Continuing our #My30DayWorld challenge, today I’ll talk about the ancient Dreadroads. The Legacy of Ash began as a role-playing setting for us, slowly evolving into fantasy fiction as the characters and cultures we created began to take on lives of their own. We hope you’ll follow us over the next few weeks as we reveal a little more about our world and the characters who bring it to life.
This post will cover day 20. We’re doing them all on our Legacy of Ash Facebook page as well, so head over and give us a like.
4/9: Are There Many Underground Locations Beneath in Your World?
“Nine roads for walking, lost within the dark,
Nine hells of torment, made from the unseen.
Dreaded roads contained by time, dreaded roads remain,
Carved from mortal hands they wait, every soul enslaved.
The sacrifice of blood below, etched beneath the seas,
Shadows break upon the stone, below the ocean floor.
Ages pass, but paths remain, dominions bound in death,
Ages pass, the dread roads wait, dominions without end.”
– Lords of the Deep, Cartyr Ji Verse
Yes, there are realms below Celduras, lost realms from ages long ago. The immortal krakens carved great dread roads eons ago, and those few scholars and historians that study these lost dominions believe them to be the first civilizations. The krakens used the first mortal races as slaves, keeping them below the surface of Celduras to create their dominions. The massive tunnels were filled with air while the mortals worked, sections able to be flooded once complete so the krakens could pass quickly from one realm to another, travelling below the continents. Scholars do not know how long these caverns took to make, or how the krakens were able to fill the passages with air for their slaves, though there are many theories. Some believe the Deep Lords themselves were great sorcerers, while others suspect the tunnels began on land, and were only flooded once complete. Others still suspect that the slaves were semi-aquatic creatures themselves, and could well survive the pressures of the deep.
Now, eons later, these dominions are lost to most. Those few who have seen the deepest realms of Celduras are often driven mad by their time below. Creatures, either the spawn of the krakens or the descendants of their slaves, are said to remain in the deep darkness. Many of the dreaded roads have been breached, the machinery failed or walls collapsed, and are now filled with water. But there are some that have been found, great caverns below the surface of Celduras said to hold the answers to all life, the key to understanding the beginnings of time itself. Answers that could gift great power, or ancient relics that could give sorcerers mastery over time itself. One has only to brave the madness of the deep…
The Challenge will Continue…
Thanks for reading about the world Æsc and I have built. We’ve fallen a bit behind in the questions, but we will answer them all and we’ll post more about the Legacy of Ash and the continents that make up the world. There is a always more to reveal. Evil races, demons, oceans, and gods. This has been day 20, but look out for our next set of questions.