Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #99
April 9th, 2023
Name: The Mock Turtle Hive
Location: Along the shores of the Lost Coast of the Wastelands
Population (approx.): None
Brief: Centuries ago, the Churches of Earth and Water used a great ritual to scour the landscape of their enemies, creating the Lost Coast (#64). The Aether swept across the land, engulfing untold numbers of creatures, small and large, drowning most and depositing the rest in the hills miles inland to unknown fates. One such creature, a species of sea turtle, was in the middle of their yearly hatching at the time. Giant mother turtles swam offshore as tiny babies unearthed themselves from the sand and struggled to the sea. The waters ingested all of them, small and large, but somehow some number of mother turtles managed to summon their children to them, the small ones clambering onto their backs. The rituals of earth and water somehow merged the collective into a single turtle hive or colony. A dozen of these mega-creatures survived the ritual, prowling both land and sea for food. They gained the ability to spawn a horde of their children off their backs to surge forth and attack with destructive effect.
Geography: Since the ritual, the number of these creatures has slowly declined as the hives have either joined into a larger entity, perished naturally or died in battle with other aberrations of the Wastelands. One remains, approximately 50 meters across with 50-60 hivelings, each measuring 2-5 meters each, linked to its back, resting half-buried in the sands of the Lost Shore about 25 miles south of the border with the Church-State of Earth and Water (#29).