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Lortai: The Known World of Soni v. 1 by LordVurtax Lortai: The Known World of Soni v. 1 by LordVurtax
This is subject to change. This is the map I've been developing for my medieval/fantasy universe for the longest time and I still have much to work out.

This part of the world is occupied by 6 different races, the Chal (Humans), the Scaron, Voskidir, Zyzeti, Hakoro, and the Daunask. I will not detail them, though I have told many people I frequently talk to the gist of what they are I plan on keeping most of this information to myself in fear of potential plagiarism. This is the world I've been developing since I was 10 and I want no one stealing it from me.

And yes, the world is called Soni, Lortai is first charted lands of a much larger world that will be discovered as the universe is extended. I plan on going in writing books on the universe with a timeline that matches the length and complexity of The Elder Scrolls.

Thanks for looking.

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Paper Texture complimentary of Psdgraphics.com located here: [link]

Inspiration for the Style of the map thanks to :iconhlissner: and his amazing map "Equestria and Beyond"

Resources like brushes and strokes can be found at :iconcartography-guild: and a big thanks to all contributors there.

Cloud Brush used from :iconpara-vine: located Here: [link]
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice maps :)
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool! World-building is so fun. I've been toying around with my own world for a while, but it's mostly just lore and culture, so far; my geography isn't very well developed. For some reason, yours makes me think of Earthsea, but with obviously far fewer islands! :)
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, yeah I didn't know about Earthsea till recently, but in terms of the expanded universe I do plan to take a similar approach though I do want to have actual continents in it as well in places.

In terms of scale, this land you see here is 3/5's to 3/4's of the Southwestern hemisphere of the word Soni the world is also about 8/10ths the size of ours just to give you sense of scale. If you notice on the map, Naus's subtitle is "Syrrin of the Hakoro", and Syrrin is a term they use as a kind of middle point between a Continent and an island. At this point in their history they've never seen what they call a continent. But all the same they differentiate by Island, Syrrin, and Continent come time they discover them.

Oh heads up, when developing your world, consider how you want to design the land. Do you design the land with your world's culture in mind? or does the land shape the culture of your people?

Thanks for checking it out. Sorry if you didn't actually care to hear any of that. It just kind of spilled out.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! You really put a lot of thought into this!

I think for my world, since the land isn't yet fleshed out very well, but the cultures are, the land will develop from the culture at least as much as the opposite. I find it important to use the land as a way of establishing limitations to drive the story and lore (great impassable mountains, deep dangerous lakes, wide treacherous seas, wild unfriendly forests, etc), but also, realistically, the culture would have naturally developed around the land, to a substantial degree (geology determining what kind of ecology develops, ecology determining clothing and food sources, both determining building materials, with resource distribution determining scarcity, which in turn influences how cultures develop and interact with one another, etc). That's how I look at it, anyway. How has it gone for you?
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well originally - like when I was 10 - it was all about the culture shaping the world. Hell the landmass you see as Barcon was extremely childish in design having a Peninsula overhead of it that looked like sawblade teeth as if I couldn't imply harder it was home to the antagonists.

As of late however, I kind of just drew the world and imagined how when the cultures spread out amongst it where they would roost and how they would. So rather they stepped into a place embracing it's challenges. The Hakoro for instance fight a hive species of creatures call the Inaby that hail from the Tower of Black Lightning, they use the arctic strip as a buffer and place their city in the heart of it more or less to fight off the Inaby so they don't get to their farming towns on the other side of the Barricade mountains or through the pass.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you certainly have a very interesting world, here! If you ever write anything in this world, let me know! I'd love to give it a read!

:)
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Believe me, I've been developing this world since I was 10, granted most of the things from that age have been pitched or changed drastically but you get the idea. If I wasn't worried about Plagiarism I'd love to tell you the details if you'd be willing to listen. No question on that.

And sure thing, if I ever get the book out. At the current time it would/will be called "The Trials of Valor" and the main characters name would be Vurtax, yes I had that name planned from the get go. It's the reason my online username is Vurtax for virtually everything.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Well, you wouldn't have to worry about plagiarism with me, so if you ever feel like it, I'd love to hear more details. :)

'The Trials of Valor' is a great title! The longer you take to complete it, the better it will be, if you keep working on it. Tolkien worked on what eventually became The Silmarillion over the course of more than half a century! And it is my favorite book. The story will tell you when it's ready. :D
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's not that I don't trust you it's just better if I don't trust anyone. If I was to elaborate much more on it, we'd have to skype call or something so the information can't simply be copypaste into a word doc or something.

And thanks for liking the title, I was worried it sounded overly generic but it actually does have significance to the plot line of the story.

And yeah, I'm definitely waiting for the day it feels ready to me. I'm pondering the details of the extended universe at the moment while ironing out the last phases of this tale.

I appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to talk.
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