Until the latter fire shall heat the deep:
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die
-- Alfred Lord Tennyson
The name Kraken derives from the Norse from Draken - they are little more than sea-dragons, although they are many legged serpents. The Kraken was a mythical sea monster that attacked ships out in its territory. Different myths have different Kraken theory but all are similar. Some believe Kraken was the world's largest squid, others said he was brother of the Loch Ness, Kraken has also been known to be a whale, a monster with horns (in Rampart) and even a dinosaur-type lizard. It was said to lie at the bottom of the sea for a long time and then it would rest at the surface. When it was at the surface, sailors would mistake the creature for a chain of small islands, sometimes even landing on the creature and building camp, only to be drowned when the creature submerged. Later myths give the Kraken a romanticized side, by adding that he only attacked ships where unfair men were, leaving those who were fair unharmed. The kraken was supposed to have very large tentacles, which could seize even the largest ships. Like the Midgard serpent in the Norse myths, the Kraken was supposed to rise to the surface at the end of the world.