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The Land of the Damned
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Published: August 5, 2015
© 2015 - 2019 Will-Erwin
This is an expansion of an earlier commission, depicting the Land of the Damned from the Palladium Fantasy RPG.

This cursed land was the seat of power for the Old Ones before their downfall, and has imprisoned their minions ever since. The Alliance of Light overthrew those ancient horrors and raised many barriers to hold in the damned, including the Northern Mountains, the highest peaks in the Palladium world. Each region within this land embodies and exemplifies its own pathway to damnation: the denial of death, the corruption of virtue, the devastation of war, the oppression of tyranny, and the emptiness of regret. In game terms, this region is the ultimate challenge for adventure groups; the world's greatest heroes go here and die.

You may notice that two of the regions, The Bleakness and Broken Horn, lack the detail of the southern regions. The book describing these regions has not yet been published. The markers inside are based on what I can glean from the other books. The rest of the map is as canon-accurate as I can make it.

As with most of my maps, I created this with some variations on some Arsheesh tutorials, including the Eriond technique, his icon mini-tutorial, his curved label tutorial, and his ornate frame tutorial. The icons are my own creation, although the runes come from the Palladium Fantasy RPG.

Palladium Books owns the copyright to Palladium Fantasy and the books that describe the contents of this map. Please do not use any part of this creation for any commercial purposes (unless you work for Palladium Books, in which case, please send me a PM).

(edit: I added in woods, another small custom icon, and a backlight effect for the title)
(edit: I added a legend and fixed a spelling error)
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Nanoshi's avatar
Amazing map what font did you use for the labels?
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Kingthings Calligraphica 2. It's a free-use font you can download from Fontsquirrel.
Nanoshi's avatar
Sweet thanks for the info ^^
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
I was just browsing through some of these old comments when I realized I was mistaken. The font in this map is Yataghan, not Kingthings Calligraphica 2 (the font I use for most of my fantasy maps).
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ah thanks for that! I did look at the Kingthings one but it didn't look the same... but I didn't want to bother you again lol

But thanks for taking the time to reply again ^^
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to do it, sorry to send you on the wild goose chase!
Nanoshi's avatar
no worries the other font was a good one too ^^
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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This map is beautifully done!  Enough detail to give you the overview of each area while still leaving space to add more details as you go along :-). I love the history you've include that brings the world to life and gives us a feel for its atmosphere and history.  I Would eagerly adventure there :-D
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! You know, you can actually do some adventuring there if you're into the tabletop RPGs. There are two sourcebooks on the region, which you can find here and here. The third has been in development hell for over a decade due to the author and the company parting ways; I'm hoping to see it get published eventually.
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Gorgeous map, I love the level detail and that it is still easy to read. :) :heart: 
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! That's exactly what I was trying to do with this map.
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My pleasure! :aww: 
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Liquid-SunHobbyist General Artist
This is nice!
Sounds the land is every adventurers' nightmare! :D
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, this is the area of the RPG world where the great heroes go to die.
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Liquid-SunHobbyist General Artist
It sounds like a great concept!
I may write a story inspired by this country because it sounds very interesting. :)
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Go for it, though I should warn you that Palladium Books owns the names in this map, so if you ever want to make money selling such a story, you'd have to go through them or change things around. Of course, if you're just writing for fun, have at it, and please do post a link!
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Liquid-SunHobbyist General Artist
Don't worry! I will change the names as well as the map! ^^
And thanks! :D
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No problem! Have fun with the writing!
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I will! :D
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Really cool work.  I wish I had something like this when I was dungeon master.  Totally cool.
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I hope some GM finds it useful.
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Nice work on this.  The borders are quite interesting, and I like all the icons you've come up with, especially the skull with glowing eyes (nice touch that).
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Tad! Yeah, I actually named one of my layers "Creepy Glowing Eyes" in my source file after seeing one of my daughters react to an early version. That one was fun to make.
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