Mt. Zanlis is a prominent geographical feature in the Black Riage.
Background[edit | edit source]
The tallest of the mountains in the Black Riage at 23,000 ft., Mt. Zanlis is also know as the Dark Master. Most of those who dwell within 100 miles (160 km) of the peak believe it to be some kind of living being possessed of great power, though whether it's good or evil none can say. Aeon Priests investigating the area suggest that the mountain's core might be artificial, housing a machine intelligence with the ability to affect reality on a fundamental level. The potential motives, goals, or outlook of such an intelligence remain entirely conjecture. However, the locals talk of green rain, acidic hail, other weird weather, unexplained lights, changes in either gravity or the flow of time, the sudden appearance of strange creatures on the mountain's slopes, and the disappearance of travelers, hunters, or others that got too close. And yet some explorers have traversed the region many times without incident.
Legend has it that one person was able to contact the intelligence in Mt. Zanlis. She did so by finding a secret chamber at the heart of the mountain. Finding it again proved to be impossible. Some speculate that the mountain can reshape itself as it needs to.
References[edit | edit source]
- Cook, Monte, et al. “The Beyond.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 172. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-77-3