The mysterious desert environment which surrounds The Hotel. Described as "much like the hotel-- it may have been beautiful a long time ago, now it's eaten away by time".
Features[edit | edit source]
• Chapter 1: on the road, the desert is flat yellowed plains. To the right (150m from the road) is a sharp cliff, leading to a valley. Appears to be no plants or animals of any kind From the porch, the valley stretches to the horizon and is surrounded to the left and right by cliffs. A dry riverbed can be seen at the bottom.
• Chapter 2: broad strokes of orange balanced with blue and golden hues in the sky. The valley does support some vegetation and the wind has a tinge of an early morning humidity.
• Chapter 11: If you have tricked Argos, he reveals there are bugs in the valley.
Rivers and rock strata, air is chilly and humid. Scent of the land feels alive.
Plants are personified as being hostile to the living.
Statues of the Twelve[edit | edit source]
Just outside of the cave are two rows of marble statues 4 - 5m tall, with a single statue of a woman (most likely Athena) pointing her sword at the cave's entrance. Athena's statue serves as a normal place for Argos to wait for The Master.
Origin of rocky tiles acting as pathways, perhaps acting like a labyrinth when the river once flowed.
High Mound[edit | edit source]
Tile pathway has a path leading to this; would have been an island when the river was flowing.
Kilns[edit | edit source]
Mentioned Chapter 11:
To the east, a dry riverbed beside an old, broken-down set of large kilns, used long ago for cooking clay pots. They are described as having a human regularity to their structure.
Inside the most decayed kiln is a woman-shaped creature with curves and long hair that is made of pitch-black stone. It is hostile towards the master but fears the light. Her legs were smashed away. Right inside of the door is a bundle of leaves containing the sacrifice Argos told the Master about.
Plateau[edit | edit source]
To the south, the valley goes further down, until it reaches a plateau. There's a path to the top where there's shrines to Athena and Zeus.
History[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 12, Asterion muses that Joseph floated down the rivers of the valley, so one can assume the valley was a lot less desert-like back then.