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Continent Map - Aesudarh (Redesign) by Levodoom Continent Map - Aesudarh (Redesign) by Levodoom
When looking at the map of Aesudarh, I realized that it wasn't really all that exciting, nor did it represent the initial ideas I had thought of for that continent. So I decided to sit down and work on it properly. There had to be that sense of great mountains surrounded by wastes of snow and ice, but I also wanted there to be plenty of life in the form of green forests, races, kingdoms etc. I also wanted at least some fjords, because how could I forget that!

Aesudarh is a continent of rich and harsh history, and I didn't give it the appearance of such on the old map. Along the way I also came up with new ideas, which I implemented into the map accordingly. Initially I wasn't going to have any nations in Aesudarh, but decided to strike that decision as it was really just such a fitting continent for Norse-inspired kingdoms. I already figured the inhabitants of the Norrhan continent to be culturally Norse in some way, but I wanted someplace for a heavily Norse influenced people. Aesudarh was the answer I sought.

Working on the continent in the world map file was probably not such a great idea, as the time and patience needed was at many points unbearable. I expected to only use a few hours, but instead I ended up sitting through the entire night to see it done. There are parts of it (the ice seas, for one) that I am not all that happy with, so I'll have to revisit them later.

The map represented here is cut from the world map (which I've updated now), but I figured I'd post this anyway since there were some fairly major changes. I might revisit this again some day to give it a more personal treatment.


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MarkonPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Super!
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Eriard Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A truly great map! I must thank you frt citing your resources, finally something good to use on my own stuff!

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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! And yeah, it's usually a good idea (and common courtesy, really) to credit the original artists for any resources borrowed, whenever possible.
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Eriard Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
INdeed" it is!
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WiRE4k Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great map! I just love the details it has!

It was interesting to note that northern territories are more German-\Scandinavian-inspired while southern are more English-\French-inspired.
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Most of the cities in the south (particularly around Kingdom, the Crowned Lands and the Wilde Frontier) are dominantly inhabited by foreign settlers from Arganorh, founded before they realized that there were already nations present on the continent. These regions were previously mostly inhabited by savage tribesmen and such.
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WiRE4k Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)

It gets funnier from here! Germanic tribes, which later formed Germany and France, really did live in Northern Europe. They've been scattered across bigger territory, but, as we see now, most of them settled in the north.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Wonderful!
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers!
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Amardj Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Writer
What program did you use to make this?  I do maps too but I only really use pencil and paper.
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