The two boys here are brothers, and orphans. Their parents, former workers of a canning factory based off the mainland, disappeared one day upon returning from double shifts. The splintered shards of their boat were found in the rotting gut of a gargantuan sea monster's remains, washed up on a small mainland cove two weeks following. The cephalopod-like beast appeared to have been not only sea-going, but large gas-filled chambers found in various areas of its body suggested that they were capable of using these evolved ballast-chambers to float above the waters surface. This theory was confirmed following further inspection of its stomach contents, wherein flight instruments and other auxiliaries from a small fixed-winged aircraft were found.
Reported sightings of this species, and its abilities to both fly and flounder, began to come in, slowly at first, then becoming almost a daily phenomenon. More and more, boats, planes, and people alike, went missing off the mainland coast, and soon there was a call to arms. Authorities and the military could not commit sufficient resources to fend off the growing, tentacled threat, prompting local input to bring about safety to the waters and those who lived and worked in and around it.
One day, during a routine scavenge along the grey-sand beach, the brothers, Ardent and Eli, came across a large and ancient turtle on its back, wrapped in old fishing nets and refuse. They struggled for an hour under the sun till the gentle creature was freed of its bonds and its underbelly kissed the sand again. Showing much gratitude and glee, the turtle, whom they had nicknamed Artoise during that hour, began to hover and bob about a full three feet from the ground. Stunned, yet amazed, the boys realized that this turtle had undergone similar evolutionary changes like that of the squids, and immediately saw this new-found friend as a means to an end – the end of the krakens’ terror.
Since that day, the trio has become inseparable and indomitable in the hunt for the giant menaces plaguing their shores. Eli takes the reigns, guiding the short-sighted yet slick-moving Artoise toward their targets, whilst Ardent dispatches foe after tentacled foe with volleys of harpoons and make-shift spears. The threat still remains, but now there is renewed hope, that the brothers three could be the saviours of all.