Since that time the sewers have come to span hundreds of miles beneath the city. It's said to walk through the entire system (if you could or wanted to) would take three months. It's also said that in those sewers lurks a monster, a half-man, half-rat creature known only as the Sewer Rat.
The first sighting of the Sewer Rat came twenty years ago, when a work crew went down to repair a broken pipe. There, one of the workers reported seeing a monstrous creature with fur like a rat but standing on two legs like a man, eating the carcass of a rat. When the light was shown on it, the creature galloped away into the darkness.
Since then, many more sightings have been reported. All of them describe the same creature that has the features of a rat but is bipedal like a man. More than once the city has sent workers down to try and capture the creature, only to come up empty. Documentary filmmakers and television crews have also searched for the Sewer Rat using the latest in nightvision cameras and infrared sensors. They too came up with no conclusive evidence of a man-rat.
No one has even managed to get a blurry photograph like Nessie, Bigfoot, or countless UFOs as the sewers are usually too dark for photographs and the Sewer Rat is known to avoid the light. This has led many experts to believe the original sighting was merely a hoax or the result of an overactive imagination. Even if that is the case, the Sewer Rat continues to occupy the overactive imaginations of the people of Rampart City.
A wide variety of stories circulate around Rampart City. Some say that he drinks the blood of rodents like a vampire. Others suggest the creature was the result of a toxic waste spill into the sewers. Still others say the Sewer Rat is gathering an army of his fellow rodents to one day wreak havoc on the city. The most popular advice for warding off the Sewer Rat should you encounter him is a bright flashlight and a can of air freshener, particularly a floral scent, as the fresh scent of flowers drives him mad.
No matter your stance on the topic, the legend of the Sewer Rat is bound to continue to grow as the years go on. But if you get to know him he's not really so bad:
|Artist's conception of the Sewer Rat|
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