Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Interesting Places: Monuments of Ghiz

Deep within the Desert of Sighs, far beyond where the caravans trek, broods a demon-haunted ruin. Crowded with obelisks, broken and askew, the place radiates an unwholesome sense of despair. From the side it has the look of a giant skeletal hand, upturned and clenching as sands eternal run through its bony digits. Long shadows fall as the lonesomeness of day gives way to the chill of night and strange creatures stalk the sandy wastes.

It is said that the monuments are all that remain of ancient Llar, a desert-trading outpost from millennia past. Legends relate that the Hakusan, ancient invaders from the dim north, destroyed it during one of their many incursions. As the citadel convulsed in its death throes, the fabled sorcerers of Llar unleashed their final fury: the opening a gateway to the Nullity. The ensuing chaos saw everyone—the Hasukan and the sorcerers—destroyed by the demonic host. The citadel and its fate faded from memory, swallowed by the sands…


The obelisks that remain standing are covered in ancient glyphs, their edges worn smooth by the relentless pummeling of desert grit. The glyphs are of no known or recognizable language and all efforts at translation have been met with futility. As if the impenetrable nature of the glyphs weren't warning enough, the place bristles with unseen energy, causing the hairs on one's nape to prickle.

At the center of the ruin, just beneath the surface of the shifting sands, is a huge slab of stone, measuring over 50 feet from end to end. Every square inch of the slab’s surface is covered in yet more incomprehensible glyphs. The titanic slab radiates strongly with primeval magic and resists opening by normal means. It is unknown what is imprisoned beneath its unyielding bulk.

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