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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2018 edited
     
    Here is my unfinished entry to the Cartographer's Guild competition. It is quite difficult to map on a camping holiday I have found.
    This portal is a one-way portal from Earth, specifically Babylon region, from where the Minotaurs and Hellenes have arrived on Artemisia. There is a secret organization dedicated to guarding it against unwanted immigrants - the last being a group of Al Qaida soldiers. It is situated by a lake on the border of the Irisian City States and the Leondar Imperium
      Hellenic Portal Gate.PNG
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2018
     
    It's coming on nicely, Quenten.

    Pity you didn't finish it.

    I think I've also been a but busy. I didn't see it in the Lite Challenge in time to make a comment before the threads closed and the voting started.
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2018
     
    Here is an updated version of the Hellenic Portal gate situated in the noman's land between Themisia and the Irisian City States. It is a complex guarded by a secret order of Guardians who control and police the one way portals into Artemisia from different planes - this one is from Earth, with a gradually increasing time fame. Originally it brought the Hellenic settlers to Irisia , whereupon they spread rapidly over the continent. Now the timeframe is 1938 on Earth, and these high level Mages and clerics must deal with incomers from America and Nazi Germany.
    The Order has collected many items from their visitors - even a tank and plane! They particularly like the motor cars, even though they don't understand them, despite torturing their ill-fated prisoners. These prisoners are housed in the cell block, which is supplied with a torture wheel for each block, so the remaining prisoners are softened by the screams of the latest victim. However, the Order do not consider that they are evil. but rather protectors of Artemisia from the depredations that an advanced civilization would wreak.
    In another cellblock, are strange creatures, who appear to come from other planes, and are studied in the dissection rooms.
    One advance the Order has managed to gain some knowledge about is the aeronautical principles behind plane flight, but not the mechanism for fueling them, or indeed about motors at all. However, they have passed this knowledge onto the military in Stromphe, where the Academy is assembling hybrid 'planes' powered by magic.
    The site of the portal is inside man-made 'dungeon' ti a large hillside. The entrance is guarded by an underground lake infested by fearsome monsters under control by the Order.
    The lake thunders out the cliff as a mighty waterfall, where it forms a river, but a 'ruined' castle keep stands in the middle of the lake.
    When the Order is not 'on duty', they abide in a small collection of cottages camouflaged as drab, partly ruined buildings. Inside they are beautifully appointed and very comfortable.

    I will be concentrating on improving the cliff face (feel free to make suggestions) and the ruined castle, using Par Lindstrom's symbols.
      Hellenic Portal Gate.PNG
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2018 edited
     
    Here are a few close ups.
      Hellenic Portal Gate - Underwater lake.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - HQ.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - prison.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - portal.PNG
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2018 edited
     
    The ruined castle -one needs to enter the dungeon via the steps (to be hidden with bushes once the cliffs are redone), and to get there, you must go through the castle. Dense bush blocks the way except for 1 path - and there is a bear trap in the middle for the incogniscenti.
    I have used Par Lindstrom's ruined city annual for this - thanks so much Par. Please tell me what you would consider fixing/altering.
    I will be redoing the village in the NW next.
      Hellenic Portal Gate -Castle.PNG
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018
     
    Fascinating :)

    I think this is the first time I've seen you use free lines to express things like escarpments and cliffs.

    I understand why you have done them diagonally. Its very difficult to make lines that are perpendicular to the two edges of the cliff actually look like a cliff face. I think, however, that since the cliff lines are diagonal, the waterfall might make more sense if it is also diagonal? Maybe? So that the waterfall is more a part of the cliff?
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018
     
    Here is the village - the not so ruined houses are actually fine, but under a permanent illusion
      Hellenic Portal Gate - Settlement.PNG
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018 edited
     
    Here is the waterfall area - thanks to Sue for her Waterfall and cliffs in the latest annual
      Hellenic Portal Gate - Waterfall.PNG
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018
     
    I love it when someone mixes all the styles together. Very unexpected results, but very imaginative :)
    • CommentAuthorPerryC
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2018
     
    I must get the annuals. I need a waterfall.
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2018 edited
     
    OK, after a bit of a hiatus (thanks Remy and the Cartographers Guild for their contests which I couldn't resist) here is an update on the nearly completed Portal region - the ruined village, castle and hillside with ruined giant statue and strange stone circle, where the flowers always bloom. And then the map with the hilltop removed, and the illusions uncovered
      Hellenic Portal Gate - illusion on.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - illusion off.PNG
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2018
     
    Wow! Impressive :)
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2018 edited
     
    Just have to complete the paddocks - you know, pigs and poultry, and a milking cow, and a fleecy sheep or two.
    Oh, and the key. (To the map, not the dungeon)
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2018 edited
     
    Here is the final version of the Hellenic portal Gate. I show first with the hill top, and illusion in place, then with hilltop removed, and illusion turned off, finally close ups of 3 areas. This map is meant to be viewed at a larger scale, about 8000x8000.
      Hellenic Portal Gate - illusion on2.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - illusion off2.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - Portal area.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - Cave area.PNG
      Hellenic Portal Gate - village.PNG
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2018
     
    Well it's a bit hard to see any detail on my PC, but when Remy posts the maps in the Atlas, i'll be able to get the high def version to see all the little details you've put in this! This is a site for many, many adventures and encounters for players! Great map, Q