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Anzorae – fantasy map

Color sketch of a fantasy map
The delightful continent of Anzorae has towns, hamlets, castles, and more! That’s right, I’ve even put in some hand typography to label locations, rivers and a mountain range.

Anzorae

Brief overview

  • The entire continent of Anzorea is controlled by the monarchy, currently lead by Queen Kezarrae (Razorclawed lineage)
  • The northwest coastline is a barren, desert wasteland called “the Sacred Lands” due to the twisted, ruined landscape caused by past battles between powerful gods
  • Taxes for cities/towns/villages range from 10% – 25% depending on the level of favor the royal has with the crown
  • Adventuring Tax
    • Any found magical items must be presented to the court and can be gifted to the royals or be assessed a stiff tariff if the person wants to keep their spoils; sometimes the royals will claim the item for themselves and the “good of the nation” regardless of the presenters wishes.
    • 30% of any coins gathered in the act of adventuring shall be paid to the crown
    • Individuals who cannot prove ownership of a magical item (provenance documents, bill of sale, etc) or who show signs of gaining unexplained wealth not reported to the court are dealt with harshly

Points of interest in Anzorae


Saleece

Saleece
Saleece – Capital of Anzorae
  • Large, walled city
  • Capital of Anzorae
  • Home of the royals and Queen Kezarrae
  • Nezor Harbor protects the city from the harsh northern seas
  • Wardrum Forest –Home to a large tribe of druids who react violently to intruders
    • it’s often difficult to tell the druids from the animals
    • the wiser citizens of Saleece avoid this forest
  • Vargox Mountains – Mined for the wide range of precious metals and gems
    • Full of angry monsters and the corpses of would-be adventurers

Hargth

Hargth
Hargth – lawless port town
  • Primarily a fishing and trade town
  • Started off as a small fishing village, but has grown as a popular destination for smugglers and others who want trade outside the eyes of the law and avoid imperial taxes
    • Forgery is a popular sport here
  • An embarrassing thorn in the royals’ pristine ideals for their nation, especially since it’s so close to the capital
  • Queen Kezarrae’s army often runs raids on the town, but have little success due to the many secret doors and hidden tunnels running beneath the Hargth
  • Hargth Harbor and the surrounding lands are riddled with underwater passageways, which connect to the land tunnels under Hargth
  • It is not common knowledge that within the harbor and water tunnels is the sub-town of Hargthsdowns that is inhabited by merfolk and the like

Sakura

Sakura+Lake Drom
Sakura – on the edge of civilization
  • Lakeside castle
  • Fairly autonomous and isolated from the politics of Anzorae
  • Being on the edge of the Sacred Lands they get the occasional wave of strange mutated creatures that attack the walled town with mindless rage
  • Adventurers that survive the Sacred Lands will often go to Sakura to trade found magical items to avoid the high crown tariffs
    • Forgery is a popular sport here as well
  • Lake Drom – as long as you stay near the banks, you’ll be fine

Ellim

Color Sketch: Hand lettered
Ellim – home of the crazies
  • Medium size city
  • At the mouth of the Joramara River
  • The land to the north of the Joramara River is lush, fertile farmland
  • A lot of small homestead dot the lands north of Ellim and are technically considered under Ellim’s protection
  • Known for the inexperienced mages drawn there for the Wizard College
  • Home of a wide range of eccentric artisan types
  • Moordrae Forest – rangers like it here; no crazy druid tribes

Zomarra

Zomarra
Zamarra – Where you go to get away from the crazies
  • Keep
  • Surrounding land to the North is mostly swamp and the Hargrove River
  • Home of the coldly logical schools of thought
  • Several monastic and scholarly temples call Zomarra their home

Tansy

Tansy
Tansy – Simple Farmers, Right?
  • Farming community
  • Absolutely no hidden prince or princess wishing for a more exciting life here, just boring laborers.
  • Magic users? Bah! No use for that sort here. Go to Ellim if you want to play with the arcane. (Caves in the mountains have several thriving businesses run by clever wizards, sorcerers, witches, warlocks)

Goldspar

Color sketch: Hand lettered
Goldspar – Thinks it should be the capital
  • Large coastal town
  • Rivals Saleece in population, though more of residents live outside the city walls
  • The royals here are secretly plotting to place the crown on their heads

Domaar

Sketch-Hand lettered
Domaar
  • Small village on the largest of the Western Golsmar Islands

General Artist Notes

This was my first try at adding buildings and labels to a map. I can’t draw consistent, level squiggly horizontal water lines, but otherwise I think it’s coming along nicely.

As with the map of Bealdunagaen, I used a combination of pencils, gel pens, crayons, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and a wee bit o blush in the creation of this map.


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Bealdunagaen – fantasy map sketch

Update: March 29, 2018

Fearing the River Police would find me and confiscate my map drawing tools, I went back and added some rivers and made sure none split after downriver. I went pretty light on the rivers on this one, so it wasn’t too bad.

Hand drawn Fantasy map in color

Getting crazy with some color

This island-heavy map was inspired by the area around Bealadangan on the west side of Ireland, thus the name Bealdunagaen.

Color hand-drawn map with islands and mountains of imaginary Bealdunagaen

On this fantasy map, I dipped my toe into the excitement of adding color.

Color Creativity

I used a variety of media for coloring the map, wanting to used what I had on hand. In the end I used graphite pencils, sharpies, highlighters, gel pens, and crayons. But I wasn’t getting the quality of blending I wanted.

I was cleaning out a drawer in my bathroom and found a bag of makeup that I hadn’t touched in years. Mmmmmmm… So the brown of mountains is an eyeliner pencils. The shading is a combination of crayons and eye shadows. I like the way the land and mountains turned out. I eventually gave up on the water. It’s a mixture of highlighter and crayon trying to hide the highlighter.

Bealdunagaen sketch and various media used

When the light hits the paper, the colors look shiny from the sparkly bits in the eyeshadows. Yay! Finally a use for makeup!

Bealdunagaen map cropped to show shiny reflection
Orignal pencil sketch of Bealdunagaen

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Dice & the Bag of Devouring

New Dice Bringeth D&D Geek Happines

There’s something absolutely giddy making about getting a bunch of new, nice looking dice. I’ve always felt a bit deprived in the dice-quantity side of things. Typically I buy a single poly set at a time every couple of years, but not this time.

I’d been coveting the Wiz Dice Bag of Devouring on Amazon  that comes with “140 Polyhedral Dice in 20 Guaranteed Complete Sets” for a while now and finally gave into temptation.  There’s also a Wiz Dice Bag of Holding, but that one had less of the cool marbled and swirly types and more solids and translucent sets.

SO MANY PRETTIES!!

And the bag that comes with the dice is fun, too.

And yes, of course I had to separate them all out, group each set, and admire each one. Does everyone do this or just me? Anyway, I’m very please to have all these new swirly and shiny dice.

 

And then they mingled

With great ceremony the new dice were introduced to the veteran dice of many a past epic battle and perhaps some not-so-epic moments.

Dice-Mingling

Your GM Dice and Your Player Dice Don’t Mix

The hardest part is figuring out which dice to put in my GM dice box and which ones to I’d use as a player. I’m not really a superstitious sort, but I’m absolutely positive that GM mojo will curse any dice if I try to use them as a player. Heck. I even have a hard time sharing my dice because of other people getting their potentially bad luck all over my dice. That stuff is SO difficult to get off!

The D&D 3.5 Eberron game that I’ve been a player in for the past 4 years is on hiatus, which means there’s no real idea of when or if that will start up again. So if I pull some of those new dice aside to be my player dice, who knows how long it will be before I get to fondle and toss them in a game session!