Post by Zaim al-Daleel on Aug 2, 2008 21:23:10 GMT -7
A foul and dreadful place- a deep valley surrounded by a ring of granite hills, many of them laced with labyrinthine passages that wind deep inside the earth. Winds blowing across its cold sand carry the stench of decay, like that of a fish left too long in the sun. Legends tell of a djinni who constructed a palace from the skulls of his foes and a hyena-headed giant that impales his enemies on the thorns of immense cacti.
Nomads believe the pit once contained an ocean, ruled by an arrogant giant who demanded that the gods recognized him as an equal.
The gods responded by hurling a moon-sized boulder into the ocean, splashing the water into the surrounding desert and crushing the giant and his army of minions.
The lake of the Ghuls, a salty pool in the northern section of the pit, holds what remains of the ocean. Spirits of the giant and his minions stalk the pit, preying on any traveller foolish enough to trespass.
Treasure seekers occasionally brave the rumored horrors in hopes of finding the seven life-size statues legend says the giant created in his own image. One each of gold, silver, turquoise, onyx, emerald, amber, and ruby.
An arm of the turquoise statue was recovered and now resides in a museum in Ajayib.