Welcome to Delta Sector.
For centuries, The Troop's historical evidence has been stored in climate-controlled vaults deep underground. Today, Troop librarians are working around the clock to post all top-secret files, artifacts, and ancient relics to Delta, thus little by little making them more readily accessible to Troop officials around the world.
Troop Grid: an endlessly fascinating resource for monster hunters everywhere.
Ship's log: Anna Verona, found in the North Atlantic Ocean, August 23, 1821
The Anna Verona, a merchant ship based in Boston, Massachusetts, was found drifting off the cost of Venezuela in 1821. The entire crew and a large lifeboat were missing, but all of their supplies remained onboard. The last entry in Capt. Bennett Robinson's log, written in an unusually shaky hand, details the crew's encounter with an unidentified sea creature. Troop members investigated, but were unable to locate either the crew or the monster.
The text reads:
17th August, 1821
Ill omens continued to follow our crew. As night gave way to daybreak, Mr. O'Reilly, our ship's lookout, shouted from the crow's nest that he had espied a mermaid with a comb and a mirror in her hand.
The skies rolled red this morning, never auguring good, and it was half past the seventh bell that first we saw it -- in the distance -- rearing its head from the choppy waters, as a hungry dog would raise its over a tabletop, upon scenting a particularly aromatic leg of mutton.
Its scales were greener than emeralds, its eyes an old and evil yellow, as of parchment left to cook in the sun. Its claws shone bright, as if cut from diamonds, and its tale thrashed as if possessed upon its own.
How we were able to drive the monstrosity back, I could not tell you. Many is the hour we fired the cannons, barely denting the beast's skin. We can only pray that we shall not again see its like afore we return to shore.
Video: TROOP FILMS, November 1954
Photo: Unidentified Winged Creatures, Swiss Alps, 2007
This photo was confiscated from a frightened Canadian tourist, who was unable to provide much detail about the sighting. Photo analysis suggests that the creatures were flying at a high altitude (5,000-6,000 feet) in the Alps. They appear to have crow-like wings and a large prehensile tail.
Motivational Poster: Hang in There, circulated September 1970
According to Troop printing records, other versions of this poster were ordered (including one design with a human baby clinging to a rope swing, and another with a Vespinox larva hanging from its nest), but this one was by far the most popular. Motivational poster receipts from throughout the '70s prove that nothing motivates Troop members as strongly as a kitten in a precarious situation.
Letter: From Vice President of the United States, June 1952
Found hidden away in a secure area of Lakewood Troop headquarters earlier this year, this letter was received shortly after Lakewood Troop member Chris Marcil died battling a Doulos.
Many Vice Presidents might be unwilling to write a letter on official stationery acknowledging the existence of monsters, but as a former Troop member himself, Richard Nixon shared the Troop's grief.
Monster Database: Doulos
Photo: Unidentified Horned Troll, Adirondacks State Park, USA, 2001
Taken in the Adirondacks State Park by a lost hiker, this is one of only two known photos of the notoriously elusive Horned Mountain Troll. (It is the only photo still in existence. The other one was permanently damaged when a Troop advisor spilled coffee on it.)
Little is known about the creature, other than that it is rumored to rarely travel before sunset, and that its cries are thought to be similar to a wolf's howl, probably to keep predators at bay.
Threat level: Unknown. If this creature is sighted, PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Photo: Repticore Engraving, Egyptian c. 1450 BC
It's a widely-accepted theory that the tipping point in Pharaoh Thutmose III's conquest of Canaan was the Egyptian army's ability to tame wild Repticores and use them as weapons. The Repticore's willingness to eat people meant that battles ended quickly. Thutmose's enemies were either swallowed or frightened away.
Troop archaeologists believe the Repticore was once revered as a fallen god, but that most Repticore artifacts were destroyed after one of the beasts attempted to eat Thutmose.
Currently housed in Troop Vaults of London
Monster Database: Repticore
Document: Emergency Troop Guidelines, circulated July 1995
(HISTORICAL REFERENCE MATERIAL, NOT FOR GENERAL CIRCULATION)
Anyone who served in a Troop in the mid-'90s remembers seeing this poster hanging on bulletin boards in Troop HQ break rooms around the world.
Printed after the dramatic Troop personnel reduction disaster of June, 1995, most of the advice contained in this one-sheet has since been incorporated into Troop Worldwide training manuals and preparedness kits.
Monster Database: Mongolian Death Worm
Artist's Diagram: Mongolian Death Worm, March 1994
A Mongolian Death Worms has never been taken captive by the Troop, but in 1994, a dead worm was found in the Nevada desert. It was identified and inspected in the field by Troop medical expert, Dr. Alan Fleisher. He conducted a thorough exam (which determined inconclusively that the worm died of old age), and made rough sketches of the worm's anatomy, which he later used to create the detailed diagram shown here.
Dr. Fleisher was the first Troop member to observe that the Death Worm is blind, and that its "teeth" are not hard enamel, but sticky tendrils.
Immediately after Dr. Fleisher's evaluation, Troop members destroyed all evidence of the worm before it could be spotted by humans in a nearby housing development.
Monster Database: Mongolian Death Worm
Photo: Whale Markings Suggesting Giant Sea Creature, 1916
In 1916, a dead humpback whale washed up on the Alaskan coast. Troop scientists took a sample of its skin for study, and concluded that the whale died in battle with an unknown sea creature.
Note the randomly-placed imprints, which suggest a series of tentacle suckers ringed with sharp objects believed to be teeth. Whales are mammals and must breathe air to stay alive; if the sea monster was a cephalopod, it would have had a tremendous advantage in an underwater battle.
Although this evidence is nearly 100 years old, the large, tentacled monster may still be alive. Alaskan Troop members are advised to stay alert during all water-based patrols.
Recommendations: Please report any evidence of continued existence.
Press Clipping: Strange Sightings, September, 4, 2009
Scan of a newspaper article reporting on a tourist couple who took many photos inside the Chilaw Caves fossil site in western Sri Lanka. As this newspaper is considered a tabloid in scientific circles, the sighting is not of great concern, but Chilaw Troop members are advised to raise security patrols in the area to avoid further incidents.
Photo: Paleolithic Cave Painting, c. 30000-10000 BC
Upon its discovery by the famed archaeologist Dr. Montana Smith in 1937, this artifact was considered proof that some dinosaurs survived to coexist with the earliest cavemen.
However, the Troop Ancient Artifacts Division now believes this is a depiction of early man's fight against a monster, possibly an ancestor of the Helmatrop.
Detail from the British Museum's Confidential Archives
Monster Database: Helmatrop
Photo: Possible Feral Snark Sighting, NYC Subway, USA, 2008
Photographer: Brooklyn Troop member Leticia Green.
Feral Snarks look much more ferocious than their domesticated relatives, but all Snarks are typically quite friendly. Most Feral Snarks avoid open spaces, but are not afraid of human contact.
A well-trained Snark is extremely valuable to the Troop for its ability to wipe people's memories after a monster encounter, but this same skill is what makes the Feral Snark a potential threat. City-based Troop members are advised to be alert for them at all times.
If a Feral Snark bursts into song in a crowded public place (this NYC subway, for example), anyone within earshot would experience an immediate memory loss. Although it's unlikely to cause permanent damage, minor chaos may result as nearby civilians simultaneously forget where they're going or how they got there.
REMINDER: If you suspect a Feral Snark is in the area, wear ear plugs at all times.
Monster Database: Snark
Photo: Mammoth Massidask Fossil, Late Triassic Period
Discovered by former Troop member Darnel W. Charles during the construction of a city playground in Dayton, Ohio, in April 1954.
The Mammoth Massidask is a soft-bodied invertebrate that lives in shallow, muddy water. These specimens (male on the left, female on the right) were probably very young, because they are only approximately three inches long. The Mammoth Massidask can live for several hundred years in the right conditions, growing up to twenty feet across.
The Massidask feeds by wrapping its flexible, jelly-like body around its prey and slowly absorbing its nutrients.
The Mammoth Massidask is not considered a threat to humans, unless they fall asleep in muddy water. While awake, humans can easily pull away from the Massidask's weak grasp, but a sleeping human may be unaware of the threat, as the Massidask's body feels like a soft blanket.
In areas with confirmed Massidask activity, Troop members are advised to remain alert in muddy areas, and to move to dry land before taking a nap.
Photo: Raptor Tracks, December 1999
This photograph, taken outside of Concord, New Hampshire by a local mailman, was intercepted before the photographer could sell it to Strange Sightings. Although Concord Troop members did not have a Snark available at the time, the snow melted before the photographer could capture new evidence of the footprints.
The Concord Troop tracked the Raptor for several miles before losing its trail in a densely wooded area.
Photo: Unidentified Bulbous Tree Monster, British Columbia, Canada, 1989
Troop member Olivier Roderick took this photo while researching a project about the complex relationship between Dryads and tree vines. Roderick didn't realize until returning home and closely inspecting his photos that this particular shot also included a rarely-photographed bulbous tree monster.
Troop scientists have been unable to identify the particular species of tree monster captured in this low-res photo, but Roderick has returned to the area many times with telephoto lenses, hoping to catch another glimpse.
Monster Database: Dryad
Artist's Rendering: Unclassified Webbed Forearm, c. 1817
This illustration of a webbed monster forearm is from the Troop Field Journal of Dr. Albert Walsh. An active troop member from 1814-1819, Dr. Walsh created hundreds of detailed medical diagrams of the creatures he encountered. Artistic skills have always been prized in the Troop and were considered essential before cameras became widely available.
Diagram: Monster Containment Center, Great Pyramid
The Egyptian pyramids are commonly thought of as tombs for pharoahs, but these monumental structures also housed live monsters. Inside the strong stone walls, Egyptian Troop members constructed vast networks of high-security monster cells. This diagram shows the layout of an early monster containment unit. Note that the monster cells are located deep in the ground, keeping potential threats as far from the surface as possible. Many modern Troop buildings are constructed with a similar layout.
Photo: Pink Sea Cobra Sighting, NY Harbor, USA, 1987
The last recorded sighting of a Pink Sea Cobra took place in New York Harbor in September, 1987.
The cobra surfaced near a crowded Ellis Island/Liberty Island ferry. The boat was packed with tourists, including a group of ninth graders on a class trip. The class included several Troop members, who immediately destroyed all photographic evidence of the sea cobra -- except for one roll of film from a Troop member's camera, which included this image. All passengers and the captain were snarked before the boat returned to shore.
According to the Troop's report, the cobra surfaced for approximately thirty seconds, looked around, and resubmerged. NYC Troop members monitored the area closely for several weeks, but there were no further sightings.
The Pink Sea Cobra has not been seen alive since 1987. Water cobras are most commonly found in central and southern Africa, but please be alert for their presence in any large body of water, as this one was spotted very far from its native habitat.
Current Status: Potentially extinct.
Special Abilities: Ancient sea cobra sightings imply this creature may be able to spit or spray venom on its victim from hundreds of feet away. This is unconfirmed in modern Troop literature.
Recommendations: If you encounter a Pink Sea Cobra, do NOT approach. Gather photographic evidence with great caution.
Photo: Unconfirmed Ratadon Sighting, Montana, USA, 1997
Taken by former Troop member Donnie Landstrom while hiking. In a debriefing session at Troop headquarters, Mr. Landstrom explained that he took only one photo before running for his life. Despite the blurriness of the image, Mr. Landstrom was "90% sure" he had seen a Ratadon.