Crossroads are locations where two or more roads or paths intersect. They may be locations where a town, tavern, inn, or gas station has been established. There may be sign posts, hanging cages of criminals to deter highway robbery, or shrines. Remote crossroads may be sites where deals with the devil can be made. Crossroads in narratives are often physical manifestations of a choice a protagonist must make.
Designing Fictional Crossroads
Fictional crossroads of fantasy worlds often come in two types: the rural crossroad far from civilization and the crossroad that forms its’ own hub of local activity. The former may feature a simple signpost, warning, or shrine. The latter may feature a small town, tavern, or inn.
Can you trust the signposts? They may have been altered to set up a roadside ambush or to keep a location hidden.