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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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[EPT] Engsvanyali Tomb Raiding!

In our weekly Empire of the Petal Throne campaign, we have engaged in some light tomb raiding in order to find out more information about the history of a problem we are having. These tombs are associated with the followers of the last avatar of the Azure Queen in Glory… and we are trying to figure out how to deal with her next avatar, who we worry is going to be the Lady Seruna, daughter of the previous governor of our little colony.

The problem of course is that the current governor of the colony is one of the PCs (and my character’s nephew), and is currently the avatar of her arch-nemesis.

Since we play online using Google Hangouts, I pulled up Photoshop on one of my monitors, set it up with screen sharing to the rest of the group, and drew this player map as we explored based on the GM’s descriptions of the tombs.

A lot of people (especially on-line groups) pooh-pooh the role of party mapper (and party caller), but I find they really help things out. The party caller is great. Instead of everyone talking over each other to explain how we deal with a situation of where we are exploring next and what order we are going in and who is doing what, we have one voice that explains the sequence that we’ve negotiated as a group to the GM and we go ahead with it. It really works well for exploration-based play.

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The Cursed Galleries

Supposedly once home to a demented prince of alien demons, the walls of the cursed galleries are decorated in mad texts painted in bold black on every available inch. These texts speak of other worlds, demonic powers, and foul creatures from “beyond the veil”.

The Cursed GalleriesThe Cursed Galleries

The galleries are beneath the Benmiria Academy of the Arcane, and are not only locked, but boarded shut. Those who try to study the walls often awaken somewhere else with no memories of the intervening time – somehow controlled or possessed by the texts they read, or if one experiment is to be believed, by either the galleries themselves or something foul still within them.

But when the diabolist arrived in Northvale and summoned the demon Xag’tharon to destroy the king’s armies, sages noted Xag’tharon is one of several demons who’s names are known to the Benmirian archives. And the locked texts of course indicate that they were in turn translated from the mad scribings in the galleries.

The kingdom needs a clever wizard or cleric to brave the galleries to find out more – and they should not travel there alone, for who knows what other foul powers the galleries can manifest as you attempt to unlock the secrets contained there.

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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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Prince’s Harbour – Map 1

Prince’s Harbour is a small bay along the Flindhome River long ago wrestled from control of the local humanoids and now slowly being converted into agricultural land. The community of Prince’s Harbour is self-reliant and independent – a collection of small “outpost” farmers, woodsmen, miners and so on built up around the small community of Prince’s Harbour itself.

Prince's Harbour - Map 1Prince’s Harbour – Map 1

This map focuses on a small forested area to the southwest of the community proper and is considered to most to be the furthest point that is still “Prince’s Harbour” instead of the old Flindlands. A small gold mine along the Gnoll’s Ear river is the anchor to this area, with a few supporting farms around it. The road to the east eventually leads to the community proper.

Prince's Harbour - Map 1 (no hexes)Prince’s Harbour – Map 1 (no hexes)

Adventurers are most likely to be interested in this area because the virgin forests still may be home to the remnants, descendants, or lost treasures of the beastmen who once had lordship over the area – or of course because of Jendson’s Mine which is certainly going to attract some attention as last year it looked like they had exhausted their small vein of ore, but are suddenly bringing in more gold than ever.

Each hex on the map is roughly 100 feet face-to-face. This map is also the first full map released on the blog that was drawn entirely digitally in Photoshop – which has been a learning curve for me. One thing I learned was to increase my resolution a lot – this map is only 300dpi and I had to save it as a jpg to keep file size under control, but I’ve learned a lot of tricks in the month since I drew it and any future digital maps will be back at the more recent 600 to 1200 dpi and file sizes are also kept down.

There is already a second map in the set drawn for release next month, and a total of 9 maps will be in the set when it is finished.

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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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Redrock Cays

A set of small stony islands jut out of the waters near the the northern reach of Alders Bay. They contain a number of small ruins, likely linked to the ruins of the castles and forts that have slowly been overwhelmed by the encroaching swamps on the northwest shore of the bay.

Redrock CaysRedrock Cays

Difficult to land on, the islands are surrounded by ship-killing shoals and much of the land is atop tall red cliffs. Most make landfall on the sandy extension that nearly forms an isthmus between the two eastern islands – although the Oni pirate Vurd Skullbow has been known to bring his vessel in through the southern access and anchor it between the three islands.

Each island has its own point of interest. The large island has a ruined watchtower on its peak, but also has a cave system beneath it that was expanded at some point, likely by the builders of the tower. Those caves are used by Vurd to stash treasure and hostages on occasion.

The northeastern island bears the marks of many landfalls and small campfires. The long beach is littered with detritus – much of it charred firewood and empty bottles and casks. On the rise of the island is a set of fairly recent standing stones – no more than a hundred or so years old – the stones all appear to have been scavenged from the other ruins on the islands.

The small island to the southeast still sports a standing watchtower, although the wooden roof has long rotted away. The island however offers no means to get to it – the top of the island is a solid fifty feet above the waters below, with treacherous cliffs on all sides.

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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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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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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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Of Dysons & Doodles II

Still in the “I’m not sure what I’m doing with this, but I’m going to keep trying” phase of the Daily Drawings, I continued working in a variety of mediums and styles. I even went back to my partially-redrawn AD&D1e monster manual and added another illustration to it (the Giant Goat), while having fun with the OSR.

I also hit a few pieces I really like – the Defenders of the Obelisk at left here is probably my favourite early piece from this attempt at drawing stuff, and the Shunned One on the right (from the Empire of the Petal Throne RPG) made me realize that I was getting almost decent at this – certainly a lot better than my attempts at Drawlloween a few years ago.

Somewhere around the three week mark I started drawing dice. Dice are fun, and I had a lot of fun getting them all crinkly and weird and abused looking. These are pretty iconic of what I would love my “style” to be – Thick heavy bold lines detailed with little crunchy weird bits.

More dice (because everyone needs a natural 20 illustration at some point) and a return of the Gazing Beasts of Triumph Mesa – one of my cooler “monsters” from my B/X campaigns. I had a thing for various eyeball monsters like these and Obscene Eyes and of course Gibbering Mouthers.

And here the style from the dice starts to finally show up on other subjects. This kneeling imp is pretty much what I was trying to get to when I started this whole Daily Drawing exercise. A body shape that makes sense, bold lines, crinkly details… But I’ll keep experimenting as the days go on, with over 90 more drawings already done since these were drawn.

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Hevlod Manor

Viktor Hevlod is a person who wears many hats – he is the assistant to the guildmaster of the mason’s guild; master of the yellow dagger within the assassin’s guild; inner council member of the order of the blue star (who perform a lot of charity work in the city); and he manages to find enough time to actually practice his stonework in all that.

Hevlod ManorHevlod Manor

But really, being a high ranking member of both the Assassin’s Guild and the Order of the Blue Star (who’s charity work is mostly a cover for their other work in the name of the dark ophidian gods of yore), it won’t be much of a surprise when his plans or actions come into conflict with any group of local meddlers.

Investigating Viktor will generally turn to his family home, Hevlod Manor. Built entirely of stone (befitting his guild status and the teams of younger masons he employs), Hevlod Manor is a sprawling single-story structure with heavy walls built in a moderately upscale neighborhood. The manor boasts an attached carriage-house, yard, gardens, and several wings for family members and associates. Only minimal staff actually lives here – in the carriage house – with other servants and staff coming and going throughout the day and night.

Since Viktor often entertains here, he keeps the place fairly impeccable, and never allows the secret aspects of the Blue Star nor the Assassin’s Guild to be visible to visitors (including those who “accidentally” get lost in the more private parts of the structure). In fact, Viktor Hevlod keeps everything so close the the chest, that the only time you are likely to confirm that he’s up to all these nefarious schemes is to run afoul of them in person…

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Of Dysons and Doodles

A few years ago I tried to take on #Inktober (or was it #Drawlloween?) with sharpies and pens and managed to get partway through the month before other things interfered. Last year I decided to map my way through Inktober & Mapvember (61 maps in 61 days – that’s a hefty chunk of the 150-170 maps I draw every year!).

So I bought some new sharpie markers (because I really like the freedom that comes with a fat black free-flowing marker) and decided I’d try drawing something, ANYTHING, every day. It started simple, with elements from the various games I was playing in (my cleric in the Monday Labyrinth Lord game I’m in runs an undead horse driven coach line, and my priest in the Tuesday NeoClassical Geek Revival game was talking about the might and majesty of Crom).

It didn’t take long (four days?) before I was adding detail work with my usual felt-tipped technical pens and exploring elements from a variety of games I am or have been involved in. And from that it wasn’t much of a leap into drawing stuff meant to go INTO those games and books. To try to work on a style that could be used for illustrations for games. Hell, to establish a “style” at all instead of a continued series of doodles and drawings.

So now I look back and I’ve got 113 days of these daily drawings. The images in this post are the first 13 of these daily drawings in chronological order. I post them as I draw them to my various social media streams (Google+, Twitter, Facebook), and will collect them into posts of a dozen or so that I’ll put up on the blog every few days until I’m caught up, then I’ll probably do a collected drawings post for each week going forward – until I burn out on the Daily Drawing grind and move on to something else.

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October’s Backstage Pass

Today is Backstage Pass day!

I generally upload my maps 8-12 at a time to the blog and start writing up posts to go with them at that time. If you are a patron of my Patreon Campaign, however, you can get advance access to these maps before they go live on the blog. Roughly once a month I put out a backstage pass zip file to all patrons of the campaign at the $1 / map level and above containing the maps I just uploaded to the backend of the blog.

So, patrons, head over to the Patreon page to get October’s selection of maps!

This month is a bit different for me because it includes a few maps that were designed entirely digitally – although my experience with them has me sold on future work being a mix of traditional ink and paper work that I will then fiddle with digitally (adding shadows, shading, etc – the things that get messed up by the way I scan and prep my maps if I do them on the paper). I just don’t find the act of creation to be as fulfilling when I do it entirely digitally.

As soon as I get through my October commission deadlines, I’m going to be updating the Patreon campaign with some new goals and rewards – especially for those of you who have been here to help me get to the point of being a cartographer for Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, and Steve Jackson Games among the dozens of companies I’ve worked with.

So, impatient to get this month’s maps? Or just like the convenience of a nice .zip file of them every month? Head on over to Patreon to get yourself a backstage pass!

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Release the Kraken on Briar Keep

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The September votes on releasing the Kraken brought up a pair of maps from 2014 that go together – originally released as Greater Briar Keep and the Briar Keep Detail maps, I cleaned them up a bit, assembled them into a single letter-sized entity, and have them here as a lovely 1200 dpi map.

Briar Keep 2018 EditionBriar Keep 2018 Edition

Briar Keep is a border fortress and small settlement that marks the northern boundary of the Satrapy where the Northlands begin. Built only a few generations ago, the keep is in excellent shape and is well maintained and houses a garrison of Satrapy forces. Unlike most settlements in the Satrapy, Briar Keep and it’s environs are also home to a number of dwarves of the Greybeard clan and associated families.

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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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Skeleton of the Gilded Cage

A ghost ship haunts the waters out around the Charred Reef. She’s so old that all that remains is her superstructure, and the golden “cage” she carried on her deck. She appears out of the fog along Charred Reef on nights when there is no more than single ship or boat to sight her, slides along silently on the top of the water, and her disappearance back into the night always presages a violent storm.

Skeleton of the Gilded CageSkeleton of the Gilded Cage

Within the gilded cage is a potent banshee, the long dead elven sorceress who was within the cage when the ship sank who knows how long ago. The golden cage she is trapped within also changes her song – instead of wailing in eternal agony, to those outside the cage she seems to be singing a long lamentful song.

Entering the golden cage can be achieved through partially collapsed stairs that lead up a shaft from the bottom of the boat’s skeleton through a shaft in the floor of the cage, or by somehow (flying, climbing) getting to the balcony that surrounds the cage and walking in through one of the four doorways. Of course, the moment one steps within the cage, they become subject to the effects of her wailing song.

Any treasures that were once within the cage with the sorceress are long destroyed or lost by ages of frequent submersion, but a secret panel in the floor of the cage leads to a shallow chamber beneath which contains the MacGuffin.

A version of this map also appears in the Kobold Press adventure “Monkey Business” where it is set out in the oceans of flame near the City of Brass.

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The Kobold Docks

Along the western jetties and piers of the city are the Kobold Docks, a moderately large wooden pier where boats can be purchased or rented from Jotel Vuzen, a “sahuagin out of water” if you will. Jotel acts as the agent for a few shipwrights and Xughon Belpar, a pirate who acquires his trade goods in an entirely illegal manner.

The Kobold DocksThe Kobold Docks

Generally Jotel has d3+1 smaller boats at the pier, and 1d3-2 larger craft in the harbour. He also often has a few smaller stolen goods in his tent on the pier that he sells on commission for Xughon, mixed in with the various apothecary goods that his elven wife Phyehni collects and sells.

Of course, with all these goods of questionable provenance moving through this area, any time that player characters find themselves buying something here there’s the off chance that they will get caught up in some other drama involving people threatening Jotel or his clients to get their goods back (or in a real twist, these are con men trying to get something for nothing based on figuring out Jotel’s dirty dealings).

The pier is known as the kobold docks because the previous business before Jotel set up here was a small enclave of six kobolds who made wickerwork coracles used by some of the local fisherfolk. But the kobolds moved on as the fisherfolk earned more money and were able to purchase or build more sturdy boats that didn’t need regular replacement.

A version of this map also appears in the Kobold Press adventure “Monkey Business” where it is set in the City of Brass.

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Caves of Chaos Poster Maps!

Do you dig that massive redraw I did of the Caves of Chaos? Would you like them printed out at poster sizes? Well, Peter over at Squarehex has you covered.

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Measuring in at 707mm x 500mm (just shy of 28 inches by 20 inches), there are both numbered and unnumbered versions of the map as well as gridded mapping sheets for mapping out the caves as your characters explore them.

So yeah, check it out – the Caves of Chaos, Dyson Logos Edition, from Dyson’s Dodecahedron & Squarehex!

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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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Barrow Mounds of the Lich & Famous III

One of the most classic tropes of fantasy RPGs in my experience is delving into the tombs of the dead (on purpose or by accident) and where their grave-goods prove to be helpful and often the accounts of their deaths somewhat… premature.

Barrow Mounds of the Lich & Famous IIIBarrow Mounds of the Lich & Famous III

Today we have nine more crypts, barrows, and tombs for exploration and plundering, ranging from simple single-roomed barrows to small complexes. Combined with the offerings in the previous two “Barrow Mounds” offerings, this brings us to a total of 24 mounds and crypts to explore. A perfect excuse to crack out that d24 from your collection!

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