Type: Warehouse

Entrance: Bosregard, appears to be a mobile home abandoned half submerged in a rural pond several miles west of Peoria Illinois. Vester is a beaded curtain against the wall in the basement of an illegal head shop in Topeka, Kansas. Vester only functions when in complete darkness.

Transit Access: The Twighlight Fens and Banachian Docks both reach Mother.

Citizens: The citizens of Mother are called wormbait. They are creatures that endlessly plumb the dangerous waters of Mother to eat. They are malnourished and naked, but quick of movement. In the knee-deep waters of mother, the wormbait wade, bent at the waist with their arms submerged in the water waiting to catch or retreat from what life they encounter, usually depending on size. While all the aquatic denizens of Mother are dangerous, all are considered edible too. While not actively searching for food or when a worm has been spotted hunting, wormbait cluster on the tiny skerries of rock that dot shallows of Mother.

About half of the citizens of Mother are, at any given time, carrying semi-transparent blisters ranging in size from the size of an apple to vast tumors as large as a human adolescent. Within each blister are fetal demons in various stages of development. The wormbait have learned that rupturing a blister will call a large school of worms to attack in response and so become quite protective of their blisters and the blisters of others.

Shackles: The brackish shallows that form Mother, including the countless minor dangers that might be considered shackles. Obscured within the shallows of Mother are vicious crabs, glass-like coral, painful leech-creatures, dangerous sink-holes, spined water centipedes and tangling vegetation. Above the waters, fist-sized mosquitoes restlessly feed off the worm bait and leave knotted, gristle wounds behind in the flesh.

The wormbait pathetically hold to countless superstitions in an attempt to mitigate some of these hazards, despite their regular failure to prevent suffering. The superstitions have taken on ridiculously complex caveats to prevent them from ever being disproven.

Screws: The screws of the Mother are large, pale worms usually twenty to forty feet long. Their mouths and gullets are lined with thousands of rows of needle-sharp, tiny teeth. The worms make sporadic attacks on the wormbait. When a worm attacks, it glides beneath the surface of the water, searching out unblistered wormbait. No known mechanism for the worm’s ability to hunt have yet been theorized. There are very subtle tell-tale signs of surface water movement that inform of a worm’s passing. While the wormbait are very wary of these signs, the worms are persistent and never have to go more than a few days before moving in undetected.

Once a worm has detected viable prey, they launch from the water, clamping onto the victim with it’s massive maw. It then dives back beneath the water to slowly eat their prey. An attack usually takes but a split-second. Within the maw of the worm, the victim is stabbed by thousands of tiny needle-teeth that torture the flesh without much actual damage. The experience has been likened to “being eaten by a nettle.” Being eaten takes about a day, when the worm defecates the wormbait, undigested with thousands of tiny, seeping and stinging wounds. After a few days of trembling shakes and fevers, the wormbait will recover but will manifest a few hundred blisters bunched together somewhere on their body where the needle teeth punctured. Wormbait consider blister patchs on their backs to be lucky and on their legs to be extremely unlucky.

In days the growing blisters with be translucent enough to see half-formed creatures moving within them. About a week after the worm attack, the blisters will have grow large enough that they grow into each other. As blisters expand into each other, the fetuses with begin a deadly war for survival. The fetuses fight each other to the death until one demonspawn occupies it’s own, larger womb. The fighting among the demonspawn is both painful and damaging to the “mother” host.

After several months of growing, sapping strength and causing intense pain to its host mother, the demon will claw its way from the blister sack. Each demon is different. Some assail wormbait present, including their mother-host, some ignore the wormbait completely. As a consequence, most mother-hosts “birth” without any help.

Shortly after the birth, Nurak will bring his ferry to the newborn and take the new demon out into the water’s horizon to places unknown.

The Place: Mother is an expansive landscape of knee-deep, brackish water and scattered, small clumps of rocky outcroppings. The air is wet and cold and it rains often. The waters have sparse life, which feeds and torments the wormbait. Large mosqitos buzzed aggressively and monster crabs snap at anything and everything within reach.
The sky is often overcast, but can also present vivid purple and yellow when the cloud cover thins.

The water is a blackish-brown color that obscures anything within it. A short time in the waters of Mother rots clothing, rusts metal and bleaches skin. The waters sap heat from the body and sicken those that drink them. The wormbait believe the water has a malicious sentience of it’s own. Crashers that spend any amount of time within Mother tend to agree.

Landmarks: Kneeskin Reef, The Aerie, The Dropoff, The Floating Wreck

Notable Demons: Nurak

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