Map 83 – Coffin of Hate

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! Joff Goert died alone almost a decade back. He was an elven student of magic who worked on his skills for centuries. He was a respected member of the magic council and many wanted to be pupils of him. As a performer of magic he was called as usual to accompany a group of soldiers to help rid a small town from bandits. Overnight the town was taken over by a group of bandits and sellswords. The town guard was overwhelmed in minutes. Morning came and they had men on the walls, gates closed. Their intention was to either keep indefinite control of the town or negotiate a ransom from the neighboring capital city. The senate wouldn’t have it and a group of able man and Joff Goert were sent to infiltrate and eliminate the threat. The mission…

Map 82 – Family Crypt

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! It is known that evil deeds and sins are passed down from father to son, generation after generation. The malignant disposition of our ancestors in some way defines us, it defines the bloodline. Thus it is said that one must be cleansed and worthy of others, else our own darkness will go down to our kin. Cursed is the kin slayer as going against your own blood is the foulest of mistakes. This was Hernan Dicordo’s mistake. He was evil, there’s no doubt there, but very few know how many of his close relatives were either killed by him or ordered killed. He felt no remorse and did all this to appropriate lands and assets that belonged to others. He was really careful and though there were suspicions, mostly everyone though the family was cursed with misfortune. His…

Map 81 – The Arcane Tablet

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! If adventurers ever visit this place, it is to access the arcane secrets hidden in the underground complex.  Few know that a secret to great magical power is encrypted in a stone tablet inside the complex. If the secret of the tablet ever comes to the wrong hands, a lot would be at stake. How big is the secret or the power is up to you to decide. Good day towerers and I’m glad to announce I created this illustration with the help of some architecture software to create the 3D view map. It looks like isometric but it really isn’t. If you find it amusing or useful, let me know in a comment, I plan on using stuff like this in the near future too. Good day everyone and thanks for your support. Supporting indie artists in…

Chapter 4 – Castle Ravenloft

The GUIDE index for Curse of Strahd and other related articles can be found here ! Castle Ravenloft is the biggest chapter in the book. With over 40 pages describing the different 88 areas inside, it is a daunting task to get ready for it. It’s important to have in mind that it is unlikely that the castle will be explored completely. A party might have some exploration in mind or a feeling of curiosity, but in reality, Castle Ravenloft is a place where the party will run out of resources sooner or later, and they most probably won’t long rest inside the castle. Additionally, Castle Ravenloft is not a dungeon crawl to visit all in one go. The party will have to come and go several times during the course of the module. The better approach to Castle Ravenloft comes from the player’s intentions for visiting it. It is…

Map 80 – Trapped House

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! Good weekend Towerers This is an isometric representation of a house full of traps. The place is perfect for a mafia boss, a paranoid noble or wizard, and any other person who wishes to keep something secret at all costs. You’ll see there’s plenty of traps, the place is designed to protect the safe box in the basement. What’s hiding inside? Only you know. There’s also a body impaled on the spikes at the start of the stairs, who is that and why he came to snoop can also be a plot point. For Patrons Only –There’s an unlabeled version of the map for easy repurposing and also some black and white versions for friendly printing. Hope you guys are having an awesome weekend, thanks for your continuing support, I am ever grateful to you. Supporting indie artists…

Map 79 – Coppercliff

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! Coppercliff (mining town) Estimated population: 40-50 people (80% halfling, 10% human, 10% mixed) Government: County, part of a kingdom. Qualities: Prosperous, resources rich (ores), superstitious. Coppercliff is a small town built into the face of a red earth cliff. Mainly halflings live here, although there are a few humans and some gnomes. The dwell here because of the town’s proximity to the copper mines north east of town. Everyone either works on the mines or is related to the copper selling business. Facing the cliff are two buildings on top of hills. The westernmost one is a tavern, merchants come here all the time to sell their wares or pick up copper and coal shipments, they stay here since it’s the only building in town with proper human-sized accommodations. They don’t have private rooms for travelers. At night…

Strahd’s Invitation

The GUIDE index for Curse of Strahd and other related articles can be found here ! Strahd’s Invitation There is very interesting moment in the Curse of Strahd module that is not given enough attention in the module, and this is the invitation to Ravenloft. A fine dinner with the lord of the land. Strahd writes the letter himself and has one of his minions deliver it to the adventurers, expecting them to come. This is one of the module’s peaks. Depending on the case this could be the first time the adventurers encounter Strahd, or it could come after a few encounters with him also. It is a great opportunity to build upon this villain’s charisma and personality. The moment to start building a pact of enmity between the PCs and your BBEG. Let’s discuss some particularities about this part of the adventure.   What’s a good timing? Curse…

Map 78 – Cave Bandit Camp

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! They say he used to be a city guard, some others say he was an adventurer who got tired of nobles paying too little. Regardless of his true origin, Jack The Claw has built a nasty reputation in the land. The Claw is savage and relentless, he feels no pity nor does he feels fear. The people who follow him will do anything he says out of fear, thus he has a group of loyal brigands that scour the nearby land. Jack’s objective is to position himself as a figure of authority in a town or county, his plan (not a particularly good one) is to steal farms and pillage small towns during the fall season. This will put the region in a very precarious situation, with the winter so close. That’s the moment when Jack will try…

Map 77 – Dwarven Kingdom

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE ! The Ancient Dwarven Kingdom The Deep King, the most respected figure in the underground dwarven kingdoms. He saw personally to the re-taking of their old city, which had been occupied by drow and fouler creatures for a long time. 5 years ago the dwarves followed King Pharlin into a bloody war that would last almost two years. Many lives were lost, they are now remembered with statues and monuments in the city. The drow were stationed in the city for long years, during this time they did incalculable damage to the city. Murals and statues were defaced, temples destroyed to the last rock, the throne room became a travesty of what it once had been. After 3 years of rebuilding the ancient settlement. The dwarves are still a long way off recovering the ancient glory of the city.…

Chapter 3 – Village of Barovia

The GUIDE index for Curse of Strahd and other related articles can be found here ! Chapter 3 – Village of Barovia The Village of Barovia is easily the grimmest place in Barovia. Castle Ravenloft is ever looking down upon them. The mists are thicker here. The village is isolated from the other places in the valley by either forest or mountains. And just recently, Count Strahd has been paying visits to the town; trying to seduce Ireena Kolyana and eventually take her away to the castle. Other than his personal visits, wolves, bats and other creatures of the night have come to attack the village more often than usual. There is no wall or protection for the townsfolk here. The last weeks these creatures of the night have assaulted the Burgomaster’s Mansion (page 44) at night. Kolyan Indirovich’s heart couldn’t stand the constant pressure, meeting his demise three days…