Nice work Mark.
This week, with our 41st J÷rgar (TM) Map of the Week, we end our look at the ruins of the Ăsir Empire. We'll take our final look at the last of the eight dark draug settlements in the ruins of the fallen Ăsir Empire, the ruins of Garndi's Crossing. Our focus this week is on the temple and monastery of the new religion of undeath that the ruling dark draug Mřsing is trying to establish. During the great wars, Mřsing, the baron of Garndi's Crossing, went over to the Darkness and allied with the high draug Martr÷, who made of Mřsing one of the nine dark draugs. (A dark draug is similar to an OGL 3.5 lich.) As a result, Mřsing sacrificed his free will and bound it to that of the greater Darkness and Martr÷. The high draug fell, but Mřsing 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, Mřsing 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 Martr÷'s fall and of evil Slovßnski 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. Mřsing 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 Mřsing's teachings, as a natural process that continually renews the energy of life within the j÷r.
Thus, like Dr. Frankenstein in the book of the same name by 19th Century author Mary Shelley, Mřsing 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 dungeons we look at today are the starting points toward that goal.
Key to the Dungeon Plan of the Temple of Rising Darkness
The temple has only a ground floor. The roofs of the four wings are 30 feet/9 m above the floor. The roof of the main Temple hall is 40 feet/12 m above the floor.
1. Entry with Skull Pile. The skulls of most victims of the sacrificial altar are stacked here.
2. Main Temple Hall with Pews.
3. Sacrificial Altar. The remains of sacrificial victims are thrown into the central basin until the next sacrificial ceremony.
4. Chamber of Ladislav, human male cleric-sorcerer, and
5. Chamber of Boleslav, human male cleric-wizard. Both chambers are outfitted with bed, table, wardrobe, dresser, jakes, workbench, etc.
6. The Watchers. That's the name given to the four non-animated skeletons between the two altars. These are skeletons of former sacrifice victims. They usually are harmless decorations, but they can be animated with black necromantic magic.
7. Blood Altar. The blood of sacrificial victims is kept here briefly, and still meaningless ceremonies are performed around it. When the temple is empty, red draugs claim the blood, preserve it and keep it in barrels for magical experimental work.
Key to the Dungeon Plan of the Monastery
This area has nothing to do with the monastery and is closed to the humans who use the ground and upper floors. Mřsing has a number of coerced intermediate draugs in his service. Unlike the dark draug and the red draugs and dark rider draugs who serve him, the intermediate draugs have no avatars; daylight destroys them.
When the intermediate draugs are in the ruins of Garndiskross, they must spend the daylight hours sheltered here in the cellar of the monastery, which is known as Draughall or Draugh÷ll. Because the firepots burn constantly and there is no ventilation, carbon monoxide levels are high in the cellar. The fumes will slay living creatures that remain in the cellar with 1d4 hours.
1. Stairway from the Ground Floor.
2. Weapon Racks.
4. Firepots to illuminate the cellar.
The monastery still is in its birthing stage. The faith that Mřsing is attempting to build is young and still has relatively few followers. The monastery was designed to be served by more clerics and and to train more novitiates than currently are available to it. As a result, the first floor still is underused.
6. Main Hallway.
7. Stairway to Barracks on the 2nd Story.
8. Teachers' Chamber. The chamber is intended to provide temporary quarters for visiting clerics from Slovania who come to the monastery to teach novitiates. At present, the chamber usually houses only one visiting cleric. To date, it never has housed more than two clerics at the same time.
9. Supply Room. Food, drink and other household supplies are stored here.
10. Jakes and Draugh÷ll Stairway. The jakes serve as the monastery's common facility. The small jakes chamber is cutoff completely from the stairway, which is off limits to members of the monastery. It is the stairway down to the Draughall or Draugh÷ll, the cellar area where Mřsing's intermediate draugs shield themselves from daylight between sunset and sunrise.
11. School Laboratory. This training area used used to teach novitiates how to perform black necromantic work upon human bodies, both living and dead.
12. Kitchen. An enslaved human woman serves as the monastery's cook. She also lives in the kitchen, with a wall cot there upon which she sleeps.
13. Lecture Halls. The southeastern hall (right on the floor plan) has not been used yet.
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Next week: Outside of the ruins. The Ăsir Vilji's Eye Fortress, built before the fall of the empire and still an important outpost of the Northern Circle.
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Nice work Mark.
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