Ever since I started imagining Ostenheim, I’ve been scribbling maps on scraps of paper, adding, deleting and altering as the stories developed and the city grew in my mind. I’ve wanted to get a proper map of the city made up for a long time, and now I have. Here it is:
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The map was drawn up by the very talented Robert Altbauer. You can see more of his work at his website. I can’t express how delighted I am with his work – it’s a great experience to finally see the image that’s been in my head for such a long time. We chose a style similar to the Renaissance era city maps from books like Civitates Orbis Terrarum; something that looks like it was created at the time it is set in, rather than a modern map of an old city.
The map will be a great accompaniment to the series of posts about the city that is upcoming, and will make my job of explaining where all the important buildings are a lot easier!
I’ve been playing about with my world map in photoshop for a while, making something large that I can cut bits out of and use to make consistent regional maps for my books. I decided to take that whole outline and make a full world map that contains all the regions that appear in the stories I’ve written about the Middle Sea world.
It only outlines the different countries, not all the individual locations, and even then only very generally. I think it would become too cluttered with the extra detail. Each regional map will be cut out of the template used to make this one to keep everything consistent, and the detail can go in on those. There’s also a lot of terra incognito, that will be updated as and when I write something that fills in the detail for that area. For example, there are a lot more rivers in this world, but I’ve only included those that have appeared in a story, or the world building for a story that I’ve written.
So here it is, the product of several hours playing around with photoshop, The States of the Middle Sea.
For anyone interested in playing about with making their own maps, I would really recommend checking out The Cartographers’ Guild website. A tonne of tips, tutorials, resources and inspiration all just a click away!
I hummed and hawed about putting a map up for the locations in The Tattered Banner for a while, but have decided that I will.
The first thing to note is that it contains locations relevant to The Tattered Banner story exclusively. There are other towns etc that aren’t in the story (but do feature in others), so haven’t been included on this map.
The second thing is, it’s a representation of the locations, and is not exactly to scale. (This is a cunning ploy to avoid any comments that characters would need to be flying concorde/walking backwards for a journey to have taken x amount of time!)
Anyway, I love looking at maps, and quite like staring at this one. I hope you guys do too!
So, here it is, a map of the Duchy of Ostia and the Principality of Ruripathia!