Map-a-Week05/30/2002


May 2002



Cartographer Rob Lazzaretti escorts us into an extinct volcano this month -- a terrain feature that has dominated the view and the mythology of the locals for hundreds of years. Rob spins a possible beginning to the tale of adventure told by these maps: "The adventuring party heads south to follow an old caravan route. A small hamlet sits next to the river. The folk that live there are simple and speak of a temple that sits at the base of an old volcano. The eldest of the clan remembers when it last blew its top and all of the devastation that followed. The surrounding lands are wild and unpredictable. A trip to the temple would be wise since nightfall is coming...."

05/30 Volcano Depths: Deep below the surface are a series of caves filled with pools of water. Strange heat- and dark-loving things lurk here, waiting to challenge an adventuring group.

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05/23 Volcano Cross-Section: Upon scaling the mountain, a party can finda vent tunnel to sloping down into the depths of the volcano. The central shaft plunges deep into darkness. What is below?

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05/16 Temple of the Sunless Dawn: The temple was built many years ago, after the volcano blew. A group of monks inhabit this structure. They spend their time documenting the strange creatures that live in the surrounding areas, but now need some folk to help them explore the depths of the volcano and bring back information about the caves and their inhabitants.

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05/09 Hamlet of Keirath: This humble place houses only two families of people, both of whom farm for a living. The locals tell stories about beasts that roam about at night looking for people or animals to kill for food. The extinct volcano looms near the village, a grim reminder of devastation from the past and an unknown threat to the future.

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05/02 Volcano Region Overview: A small hamlet sits next to the river. The folk that live there are simple and speak of a temple that sits at the base of the nearby old volcano. The surrounding lands are wild and unpredictable.

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