River of Bludskelh
The River of Bludskelh is a Wellspring River and believed by most to be one of the most ancient of its kind. Its already existed prior to the Great Sorrow, though exactly how old it is nobody knows, excluding perhaps the Firstborn.
It reaches across all of Alézun'Teran, carving a path through the realms, either exposed to the skies or beneath the stone and dirt. It is both revered and feared and the source of both the strange and terrifying. Whether it is living, unliving or dead.
Unknown point of origin
Its point of origin — its broken Wellspring — has not yet been found, despite several millennia of effort. Some wonder if whatever can be found at its origin means certain death, or a possibly worse fate. Or maybe it simply cannot be perceived or be remembered by those who discover it. Maybe due to some aspect of the Amnesia Pulse. Most are in agreement, however, that it is somewhere either in the Wilds of Creastvkr or the Plains of Kanzertum; the Realm of Graves.
Waters of Liquid Reality
Due to its nature of a Wellspring River, the River of Bludskelh is flowing with Sereoth: Reality in liquid form. But due to certain unclear factors, it has become something akin to impure, and thusly it carries with it various effects that are both unique to it, as well as having faint resemblances to other phenomena.
Its most noticeable characteristic is that of its faint shimmer of dark crimson that is reflected off its surface; under ordinary circumstances Sereoth is as clear and translucent as clean water.
Its crimson shimmer is suspected to be connected with Amethia; chaos in tangible form. Whether this is true or not, however, is still up in the air. It would certainly explain some of the river's properties, so a majority of scholars accept the theory as truth.
Imaginative pitch-black shadows are said to dance on the crimson shimmer, taking on abstract and horrifying forms that can leave one with nightmares for months. Others say the shadows take on the detailed appearance of people they know or have seen in their lives, though they appear horrified or sorrowful.
And then some swear that they see the shadows of beautiful women with flowing hair and sharp teeth dancing among the more animatic shadows. As if they are more real than the others.
It is said that if you are one of the unfortunate few and wander too close to the River of Bludskelh, you will be able to pick up a melodic feminine vocal choir. One that transfixes your mind and one that is incredibly difficult to resist wandering closer to.
One captured by the song will do everything in its power to wander into crimson waters, even using deadly force against dear comrades and loved ones. In worst cases, they might even attempt to drag others with them in an attempt to make them hear the song as well. Unless they are brought far far away from the river they are considered lost.
What is far more common, however, is for people to hear a faint instrumental melody that merely captures their curiosity and something that can be withstood with enough willpower.
The water of the river is said to taste faintly of salt and metal. It brings out great thirst in all who taste it, who will do their best to consume as much of the primordial waters as possible. But for every sip, they become thirster and thirstier while their body supernaturally dehydrates, as if they had not had any water for days. Unless they quickly receive fresh apple cider with a pinch of cinnamon they will either die or receive a fate worse than death.
Statues of Bludskelh
One of the fates that may await those who cannot quench their thirst, will find their bodies transmuting into pitch-black statues seemingly made out of ruby crystal. These will only linger for as long as there are people nearby to perceive it; the moment the eyes of the living stop looking upon it, it will melt like an ice statue under a blazing sun and become one with the waters of the river. At least, that is how one of the rumors go.
Nonetheless, the statues of Bludskelh never remain where they came to be for long.
The Shadow Sirens River.