Dunewater Material in Pronathea | World Anvil


"You've heard that if you lie in the sands long enough, you'll heal, right?"
"Yeah, why?"
"Fantastic. That's all bullshit."
— Unknown


A Sight of Hope

  Throughout the rolling sea of sand, under the harsh glare of the sun, there are few things that one may desire while making their journey, should you be prepared. One man may want it to be cooler, or another to have a horse. Where each of those would improve the journey, neither of which would ensure their continued survival should something go wrong.
  There is nothing more important to a trek through the deserts than water, and running out or losing it can end with losing your mind or your life. Should you be lucky to find an oasis, you may just survive. If you can't, then you have to hope and pray that someone finds you quickly, or that the skies take pity and pour down an ocean on top of you.

A Poisoned Well

  However, not all oases are the same. Most are truly water, but some hold lies. Their deceptively clear nature makes them enticing, their scent just barely sweet on the air. Those who drink the sweet, clear nectar of these oases realize their mistake quickly.
  Their throats become scratched and dry, as if sand has poured down them, their tongue becomes numb and still, and then begins the panic. You know it’s too late to survive without a miracle, but like succumbing to a mirage, you hold onto hope that the dunewater doesn’t bring the end of you. If it doesn't, if you are able to cling to life, your time will still end with a blazing inferno beating down on you as you lie next to the source of your defeat with barely enough energy to breathe, let alone move.
Elemental / Molecular


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Jul 5, 2022 07:11

Eeeeeeeeek, scary! I love the build-up of the article though. ^^   Keep up the good work! :D

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Jul 5, 2022 07:15 by Andrew

Don't you just love it when water betrays you?

Jul 6, 2022 23:43 by Rashkavar

Ohh, that is such a cool twist on the prompt1 A material you *can* harvest from the desert, but you *immediately* regret it. Awesome! And a deeply unsettling concept.

Jul 7, 2022 06:24 by Andrew

Mm, love me some unsettling concepts

Aug 1, 2022 14:27 by Theo

More scary desert hazards. Very nice article.

Aug 2, 2022 08:39 by Andrew

I'm very happy to hear that!

Aug 4, 2022 20:57 by Secere Laetes

A really very interesting, above all surprising article. Could almost be a horror story. Great.

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Aug 5, 2022 14:30 by Andrew

For some it is a horror story...

Aug 24, 2022 16:34 by Secere Laetes

Yes, that's true ^^

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Aug 26, 2022 18:46 by Tim de Roos

Hey Theiket!   I included this article in my SC Reading Challenge. This article is a solid example of succinct but very rich writing. I love the build-up and twist! I'm a big fan of things that appear good natured or beneficial but turn out to be detrimental or hazardous. What can I say, I run Dungeons and Dragons and I love myself some good dramatic tabletop roleplaying moments!

Aug 27, 2022 06:50 by Andrew

Hey, that's awesome to hear! I'm glad you thought it was good enough to get included in your reading challenge!   At some point I hope I get to put this kind of thing into my D&D game to see how my players handle it, but they're pirating at the moment so it may take a while to get them into the sands!