View Full Version : [Unpaid] The Great Motherhome needs YOU!

05-12-2011, 04:13 PM
I'm looking for someone to work with as a collaborator to design the map of a conworld project I've spent the better part of 6 years developing. I'm finally able to spend more time on this project and would love to find someone to work with to finalize the geographic face of the planet itself. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

Time Constraints


I've seen several map styles I like, here are some of the links:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/SheguMap.jpg (very official)
http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/ysiearthMap.jpg (great layout)
http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/ValciaMap.jpg (wonderful colours)

I don't have clear style goals, I'm open to finding someone who's style I like and then collaborating with them from there.

Description of Map
The planet is tentatively called Elvana, with primary continent of focus known as the Motherhome. The planet has 2 sentient species. During what could be considered their version of the 18th century, one of these species set sail from their continent and discovered the second. As a result the map needs two continental areas. Below is an overview of the planet's unique climatology. The Motherhome continent must expand from the desert northern pole into the artic equator with two oceanic bodies to its east and west. I am open to any collaborative discussion with the chosen artist over how the rest of the map is designed. The second smaller continent previously mentioned would be in the region known for now as the twilight zone and would be tropical. This is the region where the day and night side converge.


Elvana is a world of extreme climatology. Tidelocked by its solar rotation, a solar year for Elvana lasts almost a century by our own time keeping, during this centurial rotation oceans boil in the summers of the dayside and winters freeze even the oceans of the nightside.

The northern hemisphere being closer to the dayside suffers a far higher heat flux than the southern hemisphere, with the coldest areas of the planet being those the furthest from the dayside which is in the region of the equator.

The continent of upon which the Motherhome exists has a vast mountain range just north of the equator region, blocking off an artic wasteland to the south with vast alternating grassland/deserts in the southern pole of the planet that undergo radical environment changes during the rotation. The rest of the continent between these two extreme regions is temperate.

When winter comes the equator region of the nightside suffers near cryogenic temperatures and the arctic wastelands are the darkest sections of the planet, where no reflected electromagnetic radiation ever penetrates. This artic wasteland expands over the winter rotation period before gradually melting as the planet swings back towards its star.

Over the decades (by our time keeping) the sea levels decline meter by meter, dropping hundreds of meters during a single solar rotation and then returning to former depths in the summer months. The Motherhome survives this lack of rainfall thanks to vast natural underground resevoirs situated under the vast mountain ranges blocking off the southern artic zone. Thermal inertia keeps this water thawed during the coldest periods.

Although oceans are not completely frozen in winter, they come dangerously close. The freezing also stops further oxygen getting into the water for large stretches of ocean which obviously begins to run out. However thanks to the majority migration and hibernation of most aquatic lifeforms during this period on the nightside, the oxygen levels are never fully depleted from the water. With most of the planets water frozen on the nightside of the planet, the dayside becomes very dry during the summer. The freezing also drains much of the water from the dayside. However when the dayside oceans begin to boil on the surface the precipitation moves to the nightside where summers are filled with periodic monsoons.

Though the ocean surface of the dayside rapidly begins to boil during summer, the deep ocean takes much longer due to it taking a long time for the heat to penetrate great depths. These thermalclines are areas where temperatures switch over from warm to cold over fairly thin areas. They can move up and down depending on various factors or even disappear at times if the mixing becomes to prominent. The reasons for the split tend to be that the cold water is heavier then the warm water, so the warm water doesn't quickly spread downwards. As a result the heat takes a great deal of time to actually reach the ocean floor, by which time the summers have all but passed. Also due to the water levels dropping rapidly in such intense heat, the current to the dayside becomes incredibly strong. The oceans appear as great rivers rushing into the horizons. With the current flipping back to the nightside during the winters.

Quality & Size

Professional or semi professional
Required for web usage only
I don't have any set dimensions in mind. This is something I would like to decide with the cartographer.


I would like reproduction rights to the map