This is a bit of experiment, the kind of thing that seems like a good way to pass the time while taking care of my wife as she recovers from surgery.
Here's the deal: I'm going to post a map of a dungeon, likely a randomly generated one from one of several such places on the 'net. Then, I'm throwing the wiki open to allow anyone to describe the areas in the dungeon. You can even add new levels and sub-layers, though make sure there's some way to get to them from the starting map.
There really is no overarching plot. You can add stuff and see if people run with it, or you can go ahead and make a bunch of rooms, but the design style and actual contents are up to you.
The actual content of the dungeon is down in the wiki, below.
You can also start browsing the dungeon's contents at the wiki's home page:
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Welcome to the 12th Century
The year is 1199 and the middle ages as we know them have just taken shape. The Normans conquered England 100 years ago; the Crusades have given Christendom a kingdom in the holy land, and the Church is the strongest power on Earth. The feudal system is at its height. What will someday be France is now just a mish-mash of counties and duchies; Italy is dotted with independent city-states; England includes much of Normandy and Brittany. The Holy Roman Empire, the most powerful nation in Europe, stretches across Germany and the Alps into Italy. The concept of romantic love has just recently been born; the Black Death is still a century away. The medieval world as we think of it is just coming to be—Geoffrey Chaucer will be writing all about it in another 200 years.
This is the home site for the Magica campaign, a fantasy RPG game and setting very much like our own Europe around the time of the crusades. The game engine is the d20 System, with Ars Magica driving the magic system and a dose of Call of Cthulhu added for horrific spice.
My name is Oso de la Fez.
It's been a lifelong dream to be freed from the shackles of the circus and become a real bear. A real bear who is part of an adventuring group, of course. When I was performing as part of the burlesque troop I overheard lots of chatter about this rogue's latest quest or that ranger's found treasure. Oh, how I wanted to be a part of that! Thanks to my best friend, Tabitha and her buddy Teemu, my dream was realized. They busted me out!
And then I realized I had a second dream. (A bear can never have too many.) I wanted to be a familiar. How lucky can one bear be? That dream was realized too! (Thanks, Tabby. And my apologies for anything I might say or do to you and your friends in the future.)
I know there are more familiars-to-be out there that share my love of adventuring. If so, join this group! And tell your PC's to join too. It's a familiar safe haven.