A blog where I talk about my adventures in worldbuilding and all aspects of it in the fictional world of Elyden - expect ramblings, lots of maps, sporadic bursts of talk about getting published that don't last long, and randomness!
19 November 2014
Digital necromancy at it’s best (or worst, depending on how
you see it)! I’ve been busy at work finishing off the below map. It’s a
personal piece I’ve been working on on-and-off for some time now in my free
time, detailing Elyden in a Molliweide projection (currently the go-to-map for
National Geographic world maps), from the point of view of the Parthisan
It’s very similar to the Stereographic map I keep on
resurrecting but that never seems to get anywhere despite my occasional
tinkering with it (adding labels as I slowly flesh out the world), though it’s
much smaller (I’d say about a quarter of the total area of the stereographic
map – by the demiurges, I struggled with manipulating this map, let alone the
stereographic map!) and contains much
fewer extraneous details. And its those details – treatises, short essays, physical
data etc. – that are really time-consuming. Well, those and the labels! My
drive for perfection with such things means that I cant just add a random label
or just write gibberish for the text boxes – whatever I write needs to fit in
with established timelines and regional histories.
As a case in point: take the text boxes I this recent map.
There are three in all (not counting small key information scattered around the
map detailing the individual images): one detailing the state of the world,
another detailing recent Parthisan history and another listing all the Emperors
elect since its formation as a Republic. I had to come up with all that
information specifically for the map as Parthis is one of the regions for which
I have written very little, and that threw a spanner in the workd for a while,
though I think It adds a bit of reality to the map. Same with the National
crest (made on the fly, though I’m still not 100% sold on it). The physical
data beneath the National crest I had already calculated for the larger
stereographic map so replicated there.
The map itself is not completely finished yet – I still have
to add a few labels (many of the eastern and southern regions are not entirely
fleshed out, so many nations are still sans capital cities, as you say, so I’ll
need to concoct them specifically for the map – something I’m never too keen on
doing as the languages for those regions haven’t been developed (or even
thought of) yet and I don’t like naming areas that don’t have at least a basic
language set in place (determining certain suffixes and prefixes, for instance).
I also need to add a map key (kind of write myself in a corner with that as I have
no idea where to add it – I might just have to remove some of the smaller text
boxes to add the key) and some details (not sure what yet).
That brings me to something else – I’m never really happy
with a map. I set out to make something that’s pseudo-realistic though always
feel as if there’s something else I can add – a nicer neatline, more period-defining
details and so on, though always stumble
on such details. Grrr!