The mysterious and deadly water that covers the world and appeared at the same time the Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind aliv... appeared, four hundred years before Harry Iskinder is the main character in the book, The Sunde... comes onto the scene.
It covers the whole planet apart from small islands, Tufts are small, fist-wise fingers of earth sticking up from..., and Landfall is what humans call surviving land sticking out of ....
It kills in a frightening way: if any living thing other than a Sundered One touches it, they are immediately pulled into the water and down. The victim cannot be saved; not even Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind aliv... can bring them back.
The only time it’s safe to touch black water is if it’s been separated from the main earth-wide body of water. Buckets are often used for this, though everyone tends to prefer making Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind aliv... fetch it – since they can touch it without harm, for reasons unknown.