Monday, March 29, 2010

Interesting Places: Moldy Halls

It's been a while since I posted a map. Blame Gary Con II. In any case, I've got a huge mapping project ahead of me and I'm still not happy with my current style. This map is another one of my experiments, drawn in an attempt to evolve to something more appealing. I like it better than the previous experiment. It's closer to the look that I'm after. Frankly, I'm sick of clinical-looking maps, hence the rough edges evident on this map.


The Moldy Halls are ancient, lost deep within some labyrinthine delve, far beneath the sunlit world. Their original purpose is unknown. Today they form the home to a vast colony of purple mold. How this mold came to be is unknown. It covers everything in the areas where it has taken hold, growing over stone, debris, and refuse alike. The nature of this unusual colony of mold is left to the discerning dungeon master. Some points of interest:
  • There is a teleporter in an alcove in the room just north of the map compass. Where does this lead to?
  • There is a statue in the large, oddly-shaped chamber that is free of mold. Why? Is there something magical going on here?
  • The pools in the same chamber are choked with floating chunks of mold. They are clearly unsafe to drink or otherwise frolic in.
  • The spiral stairs leading to a lower level are choked with purple mold. How much of the lower expanse has been colonized by this mold?
  • Why are some corridors and rooms lined—but not choked—with mold? What force is keeping the colony at bay? Alternatively, was it destroyed in the past and only now beginning to reclaim the lost area?
  • Is there anything unusual about that spring on the eastern side of the map?
  • Where does that secret passage in the southwest corner of the map lead to?
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.

6 comments:

Jeff Rients said...

Very nice. I like how you suggest much but leave more open for individual use. The maps spiffy, too.

Jeff Rients said...

Very nice. I like how you suggest much but leave more open for individual use. The maps spiffy, too.

Blair said...

I really liked the chamber of slime, and if I was to pay someone to do dungeon cartography for me I would want it to look like that!

I like this one as well, but the raw, scratchiness of the CoS really floats my boat.

Iguana Montana said...

I hope I don't stretch the bounds of good taste, but can you give a little hint on what software or process you use on these maps? They look fantastic!

**Word verification: "Denizoi": how the elite dungeon dwellers refer to themselves.

Yesmar said...

@Blair: Noted. (And you've given me an idea for yet another project.)

@Iguana: Ancient Chinese secret. Muahahaha.

Iguana Montana said...

ROFL. OK, understood. I kind of figured that would be the answer. Keep up the good work.