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In the late summer I introduced the Heart of Darkling series of maps. Unlike my other ongoing megadungeon (the Tekumel Undercity maps), the Heart of Darkling series is being released for commercial use as the maps are drawn. The goal of the project is to produce 20 maps that are all tied together by a single underground river and lake.

Heart of Darkling - the Bandit Tower

Heart of Darkling – the Bandit Tower

This access point to the Darkling River comes from a small tower on the surface that is currently run by a moderately successful group of bandits. They combine classic banditry with adventuring and trade, as well as letting select people know that they have a link to the underworld that manages to avoid the drow at the Weeping Outpost that they can then use to their commercial gain.

The leader of the bandits, Keth Shihuk (an old elven mercenary), tries to keep the banditry to a low level, maintaining the crew mostly through commerce and the loot of prior adventuring. The call to adventure is still strong, however, and Keth could be recruited by the right party as a fellow adventurer, or at least a friendly port and access point along the Darkling.


This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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