Of unknown origin and terrible power, the shadowed figure appeared in Ancient Greece around 3000 BC, where it was revered by the people of the time as a deity. They referred to it as Το Μαύρο Δέντρο (translating to The Black Tree) since it was very tall with black, bark-like scales covering its body, branching arms and legs comparable to tree trunks. However, less than a month after its appearance, it vanished; leaving behind very little evidence to its existence.
The records that remained were discovered in the May of 2009 by archaeologist Elias Smith, who considered it to be peculiar since such a being had never been seen to be mentioned amongst the other Greek figures of myth, and the fact that there seemed to be striking similarities between it and another creature known as Der Graue Mann (The Grey Man) in Germany; both had been heralded by the arrival of a creature known as The First, both were known for being very tall and hanging around in the forest, and both had skin like tree bark and the same overall build.
He noted that it could have been coincidence, but he wanted it researched into in any case, so he organised for the notes and a small section of wall that contained a painting of it to be transported to his laboratory where they could be further analysed before being put on display in a museum. But – on the way to his laboratory – the truck taking it (amongst other priceless artefacts) was raided by a small group of masked and hooded people. Strangely, they only took the evidence of Το Μαύρο Δέντρο, which was odd considering they had gone to the effort to raid a truck and had specifically taken the notes and section of wall, as though they had known about its cargo and only wanted those items.
Even stranger is that weeks after this, he disappeared without a trace, the only evidence left behind being a sense of dread that comes upon people in his house, and the fact that his ex-wife said he called her very late at night on the night he disappeared, rambling on like a madman about a game of some sort. All attempts to locate him or further evidence to his disappearance have proven fruitless, leaving investigators with the unsaid conclusion that there was a connection between Το Μαύρο Δέντρο, the people that had raided the truck and Elias going missing.