Monday, January 4, 2010

Interesting Places: Caves of Madness

In the spirit of tackling my resolutions head on, I present to you the latest in my Interesting Places series: the Caves of Madness.

Amidst the rocky uplands, north of the steppes, can be found the Caves of Madness. Six blackened mouths yawn against the backdrop of the windswept southern escarpment. Just outside, a trio of grotesque statues perch upon a rocky terrace, casting their baleful gaze across the approach. The statues appear to be demons of some sort, but it is hard to say, for they have been disfigured by the winds of countless years. The vaults concealed within are said to cause madness to those foolish enough to venture within. It is just a legend, though, as none who have ventured forth have ever returned!



None but you know why the caves are said to induce madness. Perhaps the passages have been warped by the strong phantasmagorical magic of an alien wizard. Alternately, the presence of the rare radioisotope YZ-23 in the caves might be the cause. Perhaps it is all a lie—a ruse perpetrated by the cannibalistic death cult that uses the caves for their own sick purposes. Regardless, your players should be afraid of what lurks within.

The Fine Print: I am sharing this map under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. If you follow that link you will be able to read about the conditions that apply to this work. In a nutshell: (a) you can't use it commercially, (b) you must attribute it to me, and (c) you must share any derivative works that you create.

4 comments:

Jeff Rients said...

Very nice!

Andreas Davour said...

I still have this problem with how to describe such an environment without just draw out the intricate twists on a battlemap. But, apart from that "problem" this is a gorgeous map!

Sakusammakko said...

Thank you!

Yesmar said...

I'm glad you guys like this map. I've got a lot more of these to share over the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!