A Cry in The Heartwood Forest (SPV)
Posted on 12/01/03 @ 12:00 AM (updated 12/04/03
A Cry in the Hearwood Forest
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The Forests of Heartwood rang with the laughter of Elves and Halflings upon receiving the news from The Valley of Wonders. The Keepers of the Light were victorious. Julia had forged an Alliance with the Highmen, and Inioch, the Undead, was defeated. Meandor, the leader of the Cult of Storms laid down his arms and magnanimously accepted defeat. Joseph, the Human leader, was slain in Battle, and his half sister Josephine, determined peace was better than war and gave up the Valley to Julia and the Keepers. The New Age of Enlightenment was born. Julia, ruled in the Valley of Wonders for a short time, whenceforth; Julia left the Valley for Evermore. What became of Meandor was uncertain, for in his magnanimous defeat he left the leadership of the Dark Elves and travelled in solitude it was said to heal his soul.
During this time the Heartwood prospered and the Elves grew in abundance adding beauty to the forest and happiness to their hearts. But with the Age of Enlightenment also came the Change! The rivers which once flowed swelled into seas and the lands were connected no more. In the North the great mountains receded into the earth and new forests lush were born. In places the rains ceased their abundance and the lands turned to deserts, but elsewhere the rains multiplied bringing jungles which none had seen before.
The Change brought new settlers to the Heartwood, the Highmen and Dwarves were given the Northern Forests by the Elves, and the Halflings were given the Jungle basin to tame. But others came also, Azracs claimed the new deserts in the east and the Goblins returned to the deserts of the south . The Lizards still claimed their homes in the southeast though sand had replaced their beloved swamps.
Some say it was the cold which brought the Frostlings, others say the Frostlings brought the Cold. What is known for sure is that suddenly a new Cold crept south and changed the Heartwood forever. The Forests in the north blackened in the cold and then the Elves became wary. But when the Frost crept further south and tangled the Heartwood, the Elves found sorrow in their hearts.
It was then that upon the land came a traveller, an Elvan Wizard grey with age. "Let us save the forests," he cried. "I will show you the way! Help me!" cried the wizard. "Help me and the forest may yet be saved." And so they did. The Wizard and the Elves travelled the land erecting great Altars to the sky.
"Now find all that is vile, that we may cleanse the land," said the Wizard, and the Elves brought all that was vile to the altars; spiders with poisonous venom, and trees rotted with age. The Altars were filled that the land would be cleansed, and the Wizard smiled with delight.
Suddenly the Wizard threw back his cloak, and at once the Elves were dismayed! Meandor! The Wizard was none other than Meandor who had returned to seek his revenge. The Altars belched! Poison and ash filled the skies. The Black forests grew darker and the Heartwood tangled yet more. Destruction reigned upon the land and Meandor disappeared again.
After a time the ash and poison waned, but still they clung to the mountains, a dark wicked veil. The Forests were now dangerous as wolves and spiders filled the woods. The Forests were now impassable and travellers clung to the roads. Years passed and the dangers of the woods thickened with plants of venom taking root and unholy growth abounding. The Heartwood was no more for now the trees were dangerous and safety was only found upon the Well Worn Roads!
The High Council of Tangletree
Deciding it was time to discuss the degradation of the Forests, Sandy Lois, Leader of the Elves, invited the leaders of the pure races to convene at Tangletree for a Forum of the High Council. The Highmen sent their leader, Felgar the Sanctified; The Halflings sent their leader, Mherwyn the Pale, and of course, the Elvan Leader Sandy Lois, administrated the meetings. Each race sent several heroes to the gathering, and the discussion was noisy and pointed. The younger heroes sought to convince the elders that action was required. They must find and destroy Meandor! The elders thought this unwise as Meandor had fought at the Battle of Wonders and was extremely powerful. The Land is strong they said, it shall heal itself given time, and so it was, the council ended with the decision to do nothing! And so begins our tale.....
This Download contains both the Single Player Leaders On and Leaders Off Versions of my map scenario ‘A Cry in the Heartwood Forest'. I have also included an insanely difficult version of each map! (Four maps in all)
For Single Player Leaders On and Off:
You must play a Velmore Goodkin of the Elves.
Play with all the settings as they are in the map. Explore On, Leaders On and Customise leader off.
You have been given seven spheres. Use them wisely. Do not change them!
This is the first time I have password protected a map. I have done this to avoid people spoiling the fun and looking for the secrets ahead of time and because the map is part of several map competitions I am running in the forum.
I will release an update in two months with the password removed!
Also Check the forum for information regading my unofficial SPV Map Competition!
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What can I say? I weep in awe at this masterpiece. Four versions of the map, to appeal to all levels of players. I love the 'leaders off' maps!
Posted on 12/12/03 @ 12:00 AM
Terrain is exceptional, overall ballance is great! I love the competition in the forum and will soon post my best result!
Easily the best map story I have seen in the download section to date. This map is a 'must' download!!
I concur entirely with Daemon Zrat's comments. A classic, beautifully realised map that amply demonstrates what can be achieved with the relatively simple tools in the AOW1 map editor when in the hands of an expert.
Posted on 05/27/04 @ 12:00 AM
simply gorgeous.. you are a true master of the editor
Posted on 06/28/04 @ 12:00 AM
This is hot stuff. I haven't even finished yet but sure is the best map I've found on the net so far. I do love it. Thx loads!
Posted on 09/13/05 @ 07:03 AM