The creatures of Darkness are an overall term used for the sinister creatures that appear as originally shadows, but are eventually revealed as silicon-based supernatural reptilian lifeforms with powers of invisibility. They inhabit the dark caverns called the World of Darkness, in the centre of the Earth. There are many portals to this world, including one of Shadow Island.
While they were revealed as silicon-based repitilian lifeforms based on Alan's research on these creatures, many elements of the physiology of Creatures of Darkness violates several laws of science: They lacks bone, muscle, or vertebrae. Their cells even lacks any DNA, but instead crystalline structure with surprising photosensitive properties as the genetic materials that equivalent with DNA on lifeforms with more organic physiology. This effectively made an impression where these creatures more like minerals that imitate the "evolution" of the living being and became sentient due to the same reason.
They bred asexually like a bacteria, where the process implied where they pours their crystalline structure on soil that rich with minerals, and from it, a womb/egg-like pod would grows. Inside it, a baby of these creatures would grew to the adult size, where once grew to the said size, the pod would opened up like a flower, and the creature inside "borns", as seen where a Photosaurus emerged from what appeared to be a pod within the World of Darkness.
All types of these creatures are allergic to light (some creatures being repelled by flashlight while light producing ammunition like "magnesium bullets" are deadly to them). Exposure to light turns them into ash.
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Prior to the events of the game began, in January 13, 1963, one of these beasts appeared and attacked Mrs. Morton, causing her to fell from her horse and injured her in the process. Sultan and Alan was the one whom witnesses this, while the creature flees. It’s unknown whether her injuries caused by her fell or the beast mauled her alive once she fell before flee due to Alan and Sultan’s presence, the said injuries render Mrs. Morton became paraplegic and blind for the rest of her lives.
Jeremy Morton, whom know what has happened, aware that the monster whom attacked Mrs. Morton came from the gate near ruins in the island, and angered when Obed and Alan revealed discovered the gate when playing near the ruins. After Jeremy Morton died ten years later in June 21, Alan’s father also forbid Alan to go to the ruins and even goes so far by change the combinations of the lock to the bridge to the said location. This however, not stopped Alan from his obsession with the beast that blinded his mother. Alan’s obsession made him believe that his father became paranoid with the very monsters that he obsessed with as well as lost his faith with Jeremy’s various inventions that supposedly able to defeat those monsters and his planned for everyone abandoned the island.
In April 8, 1992, Alan has began his research for the beasts with help of his brother and clues that left by Jeremy Morton, where at the same time, after digging the galleries of underground complex that lead to sacrificial chamber, he discovered alternate means to go for the gate. After translates few tablets from within the ruins, his obsession grews, which made him losing trust with Obed as someday, Obed would have a new family. His early attempts for creating hybrid between regular creatures and Creature of Darkness was ended up failure due to the said subjects (presumably dogs) are quickly rots, made him turned his attentions to humans as his new potential guinea pigs, where among the first would be his own father.