Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Maps: Untitled Rise-Set Map

This is a grand old map from way back, probably 2003 or so. It's more of a proof of concept thing, playing around with colours and high weirdness. An old map like this is like a half-forgotten fantasy tale. I suppose the core of the story are the lands at centre Left. The colourful continent probably called Iselwogan seems to be under assault by various sickly colours. Pink deserts, purple fungal growths and spore fields have infested Osmalska, Coluc, Kun and Niflum in the east. The multi-river Burwogan obviously serves as a key transport artery, connecting the still-living cities of Ovendony, Colbrachy, Kruchy, Mralvachy, Imly and Buchly, while the urban corpses of Soly and Chivry have been abandoned. A sole peak rises in the land of Sarle, probably a volcano, and it is called Bruk. The lands seem to be mostly grassland and swamp to the Set-Left of Iselwogan, with forests and mountains in the Rise-Right.

Across the Pehmswogan, I suppose that is the name of the sea, the island of Il Mu rises tao like, dark and forested Ulu in the Right, wet and swampy Kilim in the Left. On the lake Sikim the city of Mui stands, while on the lonely coast some kind of temple called Asu. South of Iselwogan the isles of Ilya Simnutu seem mostly deserted, while the lands of Bru and Rohoho battle against the blight. Particularly the fortress of Sandalafit seems almost an outpost. Beyond those lands are the red deserts of Mulas, Elras, Kums, Volas and Xums, which the inland sea of Zabay divides from a dead gray swamp-land called Gus. A city called Rum seems to live still on a peninsula, while across the bay from it the city of Zim is also ruined. Risewards of Zim the mountain fastness of Kehemehe still stands, while just Setwards of Sandalafit there is some famous purple-peaked mountain called Cruchindama.

Between this half ruined land and the fully blighted realm of Vobang is a desert isle called Humholm, home to the city of Po Onholm. Vobang seems to suffer some kind of pizza infection, or maybe a blight similar to that of the Baron Harkonnen's face in the Dune movie. However it may be, all its cities are ruined, including the massive crater-ruin of Dunholm at its heart.

Meanwhile, Risewards of Il Mu the isles of Ilya Hurat seem rather peaceful and home to a small colourless town called Hury. Further Rise-Right are the full cursed lands of Obly and Hahrikni. I can hardly imagine what happened there, but it looks sickly, with bright purple sprouts in Obly and towering blue spiral structures in Hahrikni. Both towns of Hahrikni, the trading post of Tomsa and the metropolis of Ham Tuntabullo are ruins.

Between Vobang and Hahrikni are the twin-blighted lands of Twumla and Bifruk. Twumla seems to suffer from some kind of vast fungal growth, perhaps necrotic, centred at a blue shining pyramid called the Ntwua. Bifruk on the other hand is covered in some kind of purplish spores, Zerg-like, emanating from the volcano of Lambu and having overwhelmed the city of Ovlemy.

The sad thing is that this bit of doodling probably has more story in it than most fantasy literature. Like that set of bricks called Wizard's First Rule, or whatever. God, that's awful.

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