In the late summer I introduced the Heart of Darkling series of maps. Unlike my other ongoing megadungeon (the Tekumel Undercity maps), the Heart of Darkling series is being released for commercial use as the maps are drawn. The goal of the project is to produce 20 maps that are all tied together by a single underground river and lake.
This access point to the Darkling River comes from a small tower on the surface that is currently run by a moderately successful group of bandits. They combine classic banditry with adventuring and trade, as well as letting select people know that they have a link to the underworld that manages to avoid the drow at the Weeping Outpost that they can then use to their commercial gain.
The leader of the bandits, Keth Shihuk (an old elven mercenary), tries to keep the…
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