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Opal's Steps - Stepped Pyramid
Opal’s Steps – Stepped Pyramid (300 dpi promo, no commercial license)

The high priestess Adepphius Opal Dhall had this pyramid constructed primarily as a “folly”, a reminder that she had the clout to have these kinds of ridiculous structures built for no other reason than her say-so. The structure did eventually find use as tombs and memorial space, but even that was mostly to take advantage of the presence of the already-built stepped pyramid.

Entry to the structure is either from the second-highest tier of the structure where massive double doors open into it, or via a small gulley to the northeast of the structure that becomes a cave and then connects to the understructures before leading up to the pyramid proper. Entering from above has its own problems, as the first room contains a pair of porcullises that block access to the lower levels and that can only be opened from the level below.

Opal's Steps - Stepped Pyramid
Opal’s Steps – Stepped Pyramid (1200 dpi)

On review, the notation of the top level isn’t the clearest – the stairwells lead down to the second level where they access the main north-south passage. The small alcoves on the second level contain the devices used to open and close the portcullises on the top level. From the second level you can go down either the western stairs to a small row of tombs and niches, or the eastern stairs down to the main hall below which in turn leads down to the understructures.

Opal's Steps - Stepped Pyramid
Opal’s Steps – Stepped Pyramid (1200 dpi, no grid)

This map was inspired by a stepped pyramid we explored in our weekly Empire of the Petal Throne campaign that James Maliszewski has been running for 8 years now.

The 1200 dpi versions of the map were drawn at a scale of 300 pixels per square and are 12,000 pixels (40 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 the traditional 10′ squares) – so resizing the image to either 2,800 pixels wide or 5,600 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.