Shadow’s Monster Survival Guide: Cyclops of Collossa – By Timothy Martinez

Name: Cyclops

Monster Genus: Monoculus Munchonmanus

Notable Appearances: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1957)

Height: No doubt the species varies in height like we humans do,
and some specimens may be taller than others, but overall the average
height for this particular breed of Cyclopes is roughly thirty to
thirty-five feet. This is purely speculative and based on the
comparative heights of both Cyclopes and Humans. While not approaching King Kong dimensions, let alone the likes of Godzilla,
this is still a large enough figure to classify the Cyclops in the
“Giant” category. A smaller giant species, sure…but a giant
nonetheless! What this means for you is that hiding in a tree is out of
the question, unless the tree is a giant Redwood. Even hiding on the
third floor of a building isn’t a good idea, as a Cyclops can easily
get to you. Plus, with it’s long arms, it could easily reach deep into
a building or hiding spot for you. On the positive side, this height
may actually help you to hide from the beast if you use your gray
matter properly. Find small places that the monster will overlook, or
tight places where it cannot fit it’s large hands.

Weight: Due to it’s sheer size, a Cyclops weighs many, many tons
at the very least. The exact numbers are not known, as anything short
of a massive industrial scale will be crushed into dust if a Cyclops
steps on it. However, taking into consideration their size in relation
to Humans, and we can guesstimate a weight in the twenty to thirty ton
range. In this case, the facts speak for themselves: There is no way in
hell that you will win in a one-on-one fight with a Cyclops. I don’t
care if you’re popping steroids like Tic Tacs, a Cyclops will own you.
Have you ever stomped on a mouse (and before you ask, no I have not)?
Not a pretty sight, is it? Well, in this case you are the mouse.
Stay alive by mimicking said mouse and keeping on the move. Don’t stand
still too long or SQUISH. As bad as that may sound, a Cyclops’ large
body mass will be a handicap for the critter if you exploit it
properly. Lure the beast some place where that colossal poundage will
cause it to fall or trip, and where said fall will either be off a
cliff or into a very deep hole or pit.. You know the old saying: The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Now is you chance to prove it.

Intelligence: 2/5 Lucky for you and others, you are the Cyclops’
intellectual superior…but then again, so are the likes of Paris Hilton,
Kelly Ripa and Jessica Simpson. It would be more than a slight stretch
to call a Cyclops stupid. Rather, they are just primitive. They are
smarter than your average bear…literally. They are not just dumb
animals, but are more akin to ancient man. They build and use tools and
weapons, have mastered the ability to make and control fire, and
appreciate a good piece of jewelry by collecting loads of treasure. So
don’t go thinking a Cyclops will walk blindly into any trap you set for
it. You will need to be creative and stealthy. Conversely, don’t
underestimate them when one is after you. Einsteins they may not be –
after all, they don’t have any form of speech and just make wailing
sounds most of the time, but they still are decent problem solvers and
can set traps for you as well.

Description: Aside from their height and weight, this species of
Cyclops is unique in that they resemble giant Satyrs. From the waist
down, their bodies are covered with a thick, bushy fur. Their legs are
like the rear legs found on most quadrupeds (backwards knee) and each
ends with a cloven hoof. Above the waist a Cyclops mostly resembles a
Human – a hairless torso and head, the latter sporting pointed ears and
a lone horn sprouting from the forehead in addition to that great
single eye. Their hands feature only three digits, but their size
compensates for the lack of fingers.

At this time, the origin of this breed of Cyclops is completely
unknown. Whether they are a naturally occurring species or the result
of magical and/or scientific experimentation is matter for
investigation and debate.

Habitat: This particular Cyclops species is found in only one
place – the Isle of Collossa. There, in a deep ravine known as “The
Valley of the Cyclops” these creatures make their homes. All they need
to survive is on the island, which features Mediterranean-like weather.

Behavior: Cyclopes lead solitary lives. Their mating practices
and rituals are unknown at this time, and truth be told, that is an
episode of National Geographic that I do not want to see, but
we can surmise from their lifestyle that they only come together for
mating purposes and most likely consider all other members of their
species as rivals the remainder of the time. Life for a Cyclops is
simple. They hunt, they eat and they salvage treasure from wrecked
ships. The latter they horde in secret caches, some of which may be
accessible by moving a boulder that only the Cyclops is strong enough
to handle. They are known carnivores and cook their prey before
devouring it. They prefer fresh game and will not kill their prey
outright, preferring to take it alive and keep it in a cage until meal
time. Sadly for you, they love the taste of roasted Human. Indeed, it
may very well be their favorite dish.

Special Abilities: Cyclopes have no special abilities beyond
those which their tremendous size affords them. They can easily lift
objects weighing multiple tons. They can fend off numerous Human
attackers at once if need be, and are quite resilient to any type of
knife, sword, spear or other cutting weapon – though such implements
will cause them pain.

A Cyclops is vulnerable to the same things as you or I. It is just
that, because of their size, it takes a lot more of those things to do
them in. A few sword cuts won’t kill them, but hack away long enough
and they will bleed to death. A fall will kill them, but you are going
to have to get them to walk off a very tall building or cliff for it to
do any real good. Poison, in large enough quantities, will also work
wonders. Their peripheral vision must suck, as they have only the one
eye. And naturally, blinding that single eye of theirs leaves them very
helpless, as they do not possess a back up.

Relatives: The Cyclops Centaur from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

What to do if you encounter: First and foremost: do not stop
moving! A Cyclops is big, but isn’t always the fastest thing on two
feet. Keep yourself in motion and you stand a better chance at not
getting caught. Try and remain to the side of a Cyclops as it’s
peripheral vision is poor and this may help you escape. Get too close
or move too slow and all one of the beasts has to do is reach over and
pick you up like an annoying piece of trash. After that, you face
either three fates: The Squish Treatment, The Rag Doll Shake and Throw,
or dumped into a cage for convenient snacking at a later time. Despite
the giant legs and colossal stride, which would make it easy to believe
that a Cyclops can cover more ground than you, they are somewhat slow
moving for their size and can often be easily outrun or outmaneuvered.
As for weapons, unless you have an army at your disposal, avoid
anything sharp as it is just too small to be effective. What you want
are firearms, the more rapidly firing the better. Unleash a veritable
spray of bullets on a Cyclops and giant or not, it will be going down
fast. Remember to ALWAYS aim for the eye, no matter what weapon you are
wielding. If fighting is not an option, hide some place where the
creature’s bulk will hinder it’s efforts to grab you – a crawlspace,
sewer or small cave.