Monster of the Week: The Devil Monkey

Category: Monster of the Week
Created on Friday, 03 September 2010 Written by Steve

Also Known As: The “Belt Road Booger” encountered by several people in Georgia in the 1970s was in all likelihood a devil monkey. The Nalusa Flaya of Choctaw legend bears a strong physical resemblance to the devil monkey, though devil monkey does not seem to have any of the supernatural abilites attributed to the legendary creature.


Description:  The devil monkey is a baboon-like creature with powerful, kangaroo-like hind legs, long 3-toed feet, small pointed ears and a long tail. The creature’s front paws are equipped with very sharp claws. When moving on two legs, the creature appears very dog-like except for the simian head. Its fur is dark brown or black with white fur at the neck and sometimes on the underbelly. When standing upright, the creature is typically 5-7 feet tall, but there are reports of devil monkeys as short as 3 feet and as tall as 8 feet.

BMA Classification: All available data suggests that the devil monkey is a mundane (if very rare) animal, but due to its extremely aggressive nature it has been classified as a monster by the Bureau of Monster Affairs.

Powers: Devil monkeys are capable of leaping up to 20 feet in a single jump. They can also sprint very quickly for short distances.

Vulnerabilities: Devil monkeys are vulnerable to normal weapons and have no supernatural or otherwise unusual weaknesses.

Biology and Habitat: Devil monkeys have been spotted throughout North America as far north as Alaska. The most active areas for the creatures seem to be British Columbia and the Appalachians. They are carnivorous and frequently kill and eat livestock, and are said to be especially aggressive toward dogs. Because devil monkeys are so aggressive, M-Force has so far been unable to study a live specimen, so very little is known about the creature’s life cycle.

Sightings:
There have been numerous reported devil monkey sightings over the years. Some of the most noteworthy include:

  • Saltville, Virginia, 1966: Two nurses driving home from work were attacked by a devil monkey who not only kept pace with their accelerating vehicle but ripped the convertible roof off of the car before the victim’s managed to escape.
  • George, 1970s: Numerous sightings of the “Belt Road Booger”
  • Roanoke, Virginia, 1994: A creature matching the devil monkeys description leaped over a woman’s car as she was driving down the road. A few weeks later, livestock began to disappear in the area. The local M-Force office was called in and hunted the creature for two weeks before finally managing to bring it down. The carcass was sent to the Triangle Research Center for study.
  • DeRidder, Louisiana, 1996: A woman noticed an unusual creature lying dead on the side of the road and stopped to take photos of it (the photos can be viewed at the American Monsters web site). When the Alexandria, Louisiana M-Force office heard of the incident, they went to DeRidder to recover the body, but it was already gone.
  • Chicago, 2006: A photo of an alleged devil monkey encountered in a Chicago home began circulating on the internet. M-Force has ruled that this photo is almost certainly a photo of a completely normal dog photographed from an angle that gives it a sinister appearance.  



Additional Information: During the hunt for the Roanoke devil monkey, M-Force attempted to use dogs to track the creature, but when given the scent the dogs became visibly frightened and refused to follow.

Body: 15
Brain: 6
Nerve:
14
Job: Predator (13)
Gimmick: Jumping (13)
Weakness: None
Skills: Strong +5; Spriting +4
Armor Rating: 1
Damage Bonus: Claws +2
HP: 15
Yum Yums: 1








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