City, Dungeons & Dragons, Fantasy, Labyrinth Lord, Maps, OSR, River, RPG, Town, Urban
Town names are not easy to make up and avoid having them be silly, or just too “medieval fantasy” feeling (Javelin Hill, Hawskford, Granite Pass). So welcome to Cliffstable on Kerstal – a small city that has gradually grown up where the Brown Goblin River meets the Kerstal.
The original name of the settlement goes back to when a single horse breeder maintained a stable on the raised cliff area in the south-eastern shore. Travellers and traders would come by the Cliff Stables to acquire excellent and affordable horses. While there is still a small horse trade in the region, the city is more of an agricultural and trading community in the current era.
There are two open-air markets in the city – Hillside Market in the north within the walls of the city proper (which often has a very festival-type atmosphere and sells all sorts of handcrafts, foods and treats) and Citadel Market on the cliff itself which deals more in livestock, grains, and larger trade goods.
Today’s map was the result of waiting for two different medical appointments in one day. It was drawn in one of my little (4″ x 6″) dollar store mapping books using a Sakura Micron 005 pen. It’s very very small.
Here are a few shots of the progress – this one was taken just after my first appointment:
And here’s a photo of the finished project after my second appointment (apple provided for scale, and to hopefully prevent me from needing to see my doctor as often…)
Cliffstable is provided here for your (non-commercial) use thanks to the awesome people supporting the Dodecahedron through my Patreon Campaign. Thanks to them, these maps can continue to be released for free every week.
Goodness, I wonder how you can draw accurately at such a small scale. And probably even without a good desk. Impressive manual dexterity, Dyson!
Dyson Logos said:
Yeah, the buildings aren’t as smooth and square as I’d like because I was holding the book in one hand and drawing in it with the other.
Thomas Drevon said:
Wow what a nice map. Consistent quality through-out!
And I so like the pics from the notebook. Somehow the map looses a bit of its soul when passing from paper through the image enhancement procedure and onto a binary file. Bummer, that.
I agree with Thomas above – the notebook pics add some life back to the map. Glad you’ve started including these more regularly. Especially in this case, where I would have assumed this was on letter-sized paper if not for the glamour shots.
Would love to see you publish a book of your city maps!
Dyson Logos said:
I’ll need a few more, but yes, I keep an InDesign file called “Dyson’s Domains” to release when I’m happy with the contents.
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