The City in the Dust:

The main gates of the city open onto a dusty courtyard with a central fountain that runs with clear, crystal cold water. Ringing the courtyard are giant statues of warriors bearing weapons and ornament both familiar and strange. Each statue has an engraved base with a name that can be read in any language:

 

  • Alan Powys
  • Alerik
  • Alivale
  • Artos the Celt
  • Asquiol of Pompeii
  • Aubec, Earl of Malador
  • Brian
  • Captain Cornelius
  • Clen of Clen-Gar
  • Clovis Marca
  • Jerry Cornell
  • Duke Dorian Hawkmoon
  • Elric of Melnibone
  • Lord Erekosë
  • Prince Flamadin
  • Franik
  • Ghardas Valabasian, Conqueror of the Distant Suns
  • Goldberg
  • Ilanth
  • Ilian of Garathorm
  • Jerry Cornelius
  • Jherek Carnelian
  • John Daker.
  • Karl Glogauer
  • Klan
  • Konrad Arflane
  • Mejink-La-Kos
  • Michael Kane
  • M'v Okom Sebpt O'Riley, Gunholder of the Qui Lors Ventures
  • Oshbek-Uy
  • Oswald Bastable
  • Pournachas
  • Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski
  • Roland
  • Ryan
  • Shaleen
  • Sojan the Swordsman
  • Graf Ulrich von Bek
  • Ulysses
  • Umpata
  • Count Urlik Skarsol

 

 

The sands from the surrounding desert spill over the walls of the city, through the gates and get everywhere, into everything.

To the north, far on the horizon, can be seen a luminescent wall that climbs high into the sky and stretches from east to west as far as the eye can see, shining at night with blue and green stain. This is the Veil of Entropy, the Well of Chaos, that serves as a constant reminder that the City in the Dust is always threatened by Chaos.

The city can house nearly 20, 000 souls but currently is home to fewer than 100, many of whom are Sleepers and Blanks. Those who dwell within the city have congregated around the domed Temple of the Elder Gods.

The residents are led by the Eyeless Sage, an aged human who claims to be nearing his 130th year, and recalls when the Veil of Entropy was over the horizon. Fifteen hardened warriors from every land surrounding the Foedarian Wastes protect the City and its residents. They train the young folk who stumble into the City from time to time and fight off the centaur raiders or even worse that from time to time emerge from the Veil. Six of the residents, known as the Wagon-men, travel across the Wastes to settled lands to trade for foodstuffs and other supplies. They are the only ones gifted with knowledge of the crossings.

Many seek the City in the Dust, but only those touched by fate or beyond the salvation of the Saints actually find it.

Inspiration and thanks to Michael Moorcock and many others.

City in the Dust

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