I’m @krixwell; Norwegian nerd, shitposter and now, apparently, liveblogger – because on a whim, I’ve decided I’m going to try my hand at liveblogging the web serial Worm.

I’m not a stranger to the ways of liveblogging. I’ve liveblogged a little in the past, including some of the very latest Homestuck updates, Earthbound (incomplete) and a couple agonizing hours of Episode. Choose Your Adventure (grooan), as well as talking about some games/fics/series in group chats while consuming them (”livechatting”, I guess). I also know several livebloggers, follow many more, and act as the ask screener for one of them.

I also want to preface this with a disclaimer: I’m not all that good at keeping my projects alive. It’s quite possible that this blog is going to go silent from time to time, or die completely. All we can do is see what happens.

Finally, here’s what I know about Worm going in:
1. It’s a web serial that ran from June 2011 to November 2013.
2. It’s frequently recommended to existing livebloggers as future liveblog material. This is one of the reasons I’m doing this – there’s got to be a reason it’s so frequently recommended.
3. “It’s really good (IMHO), but it’s still a first draft, and it’s really dark-toned.”
4. “But don’t worry, the story shifts from the hellish landscape of high school to the more uplifting bombed-out city fairly quickly.”
5. It contains a fair amount of potentially triggering material.

And that’s it. I guess it’s time to do this thing!


So, assuming this isn’t somehow about The Sims, it seems the Simurgh is close to omniscient about the future, and maybe the past and present too.

I try not to speculate on spoilers too much, but it quickly occurred to me that people probably don’t know this and that’s why they think the Simurgh reads minds. Because she always seems to know what you intend to do next.

I wonder if she speaks, unlike Leviathan. I like omniscient antagonists that speak.

I just made a mistake while writing the previous post and ended up pressing Ctrl+Y. Turns out that does not do what I expected it to, and I ended up seeing a line from later in the chapter. I managed to avoid seeing too much, but I did learn that Assault shows up and seems to have dialogue.

Specifically, what I saw was that something about “Assault’s face” was attached to a piece of dialogue.

I think whoever’s saying that Hawaii canonically got Behemoth’d is mistaken. They are working off of information from later in the story, which is a no-no, but they’re also wrong about it.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the story says about it for myself!

We don’t know anything about Iceland or New Orleans, but I can confirm (thanks to a single offhand reference later in the story) that Hawaii did get hit by Behemoth at some point in the probably-somewhat-recent past, though we don’t know the exact date. (Not quite sure where the spoiler line is, sorry if this crosses it.)

I’ve now made clear to Sharks that I would prefer not to know about info from future offhand references in advance. No worries, though, this is a fairly minor one as far as I can tell.

Honestly, though, spoiler or no spoiler, learning right now that Hawaii was indeed hit by what I’m 95% sure is the volcano Endbringer is quite appropriate.

Someone just let slip that Legend is, apparently, gay, and based on their reaction when I said I didn’t want to know whether that was headcanon or they forgot I didn’t know that, I think it was the latter.

If it is in fact canon, that’s pretty neat. Legend is cool – he seems like a good character for positive LGBT representation (at least from my non-LGBT perspective).

And hey, it makes total sense, too. After all, the gimmick of his power is that it doesn’t go straight. 😉

client one, and clients two through six for confidentiality purposes.  For clarity, and to help ensure that the proper clients receive the intended products, we must restate facts for client one to double-check.  Client one is the negotiator for each of the clients, guardian of clients two and three and is not intending to consume the product.

Hm, alright. “guardian” implies clients two and three are probably underage, and client one is making sure they get powers. Are clients two and three in on this willingly? Do they know what they’re doing?

This cannot be stressed enough.  Client one is not to share or use any of the product intended for other clients.  

They evidently lost it somehow, at least.

Also, I wonder what the relations between client one and clients 4-6 are.

It kind of seems like someone is trying to set up a cape team by gathering the people first and then giving them powers.

Ignoring this warning or failing to adhere to any other warnings or directions within this documentation will compel Cauldron to carry out the countermeasures and call in all debts noted in sections 8b and 8c on pages seventeen, eighteen and nineteen.

Cauldron. Decent name, fits the icon. I suppose it also fits the idea of brewing, making magic potions to give people powers, which is a neat touch.

I’ve actually been semi-spoiled on this. I’ve been meaning to make a post about this, but didn’t get around to it in time for the reveal: I’ve become aware of the existence of a Discord server called Cauldron, and it wasn’t hard to guess that it was the same server some people have referred to as Upsilon while talking to me. I couldn’t be quite sure it was the actual name of the organization, though.

But yeah, looks like that is indeed what they’re called.

Also worth noting here: It seems the vials were sold not by the Dealer, but by Cauldron itself. Unless of course the Dealer did work for Cauldron and was killed by someone else.

It just occurred to me that the thing that’s set to kill millions at best could be some form of humongous worm, potentially the true reason for the title of the story.

Unfortunately, that soon caused me to remember this spoiler about a “giant worm thingy” late in the story. I try not to speculate on spoilers, but that does make me feel a lot more confident in this theory.