Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Castle of the Bloated One - Barracks Complex

September 10, 1977 Original Concept

The Barracks Complex was developed on a crisp September morning after I had returned from a walk in the woods behind my Grandparent's house. I spent about 6 hours working on the layout, having connecting tunnels that fed back into the main guard-tower, and filled it with quarters, supplies and weapons.

A hidden northern passage leads directly into the "Constables Precept", which serves as an escape tunnel network for the royalty and perhaps other nefarious activities. 

A southern passage originally led to the tunnels beneath "Oldtown", although the entrance collapsed some sixty years previously; due in part to what is widely considered Bulette or Purpleworm activity. Hence a set of sealed iron bars mark the region and little is known of what lies beyond the debris.

Included below is the Barracks Complex:


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Castle of the Bloated One - Manor

August 30, 1977 Original Concept

The Vargas Manor is a simple 2 story structure, with a small cellar. Vargas Helmgren built it for his ailing wife during her first pregnancy. Fortunately she recovered to see the M&B finished, and it was her idea to include a smokehouse to preserve the fish and venison that are plentiful in the region. The Bailey also includes a stable, two smaller storage houses and a triple level guard tower.

As the years passed, more families moved into the region, and the small community grew into what has become a popular reprieve for travelers on the Salt Route.

The Manor and Buildings: