[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #44 Released"Mark Oliva" Mon Jan 9th, 2012
Our 44th Joerdhgardh (TM) Map of the Week and first map for the New Year
2012 takes into the vampire-ruled North Kingdom, also known variously as
Hraesvelg and the Barrow Hills. The kingdom is ruled nominally by the
vampire draug King Vladimir, although the true ruler is his court mage, the
vampire draug and black necromancer Mstislav. Vladimir's will and that of
all other vampire draugs in the kingdom is enslaved to the mind of Mstislav.
The North Kingdom is on the western border of the ruins of the AEsir Empire
that we examined over most of the past year. The Great Wars touched little
of these lands. Therefore, they were not left in a state of ruin but merely
were abandoned by the AEsir. After the war, Vladimir, who then still was a
human warrior from Windland, farther to the south, led his adventurers into
the ruins to loot. They found considerable treasure there including some
weapons of iron, which the draugs of the Darkness cannot withstand.
In their travels, Vladimir's band discovered that most of the Evening Hills
region of the fallen empire still was intact but abandoned. They claimed it
and established their new kingdom there. Only afterward did Mstislav
uncover the secrets of making vampire draugs, who, unlike draugs of the
Darkness, suffer no ill effects from iron. Mstislav underwent his own
magical transfiguration as a vampire draug and then offered this opportunity
to became quasi-immortals to Vladimir and 48 other high-ranking humans,
making vampire draugs of all of them, but at the same time enslaving them to
The predominantly human population is for the most part trapped within the
North Kingdom. The orc tribes in the Foggy Mountains of Orchome prevent
their flight to the west. The Fjoerm River swamps mark the kingdom's
southern and eastern borders. These are inhabited by thousands of swamp
draugs who make flight in that direction impossible. To the north and
northwest are the Barrow Hills, where the souls of fallen human officers of
the Dark Army are bound as barrow draugs to their crypts, all hungry for
humans that they can trap.
Vladimir's Throne is the capital of the North Kingdom. The closely guarded
town of Kingsgate in the southeast is the only settlement that still has a
bridge intact across the Fjoerm swamps. The town is closed to most folk of
the kingdom but open to Slovanian traders who enter from the ruins of the
We'll be looking at the North Kingdom in more detail in the weeks to come.
You can get the map of the North Kingdom in two versions from the
1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 map in FMP format, fully editable (6 MB).
2. As a JPG flat map of 1360 x 740 Pixels (800 KB).
Both versions are released for personal and commercial use under the Open
Game License Version 1.0a, which you can read on the Joerdhgardh web site.
The Joerdhgardh web site:
Next: The prison towers where the vampire draugs feed on captives.
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