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Kairuf
09-19-2010, 09:17 PM
the map of my main fantasy story and mostly done, lots of races, civilizations, ruins of civs, and magic. Oh, line that passes though the middle of the continent is the Equator.

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Ascension
09-19-2010, 11:35 PM
Your equator runs 45 degrees but your icy region is still oriented up and down. Well, it looks like lil blue snowflakes up there. You will have to either make the equator horizontal or move the icy stuff to the top left of the map, possibly off of the map.

Slylok
09-21-2010, 04:37 PM
I'm not trying to be facetious or sarcastic, but I sincerely would like to know the reason behind why some cartographers make a map that is not oriented north. I have seen a few and have always wondered if there was a logical reason for it.

Ascension
09-21-2010, 05:00 PM
The main reason for making a map not oriented to north is that the continent is sort of tilted to one side or has some sort of hook on it like Massachusetts. So if you make it true north then it doesn't fit nicely within a square or rectangle. Therefore we twist it around to fit the shape but this makes the north-south axis tilted.

Kairuf
09-21-2010, 10:03 PM
Well the map started out with a north up orientation, but over the couple years of worldbuilding, I had to shrink the scale and rotate the equator forty-five degrees, and realized that the giant wall of ice (it literally goes from temperate forests to half mile wall of ice) made an even better contrast to the power of modern mages and ancient mages.