Map-a-Week
Lost Temple
Cartography by Rob Lazzaretti

This month Rob offers us a lost temple complex hidden deep in an equatorial jungle. Its Mesoamerican style evokes images of cultures like the Incans and the Mayans, and it has a plaza similar to those found in some ruins of those ancient, mysterious cultures located between the two main pyramidal temple structures.

03/27 Main Catacomb Lower Level: The lower level of the catacombs was used for sacrifices and other rituals, as well as to house the either the living quarters or the tombs of the high priests and important temple functionaries. The temple sanctuary is still in use by a mysterious presence, and the room's central pool is filled with a strange swirling mass.

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03/20 Main Catacomb First Level: After descending the central shaft by a rope or magical flight, characters find a collection of rooms that were once used for living and storage during the temple's heyday -- or perhaps the furniture and containers that remain are grave goods, left to serve buried inhabitants in the next life. The craftsmanship of the walls and floors is superb, and the surfaces are very smooth.

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03/13 Temple and Catacombs Side/Cutaway View: This view of the temple shows the relationship of the aboveground structures to the catacombs that lie beneath the temple. You can also get a sense of the height of the temple itself in when viewed in the context of the surrounding vegetation.

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03/06 Temple and Surroundings Overview: Many years ago, this was a thriving temple. It is hidden deep in the steamy jungle atop a forested hill overlooking a small river valley.

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