Dessanedi

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Dessanedi
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Dessanedi, the Jagged Wastes, is a region in the Beyond. It borders the Clock of Kala to the east and the Plains of Kataru to the west and south.

Background[edit | edit source]

The land of Dessanedi is a mostly barren field of broken, jagged glass that lies south of the Great Slab. north of the Plains of Kataru, and west of the Clock of Kala. Although paths lead through the aptly named Jagged Wastes, travel in this region is slow, arduous, and filled with cuts and scrapes - or worse.

Underfoot, traversable paths are nothing but tiny shards of glass. On either side stand outcroppings of serrated glass and razor points. If the Jagged Wastes weren't the only way to reach the pass called the Sheer, it's unlikely anyone would ever come here.

Scholars suspect that at some point in the distant past, the sand-swept dunes of Dessanedi were turned to glass, perhaps through intense heat. Time has broken and shattered the glass, making the wasteland very difficult to cross.

Nothing grows in the Jagged Wastes, and other than a few scavenger birds, little lives there, making it at least a quiet journey. The significant communities are found on the very edge of the wastes, in regions that might technically be considered part of the Plains of Kataru.[1]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Yosh-ul

Picalah

White Lake

Other Points of Interest[edit | edit source]

Lambent Fields

Great Slab

Hearsay[edit | edit source]

Manhunt:[edit | edit source]

A murderer from Yosh-ul has fled into the Jagged Wastes. The nomads seek hardy folk to track him down and retrieve him. but this decision has stirred up contention among the tribes. Some say the windstorms this time of year are likely to claim the criminal before any posse can find him. Others want the more tangible justice of a trial and traditional death by scorpion sting.

Weird[edit | edit source]

Rune Tower:[edit | edit source]

In the middle of the Jagged Wastes stands a pristine tower of what also appears to be glass, but the structure looks sturdy, and local gossip says it's indestructible. The tower is 30 ft. tall, and at the top it projects images of unknowable symbols made of light.

Warrow Beetles:[edit | edit source]

Throughout the wastes, you can find strange, translucent beetles that appear to subsist on the glass. These warrow beetles can't be eaten safely, as they have more in common with mineral than with flesh.[2]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

The vilgrim flower flower has crystalline petals that shimmer and vibrate in the wind to attract insects - which it then devours.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Beyond.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 182. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-77-3
  2. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Beyond.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 183. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-77-3
  3. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Beyond.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 183. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-77-3