Prince Eluwerr’s palace was still under construction, the marble of the great fountain still covered under the artist’s tarp when the invaders arrived. The prince was captured and put to the stake. The first to move into the palace were a pair of opportunistic merchants who began selling off the various stockpiles of construction material. But soon they were joined by others and now the Palace Market is a regular stop for those seeking unusual wares.
The maps above and below are of the actual palace constructions at the time of their being abandoned. The upstairs of the great hall is incomplete, just a stone roof (actually not even a proper roof – realistically the floor of the level that was never built) that collects bird shit and rain year-round.
But there is a lot more to the palace now than the bare construction. Over the years since the construction was abandoned more than just a simple market has sprung up here. Collecting old wood from the supplies here and from the city, a cluster of semi-permanent and fully permanent wooden buildings of various qualities have been assembled in the area to support the market and to eke out a living from it.
And just to showcase how “unusual” the wares can be in the Palace Market, I drew up one final version of the map with the various shops indicated. Now these aren’t completely serious – this is more the kind of thing you would find in a “Goblin Market” or a game with odd flights of fancy than in a strictly medieval European game or even a Tolkien or Sword & Sorcery styled game. This would be more in keeping with a market on the verge of a Red and Pleasant Land or creeping in from someone’s nightmares and dreams.
Personally, I love the idea that if you have been sent to the market to pick up something to get rid of the bed-lice you have to wander through a shop selling screaming souls first.
This map is made available for your free use thanks to the patrons of the Dodecahedron Patreon Campaign that keeps me fed and sheltered while I draw these fancy doodads for your enjoyment.
One step further – because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”).
For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:
Cartography by Dyson Logos is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Again, this shouldn’t need repeating, but this only applies to the maps in this post (yes, even the silly one – but honestly, you should just take the one without the words and add your own shop names to it instead).
So enjoy! This map is yours to do with as you please, personally or commercially!