Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mines of Neb-Tet Isometric Views/Map Key

March 28, 1978 Original Concept

Included below are two Isometric Views of the Mines of Neb-Tet, with Map Key:

A: Mine Entrance (to Vale of Kings)
B: Bridge of the Faithful
C: Giant's Respite
D: Deep Mine Entrance
E: Lizard's Tail
F: Hallow's Pass
G: Steps of the Gifted
H: Last Step (to Western Pass/Old Mithril Mine)
I: Deeds Marker

J: The Sweep
K: Mining Town of Neb-Tet
L: Twin Falls
M: Forlorn Plunge
N: Lift Path (Not Shown)
O: Hider's Shale
P: Open Water to Soulease River


Mines of Neb-Tet

March 28, 1978 Original Concept

The Mines of Neb-Tet were originally used as a quarry for some of the larger stones needed for temples and pyramids in the region, but in the last 300 years precious stones and Mithril have became the focus. This mine contains the first working lift system, used to lower ore down to the ships at the base of the triple 160' waterfalls - dwarven ingenuity at it's finest.

Mines of Neb-Teet Overhead:

Points of interest in the Mines (Isometric views):

 The Sweep:
 Steps of the Gifted:
 Mining Town of Neb-Tet (between Falls)
 The Twin Falls
 Bridge of the Faithful:
 Giant's Respite:
 Lift System:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Vale of Kings" VK IX - Mahdram I

March 21, 1978 Original Concept

Mahdram I, according to the "Book of Kings" was a central figure in the development of a cult, named the "Seeker's of Light". Outside of the cult, she worked with the local villages and with the aid of  a clan of dwarves set about building a lasting monument to her beliefs - the Pyramid of Light... once this was finished, and during the 29th year of her reign, she simply vanished.

Her tomb complex sits on the highest point within the Vale of Kings, and rumors continue to pour forth about the vast wealth, and traps within.

Presented below is the entrance to VK IX:

VK IX Overhead (Entrance):

VK IX Overhead (Tombs):

VK IX Overhead (Cavern):

VK IX in various Isometric views: 


Friday, February 15, 2013

"Vale of Kings" VK XIII - Unknown

March 19, 1978 Original Concept

VK XIII is the the smallest tomb and yet it contains the largest mystery. Hieroglyphs on the exterior and the "Book of Kings" have no record of the owner. The entrance has received much attention due to the simplistic design, and its a prime destination for pilgrims searching for enlightenment due to the tomb exterior glowing during early twilight hours.

Presented below is the entrance to VK XIII:

VK XIII Overhead:

VK XIII in various Isometric views:


"Vale of Kings" VK VII - Ptah-Hetep II

March 19, 1978 Original Concept

The first Pharaoh to be named for a Diety, Ptah-Hetep II enjoyed the longest reign of any king at a staggering 78 years. His major accomplishments include the Twin Temples of Memphis and Bubastis, and the founding of the Mage's "School of Stars". Along with his war general Sokar, he helped establish the great Salt Route, which empowered many villages in the kingdom, and helped provide their wares to a larger population.

His tomb is a simple affair, with the Grand Gallery rumored to hold ancient and long forgotten knowledge.

Presented below is the entrance to VK VII:

VK VII Overhead:

VK VII in various Isometric views:


"Vale of Kings" VK VI - Hem I

March 19, 1978 Original Concept

Hem's reign, according to the "Book of Kings", lasted 47 years. He was known for building multiple temples, and aided many villages throughout the realm by creating watermills. Ascending to the throne after killing Malshek III, he also had a fascination with death, shown by his deep belief in Osiris and the afterlife. 

His tomb is amongst the most regal in the Vale, and many undead were entombed to protect his secrets.

Presented below is the entrance to VK VI:

VK VI Overhead:

VK VI in various Isometric views:

Fragment from the Scroll of Hem I: "Hidden deep, a passage flows to the Door to Nowhere"

VK VI Uncovered:

VK VI with waterfall and hidden descending passage in various Isometric views:


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Vale of Kings" VK V - Nebthet II

March 18, 1978 Original Concept

The second Pharaoh named for a Goddess, Nebthet II ruled for 49 years, and built the School of the Silvery Moon, a center for clerics and priests to receive their endowments. Of all the Pharaoh's of the 4th Dynasty, she remains a beloved leader due to her continuous battles with the Cult's of Set and Apep, respectively.

Her tomb was the first built in the Vale that features multiple levels built into a small footprint, and rumors persist of a deadly guardian.
Presented below is the entrance to VK V:

VK V Overhead:

VK V in various Isometric views:


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Vale of Kings" VK IV - Malshek III

March 18, 1978 Original Concept

In the "Book of Kings" it is recorded that Malshek had the shortest reign - just 230 days - prior to being murdered by his military adviser, Hem. History tells us that Malshek worshiped Osiris, but a tablet, found in 506 BE, tells another story, that he secretly worshiped the dark one, Set.

His tomb, while never finished, is rumored to contain deception and powerful guardians.

Presented below is the entrance to VK IV:

VK IV Overhead:

VK IV in various Isometric views:


Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Vale of Kings" VK III - Seshem IV

March 17, 1978 Original Concept

Seshem IV enjoyed a 52 year reign, the second longest according to the "Book of Kings". His accomplishments include building two pyramids (Lux the Mad consulted him for her own structure), and multiple temples - the most famous being the Floating Temple of Memphis. He was well known for honoring Ptah, Opener of the Way, and kept many Apis Bulls as guardians for local shrines.

In death, like in life, his tomb shows delicate work and multiple passages covered with symbols of his life and greatest loves - the people of his kingdom.

Presented below is the entrance to VK III:

VK III Overhead:

VK III in various Isometric view:


"Vale of Kings" VK II - Mut I

March 17, 1978 Original Concept

Known as the King of Mire, Mut I led a violent life. She was best known for her attempts to pacify the powerful cult of Anubis, whom wished her to marry their high priest, Anpu-Nebhet. She took out her frustrations on the lesser cults, but was murdered in the 12th year of her reign.

Her tomb is a simple affair, but contains many dangers that are affiliated with her fascination for all things that slither.

Presented below is the entrance to VK II:

VK II Overhead:

VK II in various Isometric view: