Mortmain Mountains
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Permanent Residents

Inhabited by Lions and Gnats

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The Mortmain Mountains is a fictional mountain range in The Slippery Slope. It is first mentioned by Jerome Squalor in The Ersatz Elevator as Mount Fraught, the largest mountain in the range.


This was the area of the Valley of the Four Drafts that the Snow Scouts gather in, and also the location of the penultimate safe place for VFD members, the only other being the Hotel Denouement. When The Man With a Beard but No Hair and the Woman With Hair but No Beard started a fire at the penultimate safe place for the members of VFD, the sugar bowl was tossed out a window down the Stricken Stream, which arises on Mount Fraught and flows to the sea.

The mountain range is home to Snow Gnats and V.F.D. Lions.

The range is very difficult to climb, since it consists of sheer drops and plateaux arranged in a staircase. The range is very cold during winter and false spring, with blizzards and ice further hindering climbing. The Snow Scouts are headed by Bruce and they include many important people including formerly Quigley Quagmire, Carmelita Spats, and possibly the children of C.M. Kornbluth and the Duchess of Winnipeg.