Chasms are deep and elongated clefts or cracks in the terrain. It can be a formidable geographical feature, often encountered in various settings, particularly in alpine, desert, taiga, woodland and subterranean ranges. Varying in width, they may be a few feet across or several hundred feet wide; they're usually wider than a typical step or leap.
Chasms are deep, with depths that can range from a few feet to hundreds of feet, or sometimes even deeper, adding an element of uncertainty and danger. The chasm's sides are typically composed of sheer cliffs or jagged rocks, making them difficult to climb, often lacking vegetation or soil. Crossing a chasm often requires specialized equipment, such as ropes, grappling hooks or bridges, though characters may need to find alternate routes or use a magical means to traverse the gap.
The bottom of a chasm is often shrouded in darkness, making it impossible to see what lies below, adding an element of tension and mystery. Chasms can exist in a wide range of environments, from deep within underground caves to open landscapes, adding diversity to the challenges adventurers face.
Adventurers encountering a chasm must assess the specific conditions and plan their approach carefully. The challenge of crossing a chasm often tests their skills, teamwork, and resourcefulness, making it a common and engaging feature in various adventures and settings.