Maps of the Month:Extra Life 2019, Baldur’s Gate, Avernus and Eberron

Starting from a nameless village, we head into a nearby bog… and descend into the temple laboratory of the great artificer, Thessalar!

This issue we’re pleased to include maps from several recent adventures: Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, Eberron: Rising from the Last War, and Extra Life: Infernal Machine Rebuild. Whenever possible we also look to provide you with both tagged and untagged versions of these maps!

WARNING: THESE MAPS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BALDUR’S GATE: DESCENT INTO AVERNUS, EBERRON: RISING FROM THE LAST WAR, AND EXTRA LIFE: INFERNAL MACHINE REBUILD.

EXTRA LIFE 2019: TEMPLE OF MOLOCH

A general bleakness hangs over this area, with only a few clumps of brush and tamarack sprouting here and there. Through this, a narrow causeway leads out to a low mound, upon which stand the outer walls of what must be the temple….

…and so begins the description of the sample dungeon in the first edition AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide. We talked about this very dungeon back in Dragon+ #21, offering it as an early tutorial for running adventures. The original map follows, with the DMG describing only a few of its initial rooms:

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Extra Life Update

For this year’s Extra Life adventure, Infernal Machine Rebuild, we wanted to help celebrate the game’s 45th anniversary in part by going back to this sample dungeon. Only this time around we completed its room descriptions by referencing the famed first edition Players Handbook cover image of the Moloch statue.

You’ll see the fully realized cartoon version of this dungeon map on the following page in this very issue! As for the playable adventure version of the map, we’ve updated it below:

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DESCENT INTO AVERNUS

Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus released this fall, bringing adventure down to the first layer of the Nine Hells! We now continue our tour through Avernus with a few more maps from this adventure.

Vanthampur Villa: Under the Villa

In the previous issue we visited one of Baldur Gate’s finest houses—Vanthampur Villa. Yet even here among the wealthy residences of the Upper City, not everything is as innocuous as it may otherwise seem….

As noted in the adventure: “As the minister responsible for the city’s sewer system, Thalamra Vanthampur cordoned off the sewers beneath her villa, creating a private dungeon complex where she could conduct religious ceremonies and harbor guests who share her devotion to the archdevil Zariel.”

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Crypt of the Hellriders

From beneath a wealthy city villa, let’s explore one more subterranean location, this time in Avernus itself (and thematically linked to this issue’s scenario, Kallinor’s Charge). As described:

Acrid smog swirls around a barren hill, rising from which like giant tombstones are a pair of leaning monoliths, each soaring more than fifty feet into the smoky red sky. Dozens of armored knights kneel in motionless reverence before the monoliths, between which a set of onyx steps leads down under the hill.

For those that dare explore further, these onyx steps descend into catacombs containing the remains of Hellriders who died fighting at Zariel’s side. Their restless spirits yearn for peace yet are doomed to haunt this place until once more called to arms.

 

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EBERRON: RISING FROM THE LAST WAR

And finally, let’s dare peek inside one of the relics of the Last War lying abandoned in the Mournland: a fallen warforged colossi! As described:

Hundreds of feet tall, these gargantuan warriors thundered across Cyre, crushing everything in their path and leaving ruin in their wake. Meant to end the war decisively, these arcane war machines could pulverize soldiers beneath their feet and incinerate entire legions with beams of red light radiating from their mouths. But as the colossi were beginning to turn to the lands outside Cyre, the Mourning came, and the colossi perished. Now their remains lie, like mountains, in the Mournland, filled with secrets and waiting to be explored.

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Cartographers

And as always our appreciation goes out to our amazing cartographers; which this issue includes Dyson Logos, Lee Moyer, Claudio Pozas, and Mike Schley.