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jtougas
09-25-2010, 03:28 PM
I decided that it was time to map the Kingdom that Northrun and Riverhewn belonged to. So a hour or so of doodling and here's the preliminary sketch with all the major features and locations called out. Because I'm obsessive.. :) there will be plenty of updates on this one as well.. As always feedback is requested and appreciated..Thanks!!
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Avengeil
09-25-2010, 03:57 PM
Good luck on finishing this map without reaching 10 pages of posts(not that that's bad:))

jtougas
09-25-2010, 05:25 PM
Good luck on finishing this map without reaching 10 pages of posts(not that that's bad:))

Now you know me...;)

jtougas
09-25-2010, 10:04 PM
Hmm..this one MAY be finished (probably not but it sort of looks it at the moment.. :) ) This one was fun it was also my first attempt at some terrian mapping using Ascension's excellent tutorial..

I wish I had been more "creative" with names back in the day..but I was going for a simple "feel" people name places by what they are near or after something that the place reminds them of. As always feedback is requested and appreciated..Thanks!!
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Raic
09-25-2010, 10:12 PM
That is excellent. I would love to learn what technique you used for those trees.

jtougas
09-25-2010, 10:29 PM
Thanks :) the trees are a GIMP brush that I made from a texture that was generated by the Ecoforester program.

jtougas
09-26-2010, 02:04 AM
Never say:"Well it looks finished..." We all know what that means.. :) I added some farmland and a compass rose now it looks a little finished... As always feedback is requested and appreciated..Thanks!!


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Avengeil
09-26-2010, 03:13 AM
It's looking good.
But I find the black dots for the cities a bit too strong and especially the black and red for Riverhewn is a bit annoying for me.Maybe you could lower down the opacity, change the colors or design some hand-drawn symbols(but those I'm not sure if they would go well with this map) but this is just my personal preference.

Edit: Well actually the black dots are not that bad it's Riverhewn that I don't like.
Edit: But they could use fixing.:)

jtougas
09-26-2010, 03:19 AM
It's looking good.
But I find the black dots for the cities a bit too strong and especially the black and red for Riverhewn is a bit annoying for me.Maybe you could lower down the opacity, change the colors or design some hand-drawn symbols(but those I'm not sure if they would go well with this map) but this is just my personal preference.

Edit: Well actually the black dots are not that bad it's Riverhewn that I don't like.
Edit: But they could use fixing.:)

Good point..that black and red doesn't fit at all sometimes you have to have other people notice things before you do.. :) thanks I'm going to see if I can whip up some custom symbols or maybe find some cool ones somewhere..

Jaxilon
09-26-2010, 03:47 AM
What's with the blue line up the right side, almost looks like a left over from some effect. I've had those happen to me when I'm not paying attention. Also, what is in the upper left corner, is that ice? If so I would expect the forest on that end to have a bit more white or something. I really like the little fields and stuff you have around the cities.

jtougas
09-26-2010, 03:14 PM
What's with the blue line up the right side, almost looks like a left over from some effect. I've had those happen to me when I'm not paying attention. Also, what is in the upper left corner, is that ice? If so I would expect the forest on that end to have a bit more white or something. I really like the little fields and stuff you have around the cities.

Whoops..looks like I moved a layer a bit..(still getting used to GIMP) I'll see if I can fix that. And yes Jax it's ice..now I swear I'm not using magic to cover this up but in the WoG setting there are giant sheets of ice that break off from the "Land of Black Ice" that is north of the Burneal forest even in summer. Shendenflar's general climate is temperate with summer coming a little later and leaving a little earlier than the rest of the continent. I thought it would be a neat thing to try.. :)

jtougas
09-26-2010, 05:20 PM
Well here it is..I think I might be moving this one into the "finished maps" forum but I want everyone to take a look first. Thanks to everyone that gave me feedback and made suggestions :) As always feedback is requested and appreciated..Thanks!!

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Jaxilon
09-26-2010, 05:43 PM
I think you have some stray bits from your city icons that somehow got left behind when you moved a layer? Might want to just clean those up. Looking good though.

jtougas
09-26-2010, 09:17 PM
Ok cleaned up some of my "eraser" marks and changed the text color to something readable.. :) I also spent a hour or so shading my terrain. As always feedback is requested and appreciated.. Thanks!!
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jtougas
09-26-2010, 09:46 PM
Here's A "Timeline" for the Kingdom Of Shendenflar that outlines the major events in the Kingdom's history so far..*just a note most of this was written over 15 years ago or more and the "Greyhawk Wars" had just ended..* :)

A Historical Timeline Of The Kingdom Of Shendenflar



The Kingdom of Shendenflar is an old land. One formed during the first round of the great break up of the Great Kingdom. Ferrond (now Furyondy) Keoland, Veluna, and Shendenflar were formed in quick succession. beginning in the year CY (common year) 100

CY 50- The land that will eventually become Shendenflar is granted by the Overking to the Baras family for deeds performed in the service of the king. The entire area was used as a hunting preserve for the Baras family and the overking.

CY 64- The Baras family begins to move family members and staff to the newly named Shendenflar region. This is the precursor to the total exodus of the Baras family away from the Raxues area and the Overking.

CY 68- Riverhewn long a settlement built on the banks of the Fler river and the shores of Lake Quag is named the capital of the region of Shendenflar. Construction of a large governmental complex is started as the population increases.

CY 100- The Viceroyalty of Ferrond claims independence from the Great Kingdom and renames itself: The Kingdom Of Furyondy. The Baras family now lives totally within the region of Shendenflar and meetings between King Thrommel of Furyondy and Talin Baras are commonplace.

CY 100-125 Veluna, Keoland, and Perrenland all claim independence from the great kingdom. The Baras family is instrumental in brokering the terms of these successions. The fire of independence is burning in Shendenflar.

CY 125-144 The Shendenflar region is now fully autonomus. Kadre Baras rules as "Governor" although it has been years since any tax or tribute has been paid to the Great Kingdom. An alliance of sorts has grown up between the "Northern Kingdoms" of Furyondy, Veluna, Perrenland and Shendenflar. It is at a confrence of delegates from these lands in CY 143 that Kadre Baras announces his decision to succeed from the Great Kingdom.

CY 144- Kadre Baras announces the formation of the Kingdom of Shendenflar and the installation of himself as her first king. The rulers of all the Northern Kingdom Alliance are in attendence.

CY 147- King Kadre the firsts reign is cut short after he is found dead in his chambers. An investigation reveals that he was assassinated by means of poison. The Scarlet Brotherhood is suspected, as is the Overking. In a somber ceremony in the rainy fall of 147 15 year old Soros Baras is coronated in Riverhewn.

CY 148- The teenage king of Shendenflar is tested as Scarlet Brotherhood agents acting under orders from the Overking attempt to assassinate him 4 times over the year. after the last failed attempt young king Soros becomes so enraged that he orders every suspected member of the Brotherhood in Shendenflar captured and hung. while a great many of the red robed monks did die within Shendenflar's borders a unfortunate amount of innocents also perished due to Soros's rage.

CY 150- The Overking tries in vain to recover his lost lands in the North with a multi faceted attack on Furyondy, Shendenflar and Veluna at the same time. Although the Overkings force is mighty the combined forces of the three new kingdoms managed to drive back the invasions. King Soros of Shendenflar suggested a counterattack on the Great Kingdom which was immediately put down.

CY 172- After 25 years of rulership King Soros Baras is killed in a hunting accident at the age of 40. His rule although tumultuous saw Shendenflar grow powerful and prosperous. His body lay in state for 5 days while a seemingly endless procession of mourners passed by. His eldest son Kadre the second was coronated King after his fathers funeral.

CY 173-580- The Baras family continued to lead the Kingdom Of Shendenflar wisely throughout the last 4 centuries. The current sovereign is King Simeon Baras the 8th member of the Baras family to carry that name. Simeon took the throne at age 35 after the death of his uncle Gired the 4th. Simeon's father had been killed by a freak earthquake that had devastated Shendenflar. Simeon was only 8 and far too young to take the throne . Simeon unlike most of his ancestors was a adventurous sort wandering the continent for nearly 20 years before returning home to assume the throne. Over these years he made extensive connections across the Flanaess. These connections would serve him well as the continent lunged towards war in the years 580-585. The Northern Alliance stood together to fight off the evil demi-god Iuz. Although Shendenflar was not directly attacked by the Old One, her armies served valiantly in Furyondy and the Vesve forest. King Simeon became a trusted ally and good freind to King Belvor of Furyondy and the two met often during the war. It was with Shendenflar's help that Belvor's armies were able to break the siege of Chendl, Furyondy's capital city. and in fact there are still Shendenflarian soldiers serving in foreign lands that are threatend by the evil Iuz.

woomia
10-31-2010, 07:53 PM
A bit late to the paryt, but what's east of the river?

Aval Penworth
10-31-2010, 08:46 PM
Woomia, I think you'll need to be more specific to get a sensible answer. :)

woomia
11-02-2010, 09:41 AM
What is east of the Fler River? Another kingdom? Bandits? EVIL?

hohum
11-02-2010, 12:54 PM
It looks pretty good.You still have edge issues by the Lordsrun River and the East edge (a long straight blue line) which you could probably clean up with a clone stamp. Southbay has a circle around it, I believe this is an artifact from reducing the city Icon size. Around Quag lake you still have a bunch of eraser marks to the West of the Fer (?) river and what look like airbrush rings in the cultivated land to the East of said river. All in all a nice map. You also mentioned something about an "Ecoforester Program" in making your tree brushes. What is that?

jtougas
12-08-2010, 01:57 AM
What is east of the Fler River? Another kingdom? Bandits? EVIL?

To the east of the Fler River is a land called "The Wolf Nomads" named for the inhabitants