View Full Version : Arnāron Maps

02-05-2009, 12:40 AM
Hi guys,

As promised in my introduction post / thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=4197), here is the map set for the planet Arnāron. It is a world inspired by Lowell's Mars and Barsoom, a drying-up desert world littered with the ruins of ancient civilizations and criss-crossed by canals built to preserve what life survives.

Before I destroyed the world, I designed it in its heyday, when it was very much like Earth and covered in oceans. (As a note, the oceans were much more shallow than on Earth; without consulting my notes I am fairly sure the deepest trenches were 3000m deep.)

All of these maps were created with Inkscape.

Tectonic map, with regions of volcanism indicated (black triangles):


Ocean currents:


Wind patterns in "January":


Wind patterns in "July":


Climate zones:


With legend for the climate zones:


Finally, I figured out a rough migration pattern on how mankind conquered the world:


These "past" maps mostly serve as guidelines for me when working with the "current" Arnāron; that's why the climate zones are fairly rough (they are quite unrealistic in part, as I learned from later critique) and why I am quite happy with not fixing the ugly arrows, etc.

Anyway, some time ago the world was shook by a terrible cataclysm of epic proportions, the reasons for which are shrouded in the fogs of time and only re-told in myths and legend. Arnāron gained its two moons, which are consequently named Death and Destruction in the local languages; fire rained from the sky and the oceans boiled away. Hell on Earth and all that. Many centuries later, life and civilization cling on by a hair-thin thread, and the planet now looks like this.


The thin straight lines are the life-giving canals, most (but not all) of which still work. Only major canals are indicated; but state is not. The circles are principal cities. Only the black solid circles are currently inhabited cities.

Rough landscape notes:


Political map:


I won't go into too great detail; Arnāron remains a work in progress, it's not yet "done", but some of you who commented on my intro thread liked the map so I wanted to give you the full set. Hope you enjoy it. Feedback and constructive criticism of my work are always encouraged and appreciated!

02-05-2009, 12:51 AM
My friend, you certainly think your way through your world building much more than I have ever done; much respect.

02-05-2009, 03:07 AM
Well, I am trying. ;) I gotta dmit, though, that before I would place climate zones etc rather arbitrarily and that this was the first world where I worked out the climate etc graphically. It surely won't be the last, however.

02-05-2009, 06:07 AM
Very detailled. It brings the world to life. Cool!

Steel General
02-05-2009, 07:18 AM
I agree with Ascension - it's obvious you put a lot of thought & effort into the actual 'world design'.

I usually just go with what I think looks cool, without much thought to climatology (beyond the basics), prevailing winds and tectonic plate movements.

02-05-2009, 07:39 AM
Thanks - I am glad you guys like them.

Yes, my maps are never created just for the sake of creating a nice map; I definitely come from the world design corner, and my maps are always created to illustrate something. I'm trying to be more "artistic" about my maps, which is why I am a member here now. ;)

02-05-2009, 11:32 AM
There's a nice, clean style to these, particularly once you get labels on them.

I like it.

02-06-2009, 01:32 PM
These maps are stunning! Thank you for posting them and have some rep! Lovely work, bartmoss!

02-07-2009, 02:35 AM
Thank you :-)

02-08-2009, 05:40 AM

These maps are superb! I also agree with Ascension that you really have got the thought process down cold.

I think I'll be half as good as you in a few years...:P

02-09-2009, 06:38 AM
Oh now that is flattery, thank you :-)

02-09-2009, 12:59 PM
good job! I see that a lot of thought went into the creation of these maps. I had always planned to do something like that with weather pattern with my own maps, but have yet to get around to it.

Have some delicious rep.

02-09-2009, 01:52 PM
Thanks. Yeah working that stuff out is... work. I am noticing it again now with my world Thraeton. On the other hand it is very rewarding, so I encourage you to give it a try.