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Sea of Black Tears
Sea of Black Tears Vista
It looks more like a lake.
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Type Landmark
Continent Western Continent
Region Black Tear
Inhabitants Drowned Ophelia
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Sea Of Black Tears Map

“Looks more like a lake of black tears doesn't it?” — Mangus

The Sea of Black Tears is a body of dark, oily water from which the Drowning Doom drink, giving them their dark powers. The waters grant a small degree of divine power, but at the cost of the drinker's sanity. This manifests as severe depression, leading all to lose the very will to live.

The Sea of Black Tears is the primary cause of the downfall of the historic faction known as the Black Tear Rebellion.


The Sea of Black Tears was formed not long after the death of Ormagöden. Aetulia, the goddess who was used to lure the Great Fire Beast to his death, was left to wallow alone beneath the earth, to weep in the darkness for eternity. She wept for so long that her tears collected in the chasm below her perch, forming into a small ocean of pure, uncontrollable sorrow. In time, she would turn to dust.

The Titans later found that the Sea of Black Tears left behind still contained a small portion of Aetulia's power, but that it was as alluring as her song, and contained her deepest sorrow. Any who drank from the Sea of Black Tears gained a measure of this power, but Aetulia's sorrow claimed them in the end, and all were driven insane.

Realizing the temptation and danger the Sea presented, the Titans placed a mountain atop its dark waters to keep it forever sealed away .

After the Titans ascended into the heavens as Metal Gods, and their demonic pets and servants created humanity in their image, the demons enslaved humans until Riggnarok turned them against their masters. Faced with this uprising, the Tainted Coil opened the seal on the Sea of Black Tears. The Sea instantly began to call to the humans, and those who first drank from it and felt the strength of Aetulia decided collectively that their forces should be renamed the Black Tear Rebellion. Riggnarok was the only known human to have resisted the Sea, and he later abandoned the rebellion after it collapsed into a sorrow fueled orgy of death and destruction. .

The rebellion's members became known as Tear Drinkers, and would fight everything in their way, even other humans. When the war finally reached the fierce warrior women of the Zaulia, doom seemed imminent, until Riggnarok returned. He led the Zaulia to victory over the Tear Drinkers at the Altar of Blood, driving them away to succumb to their sorrow. After the rebellion was later defeated utterly at Doom's Mire, the Sea of Black Tears was once again sealed away by the Tainted Coil.


The Season of Pain is upon us....
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After Eddie Riggs arrived in the Heavy Metal World, he led the humans in a war against the demons. Facing another human rebellion, the new demon Emperor Doviculus has the gates once again reopened after the fall of his human lackey, General Lionwhyte. The fingers of the gate gruesomely pulled back, Doviculus knows that the Sea would once again call out to the humans with its terrible promises of dark power.

The plan does not fail. After being cast out of the resistance and branded as a traitor, Ophelia makes her way to the sea. Her parents being Tear Drinkers themselves, it was fitting that she would follow in their footsteps and throw herself into the Sea. A dark doppelganger known as Drowned Ophelia rose forth from the Sea. With her new found power and control over the Sea, she is able to raise an army mighty enough to challenge Ironheade: the Drowning Doom.

Sea of Black Tears Distance


  • Mangus notes that the Sea of Black Tears is closer in size to a lake than an actual sea.
  • According to Tim Schafer, Tim Burton and Robert Smith are both at the bottom of the Sea.
  • Rima explains that demons are unaffected by the Sea's call because their hearts do not feel sorrow like humans do.
  • Drowned Ophelia's true nature was known by the Razor Girls. In their travels, the girls constantly point out that it wasn't the real Ophelia they saw and that she was at the bottom of the sea. However, they meant the drowned creature literally wasn't Ophelia, which Eddie had written off as them accepting the old her was gone.
  • Although it's possible to get to the southeastern portion of the map after the bridge to the Jungle is complete, getting to the Sea of Black Tears is almost impossible before "Racing the Reaper". Anyone who tries to race down to the sea will find the way heavily guarded by heavy anti vehicle units like Brood, Brides, Organists, Lightning Rods, and even Tainted Coil units further on in like Heart Cutters.
  • In the "Sea of Black Tears" mission and in free roam before the mission and after access to the Sea is available, it is impossible to approach the Drowning Doom Megastage/Drowned Ophelia's Cathedral head-on from the bridge, due to the large towers that flank the bridge on the Megastage side that will instantly destroy The Deuce or any unit that the player Double Teams with (including The Rock Crusher), before instantly killing the player too.
  • In free roam after the campaign is completed, standing or being in The Deuce with The Mouth of Metal off at the edge of the destroyed bridge is the best way to hear eerie Pipe Organ ambient music playing.
  • The Sea of Black Tears, along with the Bat Cave are the only true areas in the Brütal Land that have a ceiling.
  • The skull mountain was put on top of the Sea of Black Tears by the Titans, so nobody could be tempted by it's power and to keep themselves safe, as stated in the Artifacts of Legend.

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Western Continent

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Eastern Continent

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