Maps (and Art) of the Month

When searching for your next lair, might we suggest a derelict chapel? Or perhaps an abandoned sea cave? How about the caldera of an active volcano? Take your pick, we have maps of them all!

 

WARNING: THESE MAPS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES, FIZBAN’s TREASURY OF DRAGONS, AND STRIZHAVEN: A CURRICULUM OF CHAOS

CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES

With extensive adventure content found within Candlekeep Mysteries, we’re providing Dungeon Masters further resources to help run your games. This issue, you’ll find maps and illustrations for “Shemshime’s Bedtime Rhyme.”

In this adventure for 4th level characters, a catchy and contagious rhyme traces back to a sinister clockwork book. Written by D&D Studio’s Ari Levitch, you can read our interview with him from a previous issue.

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Candlekeep Mysteries is available now at your local game store, bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, or online at retailers such as Amazon. It’s also available as a digital product at D&D BeyondFantasy Grounds, and Roll20.

 


DRAGON LAIRS

Chapter 4 of Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons details the locales where dragons like to build their lairs. “Home is where the hoard is,” after all, according to Fizban. Enjoy this sampling of lairs for use in your games:

Black Dragon Lair

Black dragons prefer to lair in swamps and jungles—the more dismal and fetid, the better. Within these environs, they favor ruins for their defensibility and dreary aesthetic.

The black dragon lair shown in the following map is a derelict chapel, lost to time in a gloomy fen. The building’s wooden framing rotted away long ago, leaving a looming skeleton of lichen-covered stone attached to a lone tower.

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Bronze Dragon Lair

Bronze dragons typically dwell along rocky and inaccessible coastlines. Some make dry homes atop lonely sea stacks, while others favor completely submerged lairs in sunken ruins. Many seek out strongholds straddling land and sea, with access to both dry and flooded chambers.

The bronze dragon lair shown in the following map is a set of sea caves that once served as a dwarven military outpost.

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Red Dragon Lair

Red dragons lair in mountain badlands and high, isolated peaks and hills, preferring warm caverns in the rocky depths beneath those landscapes. Lairs with natural geothermal lava vents are highly sought after, as these features create an environment ideally suited to a red dragon’s taste.

The red dragon lair shown in the following map is inside the caldera of an active volcano. Expert azer miners dug out and expanded the lava tunnels within the volcano’s peak, just above the level of the caldera’s lava pools. Although the azers are long since gone, their construction—and much of their lost wealth—now serves the dragon’s needs.

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Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons is available now at your local game store, bookstores such as Barnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, or online at retailers like Amazon. It’s also available as a digital product at D&D Beyond, Fantasy Grounds, and Roll20

 


THE BIBLIOPLEX

Since we’ve been covering Candlekeep in the Forgotten Realms these past few issues, let’s consider one further library—this time, from Strixhaven.

The Biblioplex library acts as a hub for learning and gathering. Students of all years can be found here, as can professors from all of the colleges. And be sure to visit the Biblioplex Café (B6) to check out their sandwich of the day!

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Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos releases on December 7, 2021. Preorder now at your local game store, bookstores such as Barnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, or online at retailers such as Amazon. It’s also available as a digital product at D&D Beyond and Roll20.

 


CARTOGRAPHERS

As always, our appreciation goes out to our amazing cartographers from Candlekeep Mysteries, Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons, and Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos. These mapmakers include Stacey Allan, Francesca Baerald, Will Doyle, Dyson Logos, Sean Macdonald, and Mike Schley.