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Brockton Bay is a fictional coastal city in which most of Worm takes place. It houses PRT Department ENE.


Brockton Bay is located in the northeast of the United States,[1] north of Boston.[2] The Atlantic Ocean borders it on the east,[1][3][4] while mountains or hills border it on the other sides, especially to the west.[5][6][7] The state it resides in is never mentioned.

Brockton Bay had a civilian population of around three hundred and fifty thousand as of the Battle against Leviathan,[8] which declined significantly with the subsequent evacuation.[9] It was probably in the top 10 US cities in terms of total cape population.[10]

The city was founded over an underground lake or aquifer.[6]

Being a coastal city along with its surrounding geography, Brockton Bay has a fairly mild climate. The summers are comfortably warm and the winters are one of the mildest in the Northeastern States. This may be one reason people in costume congregated there.[11][12][13]

There were blocks of storage containers scattered throughout the city, a legacy of a brief period where they were used as cheap off-the-books housing before this was banned.[14]

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PRT Department #ENE: Brockton Bay
Director Emily Piggot Thomas Calvert James Tagg 
Staff Renick (Deputy Director)Jessica Yamada (Parahuman Psychologist)
Leader Armsmaster Miss Militia
Members AdamantAssaultBattery ChallengerClockblockerDauntlessDovetailSereTriumphVelocity 
Team Captains BatteryTriumphAegis WeldClockblockerCrucible
Members Browbeat ChariotFlechetteGallant Glory Girl Kid WinShadow StalkerToggleVista

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Brockton Bay had originally been a big trading post and port, back when America was being colonized.[16] Its location was chosen because of the aquifer (which provided fresh water) and proximity to the coast (which provided access to trade routes.)[6]

During its heyday, trains and ships were constantly coming to and from the city, carrying goods. The north end of the Bay was given over almost entirely to the shipping industry, and there was a regular ferry across the Bay.[3]

Villain Influx[]

When the import/export business in Brockton Bay had dried up, there had been a whole lot of people who were suddenly out of work. The richest and most resourceful people in town had managed to make more money, turning the city’s resources towards tech and banking, but all of the people who had been employed on the ships and in the warehouses had few options left to them. They faced leaving Brockton Bay, sticking around while scraping up what little work they could or turning to more illicit activity.[13]

This all contributed to a boom in the local supervillain population. The potential for big money coupled with the number of eager-to-please mooks and henchmen made it the city to be for the villains in the late 90s.[10]

During this period, there was a brief boom in storage lockers, which people would use as off-the-books housing. The closely-packed storage facilities attracted crime and disease. The local government cracked down on the practice, and the storage facilities were largely abandoned by homeless people in favour of the increasingly-empty warehouses and factories.[14]

The Slaughterhouse Nine under Jack Slash visited the area and would later decimate The Teeth.

It took a few years for the hero presence to establish and organize themselves, but they did, and there was something of an equilibrium following high profile arrests of Marquis and the formation of New Wave.[10]


Parahumans in Brockton Bay at the start of Worm
The Protectorate
The Wards
New Wave
Azn Bad Boys
Coil's Organization
Empire Eighty-Eight
Faultline’s Crew
The Merchants
The Undersiders

After Bakuda's scuffle with The Undersiders, she went on a bombing campaign, indiscriminately targeting several major locations across Brockton Bay. Initially, targets included a power transformer, a school, a bridge, train tracks, and other major services. At least 27 people were reported to have died in the attacks.[19]

Soon after, the bombs became coordinated against other gang and villain organization fronts. This led all the other villains of Brockton Bay to ally themselves against the ABB.

The ABB terror campaign climaxed when Bakuda attempted to hold the city for ransom with a threat of a 'superbomb', one authorities[who?] feared to be equal to a nine megaton bomb. Through a concerted effort between the Protectorate and the Wards, both the ABB leader Lung and his lieutenant, Bakuda, were apprehended.[20]

Leviathan's Attack[]

In May 15, 2011, Brockton Bay became the target of an attack by the Endbringer Leviathan. This event caused the loss of power and other services to significant parts of the city, the flooding of most of downtown and southern Brockton Bay and the formation of a sizable lake in the southern downtown area. It was speculated that a more successful attack on the part of Leviathan would have caused the collapse of large sections of the city into the aquifer it was built on.[6]

Escutcheon   Tyrone Venson
Erudite   Mavis Shoff
Fenja  Jessica Biermann
Gallant  Dean Stansfield
Geomancer   Tim Mars
Good Neighbor   Roberto Peets
Herald   Gordon Eckhart
Impel   Corey Steffons
Iron Falcon   Brent Woodrow
Kaiser  Max Anders
Manpower  Neil Pelham
Mister Eminent 
Oaf   Wesley Scheaffer
Pelter   Stefanie Lamana
Quark   Caroline Ranson
Resolute   Georgia Woo
Saurian   Darlene Beckman
Shielder  Eric Pelham
Smackdown   Jennie Ryan
Snowflake   Charlotte Tom
Strider   Craig McNish
Velocity  Robin Swoyer
Zigzag   Bennie Debold and Geoff Schearn

The loss of Shielder and Manpower, and later Glory Girl and Panacea in the wake of these events largely ended the New Wave experiment.

Slaughterhouse Nine Attack[]

Capitalizing on the chaos wrought by Leviathan, the Slaughterhouse Nine chose to visit Brockton Bay once more in order to recruit a ninth member. There they suffered a massive defeat, losing all but three of their members.

Battle against Echidna[]

Released in the wake of Coil's death, Echidna rampaged through a section of the city. Under the advisement of local thinkers, the attack was raised to an S-class threat before any major damage was done, allowing her to be subdued fairly quickly.

Aftermath of the event included Alexandria's civilian identity and the Triumvirate's association with Cauldron to be revealed and the defection of the majority of Protectorate Case-53s to Weld's Irregulars, as well as the creation of a portal to Earth Gimel.


Following Tattletale, Labyrinth, and Scrub's creation of a portal to Earth Gimel, Brockton Bay became much more important, attracting both unpowered humans motivated by greed and capes going after the rich pickings created by this influx of wealth.

This portal was used as an evacuation point for most of the East Coast following Scion's attack.

Urban area on the Gimel side of portal is known as New Brockton, and became one of origin settlements for The City.


  • Many of the features of Brockton Bay were based on Vancouver.[21] Such as the Thugs hired by the market people to protect their stalls.[citation needed]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Thanks to the surrounding geography and the ocean bordering us on the east, Brockton Bay had some of the mildest winters you could find in the Northeastern States, and some of the most comfortably warm summers. - Gestation 1.2
  2. Daybreak 1.2
  3. 3.0 3.1 I took the same general route I took on my morning runs, heading east, towards the Bay. This time, though, instead of turning up towards the Boardwalk, I headed south.
    Back in its heyday, every inch of the city had been a bustling metropolis. Ships were coming and going at all hours, trains were coming through to deliver goods to be shipped overseas and the city teemed with people. The northern end of the bay – especially the area close to the water – was all about the industry. Ships, warehouses, factories, railroad and the homes for everyone who worked those jobs. You also had the ferry running across the bay itself. - Agitation 3.4
  4. Bitch took turns and moved sorta aimlessly as she headed East, towards the water and the beaches. - Hive 5.10
  5. We were on the West end of the Docks, judging by how far the water was, and how close we were to the mountains that surrounded the city. - Tangle 6.8
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The television screen showed a cross section of Brockton Bay as seen from ground level. The West end of the city was bordered by hills, and the terrain sloped gradually from the base of the mountain down to the water. Directly below the image of the buildings that marked the city’s location, there was a large cavern, bordered by rock on all sides except the part nearest the beach, which was sand. It was marked blue – filled with water. “Brockton Bay, this location, is a soft target. The city was originally founded at this location because of the proximity to the coastline for trade routes and an aquifier that provided the first settlers with access to fresh water. This aquifier, essentially an underground lake beneath the city, is our weak point." - Excerpt from Extermination 8.2
  7. It was out of the way, placed atop Captain's Hill, at the base of the mountains to the west of the city. - Excerpt from Extermination 8.8
  8. I was scared. A huge part of me wanted to just close my eyes and hope Leviathan didn’t come, that I wouldn’t have to deal with him. It would be nice to join the three hundred and fifty thousand other Brockton Bay residents that were trusting the heroes to handle things, find a peace of sorts in surrender and helplessness. - Excerpt from Extermination 8.4
  9. The humans outnumbered parahumans by eight-thousand to one, give or take, in urban areas.  Outside of the more densely populated areas, it dropped to a more manageable one to twenty-six-thousand ratio.  But here in Brockton Bay, many had evacuated.  Few places in the world, if any, sported the imbalanced proportion that Brockton Bay now featured.  What was it now?  One parahuman to every two thousand people?  One parahuman to every five hundred people? - Excerpt from Interlude 13
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Gestation 1.3
  11. Gestation 1.2
  12. Comment by Wildbow
  13. 13.0 13.1 You're confusing 'from Brockton Bay' with 'In Brockton Bay'.

    Marquis was a villain for a while and did villainous stuff around the Northeastern US states. He then settled in a city that had a lot of opportunity and subpar law enforcement and continued to operate there and around there. Along the way, he hooked up with a groupie that had freckles, then they parted ways. A while before canon, said groupie finds out she has cancer, goes to Brockton Bay to find Marquis, and after verifying that he's not an utter monster and he has resources to take care of her kid, gives him custody. Panacea was not born in Brockton Bay.

    Lung came from elsewhere by similar metrics - opportunity and lax law enforcement (at least to start) and stayed. Bakuda came from elsewhere.

    Allfather? Same idea. Kaiser came from Allfather.

    Taylor talks in an early chapter about the dynamics that led to Brockton Bay being attractive to capes - once capes were there, it became more attractive to both capes and shards. This fosters the cape-centric, higher power level environment that we see in Worm. - Wildbow on Reddit
  14. 14.0 14.1 Shell 4.5
  15. Interlude 10
  16. Tangle 6.2
  17. Über and Leet, Circus, the Undersiders, Squealer, Trainwreck, Stain, others you’ve never heard of? They’re going to stake out their ground, and one of two things is going to happen. Excerpt from Interlude 2
  18. Wildbow on Reddit
  19. Shell 4.11
  20. Tangle 6.4
  21. East coast guy. A lot of the little details about Brockton Bay were pulled together from Vancouver. - Comment by Wildbow on Shell 4.5

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PRT Department #ENE: Brockton Bay
Director Emily Piggot Thomas Calvert James Tagg 
Staff Renick (Deputy Director)Jessica Yamada (Parahuman Psychologist)
Leader Armsmaster Miss Militia
Members AdamantAssaultBattery ChallengerClockblockerDauntlessDovetailSereTriumphVelocity 
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