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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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Map Textures by coyotemax - coyotemax.deviantart.com/art/M…


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:iconzapdynamic:
ZapDynamic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of your maps are great but I think I've finally settled on this one as my favorite. Your ability to cram detail into all the little crevices is amazing!
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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Bit Skyrim much?
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I'll be sure to not use any more Norse inspired names or themes ever, since Skyrim already did it, and they have the sole rights to do so, right?
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MarkonPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Super!
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:iconeriard:
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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:iconlevodoom:
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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:iconeriard:
Eriard Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
INdeed" it is!
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WiRE4k Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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 Writer
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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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Photoshop CC as my go-to program when making maps.
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Amardj Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Writer
They look a lot better than mines, though they should since I don't really colour mines.  I just mainly draw them in lead since I'm not very good at digital art.
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ElizaWyatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Fantastic work! I recognize StarRaven's brushes; you've arranged them beautifully. The mountains look unique and interesting without signs of repeats, and the continent design is complex and realistic.
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers! I'm a pretty regular user of StarRaven's stuff, though lately I've slowly been working on making my own brushes/just draw my own map features. Ideally I'd actually like to return to a more traditional, older type of map style.
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ElizaWyatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh, interesting! What sort of older style did you have in mind? (I love this stuff, if you can't tell-- I'd love to pick your brain on process.)
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't say for certain, as I'd have to experiment a bit to find the style I like the best. I think it has to look hand-drawn, as if someone from the world in question drew it.
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Zephirice Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great. A wonderful map and details !
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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DoctorYucatan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If I may ask a question; the world-map of Tariel makes it seem as if the world is flat and that there's an 'edge' to it. Is Tariel round, or flat? I'm just unceratain of the exact topography and shape of the world.
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The world is round, yes. But so far only what you see is what is currently explored/known. Basically there are massive mountains that separate the world from the rest; the Mountains of Ice in Aesudarh, Mountains of Jade in Calendorh, Mountains of Fire in Korr and the Mountains of Wind in Ryumar. This was done by the Worldshapers (otherwise known as Dragons) long ago, though no one really knows why. Nearing the edges by sea has proven fatal due to unnatural storms and sea monsters. Explorers attempting to go beyond the mountains or seas have either turned back or never returned at all.

Another reason for why I made it like this is so that I have room to expand should I ever need it in the future. Though with the amount of content I already have available to work with, there's unlikely that I'll ever do that.
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Bibliosmith Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Beautiful.
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Levodoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers!
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