Post By Azelor
I'm kinda working on a world map for an RP campaign I want to run in the future, but I want it to be somewhat realistic. So, I was hoping the experts over here could drop some hints!
This is what I currently have.
While I'm not learned in geography or anything of the sorts, I know mountains are made by fault lines and that the ocean currents determine the climates. As well as the fact that water usually originates from the mountains and heads back to the ocean, thus creating rivers.
Because of this, I started with plopping down my landmass and then doing my best to add tectonic plates (big black lines) and the ocean currents (small red ones). Any advice is welcome and feel free to scribble all over it to make a point
Thanks in advance!
This is a good start.
If you want information you can go here for the climate The Climate Cookbook
and here for other thing Creating an Earthlike Planet
there are more complex guides but these are pretty good.
While it's true that mountains are made near the edge of plate, some mountains can be located far inside the lines like the Oural or the Appalachian Mountains. Because it's like pushing a sheet of paper on both side, it do not always fold right in the middle. That is probably because these are old mountains that appeared when the techtonic activity was greater. Other phenomenon can also create mountains like this one where I live Monteregian Hills - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia but it's much more complicated.
You do have a lot of plate, wich usually mean a lot of sismic activity and volcanoes. Depending on the movement of these plate the sismic activity is not always the same. I would say that is you have a continent made of multiple plates, these are either colliding or grinding laterally. On earth, there is no diverging plates that form one landmass. It's not impossible but unless you world is young, it is very unlikly (the african somalian plate is one of them). And sismic activity can also occur in the middle of the plate because of some rapture. This is from observation because i'm not an expert, but I love geography.
Water usually come from the ocean and fall according to the winds. But be careful Chili is next to the ocean and it's not humid.
Last thing, you equator is 3/4 of Earth's equator. This will have and impact on grivity and other things as well. It's not impossible to have a earth-like planet like that because Mars is smaller but you need to consider it.
Last edited by Azelor; 07-26-2013 at 06:52 PM.
Hmm, all right.
Are the plates better this way then?
I also blotted in how I perceived some of the mountain ranges, as well as a desert and arctic area. The arctic one I am fairly sure on. The desert one I kinda blotted down because that part had a few nice spots that could serve as an oasis. Since climates are separated by mountains, that piece of land is basically cut off to accomplish this. Is this remotely realistic?
The links are very nice, but I don't have the time or energy right now to pour over them and take it all in right now, will check them out more thoroughly though!.
As I said in my first post, it doesn't need to be entirely accurate, but I do want it to have a somewhat natural/realistic feel.
Actually you are the one that decide if your plates are ok or not. Guideline exist but it's your world and since it's fantasy based, accuracy can be a luxury. Try to create the world as you see it in your head, Then find a compromise between physic's law and your idea. That is what I've been doing so far.
As Vicking said mountains influence climate but latitude too. So the norten continent don't need to be cut off to have a colder weather. But I can't say where the snow should begin.
Last edited by Azelor; 07-26-2013 at 09:09 PM.
Okay, so I shrunk the continents and redid the currents. I have also tried to randomize terrain height and use it to make a few rivers, but I'm not really sure about those...
Last edited by Kereo; 08-01-2013 at 06:59 PM.
Reason: I'm an idiot and uploaded the wrong image :P
Sorry for the double post, but I updated a region of the map that I have pretty well defined in my mind.
Not happy with the way the rivers look, but it works for now for seeing how the area looks while experimenting with different ideas and stuff.
Last edited by Kereo; 08-20-2013 at 05:14 PM.