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Diamond
11-21-2012, 04:43 AM
This entry represents a section of the known world that, up until a couple of centuries ago, was the seat of a mighty empire. Like all empires, it disintegrated. Civil war, natural disasters, goblin invasions, and sorcerous conflict tore the land apart. Hundreds of thousands died, cities fell, and much knowledge was lost. The former Zakurite Empire became a war-torn land carved up by dozens of competing noble houses, mercenary companies, trade guilds, and assassin brotherhoods. The eastern reaches, beyond the Ivory Sea, gradually became empty, haunted forests, while the west eventually stabilized (sort of) into a loose confederacy, established mainly to check the growing power of the Vendhyan Empire to the south.

Now that trade has resumed and the borders of the new Qalis Confederacy have opened, merchants and outlanders of all stripes have begun to trickle in. But outland memories of what lies in the interior do not exactly match current conditions...

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Here's the GM's map, nearing completion. Just need to finish up labeling everything. The Players' map is going to be more of an old-school icon map, not necessarily crude in style, but simpler, with inaccurate representations of distance and location.

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Lukc
11-21-2012, 06:00 AM
Wow! I love the texture and style on that :) I'm not the biggest fan of the "rocky text" for Qalis Confederacy, but ... wow :) now I *am* tempted to do something as well! :D

amberroberts09
11-21-2012, 07:08 AM
ya me too I love the texture it look great. looking great...

Diamond
11-21-2012, 02:46 PM
Thanks, guys!

I didn't care for the rocky text either, on second look. Changed it to just a glossy embossed black for future versions.

Sapiento
11-21-2012, 03:42 PM
That looks very good!

arsheesh
11-21-2012, 06:33 PM
A very nice entry Diamond!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Schwarzkreuz
11-21-2012, 07:14 PM
Ah, here they come :D
Its a great map and a ncie backstory. On my own entry I am also about the rediscovery of once lost colonies, with players having a much simpler map for their orientation.
This is a nice way, to make handouts.

Diamond
11-22-2012, 04:59 AM
Yep, I'm liking the way yours is looking, Schwarzie. :D Oh, and thanks so much for posting that compass line thingie; you can see I made use of it here.

Diamond
11-22-2012, 09:56 PM
The GM's map is pretty much done. Started a first pass on the Players map, which I'm not happy with yet, mainly because I want to rework that coastline woodcut quite a bit.

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jbgibson
11-22-2012, 09:57 PM
Niiiiice, Diamond. With that kind of backstory you don't have to restrict yourself to one inaccurate view -- shady scribes could market all manner of "Best View of the Coast! Accurate distances! Step right over here and we can fix you up with the latest on Qualis maps!" ... Get the players comparing versions and trying to figure out which is more accurate - or if ANY are accurate!

Sapiento
11-23-2012, 02:38 AM
Niiice indeed!

Diamond
11-25-2012, 10:37 PM
All done. ...Unless I think of anything else to add.

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Vellum
11-26-2012, 10:07 AM
I'm really liking the world map, nice blueprint style on the compass rose - awesome!! I'd like to see a tutorial on this one :-)

Diamond
11-26-2012, 04:24 PM
A tutorial for the compass rose? You've got Schwarzkreuz to thank for that: http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/20409-schwarzkreuz-compass-rose-tutorial-vector-invalid-pixelslaves.html

arsheesh
11-26-2012, 09:05 PM
I really like both of these! The player hand out map really looks legit.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lyandra
11-29-2012, 10:15 AM
Great map Diamond! I mean, both of them! :P

Jaxilon
11-29-2012, 12:20 PM
Yeah this is beautiful Diamond. Nicely put together and polished too.

mearrin69
11-30-2012, 12:51 PM
Any map that makes me want to GM a campaign is a good one in my book. I opened it up and started thinking about plot... ;)
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Diamond
11-30-2012, 05:06 PM
Thanks! :D