The Black Rabbit is a mythical creature, sometimes also referred to as The Empire Rabbit, The Great Deceiver or simply as The Trouble.
He is described as a six-foot half-human, half-rabbit creature with nearly limitless powers that is virtually immortal. He appears to never age.
His personality is described as extremely narcisscistic, sociopathic, and as taking delight in mayhem and the emotional and physical pain and suffering of others. He is said to be extremely vain and concerned with personal appearance.
The earliest known story about The Black Rabbit originates from Egyptian mythology around 1400 before the common era and claims that a giant rabbit once met the princess of the powerful Minoan Empire. The princess asked the rabbit to soothe her father’s cares and the rabbit responded by summoning a tidal wave which destroyed the entirety of the Minoan civilization and killed all but the king and the princess. The king lost his memory in the cataclysm but the princess remembered everything and passed the story on to others as a warning.
Another story places The Black Rabbit at the founding of the Empire of Australia. It is said that he made an agreement with Eleanor of Aquitaine that made her the progenitor of an Empire that would last generations. Some sources claimed for “one-thousand years” and others said 30 or 35 generations.
Still other stories claim that The Black Rabbit was responsible for the Great Floods of Louisiana in 1888, the Orange Flu in 1901 China, and The Great Winter which nearly destroyed the Empire of Australia in its fourth generation.
One partial written account of the creature, recovered from the ruins of a temple in the Himalayas, describes his powers as nearly limitless but foretells of a power from another world which will exceed his own. The two will fight, but the new power will ultimately subdue and destroy the creature.
Whether The Black Rabbit is real or not is the subject of much debate.
Most of what is “known” about The Black Rabbit comes from the research of two scholars: Paul Marie, an historian, and Jacob DeAngelo, a crypto-zoologist. In 1998 the pair published a collection of evidence suggestion that the creature was in fact real. The book, entitled Fear of a Black Rabbit, recounted stories and data collected on expeditions, oral histories, and excavations from around the world.
Further research by the pair ceased, however, after a disasterous expedition to the Kongo. After four-weeks, DeAngelo was discovered wandering the jungle naked and muttering gibberish while Marie and the rest of the expedition of 27 was never seen again and was presumed dead. DeAngelo currently resides in the Wimahl Psychiatric Institute in Cascadia.
It is rumored that both the governments of Cascadia and the Empire of Australia have proof of the existence of the creature which is kept under lock and key.