East of the Valley and beyond the massive wall of the Serpent’s Spine awaits the Dread Wastes. Some texts describe it as a combination of swamplands and desert, but I’ve not found anything desert-like about it yet. Corrupted, yes. There are still patches in this sha-infested land that hint at its original state. And then you have sights like this:
I’m thinking those flowers are really weeds, but they’re colorful all the same, aren’t they? Maybe it’s an odd quality of the corruption that renders much of the land in these shades of blue and purple. It’s oddly tranquil. But just beyond that, you can see the deadzone of white, followed by the blackened strip of sha-touched earth. If you had been standing in this particular spot, you would have also seen the frightening swarms of corrupted mantid and their war machines.
The mantid assignments are my least favorite. It’s sad seeing the land in the state that it’s in, but they’re also the most dangerous. I never talk about it – I’m not sure how Alaan and mom would react if I mentioned how many times I’ve come close to dying while trying to dig up a chunk of amber. Hell, if it says anything, there are times I turn down assignments because the risk is too great. The worst thing that’s happened by far was getting trapped in the feeding pits down in Sra’Vess. I’m still not sure how the hell I managed to get out of that predicament. I almost lost an arm.
As a side note: I haven’t noticed an increased frequency of the haunts that I mentioned in my first entry. You would think there would be more of them out here.
Next time, I’ll write about one of my discoveries.
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This is Val and the cat.