Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Elemental Caverns of the Mad Hermit

  1. #1
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Map Elemental Caverns of the Mad Hermit

    About a year ago, Paizo invited members of the WereCabbage writers’ guild to submit proposals for six very short “Set Piece” adventures published in Pathfinder’s “Legacy of Fire” adventure path. It instantly became a jovial competition among the WereCabbages, complete with bragging rights to the victors. Trying to give myself an edge against my far-more-accomplished writer adversaries, I submitted this map along with my proposal for the first Set Piece, an adventure about a mad hermit that I called, "The Cave of Winds."

    My main goal was simple: create an eye-catching map presenting linear sequence of caverns in which the adventurers had to overcome challenges presented by one of the four elements in each cavern.

    My ulterior motive was to get a strong example of my map-making capabilities directly into Paizo’s editors’ hands. I hoped to turn the invitation to submit a writing proposal into an opportunity to display my cartography skills.

    Hence, I sought unexpected ways to depict each elemental cavern. Visually, I decided I wanted a column-like form and a swirling, circular form to echo repeatedly through the composition, but with each echo slightly different than the last. But I had very little time -- two days, top-to-bottom -- to devote to the mapping side of the effort. In the end, I was pleased with three of the four chambers, all but the earth cavern, which never became what I'd originally envisioned. But I was out of time, so I submitted it. (If I’d had more time, I’d probably have left the earth cavern as it is anyway and turned to creating an illustration I could toss to the editors along with the writen proposal and the map in hopes of convincing them I can write, map, and paint.)

    Paizo’s editors rejected my proposal but said nice things about the map. (Oddly, I did win the chance to write the fifth Set Piece in the series, one of the few for which I didn’t submit a map with the proposal. I don’t want to think about what that says about how editors view my mapping skills!)

    (The map is copyright 2009 by Edward J. Reed, all rights reserved.)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Elemental Caverns of the Mad Hermit-cave-winds.jpg  
    Last edited by Ashenvale; 10-17-2009 at 07:26 PM.
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  2. #2
    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ft. Wayne, IN
    Posts
    9,464

    Default

    Those are pretty durn cool!
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.



  3. #3
      ravells is offline
    Community Leader Gracious Donor ravells's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    10,902

    Default

    Beautiful reaslistic feel to the maps...really great stuff to put out something like that in 2 days.

  4. #4
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Post

    Two very long days!
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •