An esoteric term for ‘the real world.’ Most often used by academics talking about the planes, ancient history or philosophy, The Waking is a useful designation to help keep discussions of planer mechanics and alternate realities from getting too confusing.
It is widely believed that in ancient times The Waking and The Dreaming were not separated by The Barrier. This is the time often referred to as The Mythic Age, when Solus created the countless races and creatures that populate the world, and placed them on aeroliths on which to live and grow. But the endless creations that came about at this time were each flawed in their own ways, and were not able to share the land or the skies peacefully. It is said that Solus saw that her creations had consequences that she did not intend, and she divided the whole of reality in two. One part became a world of physical beings, and the other a world of pure thought and creativity. The physical world was then left to rise and fall on its own, with little further input, while Solus continued to create endlessly in The Dreaming.
Some mortal races, particularly humans, are well known for having a strong connection to The Dreaming. Many think this connection to The Dreaming, also shared by halflings, gnomes and dwarves, among others, is the reason these races are so inventive and adaptable.