This is another post for April’s RPG Blog Carnival on the topic of Cartography in RPGs hosted at A Character for Every Game.
Tonight I decided it was time to start creating a map of the Inner Kingdom for the Astrolomancer Adventure:
The Elemental Dragon Kings of the Inner Kingdom
As the adventure takes place in The Inner Kingdom, a world that roughly resembles Han Dynasty China, in order to capture the feel of the era, culture and locale, I tried my best to mimic the look of an old inked map on rice-paper.
As usual, my only tool was paint.net and a couple of royalty free images found via a Google search.
My inspiration for this map and adventure comes from the 1983 Mayfair Games module “Dragons of Weng T’Seng.” I never had the chance to run the module and yet it stands out in my mind as the one that got away.
I considered circling the entire map in a Great Wall but instead chose to abandon that idea. That’s not to say that perhaps the edge of this world doesn’t manifest as a massive stone structure, rather it just isn’t represented on this map.
Though it took some time to get a lot of the elements right, I’m really rather pleased with the result.
The Elemental Dragon Kings
of the Inner Kingdom
(click for a larger view)