In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, The Unseen University appoints Rincewind the wizard as “Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography”.
When I first read it, I thought the title was hilarious. Now, seeing some of the terrain recent versions of NMS are generating, I’m starting to think the phrase was devised just for us.
So I’m going to start posting my pictures of crazy, impassable, impossible, unmanagable, landscapes here. Feel free to join in.
Footnote (only for the really curious)
When legislators make new law, they often use what seems like strange and old-fashioned language. That’s because there are words and phrases that have been examined and tested in the courts for many years, and their exact legal meaning is well understood.
The phrase “Cruel and Unusual” was first introduced into law by the English Bill of Rights of 1689, which, amongst other things, prevented the King from inflicting “Cruel and Unusual Punishments” on his subjects.
Since then, the phrase has been incorporated into the laws and charters of many countries and organisations, including the United States, the United Nations, and the Council of Europe.