Lava fields

The Mowich Lava Flow is Puyallup’s most distinctive feature, formed by the rivers of lava that poured down from Mt. Rainier, wiping out everything in its path. Eventually the lava flow pushed the Puyallup River out of its former bed, flooding a lot of the low lying areas with toxic grey mud. Large amounts of water were drawn underground, where they formed pockets of boiling mud or steam geysers on the surface of the lava plain. The river eventually settled into a new course, although it’s still shallow and floods sometimes during the late winter and early spring.

Always looking to turn disaster into profit, several corporations saw opportunities to build geothermal power plants on the lava fields. Several projects were approved, but the Crash of 29’ wiped out their funding and often, the companies sponsoring them. So the lava flats are dotted with the rusting hulks of half completed structures, some of them taken over and used as stations or shelters.

Hell’s Kitchen does see some visitors; shamans make their way out across the lava flats and ash dunes on vision quests and to commune with nature spirits, while talismongers search for useful minerals and bones of animals that died out on the plain or in one of the boiling mud pits. Some hardy dwarf miners make their way out with pick and axe shovels looking for valuable mineral veins. The rest are either tourists enjoying the stark beauty of the lava flows (often from a safe distance) or smugglers making their way across the desolation to or from the border, avoiding the automated monitoring stations and patrol drones.

Lava fields

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