The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
The Quarry Road is a rock-strewn track that lies near Emond’s Field in the Two Rivers region.
The road proceeds due west from Emond’s Field, passes through the Westwood and the Sand Hills, and terminates at the roots of the Mountains of Mist. The origin of the road’s name is unclear, as no quarry has existed in the area within living memory. The al’Thor family farm is located on the north side of the Quarry Road a few miles west of Emond’s Field.
Long ago, when Manetheren ruled the region, the road was wider, paved, and provided access to the nations capital; the mountain home itself. The road initally proceeded due west along the modern route of the Quarry Road but began turning south in the Sand Hills. The road eventually climbed in elevation and terminated at the Mountain Home high in the Mountains of Mist at a location overlooking the River Manetherendrelle. Additionally, a second smaller road branched south somewhere around the midpoint of the main track leading travelers to the Ogier-built city of Jara’copan. After the Band of the Red Hand perished at Aemon’s Field, the nation of Manetheren died, and both roads fell into disrepair. Later, when farmers returned to the area, overgrowth was cleared back just enough to allow wagons and foot travelers to pass along the main east-west track. 2000 years of exposure to the elements and wagon wheels has destroyed the orginal paving stones, leading to the descriprion that the road is “rock-strewn”, though sometimes shards of the old Manetheren paving work their way to the surface. The smaller road leading to Jara’copan is so overgrown as to be nearly invisible.