More maps! And it’s not Friday?
The Necromancer’s Garden is a fairly complex dungeon environment designed for some serious looting efforts. Not so big as to be a mega-dungeon, but definitely more than a party can handle in a single smash-and-grab. It was initially inspired by the adventure in the back of the Palladium RPG where multiple delving groups are working to look a set of recently discovered tombs.
This series of maps are ones I drew up at a variety of events over the past month. They were done in black pen in a small 6-quad graphed notebook, so the images you are seeing on screen are actually bigger than the original maps as I drew them (so some of my mistakes are more visible than normal).
You can click on each map to go to a much larger version of the map (suited for printing). In time I expect to write up a small adventure using these maps to publish to the blog, but in the meantime I just want to post them before they get lost on my hard drive.
The Surface Level
This is the actual “necromancer’s garden”. It was a small fortress on a hilltop with a set of four crypts built within the fortress walls. The crypts have been vandalized and in the case of two of the crypts, smashed wide open by some potent force years ago.
Two of the crypts have secret stairwells that lead to the underlevels. One is exposed from the damage (although the secret door remains secret – the walls around the stairwell are missing). There is also a stairwell to the dungeons under the fortress.
This was the original map of the set that went on to inspire the side view and sublevel maps.
This was the smallest of the illustrations in the book, a side-view of the catacombes to explain how they link together. The secret exit from the second dungeon level on the right hand side of this illustration almost didn’t make it into the actual detail maps…
The Family Crypts
This area is the ancient family crypt who’s once-secret stairs are revealed by the damage on the surface level. There is also a secret door on this level that leads to the other secret stairwell from the crypts above and from there deeper into the dungeons.
These are the two levels found directly below the fortress proper. The upper map is the upper level, and the lower map is the lower level.
Entrance to the upper level is the stairwell in the upper left hand side of the map, and the stairs in the lower right hand side lead down to the lower level.
Entrance to the lower level is the stairs on the left side of the level, and access to the lowest catacombes level is through the spiral stairs just to the northeast of the entrance stairs.
Access to this lowest level of the Necromancer’s Garden is via one of two spiral staircases. The stairs on the left are the secret stairs down from the crypts above, and the stairs on the right link to the fortress dungeons.