Out of the 1,500 or more islands in the Aral Sea of Central Asia, none is as enigmatic as a small patch of land called Barsa-Kelmes Island. In the native Kazakh language, its name means “land of no return” and it didn’t get labeled like this for nothing.
Today, the island is deserted, its last inhabitants having left decades ago. The land is shrouded in a perpetual, dense fog, keeping the strange things that happen there hidden from prying eyes. Because of these strange, regular occurrences, people that live near Barsa-Kelmes have become convinced the island acts as a passage between dimensions.
The island is said to be populated by unusual creatures that look like they came from another timeline. Locals claim to have seen large bird-like animals circling the island, sea-serpents swimming in the waters near it and humongous beasts with long necks sometimes rearing their heads from the mist. Many of those who adventured in or around the island have disappeared, never to be seen again.