Numenéra: The Wandering City
The Wandering City
Built into what appears to be a portion of a city from a previous World, it travels from site to site in the Ninth World on a semi-predictable schedule throughout the Steadfast and The Beyond.
It never stays less than one full day in a location, but generally moves within three. The Aeon Priests have noted the City is moving more and more often in recent years.
There is a rumor that it spent almost a year outside the Monolith during the establishment of the Amber Papacy. All who witnessed it considered it an omen – either good or bad.
When the Wandering City periodically blinks out of existence, it instantly appears hundreds or thousands of miles away, hovering several hundred feet above the highest point below it.
There is a mysterious mechanism that ferries people from the ground into the city. It is a slightly glowing beam of blue light that appears as soon as the City is stable. When someone steps into the light, they are slowly brought up to the entrance of the City. There is a corresponding red beam of light that returns people to the ground.
The City itself is cut out of buff-colored stone (or something that looks a lot like stone) and is a rabbit warren of winding streets and crumbled buildings. Entire sections of the structure itself are known to periodically shift and rotate, cutting off known paths and creating new routes through the complex — possibly marooning intrepid adventurers at the same time.
From the ground, the underside of the City appears to only be the rough stone of the original location it was torn from. There are some who believe this is an illusion that hides the true mechanism that powers the City.
In the relatively stable area that surrounds the only known entrance to the Wandering City, a vibrant Marketplace has sprung up, offering a wide variety of goods to the remote locations where the City occasionally visits. Many who enter the City are there only to trade and shop here.
Others are there to explore the less stable areas of the complex, the possibility of unearthing remnants of the ancients outweighing the substantial perils of exploring the complex.
The City is also a destination for those in the Ninth World that might be seen as pilgrims. Many wait years for the City to appear in their vicinity and enter it knowing they might never see their families again, all for the opportunity to learn from the Aeon Priests already living there.
Outside of the main thoroughfare is the Thieves Den. Carved into the exterior wall of The City itself, The Den purportedly houses the thriving criminal class. There are no obvious entrances to The Den; if you need to get there, you’ll find your way.