they found the ruined husks of cities orbiting the hole in time where
Mandala should have been, they invented many names for them.
Eventually, though, the name Qalidar settled out of nowhere over the
something to this appellation, but to stand on a piece of ground and
say "this is Qalidar" was never more than an evanescent wisp of the
The exploration logs of the
shard sages, the veiled warnings of the Indrids, and even the overheard
rasps of the lethally impassive dobbers began to suggest that Qalidar
was more than a ravaged cityscape. Further references from the
grimoires of the peryton archons concerning "Qalidar seeping into the
world," suggested another answer.
Whether the place in
question was the spiraling corridors of the Storm Port, the seared plains of the
Outside, or the depths of a Zodiac Pit, the location - both origin and
destination - was always Qalidar. More than that, the worlds touched by
these liminal zones were also Qalidar.
The truth is that Qalidar is
not the damaged places; Qalidar is the damage. Qalidar is the echo of
cataclysm, the web of cracks that forms where a hole is
The coiled secrets of the true Qalidar will be
unraveled and explored soon enough. For now, the shattered city still
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inhabitants of the lost land never called it
Mandala. The Shard Sages came up with that, peering into the past and
finding a strange void where something wonderful
should have been. Nor are the ruins at Qalidar the ruins of Mandala.
They're shadows, shadows cast by light drawn inward, swirling in the
Storm, raging around drifting islands of crumbling matter before
plunging into the hole in space and time left by the great land that
is a dark city where shadows fall from across time and space. It is as
close to a home as anyone has ever found for the perytons, and its
paths through the Storm connect worlds that were never meant to meet.
Qalidar: Echo of Mandala was designed specifically for the Peryton Fantasy RPG
system and, in addition to the setting, includes new
creatures, new treasures, rules for traversing the Storm, and a sample adventure to get you started.
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