The creatures of Darkness are an overall term used for the sinister creatures that appear originally as 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 located within 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 the Creatures of Darkness violate several laws of science: They lack bone, muscle, or vertebrae. Their cells even lack any DNA, but instead contain a crystalline structure with surprising photosensitive properties as the genetic materials that are equivalent with DNA of lifeforms with more organic physiology. This effectively gives an impression that these creatures are more like minerals that imitate the "evolution" of the living and became sentient due to the same reason.
They breed asexually like bacteria. The process of reproduction requires that they pour their crystalline structure on mineral-rich soil, and from it, a womb/egg-like pod grows. Inside it, a baby of these creatures would grow to the adult size. Once fully-grown, the pod opens up like a flower and the creature inside it is "born", as seen when a Photosaurus emerges from one of these "wombs" 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 some creatures into ash.
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Prior to the events of the game, in January 13 of 1963, one of these beasts appeared and attacked Mrs. Morton, causing her to fall from her horse and become injured. Sultan and Alan were the ones who witnessed this, while the creature fleed. It’s unknown whether her injuries were caused by the fall or if the beast mauled her once she fell, before it fleed due to Alan and Sultan’s presence. The injuries Mrs. Morton recieved rendered her paraplegic and blind for the rest of her life.
Jeremy Morton, who knew what had happened, was aware that the monster who attacked Mrs. Morton came from the gate near the ruins in the island and was angered when he discovered Obed and Alan playing by the that gate. After Jeremy Morton died ten years later in June 21, Alan’s father also forbid Alan to go to the ruins and even went so far as to change the combination of the lock to the bridge to the said location. This however, did not stop 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 monster that he obsessed with as well as lost his faith with Jeremy’s various inventions that were 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.