0one's Blueprints: The Great City—Residence Ward PDF (based on
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The Residence Ward is where most of the noble men and women dwell. This is a quiet, clean and well-guarded area of the city. Most of the buildings here display well-tended gardens surrounding family villas. You can also find some well-known mages and archmages dwelling in isolated buildings or spell-warded towers. The Residence Ward has many inns, taverns, gambling houses and other public buildings. All the public buildings have respectable customers and wealthy patrons.
Andwan Villa: This is a recently built villa. The son of a well-known noble family of a distant city wanted this built here when arrived in the Great City with the duty of burying his father, mysteriously dead. The villa features two floors. On the ground floor there is a nice inner court that gives access to various areas of the house. The sole servant lodges on this floor, which features a parlour, a kitchen and the stables. On the first floor there are bedrooms and a large balcony overlooking the small garden that surrounds the villa.
Tower of Janazar: Here a well-known archmage dwells with his apprentices. A very nice garden of exotic plants surrounds this high tower. On the ground floor there is a small waiting hall for people seeking the mage's advice and help. The apprentices lodge here and tend the kitchen; their own laboratory is also here. On the second floor is the master bedroom. The upper floor hosts the master's laboratory; a well-equipped facility that only the master can access, as the staircase is warded by terrible spells. Note: The Tower of Janazar is fully detailed in 0one's Blueprints Backdrops: The Tower of Janazar.
Gambling House: This is the most famous gambling house of the Great City; only respectable and well-known customers are welcome here. This is a two-story building. On the ground floor are a waiting hall, a small wine bar, staff lodging, and the gambling halls. Two separate staircases connect the ground floor to the first floor; one of these stairs is reserved for the staff. Only remarkably wealthy customers are allowed to access the upper floor, where patrons find personal gambling rooms where higher stakes are allowed than on the ground floor.
The Noble Garden Inn: this is by far the most renowned inn of the Great City. The inn is for wealthy patrons only and offers first-class services to its customers. A large, relaxing garden surrounds the inn. On the first floor, large, luxurious halls deliver an enjoyable experience to travelers; they may enjoy the sight of the garden through wonderful bow windows. Many citizens of the Great City visit the inn to taste the delicious meals served in the inn's restaurant. On the first floor are mainly bedrooms—doubles and singles.
Semheyl Villa: The Semheyl family is one of the oldest noble families of the Great City. Their villa is small and austere, although it features a nice and well-tended garden with a gigantic willow tree, which is said to be magical. Only one servant lodges in the villa. On the ground floor one can find a nice parlour, a dining room and a small, well-equipped kitchen. Various bedrooms occupy the first floor of the villa, which also features a very nice balcony overlooking the garden.
The Great City is a series of seven linked products that explore a whole fantasy city. The first PDF provides a map of the entire city; the other six products each detail one city district with the floorplans of its major buildings. Each of the products can easily be used as standalone product.
The Blueprints product line offers you old-fashioned blueprint-style maps for your adventures and campaigns. Each map includes a blueprint version and a standard black-and-white version. The maps are all vector-based for maximum print resolution. Despite their old-fashioned appearance, each map offers a degree of customization by taking full advantage of pdf technology. A small control bar (which will not be printed) on each map allows you to turn the grid on and off, eliminate the room numbers, fill the walls, or hide doors and furniture.
Each product features a classic fantasy adventure location: a dungeon, a keep, a temple complex, a thieves' guild and so on. You can use these maps as reference to build your own adventures or simply have them at hand in case your players go in an unexpected direction during the campaign.
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The Residence Ward is the part of 0one Games's Great City where the wealthy people live. Whether your characters work for them, aspire to join their number or seek to rob them, they are bound to go there during their city sojourn.
However, this is not just a succession of fine residences, a fine inn and an upmarket gambling club are also included. The residences consist of two contrasting villas and an urban version of a wizard's tower.
The villas are interesting in that they are the town houses of new and old money respectively. 'New money' (the Andwan Villa, a name that may be familiar to followers of the adventures published by 0one Games) likes a comfortable home, while 'old money' is more restrained in the premises but have a lovely garden. The wizard obviously likes nice surroundings as well, along with space for his apprentices.
The inn - the Noble Garden Inn - does indeed have a fine garden, and also some very comfortable looking rooms for well-heeled visitors to the Great City... better-off adventurers might enjoy the luxury after a good dungeon-bash! The place also has ample provision for drinkers and diners. Likewise, the gambling house is no grubby dive, but more of an up-market casino where those who enjoy their cards and dice may do so in comfortable surroundings.
Overall, an interesting addition to the series, particularly for the villas... inn plans are easy to come by, I have even seen a gambling establishment before, but up-market private houses are rarely provided unless they are the centre-piece setting of an adventure. More would be nice, of course!