The Pernicious Lands

Pernicious Lands


Difficulty 5/5 The wide range of hazards found within Pernicious Lands means that survivability is extremely low.
Entity Count 1/5 Small life forms are present in the space; however, they are not dangerous and are mostly harmless.
Chaos Gradient 5/5 Storms, fallout, acid rain, and deadly soil make the space a chaotic place to remain in for prolonged periods of time.
Basset-Frazier Index 3.667/5 Long-term survival within Pernicious Lands is impossible without extensive preparation, but there may be certain areas within the wastes that can house life.

> Description


fig 1.0 A valley in Pernicious Lands.

The Pernicious Lands are a vast expanse of land dominated by mountainous terrain, dead trees, and an enormous network of valleys and rivers. Lakes are also common, although some may appear at random and with no explanation as to what is sourcing them.

Plagued by a toxic atmosphere, the Pernicious Lands are filled with environmental hazards and catastrophic weather events that make traversal tremendously difficult.

The air is highly dangerous and its concentration may vary between different areas, manifesting a faint, green tone that bathes the landscape in its color.

The origin or source behind this noxious gas is still unknown, but it is believed to come from various underground reservoirs of acidic material which — upon reacting with the atmosphere — contaminates it, forming giant clouds of thick, deadly gas.

Due to the aforementioned conditions, fauna and flora are very scarce; small groups of simple life forms are the most common occurrence of 'life' as we know it, and most of the flora present comes in the form of small bushes and minuscule spots of grass scattered across the empty fields.

Dominated by mountainous terrain, most hills and mountains are covered in a thick, white layer of dust and other particles, which resembles snow; however, these are actually radioactive particles that form during the reaction between the cold atmosphere present in the summit of the mountains and the harmful particles present in the atmosphere, which deposit and form thick, radioactive sheets of numerous particles.

Rivers and lakes, although common, are not made out of water, but instead are made out of a strange liquid that has been found to be extremely corrosive. This liquid has a strong, dark green tone to it, and it emits a bizarre gas1 that has been proven deadly when inhaled.

The temperature is also not forgiving, steadily rounding up at around 49 °C (120 °F) during the day and -10 °C (12 °F) during the night.

To shelter from these temperatures, caves and other underground systems provide a good, temporary house; heat from the radioactive particles which settle on the surface warms up to 300 meters (984 feet) of the soil underneath, but it also contaminates the ground below and can cause the underground cave systems to become filled with poisonous air if exposed for long enough.


fig 2.0 The insides of a cave system present deep beneath the ground.

Water is only available at even greater depths (1.2 km / 0.75 mi) and is safe to drink if boiled. Hidden behind weak formations of thin sheets of rock — which can easily be broken with a punch — these water deposits are mostly always left intact, save for some locations where the underground temperatures reach extremely low temperatures and freeze the water.

Traversing deep inside the cave systems, temperatures can anomalously oscillate from hot to cold and cold to hot, and with the reason being unknown, it is sometimes deadly, as the oscillation can cause rocks to shatter and can destroy the delicate architecture of the cave system, entrapping those unfortunate enough to be there.

Furthermore, the cave systems pose another threat as they can accumulate dangerous amounts of toxic gas if exposed to the atmosphere for too long. Given that they do not possess any form of natural ventilation, these gases accumulate and form thick clouds with a density strong enough to kill anything that ventures through them.

These clouds are easy to bypass if the terrain allows for such since they are easily visible, but if the terrain does not allow one to bypass the clouds, it is recommended to simply back away and try another route.

There are no natural resources to be found in these caves save for water. With such, it is not recommended to use them as a permanent residence but rather a quick, temporary shelter to resupply and move on.

Back on the surface, storms, acid rain, and fallout are very common weather occurrences.



fig 3.0 A storm forming in the open fields.

Storms can form at any time, producing high-speed winds of up to 210 km/h (130 mi/h) that can decimate any infrastructure or even landscape that may be in its path.

With the potential of harming any living beings due to their destructive capabilities, storms are an event to be avoided at all costs.

Additionally, storms can last for absurd amounts of time2, posing another huge challenge for those wanting to establish a permanent shelter.

These storms can also induce numerous lightning strikes in brief periods of time, sometimes with seven hundred lighting strikes per minute, which will kill anything that may stand in their way.

Electronics are also affected by these lightning strikes, yielding them useless or even destroying them.

>⠀Acid Rain

The storms do not come alone, usually being followed by or being the aftermath of acid rain, which will pour down heavily for days on end, corroding everything that stays underneath it and reshaping the landscape.

Given that the rain pours down heavily without any break, rivers and lakes form during these events; however, they rapidly evaporate once the rain stops, as the hot temperatures immediately force the liquid acid to evaporate and climb back up to the atmosphere and repeat the cycle.

Many instances and irregularities on the terrain are caused by the storms and acid rain, which violently shape the landscape to their non-sentient will.


Fallout is formed when the air reacts with cold temperatures and deposits as a solid layer of white dust and remains untouched on the surface for prolonged amounts of time.

Although rare on lower altitudes, some fallout can form at ground level and contaminate a large area of land, yielding it hostile and deadly.

The result of exposure to the substance depends solely on the dosage taken while exposed.

A large range of biological changes can occur to any living being who is exposed to the substance for prolonged amounts of time, and if in higher dosages, it can result in the immediate death of the life form due to the penetrating capabilities of the radiation, which destroys any cells and causes massive organ failure within seconds.

If exposed to lower dosages, nothing will happen in the following weeks; however, those exposed to even the smallest amount of radiation will suffer greatly from radiation sickness for a short period of time, even if the radiation itself does not cause any life-threatening problems.

> A Habitable Place?

Theories that there is a safe area in the Pernicious Lands are widely shared among those that traverse it, and it is believed that the so-called safe area can house a large amount of life and provide a safe and habitable place for many.

These theories have risen due to the constant findings of new life forms which disappear without any trace and are presumed to simply travel to this safer area3.

Furthermore — since not all of the space is filled with noxious gas and some areas are safe to remain in until exposed to the gas — some believe that there are zones that are simply devoid of this gas and are able to maintain an ecosystem and that they are the true source of these strange but harmless beings that randomly appear, only to disappear and never be seen again.

Recommended Equipment
Any form of equipment that can aid with traversing through radioactive and malignant environments is surely recommended. Bring food and water, as well as additional body protection and helmets. Oxygen tanks and carbon monoxide detectors are a requirement for surviving pockets of unbreathable air.

Recommended Actions
It is not recommended to enter.

> Entrances and Exits


  • The space can be entered through various caves in the Appalachias. The exact location can be found by contacting various Archivist chapters in the region. After entering said caves, simply continue until you exit from another cave leading to the Pernicious Lands.


  • The Pernicious Lands may be exited by any cave, in the same way one enters.

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