Been working on this idea for a city hidden inside of a cave, currently called “Cave City”. Apparently the people who live there aren’t very creative sorts. Maybe they spent so much time trying to squeeze in their architectural dwellings that they didn’t have time for clever words?
Some of the angles got a little wonky, especially the top swath of road. Some day I may see if I can improve on this digitally.
… now with shanty neighborhoods surrounding outside the city walls
Took the hand-drawn map of Obsidian into PhotoShop and had some fun. (The original sketch of Obsidian is here.) Added the shanty neighborhoods outside of the city walls. Sat it on a black background and change the color pallette of the map.
Labeled City of Obsidian
(most of the information below in the extended legend is a repeat of the information in the orignal post)
The Frenzied Ferret Dance Hall & Eatery – wild dance parties, gambling, and talent contest. Great place for a bard to practice their arts.
Salty Swan Retreat – Bathhouse and adult entertainment/companionship
The Tipsy Unicorn Tavern & Inn – Cheap drinks & small rooms
Dizzy Dragon Den – Nicer place for travelers to eat and rest for the night. Rooms 1gold per night; Stables 6 silver per mount Food Specialties: Dragon Pepper Poppers, Dragon’s Breath Ale Yahkle Arodite (Dwarf); talkative cheery fellow; closely shorn red hair; no beard nor eyebrows; happy to spin a yarn about how his beard burn off and how lovely life as a dwarf is without a beard
Mayor’s Office – Mayor Kayrem O’Riley. Male gnome with greenish hair, vibrant blue eyes, plaid red/black suit with black button up shirt and matching pocket square. Glenarra, Mayor’s Assistant. Female halfling, flaxen haired, tired rings under her dark brown eyes, horribly hung over from partying at the Frenzied Ferret last night.
Military Barracks for Sovereign’s Troops – Colonel Bodo Mutah. Male gnome, gray & grizzled
The Congregation of The Somewhat Virtuous – a collection of chaotic good god kiosks; layout is a maze of cubicles that changes everytime you enter the building Calista. Seerer. Human androgynous. Royal blue; follower of Daghdha Cleric Zorbit (Cleric of Aphrodite). Halfling female, short bobbed orange hair; grey eyes
Temple of Eternal Song
Keepers of Balance
Paragons of Pelor
Sparks Refinery & Warehouse – Entrance to the diamond mine is inside the warehouse; most of the surrounding warehouses are also owned by VonBellor and used for processing the diamonds Buric VonBellor. 1/2-Elf male. Head honcho of mines – technically, the diamond mines belong to the country of Briarstone and the sovereign The mine tunnels below the town of Obsidian twist and turn, up, down, and back upon itself … who knows how far out or down this mines might go?
The Pounding Hammer Smithy – Industrial and normal smithy (horse shoes, wheels, pipes, etc.
Metal Mayhem – Specializes in basic armor and shields; some +1 magical armor and shields
The Majestic Gray Blade – sells well-crafted bladed weapons; some magical Can do some custom work for the right price
Berttle’s Bloody Blades – shadier magical items and slimy proprietor; Berttle is a angry, greasy gnome who bellows at his apprentice, Goffenmauker, but is cloyingly nice and ingratiating to buyers
The Raven’s Maze – basic magic items (potions/scrolls)
The Dapper Dandy – magical cloth items made to order (cost 2x normal) Also makes beautifully embellished sword sheaths and quivers
The Royal Yeti – fancy clothier
Duke’s Castle – Not much is known about the Duke by the locals. The royalty here is rarely seen out mingling with the commoners
Darkhallow Gaols – Prison for unruly minors and adventurers. Rumor has it that there are hidden levels of the dungeon where the Duke tortures keeps the vilest of his enemies
Open Market – From fresh produce, meats, jewelry, and random other vendors that may change with the seasons