Beast: The Scylla
Head Count: 6
True Name: Maji ("Work of Demons", "Spell")
Sounds Like: Teri Hatcher (The Other Mother", from "Coraline")
Known Host(s): N/A
Leitmotif: "Splitting Personality" [Silent Hill 3 OST]
The Six-headed Beast. Its true name is Maji.
The second of the two distinctly female Beasts, the Scylla is an enormous ocean-based creature with a large, vaguely squid-shaped body topped with the hips-up form of a gigantic nubile human woman. At the woman’s hips are five gigantic heads upon twisting, writhing necks, somewhere between vicious moray eels and slim-nosed hounds, each head holding rows of mammalian canines in their jaws. The humanoid head is topped with a mass of winding tendrils for ‘hair’, with even more twisting dark tentacles between the hound-heads below. Her collar marks are visible around the humanoid’s ‘throat’ and the base of each hound-head’s necks around her hips.
The Scylla constantly claims to be ravenous, always eager for food and especially for meat, despite not needing to actually consume anything. Chewing bones and tendons are a joy to her. She was known to traverse the oceans searching for her next meal, more than often targeting seafaring humans (more often for the sheer fun of it). A favorite trick was to lure sailors to her by basking in the sunlight, singing a pleasing tone and wait for the craft to steer within reach, whereupon the other five heads would breach and snatch up whatever they could.
The Scylla’s powers themselves are a nightmare. In the water, she was known for inflicting terrible tsunamis almost at random. On land, she can trigger a range of earthquakes volcanic eruptions and rockslides and, at the very least, toss giant boulders en-masse with her tentacles.
A noted method to access her chakra and brutal strength is to bargain with her with food, particularly with slabs of tough meat, but it is hardly a guarantee.
The Scylla is exceptional compared to its kin in that it is completely and carefully imprisoned in its host to the point that it is almost completely immobile. Hosts are drilled in how to keep the seals maintained and the condition of her restraints cannot be overlooked. The creature wasn’t so much sealed as a power source and living weapon, but that people would always know exactly where she is.
Hosts are warned to always keep a fair distance from the Scylla, keeping track of all of all of her heads when they talk to her. The ‘woman’ will try to plead or cajole with the host, but she is best ignored. ‘She’ is the lure, and upon closer inspection is just as inhuman as the rest of it, her ‘hair’ fusing to another long sinuous neck, her ‘face’ a slick mix of squid flesh and crustacean shell, hiding her true demonic maw of fangs underneath.
Her other options rejected, Maji will occasionally tell stories to her host, of how she was originally a human girl, how she is actually a sea-goddess, how she cast herself into the sea to follow her lost lover, how she transformed herself, how she was cursed into her beastly form… All in hopes of luring the host just that little bit closer… But it is all in vain, so she mainly settles to constantly inform said host that she is hungry. So very, very hungry…
Apart from maintaining her seals and bindings, there is one thing above all else that all potential hosts are told before they take on the Scylla;
Never, ever, EVER, mention the Seven-headed Beast, in any way.
There is an old tale told of one time the Scylla managed to escape a host, of an old stretch of prosperous territory reduced to rubble... Warriors slaughtered, buildings torn apart, the land re-shaped to a flat wasteland in the middle of mountains, all because of the Scylla. Because of a mere mention of a rumor that her old hunting partner, the Seven-heads, was somewhere in the area.
Whether The Scylla’s reasons for searching are out of malice or even love, it may be in humanity’s best interests the she and the Beast never meet again.
-The Scylla also has some minor shape-shifting ability and is known to attempt the shape of a human male when dealing with female hosts. Sometimes there are impressive results, but it's ultimately not very effective (the "breasts" are hard to hide).
And yeah, like all the other Beasts, she doesn't actually need to eat at all. It's just the chewing and crunching she likes best. What a jerk! XD
More info on the mythical Scylla here!
Very Nice job
One thing: I thought we were going with six dog Heads and the mask "Head" a false head that floats above the torso. But no harm done ; I've pondered off and on making the mask head an actual Head myself ^^
And the thought of her shifting to a male form, but unable to hide the boobs, hilarious! And as for that story she tells of being a mortal woman turned into a monster...maybe she can claim Kurama did it as a prank or revenge for claiming she was prettier...
Especially adding the moray eel elements, those beasties are wickedly pretty!
I know what you suggested about the decoy head, but once I had the 'woman' and her hair down... I just couldn't shake the idea of her hair being the sixth neck. That combined with her 'floaty demon-face'...
I'm definitely going to explore this further. It just feels like such a creepy idea to me!
And you can be sure Maji's got a lot of tall tales to share. And if it gets her enemies/frenemies in a spot of bother... well, that's part of the fun!