Fathers' Sins, Chapter 3; The City of Elysium
And the sins of the fathers shall be visited
upon the heads of the children,
even unto the third and fourth,
generation of them that hate me.
Time has witnessed many events, when young ones had to suffer from their own fathers' faults and misdeeds; sons and daughters needed to correct the old mistakes, glorify their families once more and expunge the old sins from everybody's memory, what was often too hard to do.
This map supports the main and long worked project Fathers' Sins: Chapter 3; The Apogee of Evil. This is a freebuild - eyecandy map, which I created due to some opinions that the main mission is too hard and that during the playing time players often take time to explore the city. To sum up, I hope this map will be helpful and enjoyable.
The City of Elysium
Stronghold Crusader eyecandy
The giant, mountain tearing towers started faintly glinting in the cold, lifeless Sun rays, telling about the start of a new day. Perishing gusts of wind were torturing even the smallest living creatures, small sprinkles of snow told about the ferocious overnight blizzard, which left the land snow-capped, but now was finally over. A resounding, unearthly scream reverberates somewhere in the distance, making the swarm of armed warriors shiver. Darius woke up. Although the people surrounding him were already getting ready to move forward, he was lying on the thick fur (a trophy, which he had won after killing a blood thirsty beast) and gazing upon the sharp, snowy mountaintops. The view was oddly scary and hypnotizing, but Darius smiled.[...]
This is a short extract of the story, the full version can be read here and in the main .zip archive.
The main aspect of the map is the enormous city. This time I went to realistic and at the same time beautiful construction of the fortress. As you might already see, a lot of dynamic shapes have been used in the outer walls and, what is more, these walls have the inner section which is used by troops. The Elysium has a secret entrance, as mentioned in the story, be very attentive. Custom towers and buildings can be seen throughout the city as well as the interesting layout of all the buildings, streets, pathways, squares. A lot of water is inside the castle: channels, fountains, water supplies, etc. The Elysium has its industrial, religious, living areas, also the main square, entrances and much more other features.
Tricks and eyecandy
As I already mentioned there are lots of small features and tricks: attaching flags to anything, creating foundations for gatehouses, lowered keep door, multiply marketplaces, armouries, granaries, attaching drawbridge to anything, custom buildings, placing horse troops and fire ballistae on walls, and lots more.
Interesting features: a block of flats, a luxurious house, water reservoir, a water heating tower, saunas, water windmills, a theatre, army training ground, the main cathedral, cemetery, the second floor in the castle, gold mines, custom stockpiles, stairs, arrow slits, etc.
Here are some pictures from the map:
Gold and iron mines
The main cathedral and the north east part of the castle
The main entrance
The water reservoir and the main armory
The main square
The Barracks and the training ground
The landscape is very severe: high, sharp mountains snow, cold, rocks, however in these rigorous lands of Magnavane lies Elysium - the beautiful city. I worked hard to achieve this contrast, the landscape took me lots of time, as placing snow on the mountains is extremely hard in Crusader.
Please note, that main physical laws can be seen in this map: there's a lot of snow outside the Elysium, but almost none of it inside because of the central heating, however the stream, the small lake are frozen.
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I'm wandering that how the snow is made visible on minimap. I have a map under construction with lot of snow on high plain and on slopes!!! So I have great need of your answer!!!
The City of Elysium is great indeed. It has everything to please the peasents and players!!!
|Adam the First
There are no words for this map... I think I can say that this is the best ever eye-candy map, I haven't seen any maps touching this level of effort and design, which is present in this map. Every little corner is filled with eye-candies or design tricks. I just love all parts and aspects of the map. The city looks fantastic, the keep, the theatre, the temple, the portal, all the city itself is visually pleasing. Also the whole area is natural too in a surreal form, I felt like I was in a magical kingdom from a fantasy world. The design is much more than outstanding. A lot of time, effort and thought went into both the planning and designing. And don't forget about the story and the content supporting the map. The description page looks fantastic, a true masterpiece, like the map. Everything, which can be saw here on the description page and in th map show how creative the author is and how perfectly he mastered the editor. I want my last sentence to be the same as the first: There are no words for this map...
AZ, I have to congratulate you for making this gem. :)
Everyone should download it...
[Edited on 04/09/11 @ 04:50 PM]