Dagwanoeient
Dagwanoeient
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Other Names
Big Head, Flying Head, Kwennenhrayenhnen, Dagwûn'noyaênt, Ro-nea-rau-yeh-ne

Description: The Dagwanoeient, (colloquially known as the Flying Head) is a cryptid that resembles a large human head covered in long black and/or brown hair. When the Dagwanoeient rests on the ground it is approximately seven feet in height, and three and a half feet in width.1 Although it is possible this cryptid's true size is concealed by its voluminous hair. Beneath it's mane there exists two four-talon claws as well as two membranous wings reminiscent of bat wings. Its mane also seems to be very thick, offering some protection against bullets, blunt trauma, and incendiary devices. The Dagwanoeient is capable of using its two membranous wings to achieve flight, although its capabilities are currently unknown. While in flight the Dagwanoeient is more than capable of keeping pace with a sprinting human. The Dagwanoeient prefers wet environments; so far only being confirmed to reside in Lake Sacandaga, Eastern New York.

Background: The Dagwanoeient first showed up in precolonial Iroquois and Wyandot legends. A tribe who's name has been lost to history (more on that later) was experiencing an unusually severe winter. According to the legend the game had disappeared, leading to the tribe needing to fish in lake Sacandaga for sustenance; only to discover that all the fish were gone as well. The younger chieftains of the tribe believed it was best to move on to find more game, while the elders felt this famine was a punishment from their gods. Eventually the younger chiefs pressed the issue and ended up killing the elder chiefs. In order to rectify these horrid deed with their gods they decided to decapitate the corpses, burn the bodies, bound the heads together with rope, and sink the heads in lake Sacandaga to appease the God of Life. However it was not to be as one of young chieftains got tangled in the rope bounding the heads and fell into the lake. The lake bubbled up and the Dagwanoeient sprung forth; terrorizing the tribe until the tribe was forgotten from history.

Now, as we in the Society know, there is some truth to legend. We can make a lot of deductions from this old Iroquois tale. Firstly, it is my hypothesis that said tribe did exist, and most of these events did happen in some capacity. The lack of game and fish was not a punishment from the gods, but the result of the Dagwanoeient's predatory habits. The Dagwanoeient wasn't created as the result of some divine punishment for the young chiefs' sins, but instead always existed in Lake Sacandaga. The excess of human blood from the decapitated heads as well as thrashing from the drowning chief likely attracted the creature; where it subsequently devoured those in the lake. From then on it acquired a taste for human flesh and hunted the local tribe of natives into extinction.

Location and Population: The Dagwanoeient was last spotted two miles west of Lake Sacandaga in late 2015. It is likely that there are multiple Dagwanoeient in the wild operating at various levels of activity. It is unknown if these beings reside in Lake Scandaga, although unlikely

Hunting or Procurement Methods: There have been no known successful hunts for the Dagwanoeient. Due to the creature's thick hide, surprising maneuverability, and sets of sharp claws, extreme precaution is advised.

The Dagwanoeient's hair so far has proven impervious to all attempts at damage. However the area of the Dagwanoeient's body that is not covered in hair, namely its eyes, and face, appear weak to conventional means of damage.

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Additonal Notes: An increase of Dagwanoeient activity in recent months, compared to the complete lack of activity since decades prior to the arrival of European colonists, suggests only one thing:

The Dagwanoeient spends many decades in a sort of hibernation, possibly and probably at the bottom of bodies of freshwater. The sudden surge of Dagwanoeient activity suggests that the this period of hibernation is over. And we can only expect to see an increase in Dagwanoeient activity,

All Warders operating in the North Eastern United States and Canada should be wary around bodies of fresh water.

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