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Near the ruins of the ancient wizarding school is a cliff that is home to a clever and hostile clan of hippogriffs. At the base of the cliff, now well concealed by the trees that grew from what were once decorative hedges along the path here, is the entrance to the Tomb of Eight.

The Tomb of Eight

The Tomb of Eight

The Tomb of Eight was constructed in the last decades of the school, after the great battle that presaged its eventual collapse. In that battle eight of the students died fighting against the besieging forces – the eight most promising students of the school who had taken it upon themselves to defend it when their teachers proved to be insufficient.

Even after defeating the besieging host, the deaths of the top tier of the student body spelled the end for the school. Thus they were entombed here and the school abandoned except for a token caretaker over the next 20 years. Within the next ten years, someone killed the caretaker and systematically tore down the towers of the school, leaving the ruins out in the rocky moors that can be found today – a quiet stone skeleton of what was probably the greatest school of wizardry.

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This is yet another isometric map inspired by a simple octagonal tomb design – it’s pretty amazing how much you can spice up the simpler maps by drawing them with more detail and in an isometric format.

I’m a little disappointed in my own design with this one, however, as I only noted when I was three-quarters of the way done the map that the entrance stairs don’t come out in the middle of the octagonal chamber but rather slightly to one side. That said, it is just as easy to say that it was designed that way, and certain tombs have certain “prestige” based on where they are around the stairs. The tomb on the far left of the page is the least accessible and is thus probably home to the red-headed step-child from a poor family who nonetheless became an important part of the group, etc.

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