[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #54 Released"Mark Oliva" Mon Mar 19th, 2012
Our 54th Joerdhgardh (TM) Map of the Week comes from our forthcoming
publication "The Northwest."
This week we take a look at the ruins of the Anger Fortress above Underhill
in the Dreadlands.
Anger Hill looms above the Darkflood on the south side of Underhill. In the
times before the Great Wars, the former black rider draug, Margrave Soltinn,
built his feared Anger Fortress atop the hill. Many years later, after
taking fallen Soltinn's place, the then new marchioness Dagrún also would
have like to rule from the Anger Fortress, but she knew better.
To understand why and what's up atop the hill today, we need to look back a
bit at the latter chapters of Soltinn's tale. We already have seen how the
devastating blast of Dark magic that brought about Martroedh's destruction
has left an aura of black necromancy around his nine dark draugs. Eight of
the nine were with Martroedh in avatar form at the time of the high draug's
fall. The blast that destroyed Martroedh also destroyed the avatars of the
eight dark draugs who were with him in the last battle.
Beyond that, however, the cloud of black necromancy swept on into those
secret places where the eight had hidden their undead bodies, destroying
them as well. The souls of the eight were doomed then to wander powerless
through the void for many long years, until at last the Darkness restored
Soltinn, of course, was only a dark draug rider warrior and no black draug,
but he too appeared on the battlefield in avatar form. When Martroedh fell,
the Dark magic destroyed Soltinn's avatar as well and went on then to seek
out the fallen margrave's undead body in its hiding place within a vault
deep beneath the Anger Fortress. It blew Soltinn's fortress apart and
destroyed his body. The blast did little damage to the town of Underhill
below beyond that caused by flying stones from the fortress that landed upon
Nonetheless, the curious and the power-seeking who explored the fortress
ruins after the destruction did not stay there long. They learned in little
time that the hilltop was a strange and dangerous place. A ley line runs
through what had been the fortress' grounds, and the blast of magic that
destroyed Anger Fortess became unstable in that area.
The first of the curious to explore the grounds found that magical spells
continually unleashed themselves there, every five minutes or so, seemingly
at random, causing whatever effects they might. Some of the magic was
harmless, some was dangerous and some was deadly. Over the years, other
curious folk have tried to explore the hilltop, but they all have returned
quickly although sometimes fewer in number, verifying that the spontaneous
magic still is quite active.
You can get the map of Underhill in two versions from the Joerdhgardh web
1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 map in FMP format, fully editable, from our
Joerdhgardh web page (14 MB).
2. As a JPG flat map of 1360 x 1090 Pixels (1.4 MB).
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 Dreadlands: The tower of the dark draug Marchioness Dagrún.
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