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The Ribs are one of the defining features of New Crobuzon, located right next to Bonetown. As the name suggests, the eponymous ribs are the half-buried skeleton of a gargantuan creature that once roamed Bas-Lag. The ribs stand about two hundred feet above the ground.


Although whatever creature the ribs once belonged to has been dead for thousands of years, the remains continue to emanate some kind of unlucky energy. Proximity to the ribs causes tools to break and building projects to crumble into dust.

Despite the bad luck, the ribs are one of New Crobuzon's defining landmarks. The area around the ribs is home to hawkers, buskers, salespeople, and acrobats.