[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #52 Released"Mark Oliva" Mon Mar 5th, 2012
Our 52nd Joerdhgardh (TM) Map of the Week comes from our forthcoming
publication "The Northwest."
This week we take a look at Eagle Harbor, once the booming ruling seat of
what has become the Dreadlands, one of the most repressive lands in the
world called the Joerdh. Before the Great Wars, this land was the ruling
seat of the Northy Duchy in the AEsir Empire's Kingdom of Vidhurland. The
Duchy, ruled by the Dark Draug Duke Thráinn, consisted of two marches. The
North March, to the east, was destroyed in the wars, but Thráinn survived
and his western New Homelands March remained unscathed by battle.
Today, what remains of the duchy and the western march have identical
borders. The draug duke remains holed up in his Eagle's Nest Fortress in
the mountains above Eagle Harbor. There is no question that he is the
absolute ruler of the lands claimed by the duchy and the march, now called
by most the Dreadlands. However, the duke does delegate the day-to-day
fulfillment of his will to the red draug Marchioness Dagrún in Underhill, to
The Great Wars did no damage to Eagle Harbor, but the postwar curse of the
necromantic aura that attached itself to the nine drak draugs of the fallen
High Draug Martroedh did devastate the town. Thráinn is one of the nine.
He too inherited this curse after Martroedh's destruction. As a result, no
form of life can survive for long within a wide radius around Thráinn's
castle. Eagle Harbor is within that radius. As a result, Eagle Harbor has
no permanent life. It is a town that stands on dead mud. There are not
even fish in the part of the Gunnthrá River that flows through the town.
All humans who lived there were forced to flee.
The only living creatures that usually can be found in Eagle Harbor are the
orc warriors of the duke who are stationed there, and they must rotate their
duty posts regularly to stay alive. The other beings that dwell in Eagle
Harbor are undead draugs, most but not all of them in service to the draug
duke. They dwell in structures that once housed the town's human
population. However, there were many more humans in town than there are
draugs now. Thus, much of Eagle Harbor is falling into ruin.
As mentioned, not all of the draugs in Eagle Harbor serve the duke. In the
summer, two dark draugs that were not in Martroedh's service dwell in their
own castle in town. They are known only as the King and Queen of Dust. The
are not under Thráinn's command, and he and these two dark draugs have no
communications with one another. Together with their following of autumn
draugs, the King and Queen of Dust return to Eagle Harbor shortly before the
summer solstice each year. At that time, the autum draugs return to their
graves in the cemetery that surrounds the castle. The King and Queen of
Dust spend the summer awake in their castle. At the autumn equinox, they
awaken their autumn draugs, call them forth from their graves and lead them
southward to seek new victims.
Key to the Map of Eagle Harbor
1. Orc encampment. The camp is surrounded by a strong, wooden wall 6
feet/180 cm high that is made out of beams a foot/30 cm thick.
2. Tombstones of the Autumn Draugs.
3. Castle of the King and Queen of Dust.
4. Marketplace. There have been no markets for years. The square is
5. Gunnthrá River.
6. Millstream. The stream slowly is reverting back to nature, but without
7. Gunnthrá Mill. Many years have passed since grain last was ground here.
The abandoned mill building is a ruin. Its waterwheel vanished long ago.
8. The Road to the Fortress. This is the only road to Thráinn's Eagle Nest
Fortress and his dungeon, the Depths of Darkness and Hopelessness.
You can get the map of the Eagle Harbor in two versions:
1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 map in FMP format, fully editable, from our
Joerdhgardh web page (13 MB).
2. As a JPG flat map of 3000 x 2222 Pixels (3.4 MB), available above
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 capital of the western march in the Dreadlands: Underhill.
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