her and drag her into the fight, which she isn’t thrilled about. Attacks can also happen if her wanderings take her through an aggressive kaiju’s territory. In these cases, Megaria will only look to defend herself. She does not care about winning or conquering her opponent, she just wants them to stop hurting her. When faced with battle, she will use the tymbals in her forearms to vibrate her claws and turn them into shredding weapons. Her powerful exoskeleton will help deflect tooth and claw, and the fungus growing on her back has an incredibly bitter taste to ward off biters. When locked in close combat, she can use her fungal growths and tymbals to build up sonic energy and release them in a powerful explosion, blowing back attackers and deflecting projectiles. This arsenal is usually enough to either scare off an attacker or give herself time to escape. During some fights, though, this may not be enough. If faced with a highly aggressive opponent or if she is caught in a losing battle, she will initiate her last option: metamorphosis.
In these desperate moments, Megaria will undergo metamorphosis into a different form. Her fungal growths will retract into her body and her exoskeleton will harden into impenetrable husk. In the matter of minutes, her body will quickly change and she will violently burst from her old shell. What emerges is her winged form, and when she is in this state she is not so calm and quiet. When in this form, she is much more aggressive and way more destructive. Her fungal growths and body have changed from absorbing sound to expelling it in powerful quantities. She will produce ear splitting shrieks and massive blasts of sound to bombard her opponents. Her vibrating claws will have grown to better help her tear and shred. With her wings, she is much more mobile and is an agile fighter. She will fling herself at attackers and do everything she can to incapacitate them or scare them off. Even though she comes off as an aggressive and destructive fighter, she does this more out of desperation than malice. This winged form of hers is the act of a wounded and cornered animal, lashing out for her own survival. When she succeeds in getting an opening, she will quickly retreat from the battlefield. Her wings and sonic bursts will carry her far away, far from attackers and other threats. When she finds a good far place to nest, she will release a bombardment of sonic energy to blast open the ground. She will then burrow into the exposed earth, using her claws and sonic energy to bury herself deep below. Down here she will form another shell and revert back to her terrestrial form, but this time she will not be so quick to emerge. Her winged form consumes a huge amount of energy, so much so that she can only remain in this state for a span of hours. After she has buried herself, she will have to hibernate for months to slowly regain her strength, after which she will emerge from the ground in her usual terrestrial form. She will not change into her winged form again until another time of desperation occurs.
While many find her peaceful in her terrestrial form, her winged form is something that is feared. Though she does not target cities while in this state, the blasts of sonic energy she creates causes a massive amount of collateral damage. Even when flying in retreat, the sheer amount of sound and wind she exudes causes destruction around her. For this reason, there are efforts to keep her away from fights or to defend her when she is attacked. All of this is to prevent her from changing into this destructive form, as it will cause way more harm to human populations than good. These efforts, interestingly enough, may not be going unnoticed. Recent encounters with Megaria have shown her to be more interested in the humans and kaiju who helped her, being both more curious and more careful to not cause harm. She has even been seen following around kaiju who have fended off attackers, even if they had not intended to protect Megaria. Perhaps in time she may become more of an ally to humanity, or at least maybe she will stop trampling over towns whenever she hears a concert.