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- Max -
01-28-2013, 08:23 PM
Ok, since I have some time but no special ideas ( I means too many ideas to be able to pick one and seriously work on it, I would set kind of personnal challenging :D but with your cololaboration. I let you guys ask some things you want on this map ( kind of border, map with no mountains - please don't do that :), 2 continents, map on book , special icon, special theme or color, red sea or forests inside moutains or such other things that comes to your mind andt might fit on prefereably on a fantasy map) With all the elements I'll keep (I may let some by side cause I know you guys will surely ask some odd and scary things :D) I'll will set myself to work trying to achieve that great collaborative and challenging map

I'm in front of my blank page... Feel free to say what you want and let's the challengge begin!

*Put it on WIP* : I already made the blank page :P

01-28-2013, 09:26 PM
The map should have an archipelago. All maps should have archipelagos... :)

01-28-2013, 09:49 PM
How about a massive cliff or rift....HUGE whirlpool in the tropics somewhere.....bathing mermaids...LOTS of bathing mermaids ;)......

01-28-2013, 11:47 PM
A dwarven-run 'silk route' through a huge mountainous area, complete with waystations and fortresses, etc.

Hell, I might draw that myself. :D

01-29-2013, 12:31 AM
I like what you're doing here Max.

My suggestion: a fish civilisation, the Commonwealth of Fish States - might go well with Korash' bathing mermaids

01-29-2013, 12:32 AM
I like what you're doing here Max.

My suggestion: a fish civilisation, the Commonwealth of Fish States - might go well with Korash' bathing mermaids

- Max -
01-29-2013, 02:56 AM
ideas look interesting so far! Thanks guys! Waiting for more to come and i'll pick up some of them...or all :D

- Max -
01-30-2013, 10:43 AM
Sooooo...so far we have some archipelagos, dwarven route through moutains, cliff/rift, whirlpool, mermaids and fish civilization...Any other challenging ideas anyone would suggest ?

01-30-2013, 06:10 PM
how about making some new brushes (mountains, forests etc) specifically for this map so you can try something a bit more extreme/unique? might take a bit longer than it otherwise might but will certainly look unique

01-30-2013, 08:49 PM
Mermaid and fish civilization ... hm, that call for a huge underwater city ! :D

- Max -
01-31-2013, 03:25 AM
@ Vorropahaiah :Sure I'll do. i already started to draw a new set of moutains two days ago ;) I also have an idea for new style of forests but I don't know if this will work well though.
@Steel : thanks for the contribution!

01-31-2013, 03:53 AM
How about a map without a continent? That would be challenging hehehe. And work well with the underwater civilization

Freehand 5.5
01-31-2013, 04:03 AM
How about a map without a continent?

Reminds me to the Blue Planet role play setting. Only a few islands.

But what about amazons? The mermaids need some adversaries.

- Max -
01-31-2013, 06:09 AM
Yea no continent could be a real challenge but what about the cliffs, the dwarven route in moutains? ;) I'll guess the map will have large sea ares with the archipelagos and lot of islands....
Amazons? sounds good. Thanks for the additonnal ideas guys :)

I'm starting to see a quick setting like this: Lands are mostly inhabited by dwarves clans, except for large coastals areas where lives humans. Dwarves and humans use to trade, using the trading roda through the moutains that separate their own lands. In the sea lives some mermaids folks (maybe and elven-type folk) , who obviously seduce ( inpurpose or on accident) the human fishers male that go on those seas and made them kind of slaves with some magic that changes them into a race of landwater fishmen. Slowly the male gender has began to disapeared from the coastal lands and human females trained themselves to war to fight those baaaad mermaids who keep stealing their husbands and sons away, becoming the feared Amazons!

- Max -
02-01-2013, 02:03 PM
Well since I recently had a commission for a new map, I'll probably work on this interesting one later...

03-18-2013, 05:25 AM
Or to do something a little different/opposite - Selkies from Irish/Gaelic mythology appear as both female and male, (like mermaids and mermen) and would take human wives. You could identify a Selkie by the wet hem of his pants, usually bare feet, and in some stories they would have seaweed in their hair and always be slightly damp/smelling like the sea. They could turn into seals, and when they weren't seals they had a sealskin they kept hidden away. If someone found the sealskin, they could kill the Selkie by destroying it, or they could even sometimes become a seal themselves; more often then not, though, the Selkie would simply return to the sea (because usually, the human wife, or husband of a female Selkie, wouldn't know the Selkie was a Selkie). Humans could also force a Selkie to remain in human form by hiding the sealskin, but often the Selkie would die of sadness because they could no longer return to the sea.

Mermaids were sometimes portrayed as seductive, but Sirens were also water-based sprites and were far more dangerous and prone to seducing sailors in order to eat them (sometimes before they'd properly drowned). Naiads weren't 1/2 fish and were closer to being spirits, but were often portrayed in a human form like Dryads; they had a lot of power, but could die if they were restricted from returning to the sea.

And that's a lot of information for a side-project ^-^ Very cool idea, though, and now I feel like trying this. Maybe invert all the ideas here and try something down that road ... ^___^v

Maybe the Amazons could be at war with the Selkie's/merfolk because the believe these water people are the ones responsible for sinking their island cities or creating the whirlpools that make ocean travel so dangerous? Or if the Amazons are 1/2 breed descendents, maybe they see themselves as more advanced? They can live indefinitely on land, but can also live underwater (or at least stay under way longer than humans), maybe.

Well, again - cool idea x^_^x Good luck on your new commission, and I hope you find time to work in this project too!

- kes

- Max -
03-18-2013, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the ideas :-) well the commission work I was talking about was Kerngard's map so it's done for afew weeks now.But I have several projects running at the moment. I'll may get back to this when I'll be done/bored with them :D