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Hello again, everyone. The past few months have been much busier than I was expecting them to be. I got out of the hospital and instantly had to jump both into the busiest season of my day job (we're a holiday greeting card company, so we were doing 12-hour days, 6 days a week and sometimes longer) and finishing up a freelance map project at the same time, for a Call of Cthulhu themed game. I was also taking chemotherapy medication and doing radiation treatments every day of the week. Now that we've passed Christmas and New Years, the freelance projects are done, the holiday rush at work is done, and the medication and radiation are largely done, too. I just got a clean MRI back, and everyone in the Radiation/Oncology department is pretty much saying Mission Accomplished. Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I'm exhausted.

Oh, and my computer blue-screen-of-death'd about 20 minutes after I turned that freelance map project in. Not just dead. Like, dead dead. Fortunately my files are backed up on a friend's computer. I've got a (ridiculously sweet) new computer on the way to me, but they're taking a while to build it.

So now I've got about a few weeks of free time, and no computer to work on. I've been spending the time (gasp) drawing on paper. It turns out I've gotten pretty bad at that in the last year, in which I've drawn almost nothing that didn't happen from start to finish on the computer. I guess this is probably good for me.

Oh hey, check this out, too:


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Daniel Somerville
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
29 years old, part-time customer support at a call center and part time "all of this other stuff". No art school experience, just personal practice and the occasional local life drawing class. Graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a degree in Architecture and promptly decided to never use it for anything again except to further my goal to draw werewolf cities and massive castles.

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OzonesDeck Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Awesome maps, I am very jealous!
Kam1-1992 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Someone posted you on /r/battlemaps. Lovely work you do. Agree with gilbum, I would love to see your creation process and try and take away something new to learn. I'd love to get into 'higher' level mapping. Your maps are just gorgeous. +watch.
gilbum Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Your maps are some of the best I've come across.  You're an an inspiration for me just starting off with mapping.  Would you be willing to do a high level overview of your process sometime?  I think a lot of people would appreciate it!
Weequays Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:cake: :party: :dance: :squee:
SonidZero Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've seen your maps around a lot online and always thought they were some of the best I'd ever seen.  I've started doing a lot of design work for dnd recently (mostly editing existing content) and I think I'm going to start making some maps entirely on my own now.  None of this is on my deviantart, I post on tumblr now.

Glad the chemotherapy is working!
Jumpei Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing cartography and map making skills! 
Weequays Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I discovery your amazing creation :D
I love :squee:
LJEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Welcome to Fantasy-NPC :)
southernpride-rj Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Daniel, your maps are incredible. I am running a 4E campaign and we are in Fallcrest right now. Looking through your art I saw the maps for the Salt Hall. Do you have any more info on what that's all about. Just curious, as it seems a really cool concept for the town.
dasomerville Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for your interest! And sorry for my late reply.

The concept for Salt Hall in the campaign I am running is that Fallcrest (a standard Wizards of the Coast city that I embellished on) is actually an extremely old settlement that was once the domain of a branch of dwarven mystics who worshiped the stars. They built their city deep underground, expanding a natural salt cavern, and never venturing out into the World Above. It was only the topmost portion of the settlement that was devoted to the temples of the Astronomers, who had towers that rose up above the surface of the earth so they could do their heavenly observations and create their prophesies to deliver to their deeper-dwelling brethren. Some kind of disaster in the distant past collapsed most of the underground chambers, resulting in the sheer cliff you see in Fallcrest's topography these days. The wizard's tower in Fallcrest is the only remaining vestige of these above-ground astronomical structures, and the human settlement of Fallcrest was built up around it.

Currently the only access to the top-level shrines of the Starwatchers, about 60 feet below the surface, is a partially collapsed cave in the cliff that runs through the city. These temples are considered to be haunted by the locals, who in any case can't even access the entrance without serious rock-climbing gear.

The inside of these chambers hints at some past holocaust, with pools of poisonous water seeping or gushing in through cracks in the walls and half-drowning some of the rooms. The corners of the spaces are filled with the dusty skeletons of the old dwarven townspeople, and the pools are filled with the same bodies, eerily preserved. In some of the chambers (for example, the room with the black and white dais) mummified bodies are actually strung up between the columns in the chambers as though they were lynched. I had hordes of undead dwarves rising from the pools if the water is ever disturbed by the party. There was also a huge undead kruthik hivelord that came out of the pit in front of the statues in the Green room if the puzzle is completed incorrectly.
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