There are few sailors of the Hollow Sea brave or stupid enough to whisper of The Maw, the deepest oceanic trench upon Newerth's scarred landscape. Those who can muster the courage to mention it speak only myth and rumor, for any vessel unlucky enough to actually gaze into the churning abyss is pulled to its black depths forever...or until The Maw decides to regurgitate them, drowned, twisted and deformed by the crushing pressure and insidious consciousness of the void.
The notorious admiral of the Legion's Armada called Captain Keelhaul by his crew (though never to his face) was infamous for his strict discipline and harsh punishments, and when he planned to toss a forbidden barrel of rum overboard his sailors could stand no more. They mutinied, dragging the admiral along the keel as they sailed over The Maw, and when the rough hemp rope grew slack and the frayed end was pulled from the dark waters with no corpse attached, the crew thought that was the last anyone would see of Keelhaul. But The Maw found a perfect soldier in the admiral, whose fury only increased as his body was twisted and transformed in the black depths, and when The Maw spat him back into the world of the living, Keelhaul had a ship's worth of scores to settle.
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