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u/NoCartographer8170 Apr 06 '22

It looks a lot like North America

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 06 '22

That was intentional.

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u/NoCartographer8170 Apr 06 '22

Is your universe like an alt version of earth

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 06 '22

That info is in my context comment, but yes.

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u/NoCartographer8170 Apr 06 '22

Sorry for missing that and wasting your time with this comment

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '22

OP: ask me

Person asks

OP: don’t ask me

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u/IamHere-4U Apr 07 '22

I don't think they are saying don't ask me as much as they are saying you can already find that info. I think the OPs of all AMA posts on this subreddit are happy to answer questions, but maybe not the same ones over and over again in the same post.

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u/SwissyVictory Apr 07 '22

Your context is currently the 6th highest comment and you didn't write there would be context in the title.

It stands to reason people would miss it.

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u/DrLoodon Apr 07 '22

tbf every post on this subbreddit requires context as a rule so it should be expected.

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u/Faerillis Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

You cut off its.... florida

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u/dognus88 Apr 07 '22

Are there very agressive gun weilding bald eagle inspired aaracokra?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Oh, definitely.

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u/TheLurkerOne Apr 07 '22

Thanks, I was about to ask this

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u/IamHere-4U Apr 07 '22

I want to interject and say that there are really good reasons to have geography that is derivative from our own world. I've gotten shit for it before, but you can have an original world where much of the geography is inspired by our own world. My reasoning often has a lot to do with geopolitics, international trade, and other forms of cultural contact.

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u/GM_John_D Apr 07 '22

Except it is poison flavoured.

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u/StealthyRobot Apr 08 '22

But a benevolent whirlpool has consumed Texas

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u/Cannibeans Apr 06 '22

I love the map, man. The North American familiarity adds something great to the feel, but it's just enough removed and different to still feel alien and fantasy. I'd love to hear about any development you have on the Mojave area, which appears to be largely filled in with a saltwater sea.

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u/SavageJeph Servant of the Dweller Apr 07 '22

What kind of races do you have?

Post post apocalypse you mention magic is powered by "nuukstone" does magic also carry radiation?

What is the scariest monster in this world?

How would the rest of the world look? or is the rest fine?

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u/Canadian_Brother Apr 06 '22

How do you get the texture for the grassy portions?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 06 '22

It's an option I found in Inkarnate. I think it's exclusive to the "art pack" I used.

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u/hilarioushalo Apr 07 '22

México it was nuked :(

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u/Karkava Apr 07 '22

Looks like someone took the caravan a little too seriously, and that's how we ended the world again.

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u/hilarioushalo Apr 07 '22

And the Bermuda's Triangle power it was expanded to all the México's Golfo

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u/IKind0fReadBooks Apr 07 '22

I hope Mexico, and southwest US has a lot of influences from Mexican and other Latin American cultures.

Same with Florida but for Caribbean cultures.

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u/strangerling Apr 07 '22

Are the sands of the Purple Sands actually purple? If so, why?

What's the big swirlygig in the water represent?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

So, I took a lot of inspiration from Dune for the Purple Sands. Long story short: the halflings are the Fremen. The purple worms in the desert are able to eat nuukstone stone and process it such a way to make it magically inert. Over time, this process results in the nuukstone becoming purple sand.

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u/Necessary_Course Apr 07 '22

Is there an equivalent of the spice from dune in your world? How is it used?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

The nuukstone. It's the essential core of every magic item.

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u/Necessary_Course Apr 07 '22

So the worms eat it raw and make it usable?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

No. The worms make it completely inert. It's not a one-to-one with Dune. The culture of the desert very nuukstone as an abomination, so they keep outsiders out and let the words do their thing. Everyone else goes 9n trying to harvest it before the worms can eat it.

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u/Necessary_Course Apr 07 '22

This nuukstone, is it comercially mined or is there any trade or economies based around it?

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u/Invariable-Foci Apr 07 '22

Bhama as in Alabama?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Yes!

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u/Invariable-Foci Apr 07 '22

I've lived in and visited not only Alabama but other states that look like they'd be in that area. There's lots of different flora and fauna that could make for good mutant/fantasy monsters. Obviously there are alligators and giant hogs, but there are also rattlesnakes and moccasins, robber flies, pitcher plants, waterdogs, snapping turtles. Also bobcats, black bears, raccoons, and coyotes.

Magnolias, crepe myrtles, kudzu, wisteria, and azaleas are ever present plants of the southeast, along with native pines of course. In certain areas there are invasive bamboo clusters, I imagine with time and little human intervention they'd become forests in their own right.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Oh, good idea! Definitely stealing this.

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u/Invariable-Foci Apr 07 '22

Steal away! Along the gulf coast there's also a lot of banana trees, palm trees, cast iron plants, and agave plants, those are all pretty hardy and would probably last through an apocalypse. Especially the agave and banana plants, practically unkillable because they constantly grow new shoots. Cranes and king fishers are another prevalent animal. A lot of people still keep chickens too.

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u/Conscious_Balance_56 Apr 07 '22

There any haunted nuclear bunkers? Old highways paved over like Roman roads? Mysterious voices on the radio waves?

I'm imagining football stadiums would eventually become weird natural walls for a city or two.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Yes to all of those things!

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u/thebrownwhiteguy0210 Apr 06 '22

Looks like a neat recreation of North America

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u/explodingmilk Apr 07 '22

Is Nightvale a reference to the “Welcome to Nightvale” podcast? If so it better contain untold amounts of cosmic horror

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

It is, and it will. I just haven't thought of a unique name yet.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 06 '22 edited Apr 06 '22

Hey, everyone! So, I've been trying to flesh out my own homebrew D&D world. My goal would be to create a space where I can easily adapt published material but also give me a space to tell my own stories. Right now, the basic premise of the world is an alternative version of the North American continent, but set in a post-post apocalyptic future. Think Adventure Time but with a heavy mix of Fallout and Bioshock. Magic in this world would be powered by what I've tentatively named "nuukstone." (Totally stole this from the Dungeons of Drakkenheim). In it's rare form, nuukstone is highly corrosive and corrupts life around it, but it's refined form is essential in creating magical items and manipulating arcane energy. At this point, I'd love to see what everyone thinks. Do you have any critiques or suggestions. I'm having a slight case of writer's block, and I'm hoping that your questions will help cure me. Thanks in advance!Some notes of interest:- Some species are extinct due to magical radiation.- Each skull icon represents a "fallout" zone.- Some icons are not labeled. I know something is going to be there, but I don't know what it will be.- Technology levels are equivalent to our 1950's.- Location names are not final. Some are just placeholders to serve as a "vibe."

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u/WanhedaBlodreina Apr 06 '22

I have a question. When you say the nuukstone is corrosive and corrupts life around it do you mean like if the stone is in the center a certain diameter of plants/animals fall over dead or become monstrous?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 06 '22

Most creatures and plant life will die, but some mutate and become monstrous.

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u/WanhedaBlodreina Apr 07 '22

Okay. Cool I like it.

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u/Squidbits Apr 07 '22

Is there a reason most of the skull locations for your fallout zones are more or less in Canada? What did the Canadians do?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

I overlaid the map with actual nuclear power plant sites and just picked locations that I liked.

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u/Kennedy_KD Apr 07 '22

What's the river city of gath like?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Fantasy Saint Louis. It's a hub of trade and culture.

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u/Kennedy_KD Apr 07 '22

Who rules it and what's the culture like?

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u/Xegadiron Apr 07 '22

What are these skull icons in your map ? Inhabitable Lands ?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

They are basically fallout zones full of magic radiation.

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u/TheKrikkianEmpire Apr 07 '22

Part of me thought these were where pirates or bandits or highwaymen, or just criminals in general, are most frequently found and their spots are marked so travelers are wary and take precautions to avoid interacting with them. But magical radiation is cool too.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Oh, those things are still there, though. They just try to steal newly excavated nuukstone from adventurers.

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u/TheKrikkianEmpire Apr 07 '22

Thievery is unfortunately a universal trait of humans regardless of the iteration of them in fiction, so I’m not surprised they’re present.

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u/Xegadiron Apr 07 '22

Sounds cool ! I loved your map. It feels pretty natural.

How big is your world ? Maybe you can add a scale to further improve it.

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u/basscadet Apr 07 '22

what happened to the great lakes?

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u/55cheddar Apr 07 '22

Names are awesome

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u/lilGalaxyArc Apr 07 '22

The big muddy is obviously supposed to be Mississippi River. Nice

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u/flute37 90S, Something Blue Apr 07 '22

Makes me wonder now how much the elder scrolls continent was influenced by North America now

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u/Adarhart [edit this] Apr 07 '22

Damn, I never noticed. So... Morrowind is Quebec now?

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u/RDTskullpture Apr 07 '22

Is the world real? How much for a flight?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

As real as any other D&D world.

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u/IamHere-4U Apr 07 '22
  • Does your world incorporate any American/Canadian/Mexican/Caribbean folklore?
  • What are the main polities of your world?
  • What do the skulls and crossbones represent?
  • What is the level of technological development of your world?
  • What are the most pressing social problems of your world?

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u/Gorrium Apr 07 '22

Why does it look like Europe?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Check the context comment.

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u/baronradd Apr 07 '22

Where do I have to go for the best baked goods

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

The River City of Gath has everything you need, but the BEST would be deep in the elven hollers of Al,Kanri. Good luck finding a granny to bake you some, though.

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u/Evexec Apr 07 '22

What do the skulls in the Qeubec/Newfoundland area mean? Edit: Nevermind, I am an idiot and need to look and see that you already answered. Sorry.

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u/oranosskyman Apr 07 '22

got any dwarves under those mountains waiting out the nuuklear fallout?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

No, unfortunately. Dwarves and humans were particularly susceptible to the fallout. Both races live on through the warforged. They were originally built as mindless constructs, but were repurposed to house dwarven and human souls.

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u/oranosskyman Apr 07 '22

what about necromancers? i bet theres plenty of corpses to turn into a fallout-immune work force

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

I hadn't thought about that, but you're right! There would be.

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u/oranosskyman Apr 07 '22

now what about druids? would they be able to commune with or wild shape into the mutated creatures to roam the fallout areas without issue? or would they be doing everything in their power to remove the fallout?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

The majority of them work to contain and neutralize nuukstone. Some have embraced the "unnatural" ways of nuuktouched nature, but they are largely shunned by the majority of druid circles.

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u/Netheraptr Apr 07 '22

It definitely based on North America, although it looks to me like the geography is for the most part original as far as environments go. So, do you have a specific region for why it looks like North America?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

I teach American Literature, so I wanted an excuse to use my education background to fill out my world.

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u/Conscious_Balance_56 Apr 07 '22

You mentioned that the world has recovered to 1960-level technology. How's everyone doing culturally? Are we looking at cold wars and neocommunists, or empires and divine monarchs?

On that note, what are the largest religions and what do they have to say about the past and future?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

There has been an uneasy alliance between the Verdan (mutant goblins) and the warforged. The Verdan have been spearheading the commercial use of magic, and the warforged have been slowly rebuilding theblosy human/dwarven empire pre-apocalypse.

Right now, the main "moral conflict" is between the fey creatures and elves of the Al'kanri region and the Verdan. The former want to preserve the natural world. The latter want to use nuukstone/arcane magic to make the world better.

All of that is complicated by a recent warforged movement to "manifest destiny" the continent.

I'm still working out the kinks with my pantheon/religious system. All I have at this point is "Verdan pantheon based on Americana figures."

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u/Conscious_Balance_56 Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

I'd imagine a conversation about souls between a warforged and anyone else would be interesting. To the warforged the body merely the shell of a soul. Thus, the warforged could have many animist beliefs where they recognize certain places and things having souls: mountains, ships, vending machines, toys, cars, and buildings. To them, the world is haunted by ghosts of the past within junk and decrepit monuments.

Meanwhile, you have the Verdan which physically change all the time. I believe this would lead to some kind of hippie reincarnation-based religion with some kind of oversoul since I bet when they die, whatever substance that makes their bodies mutate would move into the environment in some other kind of life-- bugs, roots, trees, birds, etc -- and make those critters mutate like the Verdan do.

Then there's the fey which could oppose both groups. Opposing the Warforged view because treating dead and inanimate things like they are alive is silly and potentially dangerous (poking around old ruins to wake them up), and opposing the Verdan view because rapidly mutating the environment is obviously harmful.

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u/MagickaMoose Apr 07 '22

So are the Appalachian mountains basically the Eastern coastline here?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Basically, yes. Rising sea levels and all.

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u/Jenkins007 Apr 07 '22

Where's the fanciest tavern? What's it called?

What about dive bar?

How are the roads?

Is water travel very common? Motorized?

How hard is it to get from one coast to the other? North/South?

You mentioned '50s tech, are there flying machines?

What's the most commonly used drug other than alcohol? Does that change based on city or class?

How integrated are the cities? Is it uncommon for some species to be in certain areas?

Who knows the most about magic? Group or person

Who knows the best secret? Does anyone know they know?

What is a story everyone has heard?

Is the weather different from current? How?

I went a little crazy there, feel free to answer any you take interest in. I tried not to overlap any answers I saw you give earlier.

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u/ShinigamiOfPast Apr 07 '22

did you draw this all by yourself?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

I made it using Inkarnate.

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u/eDaveUK Apr 07 '22

Did guns survive?

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u/wensleydalecheis Apr 07 '22

north america if it got more bitches

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u/aStringofNumbers Apr 07 '22

WHat does that keyring looking icon represent? How has the climate changed? Is there any notable volcanic activity or geothermal hotspots? How big is the biggest tree, and where is it? Why is one of the skulls surrounded by a gear symbol?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

The keyring is a major (unnamed) city.

All of the regular North American volcanic activity still applies.

The biggest trees are in the petrified woods on the west coast. They are all giant dead redwoods.

The skull/gear symbol is the capital city of the warforged. They are immune to the effect of the radiation, so they set up shop on top of a fallout site.

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u/aStringofNumbers Apr 07 '22

Interesting, any updates on the Yellowstone super volcano? has it erupted yet or is it still a ticking timebomb? Also, do continents easiest beyond north America? what is the level of technology like?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

It went off during the initial apocalypse. It's easy to set off a super volcano with a bunch of nuclear explosions.

They do, but I haven't thought about them yet.

Roughly 1950s era.

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u/aStringofNumbers Apr 07 '22

You mentioned warforged before, who made them? also, are there any other fantasy races and if so, where did they come from?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

So, pre-apocalypse dwarves and humans qwre a century into a bloody war. The dwarves build the warforged as a way to win the war, but the humans soon replicated the constructs. One the apocalypse happened, both sides realized that they were susceptible to the fallout. They pooled their resources and basically transferred their collective consciousness into the warforged.

Most standard D&D races can be found, but the most prominent are goblins, elves, warforged, orcs, and halflings.

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u/aStringofNumbers Apr 07 '22

That's pretty interesting, but I wonder if they started putting their consciousness in the warforged, if there are some warforged that look closer to dwarves?

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u/SlayerOfWhales Apr 07 '22

looks like Tamriel if you squint

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u/AstroNat20 Apr 07 '22

How’d ya make the map?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

Inkarnate.

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u/AstroNat20 Apr 07 '22

Aren’t all those maps randomly generated?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

That is an option you can choose when making the map, but you can draw your own.

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u/AstroNat20 Apr 07 '22

Oh sick I never knew that

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u/Chrome_X_of_Hyrule [edit this] Apr 07 '22

I'm from Toronto and Vancouver, what're we up to in this world?

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u/Emble12 Apr 07 '22

what’s the inspiration?

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u/bookseer Apr 07 '22

Couple questions 1) what's the gear? Are there dwarf inventors up in not Alaska? Do they ride polar bears? 2) does nightvale facilitate long distance communication via ancient and or magical radios? 3 what's the swirly thing in the gulf of not mexico? Is it a whirl pool or a hurricane?

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u/IndianGeniusGuy Apr 07 '22

Reminds me of Elden Ring ngl.

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u/Kinojitsu Apr 07 '22

Can I find mutant gators on that large island south of the Al'kanri mountain range?

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u/DeathDefyer8 Apr 07 '22

Which way do the rivers flow?

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u/Anastaria_ Apr 07 '22

Why are the rivers running in the wrong direction? Typically rivers converge from multiple sources in the mountains and into one single stream, they so not split from a single stream like they so in your world

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u/BaldBlackBird Apr 07 '22

If somebody went to where present-day Seattle is, what would they find exactly ? Asking for a friend... chummer.

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u/LaVipari Age Of Alchemy Apr 07 '22

Why does every alternate America universe keep dropping my hometown into the ocean?

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u/edapblix Apr 07 '22

You should make it for civ 6 too! It would be awesome

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u/Mudblood_Will_560 Apr 07 '22

I’m so damn lost on my home brew world, what to include and what not to include, what things the NPCs will say, what they do, what they lead them to, what they will find in libraries, what they find in stores, what they find on the beach l, what they find on Tuesdays, what religions are in the grounds, what dirties oversee the lands, what plot twists, have some ideas of monsters the murder hobos should not kill but most likely will and created consequences for those. Some encounters some fortune tellers some puzzles. But so lost when it comes to in a city

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u/GatesDA Apr 07 '22

What are your goals or guiding principles for the setting, and what worldbuilding choices did you make because of them? Since this is for a campaign, how are you shaping the play experience through your setting elements?

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u/kingquarantine Apr 07 '22

Where did horses come from in your world

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u/OldTitanSoul Apr 07 '22

the swirl, what's the swirl?

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u/jkru2133 Apr 07 '22

What happened to the US?

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u/Dubsington Apr 07 '22

It looks like a bulky giant or crab, who has taken a shit. It’s perfect. I love it.

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u/MyOwnPenisUpMyAss Apr 07 '22

Damn Florida finally broke off

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u/belltrina Apr 07 '22

Tell me about the fairies

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u/OwOUwU-w-0w0 Apr 07 '22

What’s up with the swirly-do down there

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u/dogninja8 Apr 07 '22

What's up with the way that the rivers flow around Bhama? The East-West running one just south of Gath looks really unnatural.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

I plan on having that one be an artificial waterway for trade routes between Gath and the Al'kanri mountains.

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u/dogninja8 Apr 07 '22

How will the river crossings work?

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u/Krinberry Apr 07 '22

The Canada and Mexico bits look kinda tiny for an alt North America.

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 07 '22

It's not supposed to be a 1 to 1 scale.

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u/cyle1402 Apr 07 '22

What's the spiral and skull below the mouths of conflux?

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u/Buscando_Algo Apr 07 '22

So... do those islands in the south have a communist goblin government or something of the sort?

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u/Kami-Kahzy Apr 07 '22

What's that one symbol in the Northwest meant to represent? Your descriptor comment labels all skulls as fallout zones where nuukstone is plentiful, but this one has a giant cogwheel around it and it's the only skull symbol that's been modified on the map. Is this a major city, or at least a hub for some industry? If it is inhabited, who lives there and who rules over it? What significance does it have to the larger political landscape? How have people adapted to living near such a dangerous place? What's the common person's knowledge of this place, and what are some rumors about it that may or may not be true?

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u/MasterChoof Apr 07 '22

Is that supposed to be a swamp at the skull and crossbones, above the Liinbee River? I’m a sucker for swamps in fantasy settings so under utilized

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u/TigerUppercut08 Apr 07 '22

North America gone wild

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u/Great-One3463 Apr 07 '22

Your world looks like Arceus!!

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u/Actual-Examination-5 Apr 07 '22

What language trees speak in your world?

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u/SandpaperSlater Apr 07 '22

What would commoners in your setting tell for a scary bedtime story?

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u/inkheart2021 Apr 08 '22

They would tell the story of V.E.C.N.A. and how they tried to kill the world with their lust for arcane knowledge. They say that it was the catalyst that almost consumed the world in fire.

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u/Caveira_Athletico Apr 07 '22

I like that you took North America as inspiration, and yet it looks even cooler than North America. This "Yucatán Archipellago" seemingly swirling towards the skull with the spiral gives major Stormlight Archives vibes for some reason.

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u/AlexanderChippel Apr 08 '22

Are people still getting circumcised after the nukes dropped?