Wow, so it's amazing what some nice borders/overlays do to a map to really make it feel complete!
### LATEST WIP ###
So the map now has a real purpose, and a bit of a story to tell, all of which is based on my musings from last time. The idea is that the Kingdom of Eikerel started as a single city-state and has steadily grown in size and power over the last century or so, as seen on the map. The original settlements are marked in black, and then as the years add more towns and settlements being founded, it turns into a fairly sizeable kingdom, that has it's expansion shaped and facilitated largely by the river and lake.
I'm really very happy with the border and the inset, as they really bring it to life and give it some legitimacy. The roads were kind of thrown on there, and I am considering going back and trying to tidy them up, but we'll see how time goes this week. Finally, I've left the individual settlements and locations un-named for now. Do people think that it is really missing city names, or does the overall idea work without them?
The other question I wanted feedback on is the use of colored icons for the different stages of settling. I think that it shows what I wanted to show fairly nicely, but I could see it either being confused as different nations, or else perhaps just being deemed as too loud/busy. I wasn't able to think of any better ways to communicate the nation's growth, so any thoughts for or against it are more than welcome.
(PS, I'm gonna try to update the name of the thread to reflect the newly named region)