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Last month I introduced the Heart of Darkling series of maps. Unlike my other ongoing megadungeon (the Tekumel Undercity maps), the Heart of Darkling series is being released for commercial use as the maps are drawn. The goal of the project is to produce 20 maps that are all tied together by a single underground river and lake.

Heart of Darkling - The Waystation

Heart of Darkling – The Waystation

This stop along the Heart of Darkling is a small “village” put together by a team of mercenaries and bandits (more of the latter than the former). They deal with the kobolds upriver of them and are paid by the surface merchant who also deals with the kobolds and their master to interdict traffic from the surface further down the river. They only half-heartedly do this job, and spend most of their time fishing for blind cave fish, travelling back and forth from the surface by boat, and occasionally heading deeper downriver in order to trade or seek employment from the mudfolk and darker creatures in the depths.

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The cave where the “village” is built is a fairly tall limestone cave – the houses were built to make the place feel less alien and hostile to the humans who dwell here. There are usually 1d3 boats tied up here. Northeast of the village is a water-filled cave with an exit to the east. This can lead to any number of other dungeons, dungeon levels, or other maps such as last month’s Infested Hall. If the attached map has a route to the surface, then the mercenaries might have another escape path or means of acquiring reinforcements – however the assumption is that whatever is that way is hostile, thus they keep the door between the village and the flooded cave barred and locked at all times.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people 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 these maps 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 this 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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