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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