Aliases- The Tar Ghoul, the Living Fossil, Mistake from the tarpits, the oozing phantom
Location- A location that was previously the los Angeles tar pits until a massive earthquake caused a fault to open up, now colloquially known as “The Pit”
Size- just around 150 to 190 feet in length but comes to around 75 feet at the full arch of their back
History- Index appeared mysteriously following the appearance of The Pit, flooding the surrounding area with even more tar and giving rise to this strange Kaiju. Initially noticed by oil companies for its habits of targeting and attacking anything containing petroleum, often putting it at odds with any company that makes use of it.
Index often finds itself fighting its long time Rival Volcanus, forcing their battlegrounds to be evaluated and abandoned for extended amounts of time as the scorched land heals.
Biology- Oddly enough, Index in and of itself is a weak fighter, not hitting too powerfully or moving too fast and often seeming to collapse into a heap should it be hit just right. but its weakness is augmented by abilities which seem completely improbable even for the mysterious powers of yamaneon. index is capable of sustained, full levitation, intangibility and invisibility for short amounts of time, often giving them the reputation of being a spirit of both kaiju and creatures long since passed and extinct.
Index Appears to be incapable of being killed, or at least, possesses a method of ready reincarnation as each time Index looses they are killed outright, allowing their tarry flesh and fossilized bones to fully crystallize into yamaneon, though at most roughly a week later index can be seen prowling the earth again.
index has made another habit of stealing the corpses of other kaiju, absorbing their bodies (noted to be a completely different process as consumption) and return to their lair with them. for the most part it’s completely unknown what Index does with the corpses, but for the few who have braved the pit and returned to tell, spin tails of winding, massive tunnels with the massive yamaneon-crystallized bodies of kaiju embedded in their walls.
More History- Index has only come into the public eye recently, due to numerous coverups by petrol companies hoping to keep away the bad publicity. In their endeavors index has become a strangely positive public icon due to inadvertently protecting multiple cities from the assault of Volcanus.
despite their presence cause trees to wilt and animals to sicken, the yamaneon within the oil rejuvenates them after they recover, often leaving them twice as healthy as they ever were before.
Hildegarde Howard (4/3/1901 – 2/28/1998) pioneered the field of avian paleontology, and made no apologies.
This daughter of a screenwriter and musician grew up in the Los Angeles area in the early part of the 20th century. Despite a strong facility for writing, Howard focused her attention on biology rather than journalism. Taking an opportunity to work with paleontologist Chester Stock in the La Brea Tar Pits, Howard took the first of many steps in her 69-year long career.
She earned her BS in Paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley, and by 1923 she conducted research on saber-toothed cats for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. She made her greatest achievements in the field of avian evolution, identifying 3 families, 13 genera, 57 species, and 2 subspecies.
Howard was the first woman to be awarded the Brewster Medal in 1953, and the first woman elected president of the Southern California Academy of Sciences (who would dedicate Hildegarde Howard Cenozoic Hall in 1977). In back to back years, Howard served as a Guggenheim Fellow in Earth Science, then as an Honorary Member of Cooper Ornithological Society, in 1962 and ‘63 respectively.