By Steve Crompton with Ken St Andre
When the fellowship first decided to highlight four cities in the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls Rules, Khazan was of course the first place on the list. After all, it is the best-known city in Trollworld and it has appeared in many T&T publications over the years.
Ken being Ken, he was far more interested in what was UNDER Khazan, rather than on top of it, and he proposed that we should make a map of the tunnels, catacombs and underground homes of various kindreds that live below the city. We loved the idea, but as the map maker in this fellowship, I told Ken I couldn’t make a map of what was under Khazan without knowing what was on the surface first. That led to the Khazan map that we posted here a couple of months ago. I’m going to post that image here again, so you can compare the two maps.
So what is beneath the city of Khazan? It’s a little hard to read the map at this resolution, so we’ll give you a brief tour. In the Northeast corner, (note that north on this map is on the left side of the map) is the Royal Khazan Gauntlet of Criminal Retribution and Rehabilitation – better known as the Naked Doom Dungeon. (Below is a close up of that area.)
Directly west is the underground portions of the Death Goddess’ palace, from there you can also enter the hidden habitats of the elves. South (to the right on the map) of the palace are the catacombs, many nobles, priests and heroes of Khazan are interred in this meandering necropolis. In some places the bones are stacked to the ceilings. East of the Catacombs are the Goblin Dens and the Troll Holes. To the south is the large Dwarven stronghold, a virtual city below Khazan. Further south lies the Arena of Khazan sub-levels and more Goblin and Urak living quarters. East of the Arena is a tunnel that leads to the Thieves Guild (conveniently located under the great marketplace.) Going West of the Arena, you’ll pass the cemetery and find the smugglers tunnels. Most of these are entered via many of the taverns near the shore. You’ll get much more detail on all these places when the Deluxe T&T rules are released, but for now you at least have a taste of what’s to come.
As you can see, many of these places connect through hidden tunnels and secret passageways known only to a select few and those brave enough to go prying into places they probably shouldn’t. But that’s what makes adventuring fun, right?
Let us know what you think of what’s beneath the City of Khazan…