CAL2 Port Arcana
Publisher: Calidar PublishingThis poster map is for use with CAL2 Calidar “On Wings of Darkness,” a 132 pg. gazetteer describing a magiocracy.
This 12″ x 18″ poster map represents Port Arcana, a sprawling slum on the gound surface, beneath the flying city of Arcanial. Three other poster maps show various levels of the the sky city.Excerpt from the Gazetteer: “Water of dubious purity cascades from the bottom of the flying city into a large retaining pond in Port Arcana, at ground level. A stout stone wall was erected around it after rumors emerged of odd wildlife dwelling in its turbid depths. A sewer drains into a busy harbor connecting through a canal with the nearby Arafor River some 20 miles to the east. One of the few standing structure predating the floating city, the old temple of Naghilas sits within walking distance of the skyport. Where skyships and river barges meet, travelers and merchandise galore wait under the watchful eyes of the magiocracy’s guards to be ferried “uptown.” Sadly, in the eyes of many living aloft, the gentle farmland that once lay below has grown over the years into slums, stables, smoke-belching smithies, warehouses, and shoddy hostelries surrounding the harbor area, the walled pond, and the canal. A paved road crosses through Port Arcana, leading to Haurith and Alamir. Merchants and farmers must endure the cacophony and pestilence rising from throngs of stubborn livestock and irritated cart drivers caught in perpetual traffic jams. Out of the chaos, flying barges confer a third dimension to the undying hubbub. Bargemen often boast with a smirk: Neither snow, nor rain, nor curse, nor specter of death stays these barges from the swift completion of their appointed flights. On the barges’ way back, common trash that city magic failed to dispatch is flown away and dumped into a great pit some forty miles away. For the right price, appropriate and reputable transportation can be secured at the skyport. Freight barges aren’t the most comfortable or glamorous, but they are cheapest. Woe betide visitors uncouth enough to forgo private passenger vessels, however, for this is a matter of personal status.”
Why do I need this? Although the collection of 7 poster maps isn’t absolutely indispensable to enjoy the gazetteer, they are invaluable when kept within reach, while reading the core reference guide and PG2, its associated players guide. Having these maps handy makes all the difference when actually running the game, as they provide convenient handouts. Imagine trying to describe this city to players verbally, without handouts. Good luck!Price: $4.95
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