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The Argopelter (Anthrocephalus craniofractens) is a fearsome critter said to inhabit hollow trees of the conifer woods from Maine to Oregon. It doesn't like anything crossing its path or coming into its territory. If they come close enough, it will hurl wood splinters and branches at the intruder. Some have described the creature as a hairy humanoid similar to Sasquatch,  but slightly smaller.

They are so accurate in their assault, that there has only been one reported survivor of an Argopelter attack . He said that the only reason he survived was because the branch was rotten, and shattered on his head. As it ran off, he managed to turn around and get a good look at it. He described it as having a "slender, wiry body, the villainous face of an ape, and arms like muscular whiplashes, with which it can snap off dead branches and hurl them through the air like shells from a six inch gun." The Argopelter subsists on woodpeckers, hoot owls, and dozy (rotten) wood. Its pups are always born on February 29 and always arrive in odd numbers.  They'll use anything as ammunition, Branches, Acorns, Pinecones, Fruit, and even things like Birds Nests.

In 2015 currently thanks to Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness, the Argopelter is renamed and redesigned now as Acropelter and its new scientific name is Papio stretcharmstrongus and that it's the largest New World monkey, closely related to the African Baboon, but slightly more evil. The Acropelter lives in the forests of the Northern U.S. Territories feasting on woodpeckers and owls. It is confirmed that the Acropelter is not completely evil and not necessarily hostile to humanity and only attacks lumberjacks that try to chop down the trees the creature call home. What's more disturbing is that the Acropelter is mean-tempered and its arms are made from human hands, and the more hands from its human victims the creature has the more stronger its throwing accuracy becomes. It kills its victims by ripping their hands off and connecting them with their arms, fusing the nerves, bones and veins in the creature's arms and stuffing their victims in hollow tree trunks before leaving off in the forest. Lumberjack Ole Kittelson is the only but best-known survivor of the Acropelter's attack.

Acropelter as of now


Further reading

"The Agropelter" from Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910) by William T. Cox

"The Agropelter" from Fearsome Critters (1939) by Henry H. Tryon



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