Maps show the past: treasure maps, maps of dead empires, andmaps of sunken ancient lands. Maps show the present possibilities: harsh deserts,fertile meandering rivers, steamy jungles, and barrier mountains populated by fiercely independent people. Maps also show the future, for well I know that every conquerlooks towards a map and dreams of empire. Maps may represent a world clearly likethe finest prose or as cryptically as the best of poetry. It is because of this that I havechosen to use maps in creating my world.