Worms Earth — The Howard’s final Bran Mak Morn story.
Worms Earth – a fictional King of the Picts. The grim tale of supernatural revenge set against the grey gloom of the heather.
Bran Mak Morn, King of the Picts, vows revenge on the Roman governor Titus Sulla after witnessing the crucifixion of a fellow Pict. He seeks forbidden aid from the Worms of the Earth, a race of creatures who Bran Mak Morn’s pictish ancestors had banished from the earth.
They were once men but millennia of living underground caused them to become monstrous and semi-reptilian. He secures their help after stealing a religious item of theirs from a barrow. The King trading it back in return for them delivering Sulla to him for a battle to the death.
However, Sulla’s mind is broken from his contact with the horrific Worms of the Earth. Bran Mak Morn slays him in mercy rather than vengeance, realising that some weapons are too foul to use, even against Rome.