Calan Stonebridge sat huddled among the crates and barrels and listened to the bustle of the city around him. It was comforting after all the horror he had witnessed, to be surrounded once again by the familiar. He could hear the shops owners haggling and the early morning tavern patrons arguing there were the sounds of horses hooves in the hard packed dirt of the street and the jingling of city guards swords against their legs as they walked. Calan couldn't help but notice the smells either. He had always thought that the Common Ward had a particular odor, something akin to sweat mixed with the smells of cooking meat. He had always found it repulsive but today after his journey in the sewers he found it magical. He was surrounded by things he knew and understood. After a few minutes of relaxation he could hear the rough voices of the men he had been following. The voices came from the stairs of the building he had just left. He also noticed that a wagon and a single horse had come to a stop in front of the building and that the men were eagerly talking to this new arrival. Calan leaned out from his hiding spot to be able to hear better. The adventure would continue. He had started on this path and there was nothing for it but to continue down it.....
I've looked at this map over and over and I just don't like it. SO I present version 3 This version is more of what I see in my head when I think of this story. I decided after actually looking at some old notes that I hadn't ever drawn in where "Blackfire Court" or Blackfire gate were in my city of Riverhewn. (aside from the fact that they were in the Common Ward) I decided that I would make the scene the focus and not the gate. There are quite a lot of small gates that pierce the city wall and this is just another of them. As with all these maps it's about the "atmosphere" and "feel" of it. I have begun here with the street and building layouts and have begun to work on the "details" (shadowing and stains etc...) I plan on adding lots of little details to this scene to hopefully bring it to life. As always feedback is requested and appreciated
Rooftops & Chimneys: Aegean Greytales Nook