Sunday, May 22, 2016

[map] The Temple of Gringordt & Yullbrin

It has been a very busy month for me as I begin transitioning towards my retirement from the Army and I have had little time to focus on mapping or gaming. Luckily today it finally slowed down enough for me to throw together a quick map. For this one I went a slightly different direction than I most often take, opting for a digitally rendered background instead of my usual hand drawn hatching. Not sure which ones I prefer at the moment but I still have the original map and can easily go back and add in the hand drawn hatching if I wish. Which do you prefer?

The Temple of Gringordt & Yullbrin
In ages past, Gringordt and his younger brother Yullbrin saved the kingdom from ruin and sacrificed their lives so that others may continue. In their honor a grand temple was built in the nearby cliffside.

At the gated entrance, twin statues of  Jorfjord, the goddess of fearlessness, stand guard. Once inside the temple was designed according to Father Vindordt Malfofjort's demands that no walls be form a straight line, thus curves are present everywhere in the temple. The walls curve up to great domes far above.
In the main chamber where visitors used to pay homage to the heroes, the domes reach far overhead to a height of ninety feet. Two massive statues of the brothers stand on raised pedestals, surrounded by reflection ponds for others to come and meditate upon their own actions and to deem if the heroes would consider them worthy.

Farther into the temple are various chambers that served as a study, a library, the serving monk's quarters and various other uses to keep the temple running smoothly. Deep inside the temple a small but important statue was erected to the father of the brothers. It is said that anyone praying before the statue will receive blessings in all their brave deeds.

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