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October 20, 2010
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Welstar by Hai-Etlik Welstar by Hai-Etlik
This is a map of Welstar, one of the 6 worlds of RetroMUD, a Fantasy MUD I play on as "Tarnal Mithdae", who is currently leader of the Bard guild.

I started with screenshots of the in game, multi level ANSI map and traced it out in Inkscape, then tried to produce a more decorative map that conveyed the same information in a way consistent with the European Medieval Fantasy flavour of the world.

The heraldic symbols are mostly made up, although where there are in game descriptions, I've tried to follow them. I used elliptical cartouches for religious locations and roundels for the decidedly non-military medical guilds and the Elven city of Anathera.

I chose to use a simple hachuring for topography rather than the iconic representations I usually use so I could better represent the levels of the original map. I'm still not entirely happy with it but I can't think of a better option, and it does look good for the hills and lesser mountains.

All the effects and textures are done in Inkscape using SVG Filter Effects and Inkscape's Path Effects and I built most of the filter effects from scratch. The restacking script for the forests, and the generator for the farmland pattern were both written in Ruby.
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Oh man, this takes me back! Gorgeous work. :)
It's fun to see the map as something other than an ascii representation. Scary to see how much I still recognize.

Also, congrats on guild leadership.
Sapiento Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Unusual style, but good!
Thanks, one of the things I was aiming for was to avoid 'Yet Another Generic Fantasy Map'
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