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Updated Map of Truaine by TheFS Updated Map of Truaine by TheFS
I have redone the Map of Truaine (found here:[link]). There is a LOT more detail, both in places that are visited in The Fallen Star and places that aren't. I just figured it sets the scene =)

Update: added a Compass and a Scale.

I would love to colour it etc, but I'm not sure how. So if anyone can help me with that...? =D

Let me know what you think!
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This map just blew me away! I was scanning for anything bad and just couldn't find any! The only thing I have to say is that on some of the smaller fonts, it is a bit hard to read, but it may be because I don't have my glasses on? Haha.

The color scale (Since I see it's not in there) that I think would suit this is Green-Brown-Red or Green-Red on the elevation levels.

I won't comment on the fact that it isn't colored though, because I read through the comments and I realized that you did know to color it but not how to contour.

I don't believe you really need to contour much (But I'm terrible myself so how would I know?) I suggest looking at actual maps. If I were you, I would go and buy a map (If you can) to see exactly how they do things and how they color the elevations. (For me, I have to physically touch it)

:) Hope I helped you with this review in any way and hope I gave a good review.
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TheSleepingGods Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Dang buddy, this ia an incredible map. I LOVE the Key especially. If anything added to realism I think it is shipping routes and roads, I can almost imagine the landscape too.
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:iconthefs:
TheFS Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers man, I'm glad you like it :D
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice map! I love maps and am currently designing some for my fantasy novels as well. This is beautiful work ^_^
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TheFS Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just had a quick peek through some of your work; it's really good =D Much better than I can do!

If you ever want me to read through some of your novel, I'd be happy to give it a look through =)
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww...thanks :meow: That would be great!

Here's the link to the completed prologue and chapter one of my novel The Riders of Redrog: [link] . Here's the link to the rest of the folder of the chapters I have posted so far: [link] . I even have a glossary in there for the language I made up for the dragons of that world. Some terms are used in the novel.

Your input would be awesome!
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TheFS Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've had a similar issue with words of my fantastical world and, though it's not as advanced as yours seems to be, I've also got my own language (but its only referenced on the map so far - as the Nourich Desert isn't explored until the second book). It's an annoying problem, defining words. It's frustrating to swap between a glossary and the actual text because it tears you away from the action and you lose your place. I don't know if you noticed in my first chapter, the underlined words? Where you hover over them with your cursor to reveal the definition. Could that work well for you here? People seem to have received that quite well.

For example: liacha vines

I'll have a read through your first chapter tomorrow when I've got a spare hour or so to have a good read! I'm looking forward to it :squee:
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really that big of an issue in mine, as I put plenty of context so the readers can figure it out. I've just had various deviants ask if I could post a glossary, so I did. Although, if you could tell me in detail how you did that effect with your terms, I might make use of it sometime.

Enjoy your read!
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TheFS Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I thought I'd done enough context, but people still managed to get confused!

But anyway, here is what you type: (without spaces)
< acronym title="Text that pops up">< u>shown text</u></acronym>
Which gives:
shown text

you can change the < u> to a b bold, or i italics - I don't know how familiar you are with html coding.
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...Yeah, with mine, it's actually going to be a book in print, so I have to have a glossary in the back anyway, but I'll try out what you gave me here. Thanks :)

I don't know much about html at all, but what you gave me seems pretty straight forward.
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Nalatos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since you want critique, I don't know what you had access to. I find the contour lines difficult to read. I would have used colored lines to differentiate between elevation. And perhaps not quite as dark. I do really like how much thought and detail you have put into place names, I personally have a lot of difficulty when it comes to naming things like that.
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah I wasn't sure how to do the contours, I just drew something out and scanned it in. You're right, they are quite hard to read through, and if I could, I'd try and make them lighter. I don't have much in the way of painting tools (photoshop or otherwise) I'm pretty much stuck at MS Paint level =/

As for the names, it got to tiresome. I started putting in jokes, just to keep me interested. You have no idea how many of the places are just friends' names. And how about the Dissa Coast and the Peare Cliffs? I have to say, given the amount of erosion, they're disappear-ing fast. ;)

Thanks for your comments =D
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whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Firstly, get yourself GIMP [link] it's basically a free and slightly less powerful version of photoshop. No-one is stuck at "MS Paint Level," that's a purgatory no artist should go through =P
(Paint Tool SAI is not technically free, but many people use it. It is more like Adobe Illustrator, and is especially good for cartoons and anime, whilst GIMP is more like photoshop, good for photo editing and a variety of painting.)

I think, as was said, the contour lines need to be different. They are often done in a light brown, so they are not mistaken for roads etc, and do not interfere with nearby text. Your geography (rivers, mountains, coast, land shape) is pretty good all-round, you've obviously been quite careful in your placement.

Once you get a digital program, colouring becomes super easy - play around with transparency and layer modes, look up some tutorials for handy effects, and voila, your map looks all professional!

Good luck in future :)
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah yes, I've heard of GIMP, I just didn't know it was free. I'll look into that and try and get something sorted out. It might take me a while to get used to it, and be able to figure out the tools etc, but like you said, tutorials should be a huge help. I really would like to get it looking really professional, so I might have to delve into colour to get it looking right.

As for the geography, I spent years studying different landforms and features - and though I didn't really think about it, I'm sure some of that knowledge slipped in. I was more interested in the names ;p
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whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It can be quite a task to change to digital, but it's SO worth it, especially if you can grab yourself a tablet! (otherwise it takes a lot longer to get used to and get professional-looking styles). I picked up a Toshiba M500 tablet computer a couple of years ago for like $40 at a garage sale, so keep your eyes open for something like that :)

Once you're up, keep practicing and pumping out pieces, and you will watch them quickly improve!
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I did have a tablet once, but it was cheap and crappy, and kept breaking. But after what you've said - i might have to go back and investigate them further!

Thanks! =D
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whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh mine IS cheap and crappy and I yell angry things at it all the time! To be fair it is almost 10 years old, but it does the job and you might be able to get a newer one - touch-technology is so much more common these days!
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, speak of the devil. I've just moved into a new house, and one of the guys has a huge, relitively new graphics tablet. Awesome ;)
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Nalatos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats very clever, actually. Hehe

I don't use Paint Tool Sai, but I am pretty sure its free and downloadable somewhere. Might be worth a google.
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh thanks, I've give that a look =D
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Darkaiz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the shape of the land, but it's hard to make out any details if I don't zoom in.
But It's cool! The level of detail allows me to "explore" the map, which I love to do!

Great work! I like the names as well :D
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I know, I realised that half way through doing it. I half think I need to make a 'simplified' version

Thanks for your comments, they mean a lot! :squee:
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xyz-dbz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
find any map make and let him handle it
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ChuruyaSensei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
Now that's nice! Yea, try photoshop, there may be a tutorial
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done :) Did you draw this map yourself?
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Have you ever thought, or tried, to get yours mapped up?
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I created a map of Armageddon about five years ago. I just need to update it ^^;
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks =)

Yeah I did, you should have seen my very first attempt - it's shocking! ;p
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome ^^ It seems to be that the land in your story is quite huge judging by the map O.O'
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've just noticed I forgot the scale. It's about half the size of earth at any rate, though they only travel to half of it throughout the series. It's a bit sad, knowing for the moment, half the map won't even be used - but you know, better to be there when I need it than need it and have to make it first!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true ^^; It's all right, I've actually read a few books that were like that, but it still at least gives the reader an idea as to how big the land actually is :) I know that I love seeing things like that :)
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Because of the way the first book is written, they move around a LOT, so I guess it really helps with figuring out where they at at any one point - I try to keep referencing the places as I go. I've made up so many names for places/animals/people... at least one lot of them can be explained now by looking at the map.

If only I could draw animals/people =(
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still have a lot of trouble drawing people. I actually feel more comfortable drawing the animals more than anything (especially the dragons) XD

That's a good thing to do, to reference the places as you go especially with a place that's not much smaller than the earth itself. :)
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ChuruyaSensei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
That's great! I love maps lol. You should color it!
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd love to colour it, I just don't know how...

:sniff:
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ChuruyaSensei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
CRAYONS! lol jk you could use something like SAI or Photoshop, or make a copy and color by hand?
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TheFS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
haha, now there's an idea - crayons ;p

I'm not too good on photoshop, I don't think I even have a copy of it anymore. Might look for a tutorial for it though.

On the plus side, I do actually have a copy of the map now where all the names are typed, and some of the odd random lines have been cleared up. It looks a lot more professional I think! That said, I'm going to wait til tomorrow to get it uploaded when I've made the edge look a little fancier. Hmm, I wonder if there are any tutorials out there for making it look all old and map-like... hmmm
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ChuruyaSensei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
Yea, I do think photoshop can help with that lol
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