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    Default Shima - Commissioned Map

    Don't worry, I haven't abandoned the Panhartha map, but a guy in Canada and his friends saw that WIP and wanted me to do a map of their RP setting in that style. They've been kind enough to let me post the WIP here.

    It's a far east setting, with some Persian, Mongol, and Afghan elements. I was provided with a very rough sketch along with some basic landform and country info, but I've been given a pretty free hand in the design department. After some back and forth this weekend, this is the basic layout we've come up with:
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    An update with some mountains and the start of the river systems.
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    As it seems reliefmaps became more popular again recently

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    Wait....Diamond doing a commission?! I begged him for years and he was always very adamant. They must have something over you that you'd do a commission...right?! If you need help, post an ugly map and we will know

    On a more serious note: A good start! Although the mountains could still use some work to make them look more natural, imho. Looking forward to its development.
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    Yes I was confused too, though you dont do commis. But cant wait to see this one finishing. (how many unfinished threads do you have? I just know it must be slightly more than mine )

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    I don't usually do commissions, that's true. Something about this one just hit the right spots with me though; they want the works, map, heraldry, the whole bit.

    @SK: I think there's about 500,000 unfinished Diamond threads floating around...
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    Glad I only have 450.000, but seriously I enjoy every one of your maps.
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    Thanks, man. That means a lot.
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    Will the map have diverse climate or is it a more regional skale?

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    It's a larger regional area; what's shown there is (I think) the size of roughly eastern China (?)

    That inland area is going to be semi-desert dry steppe, while the coasts are temperate to tropical forest and rain-forest. There's actually a huge Indonesia-like archipelago farther south that the client went back and forth on including and ultimately decided not to since it doesn't yet factor in to their setting.

    One of the challenges of this map is going to be showing overlapping political claims - the setting is predominantly human, but there are also Kenku city-states in the mountains, some of which owe fealty to the large human empire that is situated in the central area of the coast and on that large island, but many of which are independent. To top it off, they have their own alliance systems, which I have to work out a way to show.
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