I saw Rogue One when it came to the movies. So far I’ve seen it twice, and I really liked the gritty feel in the movie. I especially liked how the planet of Jeddah looked. That inspired me to draw a forsaken or hidden monastery somewhere deep in the wilderness.
Maybe this monastery has already been raided by the forces of the tyrannical empire and they have left some droids to guard the site in case someone still wanders there. Or perhaps there are still some brave space knights hiding in the monastery (perhaps they have even started to lose their sanity for some reason?) and guarding the last pieces of the valued crystals and old archives that were not destroyed in the Great Purge.
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What looks like a dull and ill kept old stone keep hides a beautiful garden and a giant statue made of gold inside its cold walls. But like its outer appearance, everything in this temple is not as it looks.
Originally I drew this temple to try out two things: a sort of inner yard and thick castle walls.
I don’t know why, but I find it somehow difficult to draw the thick walls like in medieval castles. It’s like I always leave too little room either for the rooms or the walls. I think I need to get some more practice on a graph paper.
Another thing was the inner yard. I find it interesting to have a large dungeon complex, for example, and then there would be a beautiful open garden all of a sudden. I think I’m going to do something like that soon-ish. This does not really convey that idea, but still works as a contrasting feature within this thick walled stone temple.
Here’s another cool map idea by one of my patrons. After a brief discussion, I had a pretty good idea of what I needed to do. I would do an ancient temple long lost inside a huge cave with a large pool of water. There needed to be something out of place or unusual that would add some mystery to the map. I added an abandoned (nazi?) submarine and a huge statue at the center of the temple. And of course, there is a cave with a secret passage behind the waterfall. The temple has three levels. One above and one below the ground level.
I would think that this map is great for a Call of Cthulhu or a paranormal WWII adventure, or something with a little Indiana Jones feel to it. this could even work in a bit more steampunkish fantasy setting, like the Iron Kingdoms or Eberron, as well.
I had an idea of a map with something that could be used for more investigative adventure. Instead of abandoned ruins and murky dungeons, I decided to go with a temple that is actually a façade for a demon, an immortal monster or an undead monstrosity, like a vampire. I didn’t want to specify what the monster is, so you can pick your own favorite monster of the week that fits the PC’s power level.