It's interesting that the same black sky is above and the same fine cold silvery sand is below, in the Desert as in the Dungeon Dimensions. I'm not sure how the two fit in together - perhaps the Things in the Dungeon Dimensions are dead souls that don't know they're dead and are trying to find a way over THEIR distant mountains, back into our world. Or they could be the psot-mortem creatures who the Dwarfs don't believe in, but whom they suspect believe in Dwarfs (hence the need for every dead Dwarf to be buried with a substantial and not-magical-at-all axe).
Or maybe these are two different aspects of the same Desert, that in normal circumstances don't meet or interact in any way...--AgProv 10:40, 12 December 2007 (CET)
If the Desert were the route only for those without a preconception of the afterlife, why would Brutha be there? He conversed with his god nose-to-beak, as it were, and was known for his faith all his life. Perhaps the Desert is just there for those who need it: Vorbis to sit in the corner for a hundred years and realise the extent of his sins, Brutha to lead Vorbis out and save the last soul. Others find it penitence or paradise; the Desert, or the far mountains, can be freedom or a fresh start for some. It may be the one place where (if you try sometimes,) you get what you need. ..--Old Dickens 22:36, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Or perhaps the Desert is what Omnians believe in. It is mentioned that apparently Om judged Omnians but they might cross the Desert to get to him. --Confusion 02:15, 3 December 2011 (CET)
'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, that ever lovely yet quite dirty poem, has this line in it...
But at my back I always hear/Time's winged chariot hurrying near;/And yonder all before us lie/Deserts of vast eternity.
Seems to be a reasonably common analogy! JaffaCakeLover 12:34, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
'Everyone must walk it alone'?
I didn't think everyone had to walk it alone - take Brutha and Vorbis as an example. Also in Small Gods one character says 'Might meet a few friends on the way, eh?' to which Death replies Possibly , which could be him being kind and giving hope, I guess, but could equally mean the journey through the desert won't be completely solitary. The captain of the Fin of God also seems to have his crew with him (and the ships rats and the ghosts of dolphins) in the desert on the ghost-ship. In The Truth moments after Death leaves Mr. Tulip he meet's Mr. Pin in the Desert. I guess it depends on the individual, how they lived, how they died, who they died with and how they've changed since dying, but the idea one might meet others in the desert is an interesting one --Verity (talk) 22:44, 20 April 2014 (UTC)