L5R: Local Area Map Key

   Currently the characters in the Legend of the Five Rings campaign are poking around in the forest of the Naga – for which I’m using a map from an old issue of Dragon Magazine (January, 1982, from the Wandering Trees Module by Michael Malone). Of course, none of the background or areas bears any resemblance to events in that module – but I’m very poor at drawing maps, and forested areas with paths and numbered sports where things of interest can be found are pretty generic.

 

Forest Map Key:

The Temple of Osano-Wo: Off map to Lower right.

Area 01)
   Scouting Report: A series of heavily-sealed chambers cut into the hills, earthen mounds, and low stone structures. Several of the scouts reported an odd uneasy feeling or sensation of being watched in the area, several others reported various items going inexplicably missing and a few claimed to have recognized the signs of a Nezumi presence. At 1D there are several large stone pillars and some sort of collapsed structure.
   Phoenix Report: Very old sealing and protective spells, some sort of magical guardian, and very odd spirits. Further investigations were banned by the personal order of the then-phoenix champion on the basis of private reports.

Area 02)
   Scouting Report: Swamps: Stagnant, noxious, and full of rotting vegetation and – according to the locals – rare and dangerous beasts. Best avoided, although a few local trappers operate here. Several of them appear to be pretty strange as well.
   Phoenix Report: There is a gateway to the Realm of Animals here, apparently active on an intermittent basis.

Area 03)
   Scouting Report: Nonexistent. The paths go straight through, and there’s nothing there.
   Phoenix Report: Strange magical energies. The nearby paths bend around the area, but those traversing them – including spirits – report that they’re perfectly straight. Attempting to approach from above simply winds up being diverted. There appear to be some overgrown structures in the area.

Area 04)
   Scouting Report: The ruins of a small village, apparently founded about sixty years ago and overrun by something shortly thereafter. The locals believe it to be haunted by the spirits of several of the original inhabitants, but no sign of this was observed during a daytime pass.
   Phoenix Report: Forest. The village came long after the survey was run.

Area 05)
   Scouting Report: Nonexistent. The paths go straight through, and there’s nothing there.
   Phoenix Report: Strange magical energies. The nearby paths bend around the area, but those traversing them – including spirits – report that they’re perfectly straight. Attempting to approach from above simply winds up being diverted. There appear to be some overgrown structures and walls in the area, apparently of a defensive nature.

Area 06)
   Scouting Report: Nonexistent. The paths go straight through, and there’s nothing there.
   Phoenix Report: Strange magical energies. The nearby paths bend around the area, but those traversing them – including spirits – report that they’re perfectly straight. Attempting to approach from above simply winds up being diverted. There appear to be several pillars and a variety of ornamental pools in the area.

Area 07)
   Scouting Report: An old shrine, covered with carvings showing the sun, the moon, and naga. Apparently still in occasional use, but heavily overgrown. The locals regard it as haunted, and there are definitely traces of large, powerful, things occasionally moving around in the forest nearby.
   Phoenix Report: A location of strange energies, where the spirits respond to requests, but are uncommunicative otherwise. The shrine is not tainted, but attempts to purify it are resisted by some unknown power.

Area 08)
   Scouting Report: The locals never go near this area, they believe it to be inhabited by ether bandits or supernatural horrors. Three attempts were made to penetrate this area, one was turned away by forest traps and ambushes, one disappeared entirely, and one turned back after encountering some form of magical attack.
   Phoenix Report: Some sort of powerful magical creature makes its lair here. It is apparently very old.

Area 09)
   Scouting Report: A pre-imperial shrine of some sort, located on a small island out in the lake. Overgrown, ruinous, and infested with biting insects.
   Phoenix Report: Strange spiritual disturbances, the local Kami do not seem to respond to Shugenja. The investigating Shugenja suffered strange mental disturbances, and further attempts to analyze the area were abandoned.

Area 10)
   Scouting Report: The hills here are very rocky and are virtually impassible. There are, however, quite a few springs, many small and readily-defensible valleys, and a few caves scattered about. They encountered several hostile bears and other animals in the area. The locals claim that the area is dangerously haunted.
   Phoenix Report: There were some indications of old mining operations but the spirits in the area respond erratically to requests.

Area 11)
   Scouting Report: An old structure in the midst of several additional badly overgrown structures, apparently some sort of shrine or ceremonial chamber. The central structure is heavily decorated with pearls, but they report a great reluctance to take any and – according to the locals – anyone who does soon brings them back to stop the nightmares. A group of Ronin and a few peasants have established a village at area “c” between areas 7 and 11.
   Phoenix Report: There is a very old, and very powerful, mystical seal over the area. The shrine disrupts void magic used nearby and the pearls themselves tend to make it difficult to communicate with the spirits.

Area 12)
   Scouting Report: There’s some sort of hermit living here, but the old man doesn’t seem to want to talk or be disturbed. There were some indications that he occasionally has more welcome visitors, but none appeared to be around at the time. At 12A, nearby, there are a few cottages of fishermen.
   Phoenix Report: There are a surprisingly large number of awakened tree and stone spirits in the area.

Area 13)
   Scouting Report: Another outcropping of hills – in fact, mesas – which support a variety of unusual trees and wildlife on top and a small community of woodcutters and carvers who exploit those resources. They say that the mesa is connected to a larger mesa outcropping off to the right of the map, but that area is inhabited by dragons.
   Phoenix Report: This is a modest outcropping, showing – like most of the forest – many traces of old spells, but no larger mesa exists.

Area 14)
   Scouting Report: A small village which grows rice in the surrounding marshes. It seems oddly prosperous for such an isolated location, but apparently does send a small tax payment to the Monks of Osano-Wo each year. They do not welcome strangers.
   Phoenix Report: It’s a bog. There was nothing interesting there when the investigation was made.

Area 15)
   Scouting Report: A long-abandoned quarry, partially flooded.
   Phoenix Report: Nothing unusual was noted.

Area 16)
   Scouting Report: A small monastery, dedicated to quieting the restless spirits of the forest. Also apparently a retirement point for several Ronin who state that they have seen enough of war and combat.
   Phoenix Report: A minor spiritual nexus. It might be useful for training Shugenja if it wasn’t buried in the middle of a haunted forest hundreds of miles away.

“See Map” marker:
   Scouting Report: Nonexistent. The paths go straight through, and there’s nothing there.
   Phoenix Report: Strange magical energies. The nearby paths bend around the area, but those traversing them – including spirits – report that they’re perfectly straight. Attempting to approach from above simply winds up being diverted. There appears to be a variety of fairly substantial structures in the area, as well as a considerable number of spells, but while the area is apparently getting some maintenance, there are obscuring effects preventing detailed observation.

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