Paweł Kabziński is the architect behind this fortified monastery and its detailed maps, and has kindly shared the whole thing with us!

Above you can see the full 50×50 space, including coach house and surrounding forest. Below, I’ve zoomed in to show you each level of the monastery up close. You can click on the images to zoom in, and you can find the 50×50, 72 DPI versions in the Downloads section!

From Paweł:

The monastery is located on a small hill on the outskirts of the forest. Previously, it was the seat of a nearby noble family. The building stands on the foundations of another earlier construction built by dwarves. After the fire the building stood empty for many years. The ruins and adjacent lands were donated to the order which renovated the buildings. The monastery is compact and fortified due to the dangerous surroundings. The monks are divided into several groups, one of them are the Order Guards defending the area.

The main activity of the order is gathering knowledge, archiving it and copying it. The most respected group of monks are copyists who create volumes. Another important group are the Expeditionary Monks who travel in search of knowledge to bring back to the monastery.

The monastery is enclosed by defensive walls with four bastions. In the bastions there are: barracks, guardhouse, guest rooms and staircases. There are four buildings in the cramped courtyard of the monastery: stable, latrine, warehouse, paper mill and bathhouse. The main building of the monastery – the donjon consists of five floors. Upon entering the keep one enters a large staircase with a central opening through all floors. On the ground floor there is a banquet hall and a kitchen from which you can go down to the basement where the warehouse is. On the first floor there is a reliquary and a chapel. On the second floor there is a dormitory divided into three parts: common room for the lowest rank of monks, a room for the abbot’s advisers and room of the abbot from which you can go to the secret room behind the wall. On the third floor there is a scriptorium and a library. The room on the fourth floor is intended for processing of the most valuable volumes. In addition, there is a bookbinding workshop here.

In the basement, apart from the warehouse, there is an alchemy workshop and a wine cellar. On the level below the basement there is a vault secured with traps inside a separate room. Additionally, there is a prison cell and a hole in the ground covered with a hatch for people to be forgotten. There is a secret room between the cell and the vault. Moreover, there is an evacuation tunnel that leads outside the monastery. On the last underground level there is a chapel with a “Hole” and small catacombs where prominent representatives of the monastery are buried.

Outside the walls of the monastery there is a coach house where a haulier lives on the first floor.

I’m sure that you can find a use for this fort in your game, someplace or another! If you do, we hope you’ll share your story in the comments below. 🙂

Downloads

You can use the button above to download Paweł’s monastery maps, and I have listed many of the map asset packs used below. You can also find many more on our Map Gallery.

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  • Forest Treetop Map Assets
    Forest Treetop Map Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
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    Simple Stable
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    Sailing Ship Assets
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  • Roadside Tiling Grass
    Roadside Tiling Grass
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Ross McConnell

DM, aspiring artist, and founder of 2-Minute Tabletop! I love drawing, writing, and worldbuilding, and this is the website where all of it comes together.

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