[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #60 Released"Mark Oliva" Mon Apr 30th, 2012
This week we remain in the Dreadlands, at the bridge outpost on the River
Fearsome. The 60th Map of the Week is from the pending Joerdhgardh (TM)
campaign setting release "The Northwest."
Duke Thráinn fears the other eight dark draugs a bit. He knows that some of
them might unit to challenge him, and together, they might prove to be more
powerful than he is. However, he doubts that such alliances ever will come
to be. The light elves of neighboring Karelenland are another matter. The
dark draug does not know how much danger there is that the Kareli might move
against him one day, but if he does know that his remaining days will be
short if the elves ever make him into their target. Even after centuries
more of gaining new power, Thráinn would be no match for the high elven
magi, wizards and sorcerers.
Thus, he has a twofold reason for keeping the denizens of his duchy out of
Karelenland. He does not want them to provoke the elves. He also doesn't
want his humans who suffer under his tyranny to escape into the west. Their
fear of the elves is a good preventative, but Thráinn believes that his
restricted zone and the soldiers that he has west of the Fearsome are a
The restricted zone begins east of Treeherder's Shadow, at the point where
the Fearsome changes its course from a westward flowing river into one that
bends to southwest. From there, the river turns southward, flowing through
Westgate into the Westsea.
Thráinn maintains a large border fort in Treeherder's Shadow to prevent
crossings into the Kareli lands. The human and orc warriors stationed there
patrol the lands eastward from Treeherder's Shadow to the end of the
restricted zone on the north bank of the Fearsome, and they also patrol the
west bank of the Fearsome from the fort southward to the point where
Osmowood's eaves come to the river, forming the Kareli border. From that
point onward, the west bank of the Fearsome is taboo to the duke's host.
The River Fearsome Bridge is a small outpost maintained on the Fearsome at
the crossing of the road from Nárgl's Mill to Treeherder's Shadow. There is
a wooden drawbridge there on the west side of the Fearsome that always is
kept up except when authorized soldiers cross from the east. The drawbridge
spans half of the river.
The small outpost is manned by one human soldier (a sergeant in command) and
six orc soldiers. They man it in 10-day shifts. Every 10 days, a new shift
arrives to relieve the old one, coming with enough supplies to take care of
their needs for the 10-day period. The guardpost has orders not to let any
unauthorized persons or creatures cross the Fearsome.
There is a rowboat in the guardhouse. If travelers arrive on the east bank
and claim to have a pass allowing them to cross, the sergeant on duty will
send one of the orc warriors across in a rowboat to examine the pass. Such
papers contain regularly changing codes that can be used to assure that such
passes are not counterfeit.
You can get the map in two versions from the Joerdhgardh website:
1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 map in FMP format, fully editable, from our
Joerdhgardh web page (16 MB).
2. As a JPG flat map of 1360 x 1020 Pixels (1 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 - Treeherder's Shadow Outpost.
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