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The Rip is a massive geological cavity in the northern continent which was a key location in "Shaggy Dog Bridge", one of the On The Long Run short stories. It is about 700 miles long, often more than a thousand feet deep, but never more than one-eighth of a mile wide. Croaker the Annalist estimated it was created during an event of colossal violence long before humanity was present.

Before Croaker’s Annals[]

During the early Domination, the powerful sorcerer known as the Master fought off the Dominator to maintain his independence. Although he was successful, the Master was forced to go into hiding. He and his Taken minion, Blind Emon, established a castle near the Rip. They had a bridge built across the feature, too, and reinforced it with ageless and virtually invincible sorcery. He enslaved a local population and lived there for centuries, undetected, because his bridge over the Rip, and the roads leading to it, were hidden behind convincing glamours.

"Shaggy Dog Bridge"[]

Whisper, the most powerful of the Lady's new Taken, used the Rip strategically to corner the Black Company during her pursuit of the mercenary band after the Battle of Juniper. During the events of "Shaggy Dog Bridge", hundreds of Imperials were blasted off the bridge by Blind Emon, falling to their deaths in the Rip. The Black Company avoided Whisper's trap, fled the Rip entirely, and eventually established their headquarters further east at the Hole near the center of the Plain of Fear.

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