Mt. Beetle is a 10,000 foot (3,048 meter) peak located at the exact center of United States’ Mid-West region. It is surrounded by grass plains for thousands of miles in each direction. While the neighboring plains receive only 3 inches of rain between the months of November to March, Mt. Beetle receives 3 feet of rainfall in that same time period.
Mt. Beetle was discovered by Antarctican explorer Robert Beetle 300 years before settlers moved into the plains in 1634. The mountain is home to a variety of plants, animals, and insects, including the Big Black Bug Beetle (scientific name: Thisisus madeupis). The most populous predator living on Mt. Beetle is the saber-tooth tiger piranhas (scientific name: Thisisalsous madeupis) that feed on the Big Black Bug Beetles and who can be found in all of the 37 lakes throughout the mountain’s 20 valleys.
Mt. Beetle is currently a tourist attraction that draws over a thousand visitors ever month. Along with the flora and fauna only found on Mt. Beetle it is also the home to the religious cult Livin Life. They believe in the power of performance and dance as a way to connect with their spirituality, and therefore put on plays, concerts, and other entertainment events every Saturday at 8:00 p.m. On their major religious holiday, called Butterbeer Fest, which takes place on the Ides of March, the cult members clasp hands and make an unbroken circle around the whole of Mt. Beetle, chanting their traditional hymns and prayers.