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The Tyrant's Ruins
The Tyrant’s Ruins (300 dpi promotional, no commercial license)

There are many ruins in the ghost dunes. Bases of towers long fallen, temples to the pretty ones and to darker gods, and odd bits of debris and structures that are harder to place. This old structure has more than partially collapsed – the left side has no roof remaining, and the ruins atop the right side indicates that at one time this was probably a three or four story structure. What remains is a great hall and adjoining chamber on the right and stairs down to a partly collapsed lower level which has been converted by later users into a tomb.

The Tyrant's Ruins
The Tyrant’s Ruins (1200 dpi)

The left side of the structure has a rough statue of a dragon-like creature (it appears to have once been a statue of a horse that then had additional material added in clay over cloth and wire frames to give it the impression of wings, spiked tail, and large toothy maw). In front and around the statue are a number of “offerings” from local dune dwellers – dried up fruit, gourds of water, the occasional trinket and shiny stone. Between this and great hall is a smaller hall that is isolated by large pieces of cloth spiked between the stone bricks of the structure. This area was evidently someone’s home at one time, but no fool would live within the structure now that it has become the Tyrant’s lair.

The Tyrant's Ruins
The Tyrant’s Ruins (1200 dpi, no grid)

The Tyrant is a massive pseudo-lizard – nearly the full 20 feet wide and 30 feet tall of the structure’s entrance. To it, this presents a lovely small nest it can hide in when digesting its most recent meals. Further, it can form a “lure” to bring food to it. This lure takes the shape of an attractive genderless humanoid that wanders the desert and draws predators back to the ruins to be eaten. While it doesn’t talk, it will make beckoning gestures and is always either walking away from or to the ruins.

The 1200 dpi versions of the map were drawn at a scale of 300 pixels per square and are 7,500 pixels (24 squares) wide. To use this with a VTT you would need to resize the squares to either 70 pixels (for 5′ squares) or 140 pixels (for 10′ squares) – so resizing it to either 1,750 pixels wide or 3,500 pixels wide, respectively.


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 500 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”).

Please note that the promotional version of this map (the one with the brown paper background) is not included in this commercial use license and the text and name of the map are NOT released under this license, and cannot be used in conjunction with this map in a commercial project.