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Otherplaces – Ul’Ulasian, Dancing Sands of (A to Z Challenge, U)

21 April, 2012

Where the winds blow sweetly and the sand sigh in harmony, there you will see and hear the most wonderful things.  Dancers that skill and beauty defy the imaginations of mortals.  But do not join the dances, for if you do, you may join the dancers forever and never return.

Dancing Sands of Ul’Ulasian

In an area between three oasis, a area frequented by the caravan that travel across the burning sands of the desert is a place, never quite in the same place twice making it impossible to deliberately avoid, where the sands are laced with crystals.  During the day the winds blow the crystals into pleasing patterns that flash and dance in the sun.  Occasional faint musical chiming can be heard, if one stops to watch, the chiming continues and intensifies and the patterns begin to solidify into dancing forms, beautiful humanoids, matching the viewers ideals of beauty, skilled and flexible.

They will try to lure their watchers into joining their dance, which will be even more energetic and euphoric once they have mortals in the dance.  Those who join the dance will find themselves full of energy, joy and music and immensely hard to break away from (though they may be dragged, the dancer will not physically interfere but they will entice and promise).  If they dance until twilight, they will fade away with the dancers.

Rarely, when the stars are bright and the moon is but a sliver, the dance will appear among a camp without warning.  This is when it is most dangerous and nearly entire caravans have been swept away by the dancers as the vanishes with the first rays of dawn.

Some of those who vanish reappear years later, with no knowledge of where they have been and apparently no older than when they vanished.  Most, however, are just gone and are never seen again.

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