Stillwater Sinks

The Grimly Wood is perilous to the untrained woodsman. No other natural phenomena is so telling of this than a Stillwater Sink. What would seem to be a muddy, putrid puddle is actually far more disastrous should one step into it, as a Stillwater Sink is a plague-ridden chasm, up to a hundred feet in depth, and oozing with a mung-like bacteria colony.

Unlike a pit of quicksand, Stillwater Sinks are alive and, though made up of vast kingdoms of predaceous organisms, act as a single unit. Imagine if you will a giant tube worm that has burrowed it’s long, one hundred foot body through the earth to the surface, with its mouth open wide at the top, and its belly full of paralyzing enzymes and ravenous organisms that, once latched to a victim, will never let go. Imagine that, and then you can imagine what it is like to fall into a Stillwater Stink.

Stillwater Sinks are also the main antagonist in a common nursery rhyme of the same name, following the exploits of a spoiled farm girl. Though there are several translations, the most common reads:

Lyla never went to bed, nor washed up after supper.
And then one day she went out to play, despite her tearful mother.
Lyla laughed and Lyla danced and splashed the glassy water,
Then she pranced to the brink of a Stillwater Sink.
And now her mother has no daughter.