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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Sep 2012 :  01:31:52  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

How are you doing DD?

I will have an updated map for you soon - I have at least one more locale to add, plus I want to tweak a couple of things. Figure about a week, though, because I am going to be very busy the next few days.



I'm doing really well...semester started a couple weeks ago...wife just had surgery (outpatient)...moved into a smaller house a couple months ago...just went down four children to only three now (from seven)...

Things are actually really good right now!

I'm not finished with my work on this...only waiting and doing a little at a time.

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Markustay
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Posted - 03 Oct 2012 :  21:05:04  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
New Version

Added two canon settlements to Shining Planes and adjusted roads accordingly. Changed Carragar to settlement. Added names for Erlkazar and Deep Wash. Corrected Whamite Isles orientation. Made the Underoad purple to denote it is subterranean. Got rid of redundant "The Jaws Straight". Added trail between Kulta and Huddagh (in Sembia).

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 04 Oct 2012 :  17:00:36  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
MT...I'm seriously happier with this map than I think I've ever been with a map before.

Is there really anything else that needs to be done?

If not, I think I will move forward with some of the rougher work regarding the Five Shires Project...although I'm still waiting until after I get my hands on the Elminster's Forgotten Realms book before finishing up...just want to have a certain feel of that book so that I don't miss out on anything awesome that I might want to include in this work.

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Markustay
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Posted - 04 Oct 2012 :  18:02:38  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only thing I might 'eventually' do is correct the Erlkazar region to match my new FR map I am working on, but that region is three map sections away, and I haven't even started placing icons on the first section yet.

The only other thing I noticed - after posting that - is that I left off Sespech. Only a tiny piece of it shows (Nimpeth) but I am a stickler for details. Out of the seven nations shown (at least in-part), six of the capitals appear on the map... not too shabby.

New Towns:
Carragar - appears on pg.13 of PftF, and also Ed responded to my question about it in his thread on 8/12/08 (and worth reading if you head that way - the hermitage is now defunct, but the tiny little settlement should still remain). All I did for this one is change it to the appropriate symbol.

Byernadine - appears on the map in The Ghost king, and is briefly mentioned in the book. Me thinks RAS decided to slip someone's name into Realmslore.

Rhios - it appears on a canon map that I 'acquired' at Gencon. More then that I cannot say (but you can always ask Ed and see if he knows anything).

quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

MT...I'm seriously happier with this map than I think I've ever been with a map before.
Thanks for the compliment - it ties in nicely to a conversation I had with Mike Shley at Gencon. A good map makes you want to play there, and know more. A great map can even be better then great lore, because it can pull new people into the setting (the "Hey! Whats THAT?!" phenomena). A bad map makes people play Pathfinder.

EDIT: I will probably also re-do the not-so-pretty hills in Turmish, and maybe the mountains, when I get around to fixing the Erlkazar part. However, that will not change the placement of anything (its more of a facelift - I am never satisified with how something looks).

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 04 Oct 2012 18:59:48
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 04 Oct 2012 :  21:26:06  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As long as nothing currently on the map will be moved around, then I feel I can move forward.

Still won't be officially working toward finishing until after I get Elminster's Forgotten Realms though...

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Markustay
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Posted - 05 Oct 2012 :  18:44:58  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nope, nothing should get moved from this point on. I hadn't expected the stuff in The Shining Plains, otherwise all locations should have been finalized the last time. Anything else I do on the Five Shires conversion map will be of a cosmetic nature.

I still have to flip a few city/town maps around for you, though. Whenever I get bored with the FR map I will work on those (and I get bored a LOT, so no worries).

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 06 Oct 2012 :  03:56:54  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Nope, nothing should get moved from this point on. I hadn't expected the stuff in The Shining Plains, otherwise all locations should have been finalized the last time. Anything else I do on the Five Shires conversion map will be of a cosmetic nature.

I still have to flip a few city/town maps around for you, though. Whenever I get bored with the FR map I will work on those (and I get bored a LOT, so no worries).



Excellent! With Elminster's Forgotten Realms in hand, I'm moving forward!

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 06 Oct 2012 :  04:11:33  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OH! One thing though, can you split the map EXACTLY in half from north to south to fit in a book?

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Markustay
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Posted - 06 Oct 2012 :  06:51:11  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No problem.

I did it that way so that I could show the maximum amount of geography and have all the labels still be legible when printed on a standard 8½ x 11 paper.

My master-copy map has more on it, so maybe if I split it differently I can have it fit two sheets of paper perfectly.

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Markustay
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Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  01:23:47  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LOL - looking up something completely unrelated, I happen to be going through issue #269 of Dragon Magazine and found a great article on FR Hin. Apparently we have another kingdom of Halflings - Delmyr!

How the hell did I miss that for so long? And I am not the only one - it should have appeared on the map of the Hordelands in issue #349!

Considering I referenced this issue for some stuff for the Impiltur map (three halfling towns), I am surprised I over looked this.

On the other hand, I am very excited to have found not only another thing to place on my maps, but it is an entire nation of halflings.

Kung-Fu Hin!

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Edited by - Markustay on 22 Oct 2012 01:24:50
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  01:37:14  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think Delmyr's location is such that it is a bit "out of sight, out of mind". Lots of people like the Hordelands. I'm not sure many campaigns are set there though. Be a great place for a "portal trip" side adventure.

-- George Krashos

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  03:10:05  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

I think Delmyr's location is such that it is a bit "out of sight, out of mind". Lots of people like the Hordelands. I'm not sure many campaigns are set there though. Be a great place for a "portal trip" side adventure.

-- George Krashos




OR...a reverse where some Tuigan are suddenly rampaging through the middle of Shaerdon!

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Markustay
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Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  18:33:32  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Hordleands are fascinating.

I have a new theory where the entirety of 'The Dark Three' arose in that region. We know Myrkul was a prince of Murghôm, and that Bhaal's main temple was the Fortress of the Old Man (Sentinelspire). In another thread just now I mentioned how Bane looks like a half-orc, and how Gruumsh was stomping through some of that region during the Orcgate Wars. Now, I know at some point at least Bane was involved with the Moonsea lands, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have originated elsewhere (I am thinking Semphar).

Plus you have two kingdoms of dwarves there, a gnome kingdom (Songfarla) and two clans of elves (Lythari and normal). The Spiderhaunt Peaks are just begging for some drow in the Underdark, and the same range has a fallen Gnoll kingdom. You have all the monsters and races of both the west and east (OA) available in the same region, along with a smattering of region-specific critters. Add in the fact you have both the lost Imaskari lands (including at least a dozen fallen 'survivor state'), and high levels of Fey/druidic activity associated with both the Raumvari and Lythari, means there should not only me all sorts of truly ancient magical ruins and mysteries, but also a great many portals leading to 'elsewhere' (I feel that the entire region has undergone a 'weakening of the veil' between worlds - the barrier is thinnest there).

But alas, this is a halfling thread. I just can't get the picture of Samurai and Ninja hin out of my head now. I had considering making shojo Oriental halflings, but now they can just be an offshoot (a group of ghostwise granted special 'gifts' by a celestial dragon, perhaps).

Unfortunately, Delmyr got dumped right alongside my homebrew lore on the Fankiang (Hobgoblins), so I have to rethink a few things.

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Edited by - Markustay on 22 Oct 2012 22:18:01
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 29 Jul 2013 :  23:13:11  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've recently been working quite a bit more on this...I appreciate all the input from all!

MT, is there any way you could send me the "best" version of the map you have either by email, dropbox or whatever? Highest/Best resolution you have please sir!

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Markustay
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Posted - 30 Jul 2013 :  01:02:55  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have no higher resolution one then this one at DeviantART.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 30 Jul 2013 :  05:06:45  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks MT! As always, you are the best!

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 04 Mar 2014 :  08:07:53  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately, this project is on hold for an indeterminate amount of time pending completion of my first publication effort.

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thenightgaunt
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Posted - 15 Mar 2014 :  01:11:58  Show Profile Send thenightgaunt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually did almost the same thing. Just in a different location

I ran a campaign based around chronomancy and the PC's convincing groups of refugees to relocate to a region where they were building a new city.

The city north of the High Moor (replacing "modern day" Secomber) and I wanted the city to be mostly non-human. So I placed the 5 Shires in the empty territory south of the Evermoors. The first Trollwar of Waterdeep would have destroyed them but the PC's convinced them to flee south. I also got to use the Dwarves of Rockhome to create a viable version of Ilfaren (for the same reason). The result was a mostly dwarf/halfling city where Secomber used to be.

The books might be Mystaran but they make for fantastic demihuman settlements and give them a level of detail that players often love. Heck, my Rockhome was a more interesting place than my Waterdeep. Though I may not really have the feel for running the latter properly.
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 03 Nov 2014 :  21:18:37  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How did I miss this for so long! Excellent ideas thenightgaunt!

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Markustay
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Posted - 04 Nov 2014 :  03:37:09  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I put the Nentir Vale in Athwater Vale (that same region around Secomber, south of The High Forest. It was an excellent fit (I didn't even have to resize it - FR is that BIG). Funny how TSR/WotC never really bothered to develop it as a campaign region - its pretty central to everything else.

My Five Shires sits south of the High Moor, in the Greenfields region (Greenest is supposed to be halfling anyway,and it falls-out between former and possible future halfling realms (Meritan and Sheeland). I also split the continent at that point, which made it easy for me to port-in The Five Shires unchanged (its super-imposed with Luiren, which got moved to the same spot).

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Edited by - Markustay on 04 Nov 2014 03:37:51
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 25 Aug 2015 :  23:52:09  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah...YEARS later this is actually nearer to completion.

I suffer from lack of focus...only excuse I have.

Will post a link here when it is up!

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 26 Aug 2015 :  00:09:45  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

Yeah...YEARS later this is actually nearer to completion.

I suffer from lack of focus...only excuse I have.

Will post a link here when it is up!



Hey, I just noticed the other day that a project I'd been working on was at least a couple years old... In my case, I'm not the best person at creating things from scratch, and my schedule simply doesn't allow much free time, any more.

Being easily distracted by bright and shiny objects doesn't help.

So don't feel bad about taking a while!

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 27 Oct 2020 :  15:00:43  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still come back to this and slowly work on it. It just turned out to be more than I had reckoned all those years ago.

I think I just got infected with SageTime...

MT still has a nice map of this here:

https://www.deviantart.com/markustay/art/Five-Shires-FR-Conversion-653017761

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sleyvas
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Posted - 27 Oct 2020 :  17:18:02  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

I still come back to this and slowly work on it. It just turned out to be more than I had reckoned all those years ago.

I think I just got infected with SageTime...

MT still has a nice map of this here:

https://www.deviantart.com/markustay/art/Five-Shires-FR-Conversion-653017761



You and me both brother. I run in too many directions.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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cpthero2
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Posted - 28 Oct 2020 :  08:28:37  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader Darden,

Master Markustay created that map? It is absolutely stunning! Zooming in on that area is mind blowing with the detail as is always the case.

Has he done additional maps for the Shires as well?

Best regards,




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