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« on: 27 July 2013, 17:22:22 »

Here's a very early version of the work in progress monster size map of the province of Vardınn I've continued to work on recently. The whole thing will be as large as the Manthrian map, so posted below is just the bottom right bit of it where I've done more work now, e.g. with Alvang and the Ancythrian Sea. I post what I have here now because the map includes details on the Jernais and surroundings, complete with the locations of the settlements, which were recently specified in Amabella's entry on the Heath. Also included are Rayne's specifications on where swamps are supposed to be located and rivers, and some of Judy's details on the Fores are also in there. As you can see this is still a rough map in many parts, so swamps, settlements and rivers have just been placed without properly embedding them, and there's still a lot to be done. And of course, the complete map is a matter of months rather than weeks. It stretches until Milkengrad and then Churican, a part of the map which I've already pretty much finished and posted somewhere.

Anyway, the reason for posting this version is for one to show you some progress, and then to give regional experts a chance to have a look and perhaps correct a couple of important things before I nail them down. A map like this is a very complex thing, so it's essential to get some input in case key locations aren't depicted correctly as of yet.

Ok, so here we go - even this part of the whole map is pretty huge, so maybe download it first before opening it in a proper picture viewer, because it won't fit into the Forum frame that easily.
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« Reply #1 on: 27 July 2013, 23:26:35 »

I must admit that your map is actually more accurate than my own diagram of it - in my text I describe 10 farming villages, Denring, and Jernais (12 in all), which is what you have, but I have an extra village in my diagram.  :D

I'm guessing that the bridge will come later, as this is a work in progress. Cardos looks very majestic with those towers overlooking the river. My only question is about the overall number of houses there - I'm not sure if Cardos would be the size of the central town of Denring or smaller, since Cardos is a farming village rather than a town? It's up to you though, as I don't know how badly Denring was damaged by the raid.

It is nice to actually see all of the small roads connecting the villages, as well as each village looking unique.  cool
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« Reply #2 on: 28 July 2013, 10:51:43 »

I just love your maps Art.  That mountain/volcano is magnificent.  Heckra is it?  Personally I think the maps like this really bring these areas alive and make me want to draw more pictures.  Wonderful wonderful.  I have no comment on the accuracy of the map, only because I don't know much about this area.  Well done.
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« Reply #3 on: 28 July 2013, 14:14:49 »

This is out of the range of Vardynn, but I would like to eventually finish my entry to the Roan Forest if no one objects to that. It is located in the Xaramon area, but this map shows part of the area I had planned for this, between the lower fores and the Ilian Plateau which is why I mentioned it at all.
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« Reply #4 on: 28 July 2013, 16:04:28 »

@Garret: Roan Forest: Sure, go ahead with that one, no objections there :) If there's anything on this map that needs to be adjusted in regards to it, just let me know!

@Seeker: Yeah, that's the Hèckra, quite a beast of a volcano. Some added smoke should give it an even more menacing look eventually - we'll see how that will work out. :)

@Amabella: Yeah, I've apparently missed one village between Denring and Liosa, not intentionally though. Added one in now, and have also switched Cardos and Denring and made Cardos now a much smaller village (see attachment). How's that?
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« Reply #5 on: 02 August 2013, 01:48:33 »

I really like the new sizes of Denring and Cardos - Denring really stands out now as a town.

I have changed the number of villages from ten to eleven so the map, diagram, and description all match. Would it be too much trouble to place the newest village further south, along the diagonal road, instead of where I have it in the diagram? I would prefer to change the diagram. That way the three villages described in March of the Darkest Knight - representing Caeaar's Hold, Dekthyr, and Dalash respectively -  all lead up along the path to Denring.

It looks like Rayne has three areas of water which are coming from a source other than the volcano (south of the city of Jernais). I guessed that they were coming from Twinnean Peak? I modified my entry. If they are coming from a different source than Twinnean, let me know and I will change it.

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« Reply #6 on: 02 August 2013, 04:03:21 »

Ok, will move this new village further south as you said, Amabella! :) Everything to achieve the utmost perfection!  thumbup And yup, the rivers Rayne sketched in her rivers map are supposed to come from the Twinnean Peaks, so all fine then if you updated the description of the entry.

I'll have a week free at the end of August to make substantial progress with this map, so expect an updated version of this part of the region then!
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« Reply #7 on: 13 August 2013, 05:31:40 »

Art, I want to marry your maps.
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« Reply #8 on: 14 August 2013, 02:53:22 »

Now you only need to look for a priest to perform the ceremony and you'll live happily ever after :D
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« Reply #9 on: 14 August 2013, 07:14:18 »

By the way when I first saw this map I must admit I was slightly disappointed.

From the title I thought I was going to see a map showing the location of monsters.  Then I realized I was a bit foolish.   undecided

Sorry Coren. The maps and I are already betrothed.  And they are very faithful.....I think.
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« Reply #10 on: 28 August 2013, 02:43:50 »

Here's an updated version of Vardýnn... Aside from the already completed Twinnean Peaks you also see a lot more details, color and texture corrections and further expansion of the map up north. So it's progressing bit by bit :)

If anyone has corrections to suggest, please let me know in time!
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« Reply #11 on: 03 September 2013, 03:33:30 »

Here a few further previews on what I'm currently working on. You see e.g. Alvang (already posted above in part, but rivers and mountains have been updated now). Also changed: the appearance of the Low and the High Fores, now done in similar style, mainly differing in size (duh!). Also included: The Crow Hills, the Vonntron and the City of Milkengrad. Hope you like... Complaints, suggestions, blah, blah... well, you know where to find me :)

Next to do: Merge the Silvermarshes map (up to the northwest of the whole thing) with this main map. The Silvermarshes map as we have it now is a tad inaccurate as I noticed, mainly concerning river positions etc., so it will require some additional work, but should look really nice once it's all put together in the monster map...
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« Reply #12 on: 04 September 2013, 04:46:41 »

Let there be hobbits! The adjusted Silvermarshes are now successfully merged with the master map. :)
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« Reply #13 on: 04 September 2013, 06:44:08 »

Are those tiny little hobbit holes?  They're so cute!   I love the highlighting too - the rivers and mountains look like they've just caught the sun.  cool
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« Reply #14 on: 04 September 2013, 14:38:29 »

Yep, yep, hobbit holes all around, Rookie! Actually this map already exists on the site in the Silvermarshes entry and was mainly done by Judy, I only brushed it up a bit more a while ago. The challenge now was to integrate it into the master map as it was a bit off here and there, but all is good now :D

P.S. Nice to see you drop in, Rookie! thumbup
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