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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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the Bronze Vault

The Bronze Vault is a small, multi-level complex cut into the Jappa Slopes and connected to one of the small cavers that dot the hillsides. Once connected to a small watchtower that was built too close to the edge, getting into the complex typically means climbing to the ruins as the door between the cave and the complex is locked, barred, and now rusted shut.

The Bronze Vault The Bronze Vault

In-game, the complex fills the role of any classic “dungeon in the wilderness” setting – a place where civilization once held sway but is now home to monsters hiding in the roots of our achievements. In the grand tradition of the Moldvay Basic D&D set, this is where hobgoblins would hide their prisoners captured from the nearby town; perhaps home to a small cult that cannot worship publicly in civilized areas; or the destination for a treasure map that the party found in a previous adventure.

The Bronze Vault (no grid)The Bronze Vault (no grid)

Personally, I like the treasure map angle – making the secret chamber in section B right by the entrance the treasure room, but with the map showing how to get there from the cave entrance instead of the upper entrance.

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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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The Bottomless Tombs

While a number of the old shaft tombs of the Etturan Dynasty have been found and explored, there is one that remains a well-kept secret amongst sages, masters of dark arts, and the few adventurers who have been there. Possibly the original shaft tomb of the dynasty, or perhaps a strange discovery that became the inspiration for the ones to come – the Bottomless Tombs seem to have earned their name.

The central part of these tombs is a 30 foot x 30 foot shaft that seems to go down forever. Determining the actual depth has proven to be beyond the abilities of scrying and simple engineering, and areas of both permanent magical darkness as well as areas of anti-magic (as well as a host of hostile inhabitants) make exploring the depths of the shaft an unwelcoming idea.

But this map concentrates on the tombs around the upper portion of the shaft. A total of seven tomb structures have been cut into the shaft at this area, including the Vault of Kezamdomnus which is accessed via the basement of the long-ruined Temple of Shol-Gath. These tombs and crypts are in turn protected by the inherent danger of the central shaft, as well as their own traps, magical guardians, and sometimes even the undead remnants of their inhabitants.

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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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under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Astral Sanatorium of the Mad Mi-Go Brain Cluster

Few (sane) adventurers are aware of the frightening alien intelligences that live on the other planets. Even those that doe are generally unaware that some of these creatures have access to planar travel as well as interplanetary travel. The maddening brain-stealing fungi from Yuggoth are the perfect example of something no adventurer expects to run into on the Astral.

So, what better place to experiment on captive brains?

This free-floating structure is controlled by a massive collection of brains that the Mi-Go have assembled into some sort of brain cluster. A few Mi-Go may be present at any time, as well as a few orderlies (typically strong creatures like ogres who have had Mi-Go brains grafted into their heads). The rest of the population are a mix of kidnapped people lucky enough to still have their own brains; kidnapped bodies used as a chassis for other kidnapped brains; and a few classic “brains in a jar” to round out the mix – all subject to horrifying and bizarre experiments testing the limits of the standard human / elven / halfling / dwarven brains.

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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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Spending your Gold Pieces!

In a lot of D&D 5e discussions, you run into people complaining about not having anything to spend their gold on if there are no magic item shops. I wrote up this list and add new items to it every time I post it to social media.

Remember that until 3e, there were no magic item shops and there was even MORE gold since in 1e and prior editions gold was basically the only source of XP. So if you had 40,000 XP, odds are you had at least 36,000 gp.

It’s not a weakness, it is part of the design of the game.

Other things to do with your gold:

  • Purchase expensive cheeses
  • Purchase expensive wines to drink with said cheeses
  • Hire someone to figure out why all your clothes aren’t already ermine-trimmed
  • Hire someone else to correct the problem
  • Hire minstrels to travel the land telling tales of your exploits
  • Get books written about your exploits
  • Jewel-Encrusted Ear Hair Plucker
  • Send money home to the husband and kids
  • Build a shrine to your favourite deity
  • Build a shrine to your second favourite deity
  • Build a temple to the pantheon of your favourite deities around these shrines
  • When it turns out these deities aren’t part of the same pantheon, fund an entirely new church that claims otherwise. You can even name the heresy after your character!
  • Acquire a taste for imported fish eggs
  • Experiment with strange and foreign narcotics
  • Establish an espionage agency
  • Hire mercenaries and send them on vacation
  • Get involved in local politics
  • Get involved in regional politics
  • Get involved in national politics
  • Get involved in international politics
  • Get involved in transdimensional politics
  • Run for president of Mechanus
  • Purchase a distillery and then hire away the best distillers from their existing employers to take over as the source of elite spirits.
  • Hire a team of exorcists to make sure everything you own, buy, touch or look at is not controlled by evil spirits.
  • Buy wedding presents.
  • Buy birthday gifts.
  • Pay the dowry on your child’s wedding.
  • Buy a boat.
  • Buy a fleet.
  • Man that fleet.
  • Send them off to explore.
  • Invest in local business.
  • Bribe the king.
  • Hire an assassin to take care of that person that insulted you at level 1.
  • Invest in high grade halfling pipeweed
  • Smoke your investment – trust me, totally worth it.
  • Grind up gold into powder and then see if it gets dwarves high when they snort it.
  • Establish trade routes with nearby cities.
  • Establish trade routes with distant cities.
  • Establish trade routes with nearby planets.
  • Establish trade routes with the outer planes.
  • Tithe to the church you claim to worship at, the cult you actually worship at, the local baron, the king, and your guild (there goes 50% of everything)
  • Get married.
  • Get divorced.
  • Have children.
  • Establish a network of informants.
  • Solve homelessness in your city.
  • Feed the poor.
  • Feed the rich.
  • Build a mansion with a massive banquet hall and ballroom.
  • Host grand balls with all the most elite families invited.
  • Host great banquets with all the movers and shakers invited.
  • Hire watchmen to make long rests safer.
  • Hire rangers to hunt while you travel so you don’t have to bring rations.
  • Hire a wagon train to carry rations for those rangers and watchmen.
  • Buy nicer furniture for your home.
  • Hire the weird architect that draws really messed up designs, and give him a huge budget to actually make them real.
  • Hire a team of scribes to follow the weird homeless guy around writing down everything he says.
  • Buy yourself a title (this takes a lot of money, since you basically have to make yourself be the “right kind of person” to get a title, and then likely bribe all the people above you to get it).
  • Hire sages in every major field so when an adventure hook lands on your lap you can spend money hand over fist to learn more about it.
  • Buy art.
  • Commission art.
  • Get a life-sized statue of yourself made of solid gold (that’s 1,500 pounds of gold… that’s a LOT of gold pieces).
  • Get a larger-than-life-sized statue made of yourself in solid gold.
  • Platinum cutlery
  • Gem-encrusted platinum cutlery
  • Buy the cricket in the silver cage that the seller claims was caught on the moon and can tell your future.
  • Set up a crazy wizard in a tower for you to consult on an as-needed basis.
  • Start a gladitorial stable and get involved in the local gladitorial combat scene at the management / owner level.
  • Ivory playing cards
  • Has no one named a town after your character yet? FIX THAT IMMEDIATELY, make your own town! With blackjack and hookers!
  • Assemble incredibly ornate and overly-detailed “kits” for various things. Like your silver-plated vampire-hunting kit in an expensive wooden case that contains a set of stakes made of pungent foreign woods, a hand-crossbow with six different holy symbols on it, a variety of garlic-delivery devices, holy water in expensive bottles, etc.
  • Equip an expedition to find the centre of the planet.
  • Hire dwarves to construct a massive dungeon complex for you to import monsters into.
  • Get involved in horse-racing.
  • Become a respected horse-breeder.
  • Collect a stable of well-bred horses.
  • Hire jockeys and race your stable of horses.
  • When you are bored of your horses, invest in a glue factory.
  • Experiment with exotic perfumes made from monster parts.
  • Flood the healing potion market with cheap knock-offs (guaranteed not to kill you, or your money back!).
  • Hire a team to go into every town before you and equip the town with gold-plated spitoons for your convenience.
  • Outsource the protection of the local forest to high-priced elven mercenary druids.
  • Life insurance in the form of pre-purchased resurrection spells & components.
  • Be the “cool aunt” or “cool uncle” and blow a few grand on each niece or nephew’s birthday.
  • Create a new school of wizardry.
  • Build Hogwarts.
  • Hire a team of gnomes to try to figure out the mechanics behind a man-portable fire-blasting gattling-crossbow
  • Go dragon-turtle hunting.
  • Invest in the dragon-bellies market.
  • Build a flying dragon-turtle-shell boat with ballista turrets.
  • Hire sages, magi, and engineers to explore the option of “nuking the site from orbit”.
  • Commission statues of your adventuring companions in heroic poses.
  • Pay to have all your enemies stuffed and mounted after killing them.
  • Hire monster hunters to increase the size of your stuffed monster collection.
  • Invest in the lead-into-gold alchemy “business”.
  • Make sure your spellbooks have dragon-leather covers, pages of the rarest fine leathers, and ink made of gold and celestial blood.
  • Make a warhammer with a 15 pound solid emerald head.
  • Build the tallest tower in the world.
  • Have masterpieces painted on all your armour.
  • Establish a huge network of mirror-towers to transmit information around the world.
  • Hire shipbuilders and a madman to build the largest ship ever.
  • With sails made of dragon wings.
  • Lashed to a score of water elementals to pull it.
  • Hire a tutor.
  • Hire translators.
  • Learn an exotic language and stop speaking common, instead having your translation team to translate to common, dwarven, etc for you.
  • Get your adventure maps drawn by the renowned cartographer Dyson Logos.
  • Fletch your arrows with phoenix feathers.
  • Hire engineers and try to make every trap from the Grimtooth’s Traps series.
  • Raise an army.
  • Raise a second army.
  • Build a nice vantage point from which to watch your armies clash.
  • Hire a third super-secret army to swoop in and crush the remaining forces.
  • Hire seven soothsayers to examine and interpret your dreams.
  • Buy only the best poisons to feed to the soothsayers who fail to properly interpret your dreams.
  • Pay for the most grandiose funerals for the failed soothsayers so everyone knows how seriously you take this stuff.
  • Bribe the right people to have your horse knighted.
  • Collect the instruments of long-dead famous bards.
  • Buy an inn at every town on the map (or have one built) so you always have a place to stay where they know your name.
  • Griffon-Egg Omelettes.
  • Wereboar Bacon.
  • Mithril chainmail for your pets.
  • Diamond-encrusted cockatiels.
  • Finest marble stables for your horses.
  • Finest marble statues of your horses to go in those stables.
  • Purchase a set of ever-grander mausoleums to eventually bury your worldly remains.
  • Once the biggest mausoleum is done, put smaller ones inside it. Matryoshka Mausoleums!
  • Fund that crazy guy who is building a volcano lair – you know he’ll be a good adventure seed later on!
  • Fund a death cult. This is one that takes care of itself when you get bored.
  • Build a legacy in the form of a travelling halfling circus.
  • Hire someone who’s job it is to hire the exact someone you need.
  • Set up effective counter-espionage to deal with John Creed’s spy network.
  • Try gold-plating your enemies.
  • Hire a team to bring your gold-plated enemies back home and have them jewel-encrusted.
  • Feed your new best friend, the Xorn you adopted in the Elemental Plane of Earth.
  • Start collecting “freaks and oddities” to accompany you and show off just how perfect you are.
  • The material components for “Summon the World Emperor” is a billion gp. There’s no ritual, just have a billion gold and the World Emperor is pretty much certain to show up to claim it.
  • Have a lovely palanquin built so you don’t have to get your very expensive shoes dirty.
  • Buy exotic slaves to carry that palanquin.
  • Start minting coins with your face on them. Sell them at reduced prices to get them into circulation.

Some artwork copyright William McAusland, used with permission

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Prince Delan’s Shaft Tomb

It was the way of the Etturan Dynasty to show the might and connection to the earth of the rulers to dig out underground complexes to serve as tombs. Some tombs were fairly simple affairs, dug down as far as they could manage before the ruler’s death. Others were more massive undertakings – complexes of tombs, crypts, temples and shrines dug into the native stone of the land.

Prince Delan's Shaft TombPrince Delan’s Shaft Tomb

Prince Delan’s Tomb is one of the Etturan Dynasty’s “lost tombs” – roughly 40 tombs who’s locations were lost with the burning of the Tarek Archives. The tomb itself is a style that was made popular by a much earlier Etturan King, with various structures built off a central shaft. During construction wooden scaffolding was assembled in the shaft in order to climb from one level to another. Once Prince Delan was entombed the wooden structure was burned away leaving the central shaft with no easy means of accessing the other portions of the complex.

Much to the chagrin of anyone exploring the site now, sections of the tombs have collapsed, and foul beasts have moved into the bottom of the shaft and live in the walls down there making anything that dangles down to the bottom a danger.

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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:

Creative Commons LicenseCartography by Dyson Logos is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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September Backstage Pass

If you are a patron of the Dodecahedron Patreon Campaign, I just uploaded this month’s backstage pass.

Generally speaking I upload maps to the blog in batches of 8 to 12 maps at a time, and then schedule their release. Supporters of the Patreon Campaign at the $1 level and above (which includes all new patrons now, because Patreon got rid of the ability to sign up at a sub-$1 tier anymore) get a zip file of the maps when I upload them. For the last two years this has been at the beginning of every month as I’ve sort of gotten into a schedule for my blog work.

So, if you are impatient for my maps (or just want the convenience of a monthly zip file of the high resolution versions), check out the Patreon Campaign. All money raised goes directly to… well… everything I do. We like to call it “The Feed Dyson Fund”.

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Release the Kraken on Mad Fenrick’s Manor!

Release-The-Kraken

It is time, once again, to delve into the back catalog of maps here on the Dodecahedron and pull out two more to be re-released under the free commercial use license thanks to the amazing support of our Patreon backers. Mad Fenrick’s Manor and Basement were released in April and May of 2014 and are back!

Mad Fenrick's ManorMad Fenrick’s Manor

A few miles from the nearest outposts of civilization, just over those hills to the west of here, are the old estates of the Trent family. Sitting almost smugly on a hill in the midst of overgrown hedge mazes and fallow fields is the manor of “Mad” Fenrick Trent. Sure the first parts of the structure were initially built by his grandfather, and the last Trents to live in it were his great-grandchildren, but Mad Fenrick is the Trent who put the most work into the half-fortified squat monstrosity.

Of course, a massive cobbled together and defensively structured manor like Mad Fenrick’s Manor doesn’t stop with just the main level and a few towers. In the main courtyard of the manor is a set of stairs that originally lead to the Trent family crypt, but that now connects to a small dungeon (as well as Mad Fenrick’s Root Cellar, Mad Fenrick’s Family Crypt, Mad Fenrick’s U-Store-It, and Mad Fenrick’s Large Rodent Repository, of course).

Mad Fenrick's BasementMad Fenrick’s Basement

With the manor grounds now abandoned, who knows the sorts of things that crawl about beneath the old manor house. Whatever they are, they are probably very lonely and would love to play with any visitors.

And to be true to the originals, I’ve included versions without a grid:

Mad Fenrick's Manor (no grid)Mad Fenrick’s Manor (no grid)

Mad Fenrick's Basement (no grid)

Mad Fenrick’s Basement (no grid)

It would, of course, be absolute foolishness to claim that these maps weren’t in turn inspired by the classic Tegel Manor adventure which I first encountered as a player and that has haunted my games ever since.

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Six Caves of Chaos

Venture with me to 1979 and my first encounters with kobolds and other darstardly goblinoids. For today we are investigating six caves (some interlinked) in the dreaded Caves of Chaos.

Kobold Caves (A)Kobold Caves (A)

The Kobolds keep themselves in a small set of caves with long tunnels – better for guerrilla engagements and to be honest, it is frightening for many low level characters to see tunnels leading off into the darkness well beyond the limits of your light sources…

Orc Caves (B & C)Orc Caves (B & C)

The two orc tribes live next door to each other, although the tribe on the right has significantly more living space within their caves. They also have the distinct downside of being closer to the floor and to the entrance of the box canyon, making them one of the most likely lairs to be attacked by raiders or adventurers. The leaders of the clans also have a secret meeting space because sometimes being orcs is enough to keep you together when things are getting rough.

Goblinoid Caves (D, E & F)Goblinoid Caves (D, E, & F)

On the south side of the box canyon are three goblinoid caves. Inhabited primarily by goblins (down near the entrance of the box canyon) and hobgoblins (higher up and deeper into the canyon), these two labyrinthine cave complexes link to each other and a third – the small cave of the local ogre, one of the more frightening and potent humanoids in the area.

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Goblins at Herlihy Farm

Old Herlihy Farm has been abandoned for a few years. It was a few weeks since anyone had seen France Herlihy at the marketplace before anyone went out to the secluded farmhouse to find she had expired in her sleep. With no Herlihys left in town, the livestock was split up between a few local farmers, and no one paid the site any more attention as it slowly collapsed.

Herlihy FarmHerlihy Farm

But now the Gutbound goblin gang has moved in. They are on the run from the most fierce of all things, a goblin paladin trained as a hunter of his own kind. Who knows what crimes a goblin has to commit to be hunted down by his kin in this manner, but the Gutbound goblin gang did them.

Now they are hiding in the secret basement of a burned down outbuilding on the Herlihy Farm. Trying to keep their heads down and out of trouble until the paladin Gomox moves on to hunt for them elsewhere. But the Gutbound aren’t the most clever of creatures, and it isn’t hard to find the trail beaten into the grass where they travel from their secret refuge to the old rain barrels in the collapsed barn to collect water.

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Isle of Clover

Near the centre of Whispering Turtles Lake are a number of small rocky islands capped with trees. The second largest of these has been home to the small settlement of Clover since the lakeside community of Burhuie was sacked during the great war and most of the survivors escaped into the lake in a mix of rowboats and fishing craft.

The Isle of Clover

Until then, the fisher folk of Burhuie avoided the Isle of Clover because of the accursed elven ruins there. Today those ruins have been repaired and massive runes of defense and strength carved into the fortifications by the dwarves who helped settle here (although there are no longer any dwarves on the island, as they were just a single family at the time). No one lives within the fortifications proper, but they are maintained for emergencies and used for storage.

The Isle of CloverThe Isle of Clover

The people of Clover are fishers and farmers, mostly human with a bit of elven blood in the mix. The town has no actual “government”, but a significant voice is given to Acdad Yim, a resident who left the island in his youth and returned with a not insignificant sum of gold, some interesting treasures, and a potent grasp of sorcery.

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Further Delves for the Black Ichor

Those cursed by the black ichor find themselves unable to avoid it – as if drawn to it. For those seeking to break this curse there are esoteric sages who will recommend remedies of drops of the sun’s ocean consumed on the warmest day of winter, or of travelling to the Empire of Locusts and consuming the head of their king and so on – but there are several who will finally point them to the mountain home of Onninhil Reconciler, an ancient hag who guards a passage to the underworld where the black river flows.

Further Delves for the Black IchorFurther Delves for the Black Ichor

Somwhere behind her home, surrounded and guarded by the melancholic black ichor, is a small font of pure water that resists contamination and that when drunk from can finally break the curse of the Iron Obelisk.

Beyond Onninhil herself, there are a number of guardians within the caves. A cairn contains the remains of the warlord Arvuk Vuldag who died here rather than drink from the font and cure himself of the taint of the Obelisk and who will rise to slay any who dare to follow through where he failed. Small humanoids live in a secret cave near the entrance, hiding from their own shadows that have left them and now guard the caverns. One of the caves also holds the throne of Furykeeper Javzatu with her mighty axe “Reclaimer” – a queen of the old tribes, her skeleton is nearly twice as tall as a modern human and her axe is of the same scale.

Finally there is the font – a small trickle of fresh water down fungus-covered rocks to a fountain pool that is fouled with scum, bubbles, and slimy growths. Drinking from this font is extremely unhealthy, but is indeed one of the few ways to break the curse of the Iron Obelisk.

(With apologies to Zzarchov Kowolski, who ran a great Neoclassical Geek Revival game recently from which several elements of this map were drawn.)

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Black Ichor of the Iron Obelisk

The Iron Obelisk weeps in near silence – the pools of ichor growing around it, fed by its melancholy nature. The ichors seep down and flow where underground waters should, tainting the darkness with the ennui and melancholy of the pillar of iron. Slow grinding noises are heard nearby, as if the world is changing itself – pulling away as far is it can from the source of this ichor. The wound where the Iron Obelisk sits has grown forming a cave nearly 200 feet across where the world tries to isolate the rusted spike within it.

Black Ichor of the Iron ObeliskBlack Ichor of the Iron Obelisk

The Iron Obelisk has many powerful uses. Flakes of rust taken from the area around it and ground to dust make sleep spells incredibly more potent, whereas rust taken from the Obelisk itself can be used to counter most forms of mind control and charms. Bits of iron taken along with this rust can be worked into somber weapons and armour that spread their melancholic nature to their bearers, but also to their foes.

But those who touch the iron obelisk itself or the black ichor are cursed with the yearning sadness of the device. They will seek out places underground where the ichor can be found, and while the ichor does nothing to sate or alleviate the sadness, it calls to the cursed and bathing in it will indeed remove any other curses or diseases the target is afflicted with.

In fact, when adventuring underground, those cursed by the obelisk or the ichor will often find themselves in proximity with the ichor – even if it shouldn’t be there. There is a 25% chance that any adventure leading them underground will lead them to the black ichor in some way. It will replace water in dungeons and adventures, and will seem ominously ever-present until the curse is broken.

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Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb – by Kiel Chenier!

Our second Fifth Edition adventure is now out at RPGnow!

A Fifth Edition adventure for first and second level characters.

A sepulchral tomb.

Magical tricks and traps.

Brutish orcs guarding a vast underground treasure.

If that doesn’t sound like a first-time fantasy adventure, I don’t know what does.

Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb is an adventure for first time players looking for a quintessential first-time D&D experience: orcs fill the role of the classic fantasy monster, and it takes place in a dungeon filled with challenges, traps, and puzzles that can be solved in a number of ways. The adventure can be finished in a single session, and provides a solid start to a new campaign.

This Fifth Edition adventure is written by Kiel Chenier (ENnie award winner for Blood in the Chocolate), and mapped by Dyson Logos (Waterdeep – Dragon Heist, Circle of Hands, Dyson’s Delves, this website you are looking at, etc). It will work to launch a 5th edition fantasy campaign in just about any setting.

So head on over to RPGnow, grab yourself a copy, and find out exactly what those orcs are up to!

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Heart of Darkling – DiTullio Islands

Several rivers run into the Darkling Lake – the vast underground “sea” at the end of the Darkling River. The Ditullio Islands are a small fishing community of mad derro tucked against the shore of the Darkling Lake where two smaller rivers enter it.

DiTullio IslandsDiTullio Islands

The DiTullio derro are paranoid and hostile to everyone, and often to each other. But they truly fear the aboleth lords who lurk in the darkest depths of the Darkling Lake. They have erected a number of small stone houses on their islands, and laid claim to a heavy stone tower that predates their settlement (likely crafted by magic as the stone is nearly perfectly smooth).

They fish on their boats when they seek solitude, but most of their food comes from the fishing nets set to capture fish that come from the smaller river outlet which pours into the Darkling down a twelve foot waterfall. The constant sound of the waterfall only serves to heighten the paranoia of the Derro, but they dare not move away from it as it is their best food source.

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Four Against Darkness – The Dragons Nest

In my efforts to level up my Four Against Darkness party to level 5 to try out the “Four Against the Abyss” book, I played what ended up being my shortest game to date at just under 20 minutes.

The Dragons NestThe Dragons Nest

In the first room of the dungeon we ran into our first-ever dragon. As a level 6 boss monster, this would have been ruinous for a low level party. But right now our Barbarian is packing a +5 bonus in combat, the elf lays out a nice +3 (+4 with his bow), and the cleric and rogue are essentially there as meatshields / healers (the rogue’s high defense means he’s almost always the first thing that monsters attack).

If anything, the dragon’s breath weapon is a welcome attack form, as it spreads its damage over the whole party, grants a saving throw of 3+ (2+ for the barbarian) and keeps the dragon from clawing at us. The battle ended up running for a few rounds as the barbarian beat the beast to death, with the rogue never landing a single blow.

An encounter with a firebreathing chimera awaits us in the next hall, and then we meet the white lady who tasks us with a quest to bring back the next dragon we find… alive.

And in the next room, we meet the Dragon. And this one is also the “boss monster” of the dungeon. This battle is a lot harder – we are fighting at -1 because we are trying to subdue the beast. This means the rogue needs to roll a 7+ to hit it, the cleric a 6+ (effectively the same thing), the Elf a 4+, and the Barbarian a 2+. And it has extra toughness. And an extra claw attack. And the alternate to beating it unconscious at -1 to attacks is to knock it out with a sleep spell… which dragons are immune to.

The fight took many more rounds than I expected. I gave the boss dragon its extra claw attack even on rounds where it breathed fire, and neither the rogue nor the cleric ever landed a blow on the beast, leaving the battle to the elf and barbarian again. But the Barbarian’s Rage helped a lot, and the dragon was beaten bloody, thrown in a giant dragon-dragging-sack, and hauled back to the White Lady who rewarded us with The Book of Skalitos – a full spellbook for the elf that can be used as six individual scrolls, or to add spells to his spell selection. Plus dealing with a dragon as the final boss gives 2 XP rolls, and completing the quest for the white lady gave us another, bringing the Barbarian to level 5, and the rest of the party to level 3.

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