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Jane Prentiss was a woman of unknown age and origin. She appeared to be possessed by, or contaminated with, unidentified parasitic worms.

Description Edit

She is described by Harriet Lee as wearing a long red dress and having "a head of long, matted black hair and wide, staring eyes" (MAG 6), and by Martin Blackwood as wearing a grey overcoat and having pale skin pockmarked with holes made by the worms that infested her (MAG 22).

History Edit

She lived and worked in Archway, employed at a crystal shop called Good Energies.[1] During this time, she seemed to have undergone a mental breakdown, possibly due to stress over finances and being rejected by friends. She left her job following the discovery of an infestation of ants in the building’s basement.[1]

Later, she was found by police with her arm buried in a mass of organic material, not unlike a wasps nest, and she was rushed to a hospital. Whilst the nurses were trying to restrain her, she expelled worms into the eyes of those in the room with her, killing six of them and leading to the seventh breaking his neck fleeing from her.

The Flesh Hive Edit

Jane was infested with small parasitic worms. The worms are around an inch long, with silver segmented bodies and blackened heads. She seems to have infested Harriet Lee[2] who transferred the infestation to Timothy Hodge,[3] who was later killed by Sasha James.

When Martin Blackwood attempts to investigate Carlos Vittery, she pursues him and traps him in his home.[4]

It is not clear what link between the worms and Jane is. They do not appear to be telepathically linked in any way, as she didn't appear to be alerted when Martin crushed one - however, in her statement she refers to hearing their call as a "song".

The Siege of the Archives Edit

Over the course of a few months, Jane Prentiss started to invade the passages beneath the Archives.[5] On the 29th July 2016, Jonathan Sims accidentally discovered Prentiss' worms within the walls of the Archives.[6] She actively engaged in a short siege of the Archives, where she was found destroying some of the paper cases.[7]

Jane Prentiss was eventually destroyed when Elias Bouchard activated the CO2 suppression system, killing both her and the flesh worms that infest her. Her body was destroyed, via cremation.[8][9]

Trivia Edit

  • Jane Prentiss is potentially based off of the main character of the short story Kid Stuff by Isaac Asimov. This character is named Jan Prentiss and, partway through the story, becomes controlled by a giant insect.
  • Jane Prentiss' worm sounds in MAG 39 were created using "Lots and lots of pasta."[10]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 MAG 32: Hive
  2. MAG 6: Squirm
  3. MAG 26: A Distortion
  4. MAG 22: Colony
  5. MAG 41: Too Deep
  6. MAG 38: Lost and Found
  7. MAG 39: Infestation
  8. MAG 40: Human Remains
  9. MAG 55: Pest Control
  10. MAG S1 Q&A
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