Usage and example
Map markings are unique to each map; below is one example.
- RUB:You smooth some of the wrinkles on the map as you pore over it, searching for meaning.
- TURN: You rotate the tattered map, examining it from a different perspective.
- READ: The map has a large 'X' marked in the middle of it. Near the marking, you can see several dotted lines forming a square. Contour lines drawn along the map indicate that the destination is located near sea level, and a simple sketch of several buildings surrounds the 'X'. Straight lines have been drawn from the center, pointing north and southwest. From other markings on the map, you guess that the destination is directly east of here. Judging by your surrounding environment, you will find the treasure in this province.
[If you think you've found the treasure, you can STUDY the map to see.]
- (When you READ a treasure map, the system will make sure it's a valid map.)
- STUDY: Used to claim the treasure when you are on the correct spot. Otherwise, will display the map description as with READ.
Meaning of Markings
Note that if properly set up, the maps will not lead to any premium or guild/race-restricted areas.
Note that this data seems to be pulled from the environmental settings of the room it's in. As it seems to be an automated system, it should be possible to determine which each means.
- you can see wavy blue lines.: It is underwater or in water.
- you can see a sketch of the opening of a cavern.: It is underground or in a cave, mine or tunnel. and it can be verified that it's below ground by the sea level clue. Some caves are located up in the mountains. NOTE: May just be indoors as a whole.
- you can see several dotted lines forming a square.: Signifies it may be somewhere on the outskirts of or around a town.
- Contour lines drawn along the map indicate that the destination is located near sea level: Indicates a rough idea of what elevation.
- Contour lines drawn along the map indicate that the destination is located above sea level: Indicates it's on land.
- Contour lines drawn along the map indicate that the destination is located at a high elevation
- Contour lines drawn along the map indicate that the destination is located well above sea level
- a drawing of two farm plots surrounds the 'X'.: It is in a farming area.
- a filled box surrounds the 'X'.: Dark area. NOTE: It is in a dimly lit or shady area, and may not be fully dark, but sometimes it requires a light to see.
- a simple house drawing surrounds the 'X': It is in or near a housing area, or an Inn.
- a simple sketch of several buildings surrounds the 'X'.: It is in a town or on a street with buildings.
- a sketch of a grassy plateau is drawn above the 'X'.: It is in a flat grassy area in high elevation.
- empty space surrounds the 'X': Means the area does not possess any of the other possible environment types.
- icicles are drawn around the 'X'.: It is in a snowy area.
- large angular boulders surround the 'X'.: It is in a rocky cliff like area.
- long grass is drawn around the 'X'.: It is in a field or prairie.
- sand dunes surround the 'X': It is along a shoreline or in a sandy beach area.
- simple sketches of deciduous trees surround the 'X'.: It is in a forested area.
- small bushes with pointy leaves are drawn near the 'X': It is in a thicket or a room with brambles or thorn bushes.
- snow-covered trees surround the 'X': It is in mountainous forest.
- snow-peaked mountains are drawn next to the 'X'.: It is in mountainous area.
- swamp grass is drawn around the 'X'.: It is in a marsh or swamp, or along a grassy shoreline.
- the mouth of a cavern surrounds the 'X'.: It is near the entrance of a cave or mine.
- tiny specks of ink are littered in the area around the 'X': It is in a desert region.
- wavy grass and fish surround the 'X': ?
- Straight lines have been drawn from the center, pointing: These are the exits to the room. Note that UP, DOWN, OUT and any GO or CLIMB exits would not be listed.
- the destination is <direction> of here.: This is based on the Zone Map, though it should be noted that the player-made Ranik maps are not always correct in relation to each other.
- you guess that the destination is somewhere nearby.: You are in the same zone, which may or may not provide any information.
- Judging by your surrounding environment, you <will/will not> find the treasure in this province.: This indicates whether you are in the same province as the treasure. There is a skill check requiring approximately 210 Outdoorsmanship to see this line.
There is an extensive list of possible prizes that can be found randomly from a successful treasure map completion. That list can be found on the Treasure map/Prizes page.
This tool will help you hunt them down if you're stuck: https://drservice.info/Maps/