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Schattenherz
08-25-2011, 05:55 PM
So here's a map I'm really proud of right now (but I know myself - I won't be in a few days). So I'll use the elation and post this. As last time I have to thank the nice and helpful community of this guild :) » WIP-Thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?15575-Merridia)
I was inspired by those great and unreachable maps: EastHavenPort by wynn (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14866-EastHaven-Port-WIP) and Sheinar by a2area (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10804-Commission-Sheinar-Capital-of-the-Six-Cities-Confederacy&highlight=sheinar).

Merridia is the capital of Mérindar, a very standard-fantasy (=european-like) country in Alvarania (http://www.schattenherz.net/drachenblut). It's quite important not only because its the capital and an important commercial town, but because the members of my rpg board seem to feel at home there quite much :)
You may read more about it here (german): Merridia (http://www.schattenherz.net/drachenblut/wiki/wissen/nordreiche/geographie/merridia) or, partly this thread: Weltgeschehen - Nordreiche (http://www.schattenherz.net/drachenblut/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=200). Maybe I'll extend those texts if I find time, as there are many new things to describe around the city.

From the WIP thread:

The river (which is now the canal crossing the city) was far too narrow in the older maps, as it's one of the longest rivers of the continent. I now compared it to the Elbe river in germany (about 2km wide at the river mouth). As I did not want to change the design of the city too much (the writers are used to it by now), I had to think of a way to keep the small "old" river while showing the "new" broad one. So here's my idea: The small river course once was much broader (also about 2km) and covered the space where the southern part of the city later was built. Two hamlets were built north of the river on slightly higher ground.
Eventually the river changed it's course to the north; the old course silted up and could no longer be used for fishing/merchant ships. The new river course is very shallow and has constantly changing river banks, so it was not suitable for shipping, too. The inhabitants of the villages began to build a canal where the old river course once was, drained the land where the southern part of Merridia now is and ended up with a navigable, strait canal which also is one of the reasons why Merridia is now a capital.

Spent about 20-25 hours on it and did everything in Photoshop. My computer nearly surrendered...
The one thinq I'm unsure about are the boxes containing name, scale and key to the numbers... but I had no better idea for placing them. So that's it.

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edit: uploaded new version of map with less typos...

Len Wolff
08-25-2011, 06:01 PM
Just stunning! I love this map. So rich in detail.

Ascension
08-25-2011, 09:09 PM
I loves me some detailed cities and you did a wonderful job here, man. Definitely a keeper for anyone's "inspiration folder".

Larb
08-25-2011, 11:21 PM
Wow, amazing, seriously.

arsheesh
08-26-2011, 01:00 AM
Yup, I snagged it to. One to be proud of for sure!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Clercon
08-26-2011, 02:04 AM
A really great piece of art. Looks both good and believable!

Sapiento
08-26-2011, 03:19 AM
Fantastic!

Yandor
08-26-2011, 03:20 AM
Make that 2 of us on the snagging! Well done!

Katto
08-26-2011, 03:46 AM
Looks fantastic!

sigurdbjohansson
08-26-2011, 05:23 AM
Really great! I love that you've people walking around in the streets!

ravells
08-26-2011, 08:06 AM
Fantastic Job!!!! A real stunner, to make something like this in 25 hours is amazing!

Eilathen
08-26-2011, 01:42 PM
Wow, I love it. Well done, Schattenherz. Have some Rep. .

Und das beste, es ist alles auf Deutsch angeschrieben ;)
Schön, dass du jetzt etwas aktiver hier bist!

mearrin69
08-26-2011, 02:39 PM
Have some rep for that. One of the nicest city maps I've seen!
M

Edit: Guess I've already repped you in the WiP thread...but I'll try to come back around after I spread it a bit.

StillCypher
08-26-2011, 05:02 PM
Wow, this beauty about knocked my socks off! You did it in 25 hours? Really??? Color me awed...

Jaxilon
08-26-2011, 06:04 PM
Outstanding!! Bravo - I really love it.

Schattenherz
08-27-2011, 07:07 PM
Thank you all for your approval (and rep ;) ) - it means much to me!
Maybe my estimation of 25 hours for completing this isn't right... I'm not good at estimating things. And I seldom work continuously, but do several things at the same time.

Needamedic
08-28-2011, 11:23 PM
Very detailed. I like the farmland. Rep and rated. Thanks for posting this.