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Wormstool
Wormstool
Part of Conduit Vermis
Type Cothouse
Commander House-Major Thyssius Grystle
Appearances Lamplighter
Mentioned Factotum

Wormstool is the last cothouse on the Conduit Vermis before an eastbound traveller reached Haltmire and the Ichormeer. Those stationed here were called "Stoolers". Due to its dangerous location at the "ignoble end of the road" as part of the Frugelle, only seasoned lamplighters were typically assigned to this billet. Nonetheless, newly minted lighters Rossamünd Bookchild and Threnody were stationed here with the latter changing her original assignment. They both served at Wormstool for a few months before a concentrated monster attack resulted in the fall of the cothouse and severely damaged it. It was subsequently abandoned, cutting Haltmire off.

DesignEdit

The cothouse itself was built in the form of an octagonal tower with external steps wrapping around its base to an elevated door, much like the linches of Bleak Lynche. Of all the Wormway cothouses only the Dovecote Bolt shared this peculiar design. It had a solid stone outbuilding which housed a run-down flat cart that was drawn by the donkey Cuniculus, who was kept inside the cothouse in the cellar.

Wormstool had four levels, each of which had loopholes from which to fire at attackers. These levels were, from top to bottom:

  • Fighting Top: The roof, which allowed a 360 degree view of the surroundings and was enclosed by battlements.

HistoryEdit

Wormstool was built at the same time as Haltmire during the construction of the Conduit Vermis through the Ichormeer. Like many cothouses it was undermanned and its inhabitants were under constant threat of monster attack.

Garrison and staffEdit

Rank/Position Name Eventual fate
Lampsman 3rd Class Rossamünd Bookchild Survived the Battle of Wormstool and court-martialed before being withdrawn from Imperial service by Europe.
House-Tinker Onesimus Grumely Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
House-Major Thyssius Grystle Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Cot-Warden Hermogënes Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Lurksman Crescens Hugh Survived the Battle of Wormstool and rebilleted to Bleakhall.
Lampsman 1st Class Furius Lightbody Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Lamplighter-Sergeant Isambard Mulch Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Lampsman-Corporal Poesides Survived the Battle of Wormstool and rebilleted to Bleakhall.
Day-Clerk Linus Semple Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Cook Sequecious Killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Seltzerman 2nd Class Splinteazle Killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Lampsman 2nd Class Fadus Theudas Killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Dispensurist Tynche Presumably killed during the Battle of Wormstool.
Lampsman 3rd Class Threnody Survived the Battle of Wormstool and later withdrawn from Imperial service by Syntychë.
Lampsman 1st Class Aubergene Wellesley Survived the Battle of Wormstool and rebilleted to Bleakhall.
Night-Clerk Whelpmoon Killed during the Battle of Wormstool.

A male donkey named Cuniculus and a pack of spangled whelp-hounds were also kept at Wormstool. Ironically the dogs were killed during the battle but Cuniculus survived, as he was not involved in the fighting. He was later taken back to Bleakhall.

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