[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #106 Released"Mark Oliva" Sun Apr 28th, 2013
With the 106th Map of the Week we look at the Black Temple of the covert
Sawblade Ruin encampment of the evil Society of Immortal Darkness.
The Black Temple is not a traditional temple in the ordinary sense.
Normally, one considers a temple to be a place where a deity is worshipped
by his or her followers. The Black Temple is a temple devoted to the dark
draug Męsing. However, Męsing is not a deity. He is a dark draug that is
aspiring to godhood. As a result, the Black Temple is not really a place of
worship. Instead, it is a location where worshippers of Męsing do their
part to see that he attains godhood.
In that spirit, the Black Temple is first and foremost a training center for
spellcasters who aspire to become priests of the still non-deity Męsing.
The temple is in four parts. On the ground floor, one finds an
instructional area and a study area. In the cellar, one finds the area
reserved for magical experiments and the cells where human captives who are
used in those experiments are held.
Key to the floor plan of the Black Temple
Cellar Instructional Area:
This is the area where aspiring priests of Męsing can experiment with the
use of black necromantic magic upon living human test candidates.
1. Stairway from Ground Floor.
2. Test Area. In this area, students learn not only how to work black
necromantic magic upon human victims but also how to use torture to gain
cooperation from unwilling victims. Here one finds a table for black
necromantic experiments as well as torture equipment. The Society of
Immortal Darkness has no interest in torture for its own sake, but it
believes that torture is a very effective instrument with which to win
submission or to gain cooperation. The area incudes branding irons, an
operating table, a gibbet, a rack and a whipping post. Candidates for
Męsing's priesthood are trained to use all of them effectively.
3. Cell Corridor.
4. Cells. Humans who were abducted are held here until they are used for
training. Each cell has four bunks, four bedpans and a table with a pitcher
of drinking water and ceramic cups.
This is the area where instruction takes place and the candidates for
priesthood can study and practice magic that they've learned.
6. Statue of Męsing.
7. Teacher's Desk.
8. Student Desks.
9. Bone Altar. Students learn here how to conduct religious services. It
should be noted that Męsing places no particular value upon altar worship,
but he understands that such rituals will help in the future to win and keep
the lay worshippers who are important in defining how powerful a deity is.
For the time being, his priests are developing such rituals.
10. Wizard workbenches. This area is reserved for student priests.
11. Bookshelves and Library Table.
12. Stairway to Cellar Level,
You can get the map in two versions from the Joerdhgardh website:
1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 version in FMP format, fully editable (24 MB).
2. Two JPG flat map of 1360 Pixels x 935 Pixels (1.2 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 website at:
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