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    This week, with our 40th Jörğgarğ (TM) Map of the Week, we continue looking at the last of the eight dark draug settlements in the ruins of the fallen Æsir Empire, the ruins of Garndi's Crossing. Our focus this week is on the tower of the ruling dark draug Mısing. During the great wars, Mısing, the baron of Garndi's Crossing, went over to the Darkness and allied with the high draug Martröğ, who made of Mısing one of the nine dark draugs. (A dark draug is similar to an OGL 3.5 lich.) As a result, Mısing sacrificed his free will and bound it to that of the greater Darkness and Martröğ. The high draug fell, but Mısing still is a slave of the Darkness. He has no desire to turn from evil, but he hopes to regain his free will.

    Although Garndi's Crossings no longer exists, Mısing still claims to rule it, and he still insists that his followers address him with his noble title, baron. That following is a collection of lesser draugs who survived the wars and who remained bound to his will now as they were before Martröğ's fall and of evil Slovánski humans who have joined in the baron's new crusade to shed his shackles of Dark domination.

    All draugs are to a certain extent insane. Transfiguration into an undead robs a human soul of some of its sanity and makes of it a chaotic creature. Mısing appears to be more insane than any of the other eight dark draugs, and that manifests itself nowhere so much is in his theory of the nature of life. He has come to believe that the spark of life is the spark of lightning. Thunderstorms occur, according to Mısing's teachings, as a natural process that continually renews the energy of life within the jörğ.

    Thus, like Dr. Frankenstein in the book of the same name by 19th Century author Mary Shelley, Mısing is convinced that he can use lightning to infuse life into a body that no longer is alive. His theory also is that - once he has this technique perfected - he can apply lightning to himself, to restore him from undeath to life. Then, he believes, he will be able to reclaim his own free will, because he no longer will be a draug. After that, he intends to have his followers make a god of him. The red draugs in the tower perform experiments and "interrogate" prisoners for the master, Mısing.

    Key to the Dungeon Plan of Mısing's Tower

    Cellar: None

    Ground Floor

    The second story is 30 feet/9 m above the ground floor. This makes the ceiling difficult to see from this level.

    1. Entry. Immediately inside the door, a Circle of Endings is carved into the flower. It unleashes the spell Destruction upon living and Draug Destruction upon undead that cross the threshold. Three orc warriors always are on guard here.

    2. Holding Area. Manacles embedded in the walls hold the prisoners in place. This area is used to hold prisoners who have been brought up from the cellar of the red draugs' tower to be used in Mısing's experiments.

    3. Spiral Stairway. From the ground floor upward.

    Second Story Floor

    There are no floors for 30 feet/9 m above the ground level. This is the first floor above the ground floor. This level comprises Mısing's private quarters, library and treasury.

    4. Entry. An orc warrior always is on guard here.

    5. Mısing's Quarters and library. This level contains filled bookshelves and three working desks.

    6. Reading Table. The books Mısing most frequently consults are upon this large table.

    7. Mısing's Treasure. A large pile of old coins of the Æsir Empire, other objects of value and three chests make up the dark draug's treasure.

    Third Story Floor

    This floor is 10 feet/3 m above the second story. It is Mısing's working laboratory.

    8. Entry. Immediately inside the door is another Circle of Endings that has been carved into the flower. It unleashes the spell Destruction upon living and Draug Destruction upon undead that cross the threshold. No orc warriors are stationed above the second story.

    9. Potion Distillery. There are three large objects in this area, staring from the top and going downward: A potion still, a laboratory table and a small table with scales, mortar and pestle and glass jugs and a ceramic urn filled with finished black necromantic potions.

    10. Enshrouding Table. When prisoners have been in Mısing's compound so long that their lives begin to yield to the life-destroying black necromantic aura that blankets the area, Mısing has them slain and then uses magical potions to keep the corpses intact. After preparing the corpses with the potions, he enshrouds them here in magic-protected shrouds that keep parasites and fungus from destroying the bodies. They then are buried on the grounds of the complex until he has need for them.

    11. Operating Table. Living prisoners who are subjected to Mısing's experiments are manacled to the operating table, where the dark draug does his work.

    12. Dissection Table. When experimenting, Mısing dissects the parts of his victims' bodies here.

    13. Stairway to the 4th Story.

    14. Stored Black Necromantic Potions.

    Fourth Story Floor

    This floor is 10 feet/3 m above the third story. It is Mısing's incarnation laboratory.

    15. Stairway to the 3rd Story.

    16. Lightning Incarnator.

    17. Magical Circles.

    18. Incarnation Slab.

    19. Mısing's Workbench.

    You can get these map in two versions:

    1. The original Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 maps in FMP format, fully editable, from our Jörğgarğ web page (13 MB). This version includes a 14-page PDF pamphlet that tells you how to use the map in FM8.

    2. As four JPG flat map, each of 1024 x 970 pixels (Zip total 2.8 MB), above.

    Both versions are released for personal and commercial use under the Open Game License Version 1.0a, which you can read on the Jörğgarğ web site.

    The Jörğgarğ web site:

    http://www.vintyri.org/joerdhgardh/joerdhgardh.htm

    Next Week: Garndi's Crossing: The Temple of the Rising Darkness (The last map from the ruins of the Æsir Empire. New territory will follow.)
    Mark Oliva
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    Nice Tower Mark, thanks for the background info!

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    The detail is fantastic.
    Did you create all of the stuff on the furniture or find it somewhere?


    One small complaint: the walls appear to have arrow slit windows in them (some of the wall appears slightly different from the rest), but the walls and windows blend together. I suggest making the walls solid black (or some other solid color) to make the door and windows easier to see.

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    Greetings!

    Quote Originally Posted by atpollard View Post
    The detail is fantastic. Did you create all of the stuff on the furniture or find it somewhere?
    Most of the objects are from the CSUAC and the Dundjinni forums.

    One small complaint: the walls appear to have arrow slit windows in them (some of the wall appears slightly different from the rest), but the walls and windows blend together. I suggest making the walls solid black (or some other solid color) to make the door and windows easier to see.
    ???

    The ring around the interior is the overhang of the wood shingle roof. See the outdoor view above. The vuilding has no windows or arrow slits.

    Happy weekend,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Oliva View Post
    ???
    The ring around the interior is the overhang of the wood shingle roof. See the outdoor view above. The building has no windows or arrow slits.
    Jörðgarð Map of the Week #40 - Mýsing's Tower-mysingstowergf-notes.jpg
    I marked it up to show what I see when I look at it.

    If that outer pattern is the roof overhang, then this tower REALLY needs an outer wall.
    The symbol used for the inner wall looks great. (I have some personal issues with walls needing to be darker than floors, but that is just personal taste and too many architectural drafting courses).

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    Quote Originally Posted by atpollard View Post
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    I marked it up to show what I see when I look at it.

    If that outer pattern is the roof overhang, then this tower REALLY needs an outer wall.
    I agree completely. There are three members of our group who make maps. I agree with you. The one who made the map thinks the wall (under the roof overhang) would be superfluous. The third thinks it's trivial.

    In a project group, things go that way sometimes. We have more than one tower like the one above. They all need an outer wall in my opinion. But I'm in a minority there. Sorry.

    About the only thing that anyone could do, I think, would be to download the original FM8 version and put in the wall (but then one wold need FM8 too) or, with a bit more work, use The GIMP, PS, etc., to add a wall to the JPG.

    But thanks for commenting. I'll be more than happy to pass it on to the group. Maybe it will help me win my point next time!

    Happy weekend,
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