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Once an important city-state of law, Nadsokor is now a massive open sewer, ruined, collapsed, filthy, and foul. Unfortunately close to the Forest of Troos, the farmers of Nadsokor began harvesting food from that blighted place and the city was beset by plagues… to save themselves from the plagues, the people of Nadoskor turned to the Dukes of Chaos who “purified” the city with the scouring flames of Checkalakh the Burning God. Regretting this choice, they turned back to the gods of Law, who “blessed” the city by sealing the burning god in the sewers and basements of the city. The surviving populace left for other city-states, but the poor, the lame, and the sick were turned away. They returned to Nadsokor and thus it became the City of Beggars.
I drew this map based on the structure originally drawn by Mark Ryberg for the “Atlas of the Young Kingdoms, Vol 1” (published in 1996 for the Stormbringer RPG). This takes his lovely 1/3 page illustration (I love his city illustrations throughout the book) and blows the whole thing up to be a ledger-sized poster-map. I took a few liberties with the map, adding another triangular temple on the upper left, and generally ignoring the description of the buildings being almost all the same pre-plague (while suitable for a city of Law, it was just too boring to contemplate drawing hundreds of the same base building).
For more information about Nadsokor, check out Chaosium’s Atlas of the Young Kingdoms, volume 1 – and of course the original source material in the Elric saga, especially The Vanishing Tower where the city is described looking “more like a badly kept graveyard than a city. Towers tottered, houses were half-collapsed, the walls were broken.”
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Wayne's Books said:
This is so great! What I would have given to have this map years ago during our Stormbringer RPG campaign.
I had two favorite characters from our glorious Stormbringer days. My armor-clad warrior of Pan Tang, and my beggar from Nadsokor. I’m in the midst of blogging about my early rpg days, and in an amazing stroke of coincidence am starting on Stormbringer next!
Jonathan Becker said:
Dude, I LOVE Nadsokor as only someone can who ran a beggar character in Stormbringer 1E.
In fact, I love Nadsokor so much (and the idea of professional beggars in general…see the Beggars Guild in Gygax’s first Gord novel) that I was going to put some facsimile of it into my new campaign world. Now, thanks to you, I’ve got a map of the city.
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DM Tiefling said:
I love these massive cityscape maps when you make them! Great job!
Simon Barns said:
I’m just rolling up my beggar character for an Elric! campaign.
Jonathan Becker said:
Ha! They’re a bit better in the Elric! edition of the game, but still…good luck with that!