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The Continent of Tellure by nvexio The Continent of Tellure by nvexio
The Continent of Tellure
In the third year of the Lorn empire, during a time of conquest into the nation Chersone.

North of Chersone, the tri-island nation of Ternion has fallen to Lorn . . .

Further to the north, Verdar tests its borders with The Wealdom, and
the two nations ever edge closer to war . . .

Off the coast of the Eilhjorind Flats, a fleet of Marrene ships have
landed . . .

South, Paren moves to aid Chersone against Lorn invasion. From
Greenhorn's Landing, a detachment of Lorn infantry travels to
Camberend . . .

In the Triune Sea, virulent powers coalesce, powers which once
reshaped the very world . . .

And in Latch, two men share a drink in a disreputable bar.


I've been hesitant to submit this. Tellure has become an obsession of mine, and I'm pretty shy about it.

The first version of the map only contained lands directly surrounding the Triune Sea, but as my outline grew and grew, so did my need for more space.

I posted this map back in September, but was unhappy with it enough to take it down and make some major revisions. In the past week I've done nothing but tinker with it, making only minor changes here and there, which tells me I'm done and only nitpicking at this point.

I really hope this gets some notice. I'm desperate for feedback, to hear of any changes necessary (like unrealistic geology, since there are probably a ton).

Anywho, to the few of you who happen upon this, I hope you enjoy it. Making it was fantastically fun!

- n
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:iconincompetentrainy:
IncompetentRainy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful looking place! You obviously put a lot of thought in to this. Though I have to say, it looks quite similar to britain...
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WintersEdge7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Cool
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! From thumbnail I thought this was Scotland :D
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base113 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Nice work! Overall I really like the look and colors of this map. I love the color and style of the ocean! The place names are also interesting and varied, suggesting underlying stories and histories. My only real criticism is really more of a wish: I'd like to see more features in large empty regions of Lorn and Paren.
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DePassage Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Nice work!
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful. I love the text that goes with it. Is this part of a larger project?
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
It is indeed!

I've nothing more than a rough outline, but it's for a story I'm trying (and failing miserably) to write.

As far as maps go, there's a second continent I hope to upload in the next few weeks.
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
I could help with the writing. I'm very good with words, and also with arc planning.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely map!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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RTShields Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great, how did you create the mountains and forests?
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thanks!

Here's a pseudo progress album with the steps: [link]

Dunno if it'll help. If not, lemme know.
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RTShields Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
pretty simplistic, but what about the brushes/textures/techniques used?
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ScotlandTom Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map has a fantastic look to it and contains some wonderful details. I'm especially a fan of your labeling and forests.

In the interest of feedback I just wanted to mention a couple of your waterways. First, you have a series of waterways that begins at the Triune Sea and ends at Buckle Bay. If these are just a series of long saltwater lakes that all sit at sea level then you're good, but if these are a series of interconnecting rivers and lakes you've got a problem. Water always flows from a high place to a low place (in general, from the mountains to the sea). You can't connect two seas on opposite sides of a land mass without the water either flowing uphill or staying flat at sea level. Again, if these are just a series of long, thin, saltwater lakes you're fine. Otherwise, if you're planning on flowing rivers in that area, you've got some fixin' to do. The same is true for the waterways around Cerise's Crossing.

For an awesome look at creating realistic waterways in your maps check out this thread at the Cartographer's Guild forums: [link]
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
They are indeed lakes! At least, the water between the Triune Sea and Buckle Bay. Cerise's Crossing, though, you've got me there. :P

And thanks for the link! I've been looking for something just like this.
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ScotlandTom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad I could help! The Cartographer's Guild really has some amazing resources. You'll find a wealth of information and a bunch of super talented people over there.
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
wow, this one is a wonderful map
I don't actually know much about geology, but there is something that caught my eye: is the placid fjord like a long lake, and the name was chosen at random? Because it doesn't actually look like an actual fjord.
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
It isn't a lake!

It's impossible to tell from overhead, but the Earth Bridge spans over the fjord, rather than extending into the water.
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Oh, my mistake then. :D
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Not at all!

Really, it's something I should change; so many things slip your mind.

This map started off on a much smaller scale. I don't think the Earth Bridge - being what it is - is too realistic anymore. I'll change it!
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Maybe you could keep it this way if you draw some shadows to show it's not just an ordinary piece of land, but a natural bridge. :)
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nvexio Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Maybe! Definitely gonna add something to illustrate water currents flowing underneath.
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Ikaylyon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
:D
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