August/September 2012 Cartographer’s Guild Lite Challenge Winner!
The challenge was to create two maps on the same image which depicts something before and after an event. The inspiration for my entry came from a documentary I had seen on the History Channel a few months before. Part of it discussed the legend of the ancient desert city of Ubar (which some believe to have been in modern day Oman.) The basic story is that this thriving trading center in the middle of the desert eventually collapsed on itself as the Oasis depleted. (i.e. the water cavity beneath the city which supplied the oasis eventually caved in). When I got into mapping a few weeks later, I kept thinking about how i’d like to eventually recreate the city and adapt the story to the Al-Qadim campaign that I’m running.
My adaptation to the story can be found in the text of the map. The basic gist is that the city was destroyed (by a similar means) as revenge for the ruler’s betrayal of a Genie.
I learned a great deal about Photoshop in doing this map and really benefited from the thoughtful comments and critiques from others on the forum. The Work-In-Progress thread can be found here.