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Here be Dragons


Following on from yesterdays post I thought I should begin my world building with, well building the world.

A map is the staple of the Fantasy Genre, you want, no, expect a map of the hero’s world to be included in the first few pages, along with the appendix this helps reinforce the realism of this imaginary world.

I’m pretty sure the moment you write “Here be Dragons” in a cursive script is the moment you know you’ve made it.

 In fact it’s not just within books that as fans we require this extra information, anyone who has ever Skyrim will have pawed over the strategy guide for every last shred of insight into Tamriel, and if you have been involved in Table Top gaming the level of detail the likes of Games Workshop’s and Dungeons & Dragons put into their worlds can excide many of the most epic fantasy series.

Considering how often I would refer to these when reading a Fantasy novel or playing a game set in a fantasy world, it seems bizarre that I have not started to create any such things for my own world.

I decided the best place to start was the Map, I figured that it will be much easier to establish Jezzrael’s next move once I know where Tendril is in relation to the rest of the world and to have Tairn gone for the appropriate amount of time based on their distance from the ChoSi border once I can picture the world they live.

I’m not an artistic person; I’ve never been good at drawing so a hand drawn effort was out. I looked to the Internet for some inspiration and was pretty surprised at the wealth of tutorials on the subject and the quality of the creations.


Below is the 1st draft at the global map for SFU.



It’s pretty rough, still needs a lot of work, its currently just an outline, it is however the map making equivalent of writing the opening sentence in SFU.

It’s setting me on the right path, over April I can refine it, change it, rework it and most likely end up with something that looks nothing at all like this (there is to much land and not enough water for example), but once I have done that I can then delve down into each continent, island and atoll, giving them the same treatment until I can tell you every path, every signpost and every landmark from Oxfort to Tetherns Gate.

  1. March 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Unfortunately I’m a Mac user and therefore I can’t use Cartographer’s Guild.

    • March 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      can you not get Gimp or Photoshop on Mac? I have never used one so not sure what is or isn’t available!

  2. March 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Hooray for maps! They’re always the first thing I look at when I pick up a book, or start playing a game, set in a fantasy world.

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