Misc Stuff

So I discovered this week that I can either make maps for the blog or work on the module, but not both. 😦 I will, hopefully, have a finished map for you this evening. I also discovered that the “gridless” maps I posted last week aren’t truly gridless. I can’t see the lines on *this* pc, but I can see them clearly on another. Whoops! So I’ll be working on fixing that, too. Yay! Have a good Sunday my fellow World Walkers.
Just for funsies, here is part of the poster-sized world map I drew for our first D&D campaign, many years ago:

AtldMap3

And I see I need a higher-resolution image of the map!  LOL


Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Advertisements

Some Maps

Hello, my fellow World Walkers!  I decided to take a break from the blog writing and play with some other creative endeavors instead – give my mind a little time to recharge.  So I give to you a couple of random maps.  There are grid and grid-less versions, but the grids look a little funny because Scanners. Hey, who knew?  I’m just getting back into mapping and I’m having the relearn some skills, including the photo-manipulation required to pretty them up for the Internet.

To download the maps, click on the LINKS.  You can download the full sized maps from DeviantArt.  I’m still working on how to make them available directly from the blog.

I would love to hear about it if you use these maps!

These are free for your personal use.   They are still published under this Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

https://jeannadira.deviantart.com/art/MiscMap1a-708655264

MiscMap1a

 

https://jeannadira.deviantart.com/art/MiscMap1ColorAGrid-708654757

MiscMap1ColorAGrid

 

https://jeannadira.deviantart.com/art/MiscMap2a-708655279

MiscMap2a

https://jeannadira.deviantart.com/art/MiscMap2ColorA-708655250

MiscMap2ColorA

The Alley Cats Tavern

The jump drive is definitely fixed.  I took the ship home, had one of the engineers double-check my work (she replaced the fuel generator and about half the bio-gel in the computer, and cussed me out the whole time for what I’d done to “her” meaning my ship.)  To celebrate, I decided to find someplace new in Koenigsburg.  I was directed to a tavern called the Alley Cats, in a poor section of the city.

It’s an interesting place, run by a trio of ex-adventurers.  If you’re ever in Koenigsburg, I recommend it.

Click the link here for more: The Alley Cats


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

City of the Setting Sun

Last, but certainly not least, is the city called Golden Path of the Setting Sun.  Western names are beautiful, but they are a mouthful.  This city is the largest of the west coast cities, both in terms of territory and population.  It’s the only western city to include floating fishing towns within its borders.  The city is laid out in overlapping circles centered on fifteen plain megaliths.  I haven’t been able to find any information on where the stones came from, or how they got there.  I didn’t even find any of the usual “the gods did it’ legends.

I think I have the jump drive on my ship repaired, and I’m going to test it tomorrow.  In the meantime, click the link for a synopsis of the information on Golden Path of the Setting Sun.


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

City of Divine Peace

Eight years ago (Erde’s time) a minor noble seized power in the city of Divine Peace.  Proclaiming himself a god on earth and king of the city, he adopted the name Sozetsu Kyoi.  While the name is generally taken to mean Sublime Thunder, it can also mean Imminent Danger.  And while the city is quite peaceful, it’s more the quiet before the storm…  or the peace of the grave.

I don’t believe I will be touring there any time soon.

Read more:  Divine Peace


 

 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The Lost and Found

Whatever has affected the jump drive on my ship has also affected my ability to access systems.  I’ve been spending most of my time the past two weeks running diagnostics and trouble-shooting ship systems.  Rebooting a jump ship’s systems is a tricky business when you’re not on your alpha dimension; there’s always the risk of losing navigational data and, consequently, losing your way home.  I was relieved when I found data in the logs indicating another dimensional traveler had been here, and one I recognized, my uncle John Benoch!

I had begun to suspect that Erde was close to Terra.  The presence of Benoch’s Lost and Found pretty much confirms this hypothesis, since the shop’s not allowed to wander very far from its alpha.  The important thing is that my uncle’s presence means this Erde is close enough to a Terra that I should be able to get a Message Bird* through to someone who can rescue me in a timely manner, if need be.

I’m going to go back to work now, but I’ve left a description of the shop in my archives in case you ever run across it: John Benoch’s Lost and Found.

*a Message Bird (or scroll, or blade) is a communication spell that works across dimensions .  My family has used, and perfected it, for generations.

 


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Precious Moonlight

One of the more interesting city-states of the west is the city of Precious Moonlight.   People don’t get up until mid-morning (unless they have to care for animals or some such) and they stay up well past mid-night.  They eat lightly during the day, and feast in the late evening.  The rest of the night is given over to music and dancing, games and theatre, fortune-telling and sex. When I get my ship fixed I am definitely going to visit.  I seriously need a vacation.

Click this link to read more about Precious Moonlight.

 


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

City of Swimming Flowers

So, I have been stuck in Koenigsburg for several weeks now.  Something is wrong with my ship, and I can’t move around Erde much less leave.  So I have been reading.  A lot.  There are some very interesting works about the cities and cultures of the west coast. Swimming Flowers (such a beautiful name) is an island city dedicated to producing beautiful things.  As soon as I can get my ship moving, I’m going to go visit.

Click here to read a summary of the things I learned about Swimming Flowers.


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

City of Two Dragons

Far to the north, where mountains and sea meet in a never-ending clash, is a keep built by the Svartalfar.  They named it Two Dragons in honor of the raging white river and the turbulent sea. Though the tall, muscular Svartalfar abandoned their keep centuries ago, humans and Halflings have made Two Dragons their home, and turned it into a prosperous, thriving port.

Click this link to read more about the city named Two Dragons.

 


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Big Mountain Home

A gnomish city – the only gnomish city on Erde.  With a simple gnomish name.  And gnomish construction.  This pleasant terraced city, with meandering streets and beautiful gardens, would be a nightmare of navigation to any non-gnomish visitor.  This is why there are several inns and taverns near the docks that are built to human scale, accommodating travelers, merchants, and diplomats.  The most popular is an inn named A Place For Big, Clumsy People to Sleep, located at the end of Long Windy Road That Goes Down To The Docks.

Read more about Big Mountain Home by clicking this link.

 


 

Creative Commons License This work by Jean Headley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.