The harsh conditions of the desert have forced the local raiders to make their hideout in a small ravine. As added benefit, the hideout is very difficult to see already a short distance away.
I’ve wanted to experiment a little with pencil maps as opposed to ink or digital. The hideout has a few sleeping places and a bit of storage room, but is otherwise very limited. I think some of the spots could be clearer, but on the other hand, I do like the look, and will experiment more!
“I am pleased to report that my trip North has been most successful! Much of the tribe’s life is centered around the worship of some sort of a god or spirit – I’Ktho I believe they call it. In a few days, I will witness one of their rituals, where the young acolytes will cast themselves into a ravine covered by unnatural mist. While the ritual fills me with unease, there is some morbid curiosity in observing such an event. I look forward to presenting my findings at the next symposium!”
-The last correspondence between the Explorer’s Society of Brassgate and lord Carrow
The map is a simple sacrificial platform. Could be used for willing and unwilling subjects. The platform itself is made of almost impossibly smooth, dark material and has undecipherable writings near the sides.
As an aside, on of the first maps I posted to this blog had a similar, admittedly not that original idea. You can check it out here.
Here’s a map that spawned from a small scribble. I tried ‘8-bit rpg’ perspective and I thought it turned out ok. Some parts are a bit funky, but I do hope you like it! This is also the 50th map on this blog! It’s nice to hit such a milestone.
It took a while to post another map. This one’s a generic dungeon that serves as someone’s (wizard/ruler/bandit lord/etc) tomb. The trick however, is that the actual body is hidden in a secret chamber. Continue reading “Map #49 – Generic dungeon”
This map took quite a while to get ready. I really haven’t done any coloring before and I’m not completely satisfied with how it looks. The next maps will probably be traditional ink-only, but I’ll likely experiment with the colors again.
The map itself is a hideout for any of the usual suspects (bandits, orcs, warlocks, rebels, etc.
In case you don’t like the coloring, here’s a black and white version.
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A ship carrying valuable cargo was attacked or just sunk due to unfortunate weather. However, the (undead?!) crew managed to salvage most of the cargo to nearby caverns. The players might want to loot the wreck out of sheer greed or perhaps the ship was carrying a cargo that was imperative to whatever world-saving they’re doing.
For foes, you can use whatever aquatic creatures you want or as I initially, thought, let the ship have an undead crew that is still patrolling the area and guarding the cargo.
Here’s a small dungeon built inside multiple smaller ‘islands’ next to an underground river. I kept experimenting with the colored pencils and I think this turned out quite nice, but damn that these take time to color!
The dungeon has a few rooms of undetermined purpose and on the right corner, there is a small prison. The bridge to the prison can be lowered in the water to make it at least a little harder to escape even if the prisoners would get away from their cells. If you feel like it, the water can have any number of deadly beast.
Here’s also a version without colors. However, the scan has a couple of fuzzy spots that I noticed only after I had colored the map…
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So, It’s been quite a long while without a map here – if you don’t count the #mapvember -maps. This is a really quick one and I didn’t have much of a backstory in mind when I drew this (no planning, no Ctrl-Z, no guiding grid). In any case, it has a small hideout or a study in the middle of a lava stream and I think it could be easily incorporated into almost any dungeon crawl. Hope you like it!
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And if you’re looking for a version with a grid, you can find it here.
I had another map almost ready and saw no reason to sit on it, so here it is.
This is a very small dwarven outpost. However, while expanding the tunnels, they very quickly found a nasty surprise even without digging very deep. The nature of the thing at the bottom of the pit is up to you, but I can offer a couple of suggestions. Firstly, the item on the bottom could be an ancient artifact that was sealed away ages ago and it has turned the inhabitants mad sustaining the through magic. I initially thought it could be a sarcophagus and whatever was inside has taken over the the outpost perhaps turning the dwarves to undead creatures or unrecognizable horrors from beyond. Or perhaps the miners were only drive out of the mine and now camp outside looking for help to clear the outpost and resume operations.