Dagon, known to the Japanese as Raijin (雷神, is a member of Raijin)Godzilla's species that first appears as a skeletal corpse in the 2014 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla, and is explored further in Godzilla: Aftershock, the official graphic prequel novel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
In the 11th century, B.C., a group of Phoenicians made their way to the Japanese islands, where they encountered a gigantic creature which they believed to be their god Dagon. They witnessed a battle between Dagon and the entity the Japanese called Jinshin-Mushi, in which Dagon was defeated and infected with his enemy's parasitic young. The Phoenicians witnessed Dagon regain consciousness and return to the sea, and while they assumed that he lived on, he eventually collapsed and died in the Philippines. His skeleton was unearthed in 1999 A.D., unleashing the two MUTO spores which had incubated inside of him. Godzilla, another member of Dagon's species, managed to fight and kill both MUTOs in 2014 before they could reproduce, and later slew Jinshin-Mushi when it emerged to try and implant its larvae inside of him.
Dagon goes unnamed in Godzilla, although Monarch designates his species Species 5146_ADAM in a diagram of his skeleton. In Godzilla: Aftershock, it is revealed that the ancient skeleton was once revered as a god by multiple ancient peoples which encountered him; as the Biblical Dagon (𐤃𐤂𐤍 Dāgūn) by the Phoenicians and as the lightning god Raijin (雷神 by the Japanese. While modern-day scholars believe the Mesopotamian and Canaanite deity known as Dagon was actually associated with grain and agriculture, his depiction in Godzilla: Aftershock follows the more common interpretation in popular culture that Dagon was worshiped as a sea god, due to the association of his name with a Canaanite word for fish. The "fish god" depiction of Dagon was perhaps most popularized by his appearance in the works of Raijin)H.P. Lovecraft.
In 1999, miners in the Philippines uncovered a radiation pocket underground. Believing they had stumbled upon a valuable uranium deposit, they continued digging until the entire mine mysteriously collapsed into a massive underground cavern containing the skeleton of an unidentified Titan. Monarch dispatched Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and his assistant Dr. Vivienne Graham to inspect the cavern. Dr. Graham recognized the structure of the skeleton and asked Serizawa if it was possible this skeleton belonged to Godzilla, but he responded that this skeleton was much older. Attached to the skeleton's ribcage were what Graham concluded were two parasitic spores. One spore appeared dormant, while the other had split open, with whatever emerged from it leaving a trail out of the cavern and directly into the ocean. Monarch later constructed diagrams of this skeleton, labeling it "Species 5146_ADAM" and determining that it was a member of Godzilla's species.
While none of Dagon's abilities are shown, it can be assumed that he possesses many of the same traits as Godzilla himself, such as his durability, immense physical strength, and atomic breath. As depicted in the Phoenician stone tablets, however, Dagon was no match for MUTO Prime in physical combat and was quickly brought down and infected with his enemy's parasitic young, eventually leading to his death.
- Godzilla (2014) [skeleton]
- Godzilla: Aftershock (2019)
In 2014, following the appearance of a creature believed to be the basis for the myth of the Shinto entity Jinshin-Mushi, the Japanese government provided Monarch with ancient stone tablets dating from the 11th century B.C. inscribed in Phoenician. These tablets chronicled the arrival of a group of Phoenicians in Japan after a shipwreck, marking the first contact known between the Far East and the Levant. There, they encountered a creature resembling Godzilla, which the Phoenicians believed to be their sea god Dagon. They witnessed the arrival of what was almost certainly Jinshin-Mushi, which attacked Dagon and knocked him to the ground before extending arrow-tipped tentacles from its body and stabbing him with them. Dagon eventually regained consciousness and returned to the sea, with the inscriptions suggesting that he had miraculously been saved from death. However, Monarch's Dr. Emma Russell knew what had really become of Dagon. Jinshin-Mushi had implanted its parasitic young inside of Dagon's body. These parasites leeched off of Dagon's internal nuclear energy until he finally collapsed and died, becoming entombed in a cave in the Philippines which had been uncovered in 1999. Emma believed that Jinshin-Mushi was the parent superspecies of the two MUTOs which had emerged from the spores found attached to Dagon's skeleton, giving it the name "MUTO Prime." She proposed that other Godzilla-like creatures such as Dagon had existed in the ancient past, and MUTO Prime had carried out this parasitic life cycle several times. The strata found in the Philippine cavern and a MUTO egg chamber in Siberia both corresponded to mass extinction events in Earth's history. Emma believed that once MUTO Prime brought down a Titan, its progeny overran the world like an invasive species, wiping out the rest of their ecosystem before they turned on each other and the only survivor became the next MUTO Prime. Now, MUTO Prime was attempting to do to Godzilla what it had done to Dagon, which would almost assuredly lead to another catastrophic mass extinction had Godzilla not killed it for good with Emma’s help.
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