Subtle. Very subtle. Battery-life-friendly, too…
The visual and technological reference for Skydial
American Museum of Natural History
It is actually, a photo of the display in the Museum of Natural History with a simple Photoshop filter applied, but it conveys the mood quite well. If only those were wolves, and not wild dogs…
The unfortunate abstinence of writing (life gets in the way all the time) makes me resort to stealing a second or two to blog random things—this is an unfinished sketch of Castle Strata as seen from the Up City cliffs, found in Dae’s notebooks—just to make me feel that I am not abandoning my story…
A hungry cat at 4 AM and a general insomnia had led to another terraforming event. I rotated the map about 10 degrees clockwise, moving Norlay to the North, and Zurbah to South, ensuring proper climates in both countries. Added a bunch of cities and places, relocated the whole province of Qiehly, and moved Zafza up North of Zurbah, and Eastwell—down South (the land of Eastlann had to grow another dry land peninsula just to accommodate the change), all because I did not want to even think about fiddling with the logistics of Ethelle’s adventure in the prologue. She has to travel East to West straight, not at a reach.
But the map looks more and more complex and map-like.
Here is the link to the master .pdf file in Dropbox. Added the whole new region on the North of Ordth, called The Shattered Isles. I am thinking the fringe Orthian clan, which attacked Ashe, might have come from there.
I need to file this under Projects, so it could be accessed from the Art menu.
The Crests, curse it!
Stormhold (I am tempted to make the Eagle two-headed to symbolize something I am not yet sure of—the equaity of male and female heirs, perhaps—but it might be too Russian…), Stormhold City Watch (Eagle on top of a shield), Boarland, Foxvale… lots of stuff, and in the style I have not yet explored…
The Red Trident (I kinda tried, but it needs more work. Everything needs more work, hex it…)
Zurbah (the lions on top of the map are clip art, they should go…)
Floor plan of the Keep, at least of the Verra’s quarters.
Map of Stormhold Castle
Map of Stormhold City (?)
Map of the Circle of Known Lands (this one I at least started…)
Floor plan of The Oaken Chest
What else? (and when… during the review of the first draft by the not yet formed group of alpha readers?)