Dreyworms; any resident of the Underdrey in Sundast fears the name. Only the bravest seek them out, and only the luckiest survive. Dreyworms come in two varieties; herbivorous dreyworms and carnivorous dreyworms. Herbivorous dreyworms are, obviously, herbivores. They are very much like the earthworms you and I know and love. Only much, much bigger. On average, these dreyworms reach about 30 feet in length and weigh around 10 tons. They are largely responsible for the crisscrossing tunnels in the underdrey that the mutants utilize. Like common earthworms, they lack eyes, ears, noses, and teeth. They move and sense the world around them using long, thin hairs called setae in combination with their enormous muscles. Their colors are also similar to earthen worms; browns, blacks, and pinks. Carnivorous dreyworms are smaller than their herbivorous cousins, but are much more ferocious. They reach an average of 20 feet in length, but also have a thicker diameter in comparison to their body length and consequently weigh only slightly less than herbivorous dreyworms. These worms are also very lacking when it comes to sensory organs, but they have multiple rows of huge, razor-sharp teeth with which they tear their prey. They also have developed the ability to smell live meat using receptors in their mouths. Otherwise, they are nearly identical to herbivorous dreyworms.
Herbivorous dreyworms spend their days munching through dirt and devouring the plant materials within. However, what with their size, accidents do happen. It is not unusual for an unlucky aershaa to fall into the mouth of a passing dreyworm as they move throughout the underground. They also tend to accidentally eat their own young when the baby dreyworms are still too small. This is the main reason why their numbers remain low, though they also suffer from predation by aershaa and carnivorous dreyworms. Carnivorous dreyworms eat aershaa and other dreyworms; they are cannibalistic. Young or old, no one in the underdrey is completely safe from those razor-sharp teeth. The more a dreyworm eats, the bigger it grows, and the more it needs to eat to survive. And so carnivorous dreyworms tend to go after the biggest prey around, and that would be herbivorous dreyworms and, where those cannot be found, their own kind.
Dreyworms have been mutated beyond recognition by the Khan's Bane in the underdrey, and that is where they make their home. They live deep underground beneath Sundast where the mutants reside.
Lore & CultureEdit
Many legends among mutants underground tell tales of true behemoths living miles beneath the surface. They say that if you follow the tunnels all the way down, you'll meet with the most ancient dreyworms, ones that have lived for thousands of years and have reached the size of mountains. It is widely believed that dreyquakes are caused by these ancients moving in their sleep. No one has ever made it all the way down and lived, however, and so the stories remain uncomfirmed...