Unique locations outside of New Crobuzon
The impact rift where the Ghosthead Empire
colided with the world creating a dimensional rift. Full of Torque energies.
Located in the far northern sea. No one has ever returned from it.
A permanent Torque area north of New
Crobuzon. Torque is a dimensional "wrong" chaotic storm of magic. Occasional
Torque storms wander throughout the world. The Stain, however is a large,
permanent area. The cacotopic zone between the high Torgue areas and the
healthy land is navigable by the very determined and was the passage taken by
the Iron Council. The Militia will not enter the cacotopic zone of the Stain
without great provocation. Random Torque energies that wander the zone will
occasionally change non-living things to living, and vice versa. It will also
warp and mutate. It can be implied that many of the "standard" races throughout
the world are the result of Torque.
Between the swamps and fields of
New Crobuzon and south of the Stain are the Smokestone Fields. An area of
variegated swirls and flows of grey rock. Smokestone may turn gaseous or can
remain solid permanently. It's usual state is solid and it can be destroyed
with explosives normally for mining. However occasionally a fault in the earth
will open releasing new gasseous smoke-like Smokestone that can ossify the
unwary - smothering, choking and finally permanently encasing.