In at least one area of the Nascent, the water was "thick as soup and pale blue in colour". It was "cool, strangely slick and not easy to swim through". The marine Stormy likened it to goat's milk. The water was heavy with silt and contained grass seed and rotting plants from the prairie it had flooded.
The crew of the Malazan Coastal Guard vessel Ripath found themselves sinking in the Nascent after passing through a rent off the coast of Otataral Island. Gesler, Stormy, Truth, Kulp, Felisin Paran, Heboric, and Baudin were forced to swim through the Nascent's waters to safety on the derelict vessel Silanda.
During their time in the Nascent they were visited by members of the Logros T'lan Imass as well as an undead Soletaken dragon Kulp called The Unwelcome. While escaping the Warren, Kulp nearly flooded Meanas with the Nascent's waters.