Monday, February 28, 2011

Interesting Places: Sinister Sub-Level

I'm still operating in an overloaded state—it's amazing that I even find the time to sketch out these little maps. In any case, here's a quick one for you: the Sinister Sub-Level.


The place is lost, located within that hideous ruin. A single staircase, conveniently cloaked in a perpetual mist, descends to an apparent dead end. Beyond, if one can locate the secret doors, lies a great treasure… a great treasure guarded by a host of terrible things.

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.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Interesting Places: Evil Temple

I'm spread far too thin to spend much time on the blog these days. Bear with me, it won't last forever. In the meantime, enjoy a map of an evil temple. This place is hidden deep within some caves in a lesser-traveled region of one of your dungeon levels.

The approach is guarded by a contingent of humanoids of the most vile and disgusting sort. Fed sacrificial remains by the evil priests, they are as loyal as they are bloodthirsty. They will attack en masse, fighting to a particularly gruesome death, for their masters know no mercy. In addition to being wicked and cruel, these monsters are thoroughly diseased.

The passage from their cavernous antechamber to the temple is awash in a sea of alien glyphs. Covering every conceivable surface, the spidery glyphs swim in the torchlight. Suddenly, the glyphs are leaping off the walls in droves! It would be a comical sight if it weren't for the animated glyphs exploding in your faces. Each bursts with unique energies, forcing terrible mayhem upon all.

The true evil of the place manifests once the temple is breached. Dark sorceries swirl in chaos and fire. Braziers, lit one moment, swim in blood the next. Blood weirds leap to the attack while sinewy wights emerge from the shadows, their undead flesh smoking in the dim light. A strangely hypnotic voice intones a sickening chant that weaves between your thoughts. You realize that you might not make it out of here alive.

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.