Tempus vel Memoria, the Garden Path (Aridus)

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Tempus vel Memoria

Though sometimes called Horto Iter, the "garden path," the canyon path's proper name is Tempus vel Memoria, which means "time and memory" and refers to one of its bookend cities, Eleutheria. One of the only safe roads from Eleutheria to Aselia Astra gently drifts from end to end, never leaving the gulf. Tempus vel Memoria begins less than a day's ride west from Eleutheria and takes three months to traverse by foot, and in the relative safety of the canyon, all seems still. Sunlight and moonlight cast themselves against the walls and dance, prompting rumors of protective spirits warding off the many predators in the desert above. Luta nomadically roam the desert. The hulking desert cats are hardened survivors, boasting an armor of scales and muscle, along with razor-sharp claws and a studded tail, similar to a mace. Not many travelers require more reasons to remain in the safe cradle of the canyon. At Eleutheria, tall dunes begin to harden into a gentle rocky incline, which rises high on either side of the canyon. At the end of the canyon road, the path opens to a flat beach, where airships and balloons can ferry entrants to the flying city-state of Aselia Astra.
 

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