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After many hours of ruminating on why the tombs were placed in these three precise locations, I discovered a secret pattern. If you notice, all three are in line with the Ninjago symbol for serpent.

The Map of Dens[1] is a map of Ninjago that shows the locations of the five Serpentine tombs. It overlays the image of a snake (the Ninjago symbol for "serpent") over Ninjago, with small pictures and a red snake's eye marking each of the tombs along the curves of the snake's body.

History

Home

The Map of Dens was originally hidden in the icy Hypnobrai Tomb. When Lloyd was imprisoned during Skales and Slithraa's Slither Pit fight, he spotted the rolled-up map poking out of a crack in the ice. After much struggle, Lloyd managed to snatch the map and put it in his pocket before a nearby Hypnobrai Soldier saw him taking it.

When Skales became the new General and banished Lloyd from the tomb, the would-be evil overlord took the map with him. The map briefly led him into the Sea of Sand, where he saw the ninja boarding the Destiny's Bounty. After glaring at his foes, Lloyd left to find the remaining Serpentine Tombs and left to plot revenge on both the ninja and the Hypnobrai.

Snakebit

Deciding that the best way to beat a Serpentine tribe was to use another Serpentine tribe, Lloyd used the Map of Dens to seek out the Fangpyre's tomb. After following the map to an eerie graveyard, he found the tomb beneath a gnarled tree and opened it, releasing the Fangpyre and gaining their allegiance.

Never Trust a Snake

When the Fangpyre betrayed Lloyd and allied with the Hypnobrai (due to Skales being an old friend of General Fangtom), Lloyd fled to locate another Serpentine tomb. Remembering Skales' mention of the Anacondrai being the most fearsome and powerful tribe, Lloyd followed the Map of Dens back to the Sea of Sand, where he opened the Anacondrai Tomb. Pythor, the last living occupant of the tomb, agrees to become Lloyd's loyal and devoted henchman, while secretly plotting to steal the Map of Dens for himself.

During the ninja's pursuit of Lloyd and Pythor at Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys, the villains end up cornered on the roof. Pythor takes the opportunity to snatch the map from Lloyd, mocking his naivety before turning invisible and making his escape.

Can of Worms

Pythor used the map to locate the remaining tombs in his quest to unite the Serpentine and unleash the Great Devourer. Nya eventually caught on to the connection between the location of the dens and the Ninjago symbol for "serpent," allowing the ninja to find the tombs as well—however, they were too late to stop Pythor from awakening the Constrictai and Venomari tribes.

Appearances

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Trivia

  • The Map of Dens was last seen in "Can of Worms," as its purpose was fulfilled.
  • It is unknown why the map was in the Hypnobrai Tomb, as it would not make sense for the Elemental Alliance to put this map in a tomb that would remain closed forever.

Gallery

References

Objects

Artifacts

Amulet of Protection · Amulets of Wojira (Storm · Wave) · Bell of Divinity · Blade Cup · Celestial Clock · Chest Vortex · Dragon Armor (Blade · Chestplate · Helmet · Shield) · Golden Armor · Helmet of Shadows · Idol of Unity · Jadeblade statue · Lantern · Map of Dens · Map of Fangs · Map of the Golden Weapons · Maps of the Oni Mask of Hatred · Medallion · Mirror of Fears · Oni Masks (Deception · Hatred · Vengeance) · Realm Crystal · Sacred Flutes · Scrolls of Airjitzu · Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu · Sphinx · Teapot of Tyrahn · Underworld helmet

Technology

Arcade cabinets · Artificial limbs · BorgPad · BorgWatch · Compact converted jiggly compressor · Infovision · Jay's guitar · Original Prime Empire arcade cabinet · Perfect Match · Prime Empire motherboard · Robo-arm · Robot dogs · Samurai X suit · Shrinking pill · Sparring bot · Spider Hacker · Thermolytic Inverter · Time apparatus · Wu Bots · Zane's Martial Arts Movie Club · Zane's power source

Miscellaneous

Blue Dragon Amulet · Chen's Chair · Cliff Gordon's replica · Credits · Cyrus Borg's statue · Elemental Forges (non-canon) · Energy cubes · Evil statues · Fangpyre skeleton · Fireblock SPF-3000 · Health boards · Hearth Fire · Ice Shackles · Inventories · Jacob's sitar · Jay's travel pillow · Kai's headband · Lilly's necklace · Loot boxes · Minidroid Chess · Mister Cuddlywomp · Mystery Dust (non-canon) · Nadakhan's pocketwatch · Ninja action figures · Ninjago history mural · Nya's fan · Plundar's dice · Police Commissioner's model boat · Ramne noodle cart · Sea scrolls · Shintaro wings · Soda guzzler · Throne of swords · Titanium statue · Vermillion eggs · Vex's crystal · Wu's pocketwatch

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