The Mendelin Steps are a staircase cut into the rock of the Escarpment at the Cataracts, allowing the climb from the bottom of the Escarpment to the top. They are about forty feet wide.[1] They are one of the features that makes the Cataracts the perfect place to hold back the Waster Horde, because of how they restrict the flow of people up from the plains beneath.


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — "The Mendelin Steps began here, level with Eldest Island, which split the river into two channels. […] The stairs followed in two steep flights, separated by a level stretch at the foot of the first cataract. The entire gorge was about one hundred and fifty feet wide, and the steps forty."

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