This plane is bleak and unforgiving; what little land there is consists almost entirely of swamps, marshes, bogs, and the occasional rocky outcropping that strikes up from the ocean’s depths. The water, which covers a goodly portion of the world, is slate-black under the perpetually overcast sky. Volcanic activity and stormy weather are common. What little plant life thrives above ground are perfectly adapted to the bitter condition, tall, and barren, the trees throughout the swamps and bayous look more like thorns or brambles than conifers or leafy trees. The oceans that cover the world are almost blisteringly warm on the surface, but the farther down into the ocean’s depths one goes, the colder it gets. Strange plants cling feverishly against the thermal vents, the only life-giving thread that exists beneath the dark waves.