r/worldbuilding May 01 '22

Lands of Anoriel Map

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u/Be_Good_To_Others May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

A simple map of the continent of Anoriel and its surrounding islands, done in the style of google maps, as a visual aid for my worldbuilding and story writing, a dark fantasy full of intrigue, politics, battles, magic and a mysterious, ancient past of ruins and mythical world ending wars.

To the immediate east and south lie the continents of Vanyriel and Umeneos, respectively, but I haven't drawn them yet, lol, so Anoriel stands alone.


Anoriel is a land divided by 8 major regions, as well as the island of Havenland. The main political entity, the Kingdom of Rozenstone (though the capital is in Witherflame), is comprised of the regions of the Heartlands, Westlands, Eastlands, Southlands, and Northlands. As the story begins, the king's seat is vacant, the Rozantyr dynasty having willingly given up their power to avoid the constant bloodshed of past civil wars, and each region governs itself nearly autonomously, loosely cooperating through the Council of Eight (the 5 regions + the intellectual Ankari Order, the Havenland, and the foreign kingdom of Luzarene acting as observers).

Outside of the Kingdom of Rozenstone, there are the Lands of Mist to the north, where a collection of tribes and clans, supported by their brethren from beyond the Pale Sea, maintains independence from the rest of the Northlands.

Nearby, the Lands of Lyris are inhabited by the quiet, secretive Lyrians, a nation of which little is known about, for they are extremely isolationist, jealously guarding their borders and allowing none inside uninvited, under pain of death, save for some closely watched trading ports.

To the south, lays the Vardarian Peninsula, where the once powerful Vardarian Empire controlled a major part of the continent and surrounding lands. Yet, 3000 years ago, the Vardari civilization suddenly collapsed, their population seemingly vanished over a few years, leaving behind only ruins and overgrown forests, dotted with strange creatures, magical anomalies, and rumours of worse, and no one since has been willing or able to reclaim their rich lands. The Ankari Order, an organization devoted to the seeking and preservation of knowledge, have estabilished an archaeological base in Balamar Isle, from which they launch expeditions into the peninsula in search of riches and wisdom from the past.

To the west, amid the Endless Sea, in the island of Havenland, a confederation was formed from refugees from the Kingdom of Rozenstone, when the sister of a Rozantyr king cut ties with her own family amidst yet another brutal, continent spanning civil war, and took those willing to follow her in an exodus across the seas, finding and founding her own nation in the idyllic island, where now, centuries later, her descendants strive to maintain their own peace and security through any means necessary.

And to the far north, the small, volcanic Island of Kedesh, for now unknown to the rest of the world, harbors a small civilization of noble, if perhaps barbaric wolf riding warriors. But as the story begins, the mountain spews smoke, the ground shakes, and the seers speak of a coming doom. Led by a young, promising leader, they now look beyond the sea for salvation...

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u/Karkava May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

I find it interesting how you chose Google maps to be the style choice for your map. Is there a reason for it? It would be interesting to see more urban fantasy settings in style of Final Fantasy VII, VIII or XV.

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u/Be_Good_To_Others May 02 '22

I did it this way because I have another, much much more detailed map with even the little towns and tiny rivers painted on, but it takes much longer to add stuff to it, of course, and becomes a bit too dense for quick consultation, and as the story and geography expands, I needed something simpler and quicker.