Road to Nowhere
This seems to be the afterlife for all those thinking beings whose souls aren’t claimed by one of the Empyreans or another after their deaths. These souls appear on a long, winding road in a body that looked much like it did during their life at some point, and they still remember everything they learned before their demise. This road winds through canyons, deserts, fertile plains, mountains, forests, and badlands, but it seems to go on and on forever. While it is possible to leave the road, it doesn’t really get you anywhere, since this plane seems to loop back to itself – once you have traveled about 10 miles away from it, you will find the road again at pretty much the same place you started.
When the souls of the dead first arrive here, they to so at dawn, with the sun rising behind their backs and casting long shadows ahead of them. They instinctively seem to know that they should travel the road into the direction of the setting sun. Thus, their travels along the road represent an endless journey to the West.
It is possible for planar travelers to visit the Road to Nowhere with the usual rituals, but its inhabitants – the souls of the dead – are trapped there. The only way for them to leave is to be raised or – as rumors claim – to travel to the end of the Road, where everyone can allegedly find his heart’s desire. The Road seems to go on and on forever, and nobody has ever been found who has claimed to reach its end, but yet the rumors persist.
Caravans and lone travelers constantly move along the endless landscape. It is dotted on both sides by small communities of people who have given up their travels, though most eventually hit the road again. For while countless people must have arrived here, somehow the population doesn’t seem to increase – and this, in the minds of many, means that it is possible to reach the end of the Road…