Tools: Photoshop CS5 and my trusty Wacom 9 x 12 Intuos Tablet
Time to Complete: Two Weeks
Background: The Rebel Kingdom of Lazarus was once part of the kingdom of Morthul but when the dread Emperor Baraum the 3rd went to war with the barbarian tribes in the lands of Valentor the people rose up and declared themselves free. With the armies of Morthul bogged down in campaign in the far west the rebel army that sprung up in the provinces that comprised the soon to be Lazarus easily destroyed the loyal garrisons. After Lazarus declared it's freedom more provinces in the south followed suit and more after that until at last the emperor was forced to sue for peace with the barbarians and deal with the rebellious territories. The brutality that followed is legendary and the free people of Lazarus fled east to the kingdom of Ralenstara, seeking refuge there. The plight of the people came to the prince-king Xertis who tried to gather support to go to war against Morthul and help secure the two new kingdoms the emperor was crushing. His pleas fell on deaf ears in the senate and so he took matters into his own hands, defying the law of the senate, and marched into Angust toward Lazarus. There are tales during this time that can fill volumes but all that will be said here is that in the end Morthul was forced to concede Lazarus and Angust and retreat behind their black walls and there they stay to this day but Lazarus has been host to many great calamities since then as has much of the world.
The current state of the kingdom is uneasy under the watchful eyes of their new elvish masters. After the Gate of Ruhadlaum opened and brought the horrors of dragons and devils into the world, the elves, who appeared along with all the other many races that now claimed the world their home, helped to defeat these great threats, restore the destroyed magic weave and bring peace once again to the troubled lands of Lazarus. But the human ancestors who's blood was spilled to create Lazarus have not taken kindly to their elvish masters who have forbidden humans from using magic ever again and have regulated them to a second class citizen among the other races. The council of races that rule from the capital of Phalendora have refused the humans a seat on the council. It is a tense time when talk of rebellion is beginning to rise again unless the strict watchful eyes of the elves are lifted and the humans are allowed a voice in the kingdom that they created.
Map Information: @_@ My God this took forever. This is my first map I have ever completed and it is in thanks largely to all the amazing tutorials that can be found in the tutorial forums. My hats off to all of you cartographer mappers for your hard work in teaching people like me how it is done. I am extremely proud of the end results and there is a huge satisfaction in finally getting a small part of my world into a visual medium. I plan to do all of the kingdoms by the end of 2012 as well as finish my first novel that is set in the kingdom you see below.
(c) 2011 Brian D. Navy
Lazarus by Brian D. Navy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.