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cuiilv Posted - 30 Mar 2019 : 23:53:44
Hello there, long time lurker here!

Just want to share a map that I have been working on for a few years. It started out as a map of the Moonsea, the Ride and most of Vaasa in the early 1380s DR, but slowly grew to cover more and more land, until it included all of Damara, Impiltur, the Vast, the Dalelands, Sembia, Cormyr and large portions of Anauroch and the Great Glacier as well, before I finally forced myself to stop.
The map itself is very much inspired by Mike Schley's works, but I have tried to make it different enough to not be mistaken for the original.
All locations have been taken from official sourcebooks, magazines, articles, adventures, games, novels, short stories, and directly from designer (mostly Ed Greenwood and George Krashos here at Candlekeep). So everything should be canon (depending a bit on how inclusive your definition of canon is).
Anyway, I hope this can be of use to some of you. And feel free to post any mistakes or omissions I might have made.

Old version:
https://www.deviantart.com/cuiilv/art/Greater-Moonsea-map-791787700

Updated version:
https://www.deviantart.com/cuiilv/art/North-Central-Faerun-map-804876202

P.S. Feel free to keep a copy of it here at Candlekeep.
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cpthero2 Posted - 23 Oct 2020 : 22:30:48
Master Rupert,

Thank you for that. I completely spaced which map that was for some reason. I just had it in my mind as a completely different map.

Best regards,


Wooly Rupert Posted - 23 Oct 2020 : 22:08:42
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker cuuilv,

Do you have a link to Mike Schley's Sword Coast map?

Best regards,





Pretty sure you can still buy it from his site. I don't recall the URL, but a quick Google search should suffice.
cpthero2 Posted - 23 Oct 2020 : 19:38:41
Seeker cuuilv,

Do you have a link to Mike Schley's Sword Coast map?

Best regards,

maransreth Posted - 23 Oct 2020 : 11:36:41

Hi cuiilv,
I am having issues opening your file as a svg. I might need to download a svg viewer program as when I attempt to view the map via an internet browser, the browser sits there and I couldnt be bothered waiting longer than 30 secs.

Is it possible to convert the file to a tiff or png? It has been a very long time since I had to work with vector based graphics and I cannot remember if the tiff or png format factor in vector graphics.

I have an amazing tiff file that is over 700mb that allows an awesome amount of zoom for detail.
cpthero2 Posted - 23 Oct 2020 : 05:52:58
Seeker cuiilv,

If you ever find that original, please let me know. Amazing work!

Best regards,


cuiilv Posted - 04 Oct 2020 : 19:40:04
quote:
Originally posted by Eli the Tanner

Wow! Just wanted to reiterate how great this map is. The level of detail and research is brilliant. There are probably a dozen or so projects like this that I have started but never completed to this degree, normally because I find something like this that blows my efforts out of the water.

I'd be interested to know software you used for this and how long it took you? I'm guessing it has been a slow chipping away at lorebooks and sources to gradually build what you have now but did you have other versions that you got rid of in favour of better maps over the years?

If one (perhaps I) wanted to replicate/expand your work to other areas of Faerun, what would you suggest as a base layer template to work with and do you have any advice for such a grand undertaking?

Brilliant stuff!



Thanks!

The original file is long lost, but the oldest copy is from late 2016, so I probably started that year. And you guess is mostly correct, but posts here at Candlekeep, the FR wiki, Xaeyruudh's Index and other fan maps (especially Markustay's) have been invaluable references to find stuff in various official sources. But what I got now evolved directly from that, there haven't been any radical changes to the design.

I started rather simple with paint.net and most of it is done with that. Did a bit using GIMP and then of course I moved over to Inkscape for the vector stuff.

Mike Schley's Sword Coast map is one of the best looking FR maps (my work is a pale copy of his masterpiece) if you want to got west, or use Fonstad's FR Atlas if you want to line it up fairly good with my map.

And I have just posted an updated version with a few more locations.
Eli the Tanner Posted - 29 Sep 2020 : 15:52:40
Wow! Just wanted to reiterate how great this map is. The level of detail and research is brilliant. There are probably a dozen or so projects like this that I have started but never completed to this degree, normally because I find something like this that blows my efforts out of the water.

I'd be interested to know software you used for this and how long it took you? I'm guessing it has been a slow chipping away at lorebooks and sources to gradually build what you have now but did you have other versions that you got rid of in favour of better maps over the years?

If one (perhaps I) wanted to replicate/expand your work to other areas of Faerun, what would you suggest as a base layer template to work with and do you have any advice for such a grand undertaking?

Brilliant stuff!
cpthero2 Posted - 23 Mar 2020 : 04:25:52
Seeker cuiilv,

I tried GIMP and it is super blurred there too, I hate to say. I at least have the first one! :)

Thank you!

Best regards,


cuiilv Posted - 22 Mar 2020 : 14:11:57
Well, making another try, same link as before. Version 1.05 can be opened with GIMP (even if it doesn't display text quite right) unlike previous versions, and it loads faster when I use Firefox to view it. If this doesn't help I don't know what will.
No new locations in this version, just behind the scene technical stuff.
cpthero2 Posted - 21 Mar 2020 : 18:45:43
Seeker cuiilv,

Unfortunately, it's doing the same thing on the new map. Was that original "updated" link, updated, or is there another link I am not seeing?

Best regards,


cuiilv Posted - 19 Mar 2020 : 11:48:56
I have been unable to replicate the problem, making debugging this a bit tricking. I have uploaded a new version with a few settings changed, but I have no idea if that might fix it for you.
I'm using Inkscape to make it, it's free and you can use it to view the map, change it for your own needs, export it to a pixel based image, extract the heraldry, and so on.
cpthero2 Posted - 19 Mar 2020 : 00:55:04
Master Krashos,

I think you just may be spying on me... like someone from the Church of Mask, or Leira perhaps...

Best regards,



George Krashos Posted - 19 Mar 2020 : 00:33:22
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker cuiilv,

Mine was blurred too on the updated one. The older one, when opened even in Microsoft Photos opens up perfectly fine and zooms just as well.

Do you have any recommendations on what program would be best for the Moonsea Updated map?

Best regards,



My experience exactly,

-- George Krashos
cpthero2 Posted - 18 Mar 2020 : 21:54:23
Seeker cuiilv,

I would love to get my hands on that vector based heraldry too! I've been wanting modernized, super sharp looking heraldry for a long time! :)

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by cuiilv

Added heraldry for two more places, and twenty new location. About half is new lore that Ed recently tweeted, the rest is old stuff that I had overlooked.
Also fixed a display issue when using a browser to look at the .svg map.

cpthero2 Posted - 18 Mar 2020 : 21:47:04
Seeker cuiilv,

I also forgot to include this information you specifically asked about:

Zooming on the original map didn't cause any blurring at all, even if I zoomed in to the greatest degree possible. That only happened on the updated map.

Also...amazing work! Thank you so much for putting this together and contributing. What a privilege to use something like that!

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by cuiilv

What program are using to view it? It looks fine at first, but gets blurry when zoomed in? Could it be that it zooms in way too much?

cpthero2 Posted - 18 Mar 2020 : 21:44:39
Seeker cuiilv,

Mine was blurred too on the updated one. The older one, when opened even in Microsoft Photos opens up perfectly fine and zooms just as well.

Do you have any recommendations on what program would be best for the Moonsea Updated map?

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by cuiilv

What program are using to view it? It looks fine at first, but gets blurry when zoomed in? Could it be that it zooms in way too much?

cuiilv Posted - 18 Mar 2020 : 00:04:03
What program are using to view it? It looks fine at first, but gets blurry when zoomed in? Could it be that it zooms in way too much?
George Krashos Posted - 17 Mar 2020 : 21:25:45
When I download the image, if I zoom in it is blur central. Am I doing something wrong?

-- George Krashos
cuiilv Posted - 17 Mar 2020 : 12:36:21
Added heraldry for two more places, and twenty new location. About half is new lore that Ed recently tweeted, the rest is old stuff that I had overlooked.
Also fixed a display issue when using a browser to look at the .svg map.
cuiilv Posted - 10 Jul 2019 : 12:20:44
I have no plans on making maps for other regions. The Moonsea is my corner of the FR, and I don't want to think about all the time it took to find all the obscure locations that exist in the area covered by my map. The FR wiki, Markustay's maps and Xaeyruudh's Index have invaluable in helping unearth some of the locations, but they don't cover everything, and I have no desire to compile a (almost) complete list of locations in an area that's not that close to heart for me.

You can open the image in Inkscape and extract the heraldry. It's all located in a single layer. Feel free to do whatever you want with them (especially improve them, they might be a bit crude in places).
sleyvas Posted - 10 Jul 2019 : 02:02:08
quote:
Originally posted by cuiilv

Made an updated version with more than 40 new locations, but the big change is that I changed all text, roads and markers to be vector based. Should be a lot more useful when zooming in close, and you could also turn off the layers if you want a blank version of the map. I also added vector based heraldry for the places that got some (if I missed some let me know).
New map can be found at https://www.deviantart.com/cuiilv/art/North-Central-Faerun-map-804876202

Heraldry:
Archendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Battledale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Cormyr, FRCS 2e
Daggerdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Deepingdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Elventree, Dragon #267
Featherdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Harrowdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
High Dale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Impiltur, Bloodstone Lands
Merrydale, http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Melvaunt, Polyhedron #79
Mistledale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Moondale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Mulmaster, FR Adventures
Myth Drannor, Ask Ed 2005 p62
Ordulin, Shadowbred
Ravens Bluff, FRCS 2e
Saerb, Shadowbred
Scardale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Sembia, FRCS 2e
Sessrendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Shadowdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Tantras, FR Adventures
Tarkhaldale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Tasseldale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Teshendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Zhentil Keep, Ruins of Zhentil Keep




Hey you mention something about vector based heraldry? Any chance we can get ahold of just those images?
perlmugp Posted - 09 Jul 2019 : 03:53:55
The depth of detail and reference is amazing. Are you planning on doing this for any other regions?
cuiilv Posted - 08 Jul 2019 : 20:30:51
Made an updated version with more than 40 new locations, but the big change is that I changed all text, roads and markers to be vector based. Should be a lot more useful when zooming in close, and you could also turn off the layers if you want a blank version of the map. I also added vector based heraldry for the places that got some (if I missed some let me know).
New map can be found at https://www.deviantart.com/cuiilv/art/North-Central-Faerun-map-804876202

Heraldry:
Archendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Battledale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Cormyr, FRCS 2e
Daggerdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Deepingdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Elventree, Dragon #267
Eveningstar, Ed Greenwood twitter
Featherdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Harrowdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
High Dale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Impiltur, Bloodstone Lands
Merrydale, http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Melvaunt, Polyhedron #79
Mistledale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Moondale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Mulmaster, FR Adventures
Myth Drannor, Ask Ed 2005 p62
Ordulin, Shadowbred
Ravens Bluff, FRCS 2e
Saerb, Shadowbred
Scardale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Sembia, FRCS 2e
Sessrendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Shadowdale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Tantras, FR Adventures
Tarkhaldale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Tasseldale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Teshendale, FRCS 2e http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090596
Whitehorn, Ed Greenwood twitter
Zhentil Keep, Ruins of Zhentil Keep
cuiilv Posted - 04 Apr 2019 : 12:09:49
(Airmbult), Spellfire
(Aluivyn), Volo's Guide to the Dalelands
(Arisome), Netheril
(Arnafel), Questions for George Krashos p26
(Basin Lake), Netheril
(Bell in the Depths), The Moonsea
(Black Oaks), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(Buoyance), Netheril
(Chandelgaunt), Sea of Fallen Stars
(Channel Mountains), Netheril
(Chanth), Netheril
(Chessagol), High History of Impiltur
(Chondathan), Sea of Fallen Stars
(Citadel of the White Worm), Bloodstone Lands
(Corrinthal Estate), Shadowstorm
(Daerlo's Rest), Dragon #424
(Dagger Mountains), Netheril
(Desertdoor), Anouroch
(Desertspire Mountains), FRCS 1e
(Dheolur), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(Dragonmere), Cormyr
(Dragonsheart Mountains), Netheril
(Dretchroyaster“s Lair), Cult of the Dragon
(Dun Orthass), High History of Impiltur
(Eastern Forest), Netheril
(Eldrisithain's Lair), Dragons of Faerūn
(Elfhold), Faiths & Pantheons
(Elnar), Questions for George Krashos p33
(Elzimmer), Forgotten Realms Adventures
(Everlor), FRCS 2e
(Faelorin), Cormanthyr
(Forest of Rivrau), Lalya Maurshanta
(Glorifier), Netheril
(Goblin Mount), Elminster's Ecologies
(Gods' Legion Mountains), Netheril
(Halrunedar), High History of Impiltur
(Heip Lake), Netheril
(Hidden Lake), Netheril
(High Reach), City of Raven's Bluff
(Hunter's Hill), Elminster's Ecologies
(Immer Bay), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(Impil's Tor), Dragon #346
(Inner Sea), FRCS 1e
(Kirthol Erdel), Glass Prison
(Leewai), Dungeon #170
(Lodestar Mountains), Netheril
(Lost Dale), The Dalelands
(Lost Princess), Sea of Fallen Stars
(Lythtlorn), Dragon #279
(Margrolkh), Questions for George Krashos p18
(Merrydale), Volo's Guide to the Dalelands
(Mhorilot), Rand's Travelogue: More of the Underdark and the Vast
(Mill Lake), Netheril
(Moch-Fanan), Dungeon #170
(Moondale), The Dalelands
(Mount Grimmerfang), City of Raven's Bluff
(Mulm Woods), Ed Greenwood twitter
(Mulmaea), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2010 p101
(Neirthoura), Polyhedron #77
(Nemsergaar), The Cavern of Death
(Netheril River), Netheril
(Oloth), High History of Impiltur
(Ondathel), Grand History of the Realms
(Opus), Netheril
(Orlath Wood), Anouroch
(Orolin), Anouroch
(Oubliette of Madness), Dungeon #170
(Patrician Peak), Netheril
(Peaks in the Ice), Forgotten Realms Atlas
(Phaerlin), Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark
(Plains of Duna), Sea of Fallen Stars
(Proeskampalar), High History of Impiltur
(Quagmire), Netheril
(Rampant Peaks), Netheril
(Rattlebones Ride), Realmslore: Melvos Hammerstars
(Ravior's Hold), Haunted Halls of Eveningstar
(River Arabel), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(River Duathamper), The Dalelands
(River Dunthelar), Sacred Sisters of the Crying God
(River Duthlis), Ed Greenwood twitter
(River of Ice), FRCS 2e
(River Rawlin), Unapproachable East
(River Staur), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2010 p101
(River Teshuth), Anouroch
(River Verire), Cormanthyr
(Rystall Wood), Lost Empires of Faerūn
(Saerdath), High History of Impiltur
(Sarbreen), City of Raven's Bluff
(Sea of Dragons), Mysteries of the Moonsea
(Sea of Starry Night), Underdark
(Secret Sea), Great Glacier
(Selarrynm), Lost Library of Cormanthor
(Sembian Sea), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2012 p57
(Shaddan Hills), Anouroch
(Shaddath Gap), Anouroch
(Shade), Lost Empires of Faerūn
(Shadowtop Borough), Netheril
(Shattershree's Rest), Dragon #286
(Shinantra Mountains)
(Shoal of Thirst), Anouroch
(Shunned Mountain), Parched Sea
(Sidewinder) ((River Lench)), Bloodstone Lands
(Smoking Mountain), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(Snarefell Lake), Netheril
(Ssrenshen), Cormanthyr
(Starglance Temple), Rand's Travelogue: More Dalelands
(Stonebolt Fields), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2013 p39
(Swamprun), Death of the Dragon
(Tayyib-kher's Lair), Elminster's Ecologies
(Tethyamar Mountains), Anouroch
(Thatchskull), Dragon #346
(The Standing Stone), The Dalelands
(Thorordmorn), High History of Impiltur
(Throne of the Titan Lords), Dungeon #177
(Thunderflow), Volo's Guide to Cormyr
(Trade Route) East of uthmere, Bloodstone Lands
(Traitor's Bay), Bloodstone Lands
(Trollgaunt Mountain), Anouroch
(Tsornyl), Volo's Guide to the Dalelands
(Tsurlar Forest), City of Raven's Bluff
(Turnback Mountains), Dragons of Faerūn
(Undead Castle), How the Mighty are Fallen
(Velethuil), Volo's Guide to the Dalelands
(Vespermouth) Calaunt, FR Adventures
(Venom's Knoll), Cormanthyr
(Watcher), Anouroch
(West Reach), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2012 p57
(Western Shield), Great Glacier
(Widowmaker Mountain), Netheril
(Wyvern's Rift), Cormanthyr
(Yeoman's Loft), Netheril
(Yerespar), Questions for Ed Greenwood 2010 p35
(Yrlaancel), Grand History of the Realms
cuiilv Posted - 04 Apr 2019 : 12:09:18
Zanhoriloch, Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark
Zarach, Bloodstone Lands
Zarlandris' Lair, Dragon #354
Zenith, Netheril
Zhent Estate, Ruins of Zhentil Keep
Zhentarim Watchtower, DDEX2-3 The Drowned Tower
Zhentil Keep, The Moonsea
Zhentilar Trail, The Moonsea
Zortagra, DDEX3-08 The Malady of Elventree
Zundle, Volo's Guide to Cormyr

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