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Monarch Timeline: Complete Transcript

1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.

1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.

1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]

1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.

1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.

1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]

1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.

1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.

1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.

1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.

1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.

2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”

2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.

2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.

2013 – [unreadable]

2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.

2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”

With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.

Humanity had been used to believe that the life on Earth was already pretty well-known; it was quite a shock to learn that there were colossal radiotrophs living just below their radar. Mutos were the first species that became known to the public, their name stemming from the MUTO abbreviation (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) used by their secret researchers and quickly adopted as the species name by the military trying to hunt the two known specimens down.

While MUTOS have been known from before, studied by the secret organisation known as Monarch, most of them do not possess a full MUTO symbiote complex, which is necessary to reach the enormous sizes seen in the species with a full complex.

Mutos have a bizarre appearance and an even stranger life cycle, unlike any known vertebrate. While their looks had been described as being reminiscent of arthropods or aliens, they are in fact highly-derived terrestrial placoderms with strong chimera virus influence.

Being unusually dependant on radiation even for titan-type MUTO standards, Mutos require a strong radiation source to incubate their eggs on. It is speculated their natural nesting material were the bones of other titan-types, but in the described case it was demonstrated that a damaged atomic bomb is also suitable. The hatchlings resemble smaller, thinner and wingless adults, but that is where the similarities to adults in their life cycle ends – the nymphs will search out a radiotrophic host, burrow into its body and will develop for several decades while changing into a fat, unmoving form, feeding off the host’s radiation reserves until they are big enough. Then they will eat the host from the inside out, killing it in the process and pupate either directly on the corpse or somewhere with enough ambient radiation. Usually, there is only one nymph per host, as being parasitized by several nymphs can lead to the host’s premature death. The adults are predatory and live in pairs; once hatched from the cocoon, a Muto will seek out a partner, communicating with them over long distances with infrasound calls. Both their monogamous nature as well as their sexual dimorphism ties into their peculiar hunting habits; while males can dive for smaller prey or take down airborne creatures by damaging their wings in flight and females are able to sneak up on terrestrial prey by imitating their calls, a pair will predominantly attack large, slow and armoured titan-type MUTOs. Males will serve mostly as distraction and attempt to destabilize their prey, while the larger and stronger females will attempt to throw it on the side or back and once downed, the hard, sharp finger tips of the walking arms will be used to stab the prey to death. The carcass will be fed on by the adults and the bones, which are also used for storing radioactive materials by titan-types, will be used as substrate for the eggs. The adults will remain close by the nest and leave once the nymphs have hatched and dispersed to search for another victim.

Mutos have a surprisingly fast development rate for a creature this size, which is most likely connected to their parasitic lifestyle and the reason why they are dependent on strong radiation sources, but they are also able to lay dormant for extended periods; the Jira remains discovered in the Philippines where the two known specimens had been found was embedded in sediments dated to be of lower Rupelian (32 Ma) origin.

For unknown reasons, Mutos are blind and rely completely on echolocation to orient themselves. This seems to be the reason for their weirdly angular appearance, as the sound reflections would make them recognizeable from large distances. They are also possessing a keen radiation sense to locate food sources.

An unexpected and remarkable ability is to create electromagnetic pulses strong enough to knock out military vessels. The male will announce a pulse with red bioluminescence on the lower front legs, while the much stronger pulses of the female happen unannounced. Its purpose is most likely to disable the magnetic sense of other MUTOs and cause disorientation, but the two known specimens have quickly learned to take out military planes and other machines this way. The process these EMPs are produced with is largely unknown; it is assumed that it is produced in an organ with a similar structure to the electrical organs found in several fish taxa within the front leg, possibly by utilizing β-radiation from the radioactive material they consume.

Mutos and Jiras have a peculiar relationship: while young Jiras are usually targeted as prey by Muto pairs and seem to be preferred prey, the old, large specimens seem to have a sort of intense hate for Mutos, going out of their way to kill any they encounter by following the infrasound contact calls. The events that transpired in Hawaii and San Francisco were a demonstration of this behaviour, albeit the two individuals had become freakishly large due to being fed concentrations of radiation much higher than they would usually encounter in their natural environment and would have turned the tables on their pursuiter if their nest would not have been destroyed.

Thanks to popular demand, I’m going to cover the G14 monsters as well. There isn’t that much to complain about (in fact, the speculative K:SI bullshit was mostly about bringing the movie’s monsters to the bullshit level established by G14 rather than attempting to make them truly realistic), just a little bit of nitpicking and attempts to explain their features. Since the whole speculative fandom bullshit started with them, I will just link the previous bullshitting about the development, skeleton and the logic behind assigning them to placoderms rather than explaining it in-depth in the text:

-The mouth doesn’t gape when closed any more
-A little bit of propatagium on the male’s wings