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Release the Kraken on White Crag Fortress

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As our “release the Kraken” map this month, I’ve combined two linked releases from 2015 and put them together into a single map. Welcome back to White Crag Fortress.


No more than a generation ago did Hender, Warlord of the Two Realms, build the white fortress at the end of Merman’s Bluff. A small and fiercely held chunk of white granite looking over the dark and choppy seas where once the local fisherfolk made deals with the merpeople of the Octopus Kingdom.

The fortress has never fallen, but has changed hands with the winds of politics and the changing fortunes of those who have tried to hold it. The current “castellan” of the fortress is a netherman (half-goblin) who uses it as part of his claim upon the title of Warlord – although none (even those who traded him the fortress) will acknowledge it. From White Crag Fortress he taxes the local farmers and fishermen lightly, but maintains an army of half-breed mercenaries that earns everyone’s distrust.

White Crag FortressWhite Crag Fortress

White Crag Fortress is two discrete constructions – the Bailey Fort and the Spire. The Bailey Fort is separated from the mainland by a ditch dug into the spur of stone it is built into, with a permanent wooden bridge across leading into the main gatehouses. The Bailey Fort is a fairly large multi-story affair with a fairly large central courtyard. Should the fortress ever be owned by someone of wealth and means, this courtyard would likely be covered with a wooden structure turning it into another great hall with additional stories above it.

The Spire looks out over the sea from the tip of Merman’s Bluff. Still made of the same white granite, it is a cramped and construction, restrained by the limited amount of land to work from. It is connected to the Bailey Fort via a stone bridge as well as a small tongue of rocky land that keeps the last part of the bluff from being a complete island.

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If one were to look directly down from the watch tower on the north side of the Bailey Fort, there is a cave leading into Merman’s Bluff with a small stone wharf connected to it. This postern gate to White Crag Fortress is intended to be well guarded, although the original door has been removed after it got stuck too often from rusting hinges and lock as well as swollen oak from the constant battering from the sea. In time it should be replaced by a properly oiled and tarred door, but for the time being the gateway remains open.

The main level of the structures wind up under the structures of the Bailey Fort leading eventually to a trap door opening into the fort proper. These structures are used as storage, guard rooms, and an escape route in case of emergency.

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There is also a passage that leads up under the Spire, however it lacks an accessway into that structure (at one point there was such an access point, but a team of mechanical assassins used it to gain access to the spire and it was blocked off afterwards). This section contains a secret chamber that in turn has a trap door down to the lower chambers which are used as a secret dungeon for prisoners as well as an underwater escape route for those with the access and the means to travel underwater.

The tunnel leading underwater from these lowest passages proceeds 130 feet further from Merman’s Bluff and into a small cave 20 feet under water.

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Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $400 mark, we choose a map from the blog’s extensive back catalog to retroactively release under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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Bastion of the Prince of Clubs

Surrounded by the cyclopean ruins of the Temple of the Abyss, the Prince of Clubs retreats to his green and black granite bastion to while away the ages between the godwars he is forced to fight. A champion of the forces of change & chaos, his own existence seems stolid and phlegmatic – a weapon to be drawn in battle and then carefully returned to the Bastion.

Bastion of the Prince of ClubsBastion of the Prince of Clubs

This map of the Prince’s Bastion covers the above-ground structures – a squat dome and towers built of enormous 7 to 12 foot blocks of granite supposedly brought here from the veridian hells to make the structure resistant to most magics of this realm. For decades at a time the Prince of Clubs can be found seated on his throne, pondering the passage of eras and his role therein. The smaller throne at his side is occasionally home to his partner, the Archon Tamaru.

From the throne room of the Bastion, a pair of stairs lead down to the deeper chambers which will be detailed in a later map (or any number of dungeons from the blog can be substituted here as well).

This is the second map I’ve ever stippled. I don’t expect you’ll see many more – even though I love the visual effect, the work involved is… punishingly slow.

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The Many Chambers of Izzel’s Folly

A dense complex of odd chambers and nonsensical halls, Izzel’s Folly is home to at least one foul fiend normally only found in the third glaucous hell and is in turn overrun with foul little humanoids that seem to spontaneously erupt through from their particular hell to accompany (and feed) the fiend.

The Many Chambers of Izzet's FollyThe Many Chambers of Izzel’s Folly

Izzel originally built this as part of a larger structure in their research into summoning forth the many alchemical salts of the yellow hells – but at some point everything went wrong. The surface structures are all destroyed and all that remains are these underground areas which were once painted in all imaginable shades of yellow, but which are now a pale blue-grey (and occasionally green-grey where the brightest yellows still cling).

The structures down here include a variety of pseudo-temples (to contact the residents of the yellow hells), strange metamagical machineries, workspaces, grand halls, secret chambers, and even a chamber completely divorced from the rest of the structure, only reachable through passwall, teleportation, and similar magics.

And of course, many foul little demonic beasts.

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The Sapphire Vault

Home to foul goblinoids now, the Sapphire Vault appears to have been part of some larger structure at one point – the construction of which is significantly beyond the skills of the current inhabitants. Access to the vault is via one of two small caves on the cliff-face – the smaller cave being about 12 feet above the larger and used primarily as a look-out for invaders, looters, and adventurers.

The Sapphire VaultThe Sapphire Vault

Once past the rough entrance of the cave, the walls of the vault are covered in bright blue tiles – although many are cracked or missing from ages of abuse. Three major chambers exist within the vault, two of which are used as living areas by the goblinoids and the furthest one from the entrance claimed as the domain of their priest-king.

The goblinoids have not discovered the secret cave and passage from the southern chamber to the base of the cliff face. The cave was obviously used to store provisions by a previous tenant, and the dried remains of foodstuffs and a few now empty casks of water can be found down here along with some tools and other goods.

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Guildhall and Temple of the Ancient Masters

Much of the daily life in Archsford, the City of Glass, is managed by the Council of The Ancient Masters – a collective guildhall representing all the major guilds and many of the minor guilds in the city (Glassblowers, Masons, Cartwrights, Stevedores, Coopers, Merchants, Mourners, Physicians, Scribes, Charcoal-Burners, and a few others).

Guild TempleGuild Temple

From the Guildhall, they organize the city watch and defenses, as well as festivals, trade agreements with other cities, tax collection, and many things that one would expect to be handled by the Duke of Archsford and his civil service.

The hub of the Council is the Guildhall and temple of the Ancient Masters – a combined keep, place of worship, and town hall. On entry to the structure, the large main hall is usually populated with small lean-to shops (and the three chambers on the left are more permanent stores selling wares imported by members of the guildhall from strange and exotic lands). The rooms on the right are dedicated to the civil service and records of the guild.

The northern chamber is the main worship hall for the ancient masters themselves, the ancestor-gods of the temple. Most truly important meetings with the senior members of the guild are usually handled in this chamber and the room to the west, pacing around and occasionally intoning chants and rites while engaged in negotiations and power-brokering.

Beneath the temple are the crypts. This well-hidden substructure is only accessible via a secret door under the chair set in front of the statues of the three ancient masters in the main hall. Down here are the three crypts of the masters, who still whisper advice and prophecy to scribes who sit outside the crypts with one ear to the cracked masonry. A larger chamber past the crypts holds the scrolls of what the scribes have gleaned from the masters, as well as a secret door to a deeper crypt where something darker is entombed.

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Well of the Wyrm

The lair of Qiroi, scaled wyrm of the Red Fjords, is far from secret. The rocks for a mile around are burned free of all plantlife, the waters tainted, the skies quiet. The entrance to the old dungeons beneath the ruins of Caenleigh Hold are clearly marked with his spoor and shed scales. And within the dungeons you can hear the serpentine slithering of the long monstrous dragon.

Well of the Wyrm

But Qiroi is no fool or beastial dragon. The sounds and movement within the dungeons east of the entrance cave are those of illusions planted to lure the unwary. For Quiroi lives beneath the dungeon, in a set of chambers reached through the river that feeds the ancient Caenleigh well.

Well of the Wyrm (B&W)Well of the Wyrm (B&W)

But he is still a dragon, and has little patience for interlopers and would-be dragon hunters. He uses the illusions and distractions to help him get the jump on intruders, to strike them from behind with his corrosive breath and potent magics.

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Catacombs beneath the Holy City

The Holy City has a slight necropolis issue. For most of the history of the city, old mines and caverns beneath the hills of the city have been used as crypts and tombs. Some areas were expanded by churches specifically to inter the deceased, others just adapted as the small silver mines that helped found the city were worn out.

Catacombs Beneath the Holy CityCatacombs Beneath the Holy City

The reason it has become a problem is there can be no proper sewer system built beneath the city as long as the churches and temples regard the catacombs as sacred reliquaries. Further, the thieves that used the massive interconnected structures of tunnels and chambers to get around the city have been known to bury their own (and possibly their victims) down here without proper rites and rituals – leading to a small but steady growth of undead prowling the catacombs. The upside of this is few thieves use the catacombs anymore, but the churches have had to start setting guards to watch over their sacred tombs and crypts to keep prowling ghouls away…

Like the Dark Caverns of Turr that I posted last month, this map is one from my history books. I drew this map in December of 2014 while researching the catacombs under Paris and Rome. I really got into it and crammed all this material onto a single letter-sized page. And then never posted it. I did, however, send a scan of it to Mike Monaco and Paolo Greco for use in Burgs & Bailiffs: Trinity. So here we are, 4 years later, and I finally dug the original out of my old folders while organizing my office and have scanned it for your own games and mine.

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Circle Crypts of the Ophidian Emperor

Somewhere in these crypts, there is still the undead remnants an adventurer-archaeologist searching for the obvious secret door into the central circle.

Circle Crypts of the Ophidian EmperorCircle Crypts of the Ophidian Emperor

The crypts of the Ophidian Emperor were built around a double-circle motif, designed to feel like a snake curling around the tombs and crypts. To further accent the motif, the circular halls are set about three feet lower than the other chambers and crypts. The various chambers are tombs, crypts, and “treasure rooms” stacked with fake grave goods to accompany the Ophidian Emperor into the afterlife.

All doors within the crypts are fairly thin single-piece stone blocks mounted on metal hinges. All doors and most walls are decorated with frescoes and bas-relief carvings of idealized images of the reign of the Ophidian Emperor, often showing off his mighty golden snake staff and the black Orb of Empire.

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The Dark Caverns of Turr

A warren of small chambers, passages, and natural caves, the Dark Caverns of Turr were once a set of dwarven mines of the famously unstable Darkshoe clan. But then one day the Darkshoe dwarves picked up and left, locking most of the doors behind them. In the years since, creatures have crawled up from the darker caves below and others have moved in from the surface, and the caverns now contain a veritable Gygaxian collection of creatures that try to live together.

The Dark Caverns of TurrThe Dark Caverns of Turr

There are three entrances into the warrens.

  • The “front door” over to the far right of the map that leads into the original Darkshoe clan hall.
  • The “back door” over to the left that leads into the deeper caves.
  • The “stone stairs” very near the back door that lead down into the “glittering gallery” that come down from a secret cleft in the back of a small cave overhead.

This map is actually one I drew back in 2010 when running either my Labyrinth Lord or B/X D&D campaign that year. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but it is drawn in VERY light pencil on thin typewriter paper, and was nearly impossible to scan and keep the details looking at all good. But now that I’ve figured out how to get these old maps scanned, I’ll see if I can get the last of the old “Lost Maps” finally scanned and on the blog.

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The Archmage’s Chambers

Once you are past the wards and sigils that guard the entranceway and have triggered the teleporter, you finally are brought to the archmage’s private sanctum.

The Archmage's ChambersThe Archmage’s Chambers

The Archmage’s Chambers are hidden away deep underground, below the “comfortable” levels of the underdark to an area where the stone walls seem to press in with relentless gravity and heat. Once a small node broken open by opposing forces of elemental earth and air, the cracked tunnels were then shaped, smoothed and reinforced magically to withstand the incredible pressures down here.

The chambers are hot and oppressive, and without the small nexus of elemental air present, there wouldn’t be a cool breeze to make it survivable (and there would be no fresh air to breathe either).

And down here, the archmage keeps their secrets, their spells cut into crystal decanters instead of spellbooks, their twisted homonculi that carry wisps of ancient knowledge, and the six pillars where they store their favourite emotions and moments, safe for all time from the whimsy of human memory.

Originally drawn by David Brawley who runs Tower of the Archmage, I couldn’t resist sticking the design through the custom “Dysonizer” I have sitting at my desk.

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The Travellers Caves

“Caves in the hills? Ach, there may be a place – we call em the travellers caves. Twisty, up and down, easy to get confused in. An’ they go deep, way deeper then any sensible person would go. So yeah, if you really think there’s beasties in caves ’round here, that’s where I reckon they’d be hiding.”

The Traveller's CavesThe Travellers Caves

The Travellers Caves are a small complex of winding multi-tiered caves and chambers which bear the evidence of several previous tenants over the years – from animal scat and hair to old broken boxes and cold, quiet campsites.

One narrow passage leads down from the complex into deeper caverns…

This map was drawn on fairly dark paper in a lovely little travel notebook using black gel pens. The dark colour of the paper made scanning a little rough and a bit uneven in places.

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Dosetlar Cliffs

Tarnos Venn had a team of dwarves cut defensive structures into the Dosetlar Cliffs during the great war. The guard tower cut into the jutting edge of the cliff still looks nearly new, but the main entrance shows the damage of war and years – there are no longer any signs of where the great door once stood, instead there is just a rough and shattered-looking entryway into the stone face itself.

The Dosetlar CliffsThe Dosetlar Cliffs

Tarnos of course had the dwarves build a secret exit to get out in case the front door was held or the complex was invaded and fell, but that exit has been lost. The exit leads to a few secret chambers (once home to Tarnos’ fiancee and most trusted assassin), and then to the caves behind the fortress. Those caves are most often used by those in the fortress to store items that are of low value and high “stinkiness” – particularly pickled fish and such.

Semi-ironically, the most resent residents of the fortress has been considering building their own secret exit between the fortress and the caves, either right near the cave entrance or deeper into the back gallery, where it comes within 30-35 feet of the fortress structures.

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Vault of the Lapis Monk

Cut into the cliffs near Terrek’s Wall is a solitary sealed doorway. Beyond it is the vault of the famed Lapis Monk, entombed for long centuries. The vault has lain undisturbed for ages – the doorway secured both in construction and by magic.

Vault of the Lapis MonkVault of the Lapis Monk

But time has her way. A portion of the cliff face has fallen, exposing an internal passage within the vault. Trapped chambers lay in both directions to those who would explore via this new entrance – but since when did common sense and traps prevent a little bit of dungeoneering?

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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My Private Jakalla – Map 1U

Well folks, this might well be the final map in the main level of the Undercity map. We’ve finally arrived at the basement of the Palace of the Realm where it sits on massive stone foundations jutting out into the river that defines the northern edge of the city. There are a few extensions that can be added onto the sewers around the edges of the map, but we’ll probably leave those so the map can be expanded upon for specific campaigns in the future.

My Private Jakalla - Map 1UMy Private Jakalla – Map 1U

The main element of this map is the basement of the Palace of the Realm – one of the few structures with a fully planned basement and sub-basement. The only access from the basement to the rest of the undercity is a guarded and locked doorway into older ruins to the south that is also defended by a double portcullis.

Undercity OverviewUndercity Overview

The main section of the basement is a “small” temple dedicated to Thúmis (the patron of the governor’s clan), surrounded by chambers for staff and scribes as well as a moderate contingent of guards who keep track of the rare comings and goings into the ruins of the undercity.

My Private Jakalla - Map 1U - no gridMy Private Jakalla – Map 1U – no grid

This map only links via those same ruins to the south to map 1T. Multiple staircases lead up to the Palace of the Realm above as well as down to the lower levels of the palace (and potentially to more links to the lower levels of the undercity) below.

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Giant Hole in the Ground

“No, seriously folks, wasn’t there a giant emerald castle RIGHT HERE last time we were out this way?”

Big Damned HoleBig Damned Hole

A sure sign that player characters have been somewhere is the smoke, bodies, and sheer scale of destruction left behind.

In this case, we once had a massive fortress on the edge of a ravine. Now we have a big damned (smoking) hole with a few bits of the fortress dungeons and research chambers left and one set of cracks leading all the way out to the floor of the ravine (left) and a set of ruined “steps” that lead up to the edge of the crater above (bottom right). The floor of the space is home to debris from the ruins above, huge boulders, and structural debris from the massive machinery that was once housed down here.

This map was used when we played “The Emerald Enchanter Strikes Back” in a Dungeon Crawl Classics campaign. We played through the original Emerald Enchanter adventure in a previous campaign, so it was a great flashback to the prior campaign without any spoilers.

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Christmas Kraken 3 – Queen Hazren’s Shrine

With all the weirdness and rushing around this month between Patreon and Christmas, I didn’t put up the usual poll to decide on what old maps would be re-released under the Release the Kraken process this month.

So instead I’m releasing one every day (except the days I normally release maps) for this week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday). These have all been drawn from amongst the oldest maps on the blog – chosen both for style and for those that I am able to clean up into usable releases.

Queen Hazren's ShrineQueen Hazren’s Shrine

For some reason, this map has never been accompanied by any description beyond the name which I made up the day I drew it and then promptly forgot the map, location and name for a year or so before I found it again, scanned and released it.

The main shrine cave has a massive raised statue on the west wall and various caves and chambers that proceed beyond. The keeper of the shrine lives in a smaller cave above the shrine cave, with a secret door connecting the two caves.

Beyond the shrine and associated chambers are stairs that lead deeper…

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Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $400 mark, we choose a map from the blog’s extensive back catalog to retroactively release under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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Hebdo du 13 Novembre 2017

  • Lui faut un œuf de ver pourpre et un œil central de tyrannoeil, rien que ça, pour son fichu rituel. Mais où trouver un œuf de ver, et comment le repérer ? C’est minuscule un ver, alors un œuf de ver…
  • Ces vers là sont assez grands pour dévorer une maison en trois bouchées. Nous n’aurons pas de mal à voir les œufs. Si leur maman ne nous gobe pas avant.
  • Bon alors, on peut peut-être commencer par l’œil de truc, non ? Ce serait comme qui dirait moins dangereux !
  • Les vers, tu peux toujours courir plus vite qu’eux. Mais personne ne court plus vite qu’un rayon de pétrification. Tu peux me croire, le tyrannoeil, ce sera long et compliqué.
  • Et tu as vu la suite de cette liste de courses ? Il y a des plumes d’ange ! Pitié, dit-moi qu’il existe un oiseau appelé ange…
  • Oh non, c’est bien des plumes de serviteurs célestes qu’il nous faut.
  • On est mal, on est mal, on est mal….
  • Dis-toi que le pire reste à venir : pénétrer les chambres fortes du GRoG et voler les derniers ouvrages entrés dans leur index : il y a du Livre des Cinq Anneaux, du FATE, du Demon : the Descent, du G-Core, du Hârn, du Vs. Stranger Stuff, du Antychrist, du Chroniques Oubliées, du D&D 5, du Savage Worlds et du Chronicles of Darkness.
  • Mais on n’a aucune chance 
  • Tu as signé, avec ton sang.

 
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Beneath the Dungeon!

Exploring the dungeons beneath the ruins of the Vampire King’s palace is fraught with dangers. Monsters seem to come out of nowhere and foul terrors stalk us as we seek the king’s treasure rooms.

Under the Dungeon!Under the Dungeon!

Beneath the dungeon itself (which I posted last Friday) is another selection of sprawling corridors, storage rooms, and the drainage system that keeps the dungeon from flooding. They are connected to the dungeon above by locked iron grates in several of the major chambers and a small ghoul’s passage into the crypts.

Dungeon Levels OverlaidDungeon Levels Overlaid

The grates marked on the map of this level show where the grates in the level above are (since I didn’t want to add them to the original map after the fact). Starting at the upper right, and going around clockwise, we have three grates in the wizard’s laboratory for draining away strange magical debris, a massive grate in the Queen’s Treasure Room Annex (inspired by a more recent version of the game board), two more to wash away debris from the torture chamber, one beneath the kitchens, one under the guard room, and the grate in the middle in the main gallery that shunts away any rainwater that comes down the stairs into the gallery. Finally there is an unmarked ghoul tunnel in the upper middle chamber that connects to the crypts above.

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Into the Dungeon!

Only recently have we rediscovered the location of the palace of the Vampire King. As the old stories and sages described, the palace had not only been besieged, but torn down stone-by-stone and scattered down the hillside into the Valley of Blood. Beneath the ancient and battered obsidian throne a well-worn secret passage was found, leading to a gallery under the castle which then leads to the various understructures of the palace – torture chambers, crypts, armories, libraries and even treasuries…

Dungeon!Dungeon!

Back in 1982, I ran one of my first D&D campaigns that actually maintained some amount of decent continuity. The campaign included a quick “dungeons of Castle Greyhawk” type dungeon where I cribbed the map and the theme of the dungeon from the Dungeon! board game that I had played to death in 79 to 81. I’ve thought back on this campaign several times since, and finally took a the dive to redraw the map on a letter-sized page instead of a large boardgame board.

The original dungeon layout that this map is drawn from was by the original author of the game, David R. Megarry – although the specific incarnation that this map was drawn from is the version from the old printings of the board game from the 1970s.

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Heart of Darkling – The Swiftwater Monastery

A couple of months ago I introduced the Heart of Darkling series of maps. Unlike my other ongoing megadungeon (the Tekumel Undercity maps), the Heart of Darkling series is being released for commercial use as the maps are drawn. The goal of the project is to produce 20 maps that are all tied together by a single underground river and lake.

Heart of Darkling - Swiftwater MonasteryHeart of Darkling – Swiftwater Monastery

Swiftwater Monastery is cut into the caves where a smaller and faster tributary of the Darkling River joins it.  The monastery has a number of cells for monks in the central section, the main entry in the left section, and library, master’s chambers, and meditation room in the lower right. Each section is built around a “courtyard” with a high ceiling for training, practice and meditations. The sections are connected by bridges which pass above the two rivers – ten feet above for the one on the left over the Darkling itself, and about three feet above the Swiftwater on the right.

Swiftwater Monastery was an experiment with changing the orientation of the grid and thus the orientation of the dungeon from section to section. I do like how it turned out.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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