Compulsory recap: I’ve examine a system for creating urbancrawls (just like hexcrawls however set in a metropolis) from The Alexandrian. I had additionally been having fun with the Sorcery! gamebooks by Steve Jackson and their unusual magic setting. Enter this collection of articles, the place I exploit The Alexandrian’s urbancrawl system to design my very own urbancrawl with a wierd magic theme.


We left off final time with:

  • a listing of districts
  • a definition of what a neighborhood was
  • a listing of layers we have been going to make use of
  • a tough map
  • a neighborhood checklist
  • neighborhood breakdowns for the Temple, Palace, Ruins, Crafting, and Bazaar districts

That is the final installment the place I define neighborhoods. This time I’m tackling the ultimate districts: the slums. Subsequent time I’ll begin working with layers (a number of encounter keys).

Right here’s the (very tough) map. It’s only a set of neighborhoods surrounded by the town partitions and bordered by the wall, the 5 main rivers, the most important roadways, and the shores of the central lake. Word that none of these have names at this level. This is only one step up from a sketch, after which solely as a result of I figured utilizing software program would lead to a barely extra readable outcome than hand drawing it.  Districts are colour coded, Neighborhoods are labeled with a key. We’re additionally not going to call them at this level both. That’s one thing we will deal with later and one thing that takes up an terrible lot of mind house and time whereas being topic to alter if the neighborhood map or checklist modifications beneath it.

  • S – Slums: That is really two districts, the northern and southern slums, famous as NS and SS. Like all different districts, the outer areas of slum neighborhoods additionally host outlets, however the items to be discovered listed below are normally inferior or of a questionable nature. Residential areas are overcrowded and soiled. Public areas are all however nonexistent. Buildings are largely manufactured from wooden and are in poor situation. In lots of locations, constructions are crowded shut collectively or touching. Until in any other case famous, houses in slum neighborhoods are easy and normally one room. Retailers are largely one or two rooms, and include an connected bed room for the proprietor. Public areas are small, poorly saved and sometimes inhabited by these with nowhere else to go.
    • NS1 – Chokestreet: This slum is downwind and downstream from the crafting district. Although the crafting district is meant to shunt the worst of its air pollution exterior the town, a good quantity of it finally ends up right here. The air on this slum is foul and on poor days tough to see by way of. Water is contaminated with runoff, largely undrinkable and is often flammable. Residents will typically journey to the perimeters of the neighborhood to obtain potable water.
      Landmark: The Pit – On the lowest level of the neighborhood, the gathered air pollution creates a everlasting eye burning fog. Decrease nonetheless is a pool of polluted water and runoff. Occasional gouts of brightly coloured flame gentle up the smog.  
    • NS2 – The Itch: Very like the animal pens that this neighborhood borders, residents right here deal in animals and animal merchandise. Nevertheless, they deal extra with small animals, offal and the like. As well as, due to the shut quarters, shops of feed, offal, bedding and waste, the neighborhood crawls with all kinds of vermin. Rats are plentiful, however extra frequent are bugs of all description, some as massive as a person’s hand. Vermin traps and few very small home windows (generally lined with agency fabric or hardly ever slices of horn to maintain vermin out) are frequent options. Public areas have a notable lack of water options, as they have an inclination to breed flying bugs.
      Landmark: The Hive – a cluster of small buildings on this neighborhood has been taken over by a hive of large bees. These bugs are hardly ever harmful if left alone, however they emit a loud noise and could be seen flying in regards to the metropolis. A couple of residents take precautions and harvest as a lot honey as they dare.
    • NS3 – The Bloom: This neighborhood was unremarkable if poor, earlier than the accident that destroyed the ruined district. The accident triggered quite a few points right here. Most instantly, quite a few buildings have been destroyed and plenty of have but to be repaired. As well as, many refugees from the now ruined magic college have taken up residence. The inhabitants of the neighborhood is swollen with low degree mages and alchemists. Lastly, one of many fragments of the faculty that rained down on the streets contained spores for dozens of strains of fungus. In a moist metropolis like Juntial, these spores unfold quickly. Buildings on this neighborhood typically sprout many assorted forms of fungus and residents frequently scrape their houses clear to keep away from harm.
      Landmark: The misplaced home – Maybe the primary construction to be hit with the fungal particles, this constructing stands utterly lined in a number of ft of fungus of bizarre measurement and colours.
    • NS4 – Catwalks: This neighborhood is densely packed and has the occasional taller constructing just like The Heights. It additionally options quite a few rapidly assembled catwalks over the slim streets. Braver residents will typically journey by way of catwalk as a shortcut. Residences listed below are easy, and densely clustered. Thought not all of them have ladders, stairs, and ropes to the roof, many do.  Only some have second tales. Public areas are sometimes on the roofs of different buildings.
      Landmark: Candletower – In the direction of the middle of the neighborhood is a stone tower and quick attending constructing . That is Candletower, ostensibly the house of an area noble. Nevertheless, it receives few guests, so little is understood about what goes on inside.
    • SS1 – The Warrens: Extra an extension of The Maze than a neighborhood in its personal proper, the warrens are made up of densely packed shifting lean-tos and tents clogging the streets of an already tight neighborhood. Paths inside change from everyday and there’s no room for mounts or autos of any type. Buildings are small, easy and generally divided into a number of tight rooms. Public areas are nonexistent.
      Landmark: Rubbish Fortunes – roaming the outskirts of the warrens with the remainder of the trash distributors is a bent outdated crone who tells fortunes. Her worth is solely a handful of rubbish, which is thrown into her trash hearth. Unusual, however she is an everyday fixture of the neighborhood and her fortunes are of fine high quality.
    • SS2 – Previous Metropolis: This neighborhood was one of many earliest within the metropolis. Initially typical if cosy buildings with stone foundations, a lot of the buildings have been misplaced in an assault by the native inhabitants of the swamp. Rebuilt later, most are actually solely sufficient wood building over the outdated basis to allow entrance and exit. A couple of of the unique buildings survive, towering over their now diminutive neighbors. As a result of the homes and outlets are so quick, streets are lined with native fast-growing woody vegetation to type a privateness display.
      Landmark: The Mud Pit – Most locations in Juntial are consistently damp, particularly the decrease class districts and decrease elevations. Thus the sunken foundations in Previous Metropolis are perpetually in peril of flooding and seeping moisture. A couple of of them, nevertheless, maintain enchantments from earlier than their damage that preserve them dry. The Mud pit is one among these enchanted foundations. Full of dry sand and silt, it’s in use as a preventing pit. Seating is organized exterior the muse. Barkers and pennants promote the fights.
    • SS3 – Artisan’s Alley: In the course of the improve of the Raised Market, every founder employed numerous forms of employees. Simply earlier than completion of the work, one of many founders mysteriously disappeared. It was found that he had nowhere close to sufficient cash to pay the employees and artists that had been engaged on the challenge on his behalf. Lots of them weren’t from Juntial, and now with no pay for his or her labor couldn’t afford to return residence. Of those, quantity moved into the close by slums, opened up store and took on apprentices. A number of generations later, the neighborhood is festive, bohemian, and adorned with artistry of every kind. Properties and outlets are easy however properly embellished in eclectic types. Public areas showcase artworks of each everlasting and non permanent nature.
      Landmark: Founders Sq. – One of many items of artwork that was commissioned and by no means paid for was a bigger than life statue of the founder accountable for stiffing a complete neighborhood. A number of of the artists stole it in a drunken midnight horse cart raid and erected it in the course of their new neighborhood. Since, it and the sq. during which it rests has been routinely defaced with mocking art work depicting the topic in an countless panoply of unflattering and impolite representations.

That’s all our neighborhoods, an outline and a landmark for every. Although these could also be fleshed out extra or tweaked as I am going, for the needs of this text collection, I’m going to maneuver on. Subsequent time we’re going to take a look at layers of encounters.

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