El Ahuizotl - Arumi Varela

edited March 2021 in Creature Making Contest
The Ahuizotl is a legendary creature of Mexican mythology.

It is about twice the size of a lion (3.4 meters x 5 meters). It has a very thin and leafy coat, whose texture resembles some kind of plastic. It has short, pointed ears, with a bluish and very smooth body. It has a long tail, and right at the tip, a claw similar to a person's hand. It therefore has hands like a monkey, and it dwells in the deepest springs.


During the early years of the colonial era, Hernán Cortés described to the King of Spain the details of what he had discovered. Cortés marveled at the infrastructure that the Mexica had, and described it in the letters he sent to his monarch. There were markets where all kinds of birds of all kinds of plumage were sold. Also, there was a place where plants were sold, which cured all kinds of diseases of the time. Among its streets, there were doctors and those who made medicinal preparations. Everything was ordered by streets; They never mixed.
One day, while repairing a galley, the sailors heard the cry of a child. Surprised, they rushed to help him, because their cries came from the lake. They thought the boy was drowning but, to their surprise, they never saw anyone. They got closer to the shore to distinguish where that cry was coming from when, out of nowhere, a claw pulled one of them; pulling him off the boat and dragging him to the bottom of the lake.
They all went out to look for the body of the poor unfortunate man, but it was not successful. The natives explained to them that it had been the Ahuizotl, a mythical and sacred beast; a bastard of one of their gods, Tlaloc. A monster resembling a large dog. Its tail does not end in a tip, but has a claw with which it kills its prey. It has a long and thick coat, which resembles several elongated spines followed one after another. The disappearances were constant, and the men of Cortés did not dare to go out alone, especially if it was at night; and even less if they heard a child cry.
After the conquest of the city, the Spanish were about to change the headquarters of New Spain and transfer it to the state of Morelos or Veracruz, but they made a more radical decision then. They therefore decided to change the course of the lakes, in order to dissect Lake Texcoco. The disappearances suddenly ceased, and many thought that the creature's existence had been ended, but they were wrong ..

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