Hellcatch Valley

Hellcatch Valley
Official map of the Hellcatch Valley, by Deven Rue from "Promise and Potential" (3x22).[art 1]
Also known asThe Hungry Valley[1]
Location information
PlaneMaterial Plane
WorldExandria
ContinentMarquet
Ecological information
Terrain
  • Rugged badlands
  • Canyons
Fauna
FloraHaggardoe trees
Notable locations
Points of interestBassuras

The Hellcatch Valley is a badlands region of harsh, dusty canyons near the center of Marquet.

Description[edit | edit source]

Because of its location, the Hellcatch acts as a hub between the mountain ranges, connecting the Rumedam Desert and Panagrip Sands to the northeast, Aeshanadoor to the southeast, the Taloned Highlands to the southwest, and the Oderan Wilds to the northwest within the Serpentwind Peaks.[2]

The Hellcatch Valley was heavily impacted by the Calamity. There is a 300-foot drop from the lush jungles of the Oderan Wilds where the land fell, wiping out the vegetation in the formerly fertile valley and creating a pockmarked and ravine-carved landscape surrounded by broken mountains. It is covered in nearly mile-wide sinkholes and unexpectedly collapsing and refilling tunnels.[3]

The weather within the valley, with frequent high winds and dust storms,[4] can be problematic for skyship travel, and the air trade routes therefore go around it rather than straight through.[5] Some portions of the Hellcatch Valley, such as Bassuras, experience monsoons.[6] Despite this, there are roads and bridges across the ravines for overland travel.[7]

Flora and fauna[edit | edit source]

Though it appears desolate, the Hellcatch is home to many animals and birds.[8] There are also hardy green desert plants, which Birdie Calloway pointed out to Fearne as they crossed one of the bridges over the valley's gorges, which fill with temporary rivers during the seasonal monsoons.[9]

Flying[edit | edit source]

Society[edit | edit source]

Although the Bassur Republic centered in Gujjar-Serai nominally governs the entire area, the Hellcatch Valley is inhabited by multiple roving groups of scavengers known as "Crawler gangs" or "Crawlers", who live outside the centralized law. The various gangs, and independent cities and villages of the Hellcatch Valley compete with each other for territory and dominance[2], sometimes violently. "Crawlers" refer to the massive constructs the gangs ride, which have wide, scaled-spiked wheels[18] that enable rapid travel across the dust-encrusted plains.[19]

The Hellcatch Valley is home to Paragon's Call, a group of mercenaries well known for their involvement in the conflict between the Stratos Throne and the Court of the Lambent Path.[20]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Each region of Marquet was a joint worldbuilding effort between Matt and his collaborators. Basheer Ghouse was the main contributor to the Hellcatch Valley region.[24][25]

Random encounters[edit | edit source]

Encounters in the Hellcatch Valley appear on 1 to 5 rolls[26]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Promise and Potential" (3x22) at 2:11:53. So named because of the many sinkholes that can suddenly open up.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 13:13.
  3. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:47:32.
  4. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 1:15:26.
  5. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:59:52.
  6. "A Taste of Tal'Dorei" (3x25) at 2:50:06.
  7. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 3:56:23.
  8. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 3:56:10.
  9. "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 15:56.
  10. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) from 1:47:57 through 1:49:26.
  11. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 1:52:27.
  12. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 1:53:36.
  13. "The Hellcatch Valley" (3x24) at 16:26.
  14. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:26:02.
  15. "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 2:28:58.
  16. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 2:12:58.
  17. "A Taste of Tal'Dorei" (3x25) at 3:04:06.
  18. "The Hellcatch Valley" (3x24) at 1:08:26.
  19. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:50:39.
  20. "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 2:23:55.
  21. "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 2:15:10. Either an abounded warehouse, brigade lair, or a mining camp.
  22. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:47:46.
  23. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 2:22:50.
  24. "4-Sided Dive: Fly Into The Danger Zone" (4SDx03) at 56:05.
  25. "4-Sided Dive: From Dusk Till Faun" (4SDx05) at 3:25.
  26. "The City of Flowing Light" (3x42) at 53:47.
  27. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:04:45.
  28. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:15:17.
  29. "The Hellcatch Valley" (3x24) at 1:51:45.
  30. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:49:00.
  31. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:01:24.
  32. "Compulsions" (3x40) at 52:00.
  33. "Compulsions" (3x40) at 56:41.
  34. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 2:09:15.
  35. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 1:14:57.
  36. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 2:10:45.
  37. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 3:54:50.
  38. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 2:14:40.
  39. "Compulsions" (3x40) at 48:56.
  40. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:51:40.
  41. "Compulsions" (3x40) at 49:05.
  42. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:39:56.
  43. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:46:08.
  44. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:25:33.
  45. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:47:00.
  46. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:56:07.
  47. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 2:25:19.

Art:

  1. Official map of the Hellcatch Valley, by Deven Rue from "Promise and Potential" (3x22). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.