Leng in Tangents
uncle_jimbo Feb 11 2018, 09:48 Group: Grid Cop, 5éme Corbin Quote Post
H. P. Lovecraft and his followers placed the mysterious and horror-filled Plateau of Leng in Antarctica, the Dreamlands and (perhaps the same as the Plateau of Tsang, edit: and/or Plateau of Sung) somewhere in the north and west of China. Games inspired by Lovecraft, not least Pathfinder, have elaborated on the fiction.

Dennis Detwiller's ultra-short "Into the West" in The Way It Went Down describes a solitary journey and, ultimately, an encounter with some of those who dwell there. The narrator travels west from Lhasa, estimating that he should have reached somewhere near Kashmir, though there are other physical oddities to his travel, such as walking for three weeks without feeling any lack of food and water.

This puts the drear plateau somewhere around the entrance to the Great White Space, or Shangri-La.

I wonder also if it could connect to an extraterrestrial place Leigh Brackett described, to Hodgson's Borderland, which is in the west of Ireland, apparently, or to the airless Mountains of Death above white and green Yian.

This post has been edited by uncle_jimbo on Mar 3 2018, 21:21
uncle_jimbo Mar 3 2018, 21:18 Group: Grid Cop, 5éme Corbin Quote Post
Author (uncle_jimbo @ Feb 11 2018, 20:48)
H. P. Lovecraft and his followers

Lin Carter's The Red Offering describes the place more. I'd like to find a copy of Frank Belknap Long's The Horror from the Hills, but it may talk more generally about "Asia", with related elements.

Author (uncle_jimbo @ Feb 11 2018, 20:48)
the airless Mountains of Death above white and green Yian.


That seems more like Kadath, but they're connected.

Author (uncle_jimbo @ Feb 11 2018, 20:48)
Antarctica


Wikipedia suggests, and it makes some sense, that's more a case of misidentification by an explorer who read entirely too many of the wrong kind of books. But see above.

This post has been edited by uncle_jimbo on Mar 3 2018, 22:49
uncle_jimbo Jun 22 2018, 19:45 Group: Grid Cop, 5éme Corbin Quote Post
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..so the town’s name comes from a portmanteau of caribou and crossing.


And surely no-one would rearrange the letters to suggest anything weird and horrible.

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There’s plenty of rare vegetation that lives down by the beach on the Carcross River and one day the desert will swallow it up. It shapes our town.


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