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    Map Arnâron Maps

    Hi guys,

    As promised in my introduction post / thread, here is the map set for the planet Arnâron. It is a world inspired by Lowell's Mars and Barsoom, a drying-up desert world littered with the ruins of ancient civilizations and criss-crossed by canals built to preserve what life survives.

    Before I destroyed the world, I designed it in its heyday, when it was very much like Earth and covered in oceans. (As a note, the oceans were much more shallow than on Earth; without consulting my notes I am fairly sure the deepest trenches were 3000m deep.)

    All of these maps were created with Inkscape.

    Tectonic map, with regions of volcanism indicated (black triangles):



    Ocean currents:



    Wind patterns in "January":



    Wind patterns in "July":



    Climate zones:



    With legend for the climate zones:



    Finally, I figured out a rough migration pattern on how mankind conquered the world:



    These "past" maps mostly serve as guidelines for me when working with the "current" Arnâron; that's why the climate zones are fairly rough (they are quite unrealistic in part, as I learned from later critique) and why I am quite happy with not fixing the ugly arrows, etc.

    Anyway, some time ago the world was shook by a terrible cataclysm of epic proportions, the reasons for which are shrouded in the fogs of time and only re-told in myths and legend. Arnâron gained its two moons, which are consequently named Death and Destruction in the local languages; fire rained from the sky and the oceans boiled away. Hell on Earth and all that. Many centuries later, life and civilization cling on by a hair-thin thread, and the planet now looks like this.



    The thin straight lines are the life-giving canals, most (but not all) of which still work. Only major canals are indicated; but state is not. The circles are principal cities. Only the black solid circles are currently inhabited cities.

    Rough landscape notes:



    Political map:



    I won't go into too great detail; Arnâron remains a work in progress, it's not yet "done", but some of you who commented on my intro thread liked the map so I wanted to give you the full set. Hope you enjoy it. Feedback and constructive criticism of my work are always encouraged and appreciated!

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    My friend, you certainly think your way through your world building much more than I have ever done; much respect.
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    Well, I am trying. I gotta dmit, though, that before I would place climate zones etc rather arbitrarily and that this was the first world where I worked out the climate etc graphically. It surely won't be the last, however.
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    Very detailled. It brings the world to life. Cool!

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    I agree with Ascension - it's obvious you put a lot of thought & effort into the actual 'world design'.

    I usually just go with what I think looks cool, without much thought to climatology (beyond the basics), prevailing winds and tectonic plate movements.
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    Thanks - I am glad you guys like them.

    Yes, my maps are never created just for the sake of creating a nice map; I definitely come from the world design corner, and my maps are always created to illustrate something. I'm trying to be more "artistic" about my maps, which is why I am a member here now.

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    There's a nice, clean style to these, particularly once you get labels on them.

    I like it.
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    Thank you :-)

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    WOW!

    These maps are superb! I also agree with Ascension that you really have got the thought process down cold.

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