Gate of Sleep

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The Gate of Sleep (the "Seventy Steps of Light Slumber", "Cavern of Flame", "Seven Hundred Steps to Deeper Slumber" and "Gate of Deeper Slumber") first appeared in H.P. Lovecraft's Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (fiction), and the Wall of Sleep is referred to in Lovecraft's "Beyond the Wall of Sleep (fiction)".

Wall of Sleep

"Cavern of Flame" illustration by Randy Asplund-Faith
"Gate of Deeper Slumber" illustration by Michael Kucharski

There are many dream-paths into the Dreamlands, but the most well-documented way, being mentioned in such familiar tomes as the Necronomicon, is through the Wall of Sleep and ordinary dream, down the Seventy Steps of Light Slumber to the Cavern of Flame. One night, in his dreams, an investigator may come across a huge stairway leading downward from whatever ordinary dream he is having; if the Dreamer is seeking these steps, he might recognize them, otherwise the Dreamer might rely on Dream Lore or Cthulhu Mythos to recognize the steps.

Seventy Steps of Light Slumber

A huge stairway leading enticingly down seventy stone steps, at the bottom of which is the Cavern of Flame.

Cavern of Flame

The cavern, which stands on the borders between the Dreamlands and the realm ordinary dreams down the Seventy Steps of Light Slumber, is large and appears to be natural. In the center of the cavern, rising from floor to ceiling, is a pillar of flame varying in color from red to orange to purple, a manifestation of the Elder Gods. In this cavern dwell the two aged priests, Nasht and Kaman-Thah, dressed in robes and pschents (an Egyptian-style); the preists will prepare worthy Dreamers who would petition the priests or the Elder Gods for help with the journey into Deeper Slumber and beyond, supplying the Dreamers with suitable costumes, food, and drink. The priests may bar the way to unworthy dreamers; for those with the priests' blessing, the exit leads down seven hundred steps to the Gate of Deeper Slumber.

Seven Hundred Steps to Deeper Slumber

The Seven Hundred Steps to Deeper Slumber is long, spiraling set of stairs winding downward, at the bottom of which is an elaborate carven arch, closed by a gate.

Gate of Deeper Slumber

At the bottom of the Seven Hundred Steps from the Cavern of Flame, is an elaborately-carved arch closed by a gate, opening into the eastern portion of the Enchanted Wood.


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