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Lost City of Ubar

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.

 


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Glandred’s Hollow

This map was made using Photoshop for the Cartographer’s guild July/August Lite Challenge (2012).  In the challenge you had a limited shape and color palette to work with.

The map depicts a small village lying in the shadow of a small mountain.  Inside the mountain lies a Dwarven city/mine.  The village serves as a above ground conduit for the outside world and assorted trading goods; along with providing an added level of security and home for a variety of little races (gnomes, halflings, etc.)

I arrived at the name using a Dwarf name generator program.  It translates into “the lost maiden”.  I used that name to develop a little back story and the lyric displayed in the border.

Without Hope But Undeterred,

The Maiden Awaits Her Lord’s Return,

Beyond Our Gates And In The Shadows,

Forever Known as Glandred’s Hollow.

Generations ago, a Dwarven lord went to war and never returned.  His lady was inconsolable and refused to believe he was dead.  She spent the rest of her days roaming the shadows of the mountain…and her spirit remains (to either curse or protect the village…haven’t decided yet.)

 


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My World…thus far…

Haven’t thought of a clever name for the world I’ve been creating…

But here is a map of the continent thus far.  It was made with Photoshop by following Ascension’s tutorial.

The city names labeled thus far belong to the country of “Sondim” whose boundaries roughly correspond to the locations listed above.

This is a close up regional map of “Sondim”.  It was also made in Photoshop by following Tear’s Saderan tutorial.

The Al-Qadim stuff that i’ve been mapping would presumably fit somewhere to the south of my continent in the desert region.