At the center of all things lies the Crossroads... 

The place few can comprehend, for it exists simultaneous both within – and without – the world in which we live.  It is the pin of the compass upon which our world rests and turns, and we are but those who seek to understand it.  Those that know of its existence call it the Astrolabe, the infinite map in which all roads – those known, those lost, and those waiting to be found – exist; and in it, all things can be found.

With this one small piece of knowledge, one might ask “How big then, is our world?” and one would often be answered, “Our World is as big as it needs to be.” Those who seek nothing take this answer at face value and move on with their lives, happy in their ignorance; but those who seek knowledge know better.  They know that there is another place, a place which exists... beyond.  This is the place of the Periphery, the border of our world which can be reached, touched, even crossed, but in doing so one only finds themselves on the other side of the world, the Periphery to their back where it was once to their front.  Thus has it always been.

But within the Periphery there exists... more...

No one can truly explain it, but those that have seen the Periphery swear that within it, there are things that defy explanation, creatures of such horror that it would deaden the mind of even the most stoic of bodies, places that cannot exist, places that should not exist, and places that have been lost to time itself.  Wayfarer legends tell that once these places could be reached like any other, but that was long ago.

Now though, things have changed...

Old roads have become travel worn, and the world moves toward stagnation, but in the Periphery, new openings have begun to appear.  Whether they lead to places that have been lost, or places that have yet to be discovered can only be guessed at, but the excitement that stirs even the most jaded of people cannot be denied.

Finally, after nearly a thousand years, the Wayfarers have spoken of new openings within the Periphery and are preparing to journey there to walk new roads once more.  In light of their announcement, calls have gone out from every nation for those who would join them in finding what treasures and adventures lay waiting to be claimed. To some, it is a time of excitement and adventure; when heroes can once again be heroes and strive to make a name for themselves.  For others, it is a time to reflect on ancient worries and half forgotten warnings of that which exists beyond the known world.

For good or ill, the borders of our world have changed and the openings are there waiting to be explored once more…

And none can say what truly exists beyond the Dark Passages…