Monday, January 19, 2015

Micro Map Monday 1-19-2015

For #micromapmonday 's theme of #circuitry
#acrossthewastes   no. 2

The inexorable passage of time has caused the wastes to swallow many a fallen empire. Those empires varied in size and scope, they wielded high sorceries or manufactured terrible machines, some fell to disease, some to war and others to disaster.

The fallen empire of this region powered their economy by tapping into the ley lines that ran below the great prairies (as they were at the time). Buildings dotted the landscape, attached to great pipes driven into the lines like wells tapping an aquifer. The magic was pulled to the surface and passed into sapphire tubes that crisscrossed their territory. Magic was plentiful and consumed by all.

As all these stories end, one day the wells ran dry. Perhaps the ley lines ran out of magic or perhaps the world felt the drain, like a deep wound on its surface, and redirected the ley lines elsewhere. The empire soon fell and was consumed by the wastes, leaving behind these empty wells, perched on dark crevasses, connected to broken tubes.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Micro Map Monday 1-12-2015

#micromapmonday theme #incubator   - #acrossthewastes no. 1

In the depths of the wastes lies an array of regularly spaced structures. Once perhaps cylindrical or conical, time and weather have worn the stone to irregular domes about 20 foot in diameter and perhaps 30 feet high.

These structures predate all who have in or crossed the wastes. Their lore suggests something lies within these demos, but none have seen one hatch or open. In years past, sandstorms covered the field of domes. When the weather cleared, sometimes a dome had vanished, replaced by a pile of rubble.

Other domes have collapsed, revealing featureless square chambers within. These are sometimes used as nests or lairs of the beasts of the wastes or even homes to the strange hermits who have anointed themselves guardians of "the array" as they call it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Micro Map Monday 1-5-2015

Today's #micromapmonday theme was #stars

Ley lines run hither and yon through the depths of the woods. Years ago an earth magician parted the ground into order to tap one line with quite unexpected results. A rift formed, a pathway between worlds, dancing lights of stars visible beyond. The unfortunate mage fell into the rift and was never seen again. Inhabitants bridged the ravine and built a staircase descending to a vantage point to study the stellar display below.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Micro Map Monday 12-30-2014

For yesterday's #micromapmonday with the theme of #holiday :

At the edge of the great ravine, the Sunwatchers built a temple so that they could watch the rise of the sun. On the walls of the circle, they placed stone obelisks fashioned with vertical slots, arranged so that the rising sun, at the beginning of each season, shone through the gaps. The sunlight would be focused by lenses set into the slots onto the central altar. The resultant heat would ignite the festival fires.

Runners, selected by their villages by competition or election for this was a high honor, would light torches from the holy fire and run tirelessly through the woods to central squares and grand keeps alike, to ignite their bonfires and fireplaces. So, the priests declared, began the four seasons of the land.

Micro Map Monday 12-22-2014

For today's #micromapmonday  theme of #hidden -

Behind a wall of foliage, entered only by a tunnel whose entryway is concealed from view, lies the Gardens of the Summer Fae, where flowers eternally bloom, butterflies and bees flit from blossom to blossom and magical sun warms all who tread the golden paths.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Micromap Monday - 12/15/14

For #micromapmonday theme of #horde -

There came a time when the denizens of the woods banded together to erect defenses against the hives of orcs, tribes of goblins and presses of kobolds who made forays into the gentler lands. A berm was raised by earth mages. On top a thicket of thorny ironvine twisted into an impenetrable wall, the spikes laced with fairy dust and spider venom. Towering overhead, huge trees raised towers into the air so rangers could rain arrows down over the barrier.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Over at Creating Games

Heleen, supporting Packt Publishing, is running a contest over at her blog - Creating Games - where you can win a copy of a Unity development book.