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The Ninth World is the Earth, a billion years in the future and the setting for Torment: Tides of Numenera.
A billion years into Earth's future, after many great civilizations have grown to soaring heights of power and technology only to fall to dust, the Ninth World is so called because its people believe there have been eight of those civilizations in the past. There are no records of these ancient people, no one knows who they were or why their civilization died off. Only remnants of their technology, their buildings, the descendants of their engineered or imported creatures remain.
The Ninth World is extremely young, not even 1,000 years in recorded history.
The Ninth World is very different from Earth as we know it. Over the millennia, the continents have drifted together and merged into a single supercontinent reminiscent of Pangaea.
The previous Worlds have also had a hand in shaping this new world: remnants of their civilizations persist, some of their technology so advanced as to defy reason. These remnants are called numenera.
- "Islands of crystal float in the sky. Inverted mountains rise up above plains of broken glass. Abandoned structures the size of kingdoms stretch across distances so great they affect the weather. Massive machines, some still active, churn and hum."
The Steadfast Edit
The Steadfast is a land to the east where the people of the Ninth World have started rebuilding civilization. It contains many varied kingdoms and principalities, tied together only by religion.
The Beyond Edit
The Beyond lies to the west. It is a dangerous and vast wilderness, with only a few isolated communities. This is where most of Torment: Tides of Numenera will be set.