Red Desert

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The Red Desert, or Rasinne Pasy[1], is the name for the buffer world between Dascen Elur and Athera. It is largely a wasteland of mineral deserts and briny oceans, with some green areas around the poles.[2] The name, Red Desert, refers both to the world as a whole, and the specific mineral desert described in Curse of the Mistwraith.

This world contains two Worldsend gates, and the city of Mearth is built near the Atheran gate. The Five Centuries Fountain is also located here.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Curse of the Mistwraith.

Third Age 5637: When the half-brothers are exiled from Dascen Elur, they fall through the Worldsend gate into the Red Desert. They travel to the Worldsend gate leading to Athera based on rumors from the Rauven archives, and it takes them at least five days of nightly travel to span the distance between the two gates.


  1. The author has alternately spelled this Paravian name as "Racinne Pasy" on GoodReads
  2. Email with Janny Wurts, June 18, 2007