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Release-The-Kraken

Every month that Patreon funding remains over the $400 mark I sift through my back catalog and bring up a selection of maps that my patrons then vote on as to which will be released under the free commercial-use license. We ended last month at the $500 mark, so I put the roster up with TWO old maps being re-released this month – so here’s the first!

Ruins of the Gorgon

Ruins of the Gorgon

These ruins of an ancient elven workstation have had a small watch structure built above them to keep an eye on them over the years since the collapse of the elven empire. But since nothing has come out of them in years, the watch has been dropped and the small structure, like the ruins down the hill, sits quiet and abandoned.

But as always, things change. A group of hobgoblins have just arrived here following an old treasure map, and are trying to find one of the secret doors into the ruins while basing their own operations out of the watch structure. They have found the secret door indicated (the one built into the side of the hill into area A) but haven’t figured out how to open it yet.

Underneath, however, things aren’t quite as quiet as hoped. The elves may have abandoned their research facility, but some of their servants remain (a clan of cannibalistic gnomes), and the devolved remnants of failed experiments still lurk here in the form of various oozes and slimes.

I used the adventure I originally wrote for this location in a third-edition campaign a few years back that ended up featuring a scene with the characters chucking cannibal gnomes at the massive grey ooze to lure it away elsewhere. Also, something I never mentioned was the bottom-most chamber being specifically designed to feel similar to the one in the end of a previous adventure of mine – Goblin Gully. The elves have a history of experimenting on slave races, and their most recent attempts prior to the collapse of their empire had a number of breeding pits hidden throughout the lands where they were working on their weird hybrid thralls.

Before releasing this map, I went back to the original scan, cleaned it up a bit better than I did in my original release over five years ago, and am releasing it here at a higher resolution and larger size than the old copy.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use under the “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” initiative thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 awesome patrons have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

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 $400 mark, we choose a map from the blog’s extensive back catalog to retroactively release 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:

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