New Maps for The Straits of Galahesh

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Do you love maps? If you’re like me, you do. I just got the two new ones that are being included in my second novel, The Straits of Galahesh. Here they are, one for Galahesh, which (as you might have guessed from the title) figures prominently into the novel, and one for Vostroma, the Duchy that deals most closely with Galahesh, a semi-autonomous state between the Empire of Yrstanla and the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya.

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If you embiggen the picture, you can see the actual straits more clearly. It lies between the cities of Vihrosh, the old seat of power on Galahesh, and Baressa, where the Kaymakam of Galahesh resides.

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In this map you can see the largest city in the Vostroman islands, Evochka, the parallel to Volgorod on Khalakovo. North of Evochka, along the coast, is Palotza Galostina, the oldest of the palotzas in the Grand Duchy and the seat of power for the Vostroman family. It is the home of Zhabyn Vostroma, the Grand Duke of Anuskaya, and his three daughters, Ishkyna, Mileva, and Atiana.

I generated the original maps myself from a mapping program, but it was William McAusland that brought them to life. And the multi-talented Amy Popovich from Night Shade books added the awesome borders around the edge. They make my old maps look plain, but I’m going to try to add the borders to those maps as well.

I just need to get my grubby paws on those borders.

Cool, huh? (Did I mention I love maps?)

12 Comments

  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    February 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks, Brad.

    I’m more curious, too, about a “Wider angle lens” look at the world, and see just how everything fits together.

    • Brad

      February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      There is a wider angle on my maps page (http://quillings.com/fiction/the-winds-of-khalakovo/maps/). Have you seen that one? Or do you mean even wider?

      • Paul (@princejvstin)

        February 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Yeah, I meant even wider than that last one on the map (which is very nice and long since downloaded :) )

        • Brad

          February 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

          Ok, nothing bigger than that. I have the whole world generated, but I haven’t exported any larger maps. I’ll have to look into doing that one of these days.

          • Paul (@princejvstin)

            February 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

            That might be high level spoilers for the third book. though…

  2. Brad

    February 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    You’re absolutely correct. That may be. At least with respect to where there characters travel next if not *which* characters make it that far…

    • Paul (@princejvstin)

      February 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Yeah. So I should content myself with the maps we have for the nonce. :)

      • Brad

        February 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I’ll send you a MOV file of the entire world, pre-Yrstanla. It was created before I “raised” the main continent from the oceans.

      • Brad

        February 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        Actually, here. I uploaded it to YouTube. You or anyone else can watch it there. It’s just not public at this time. I’ll have to upload a better one at some point…

        • Ryan

          February 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

          The maps look nice. Thanks for pointing out the large view map. I glanced at it before I read Winds, but didn’t pay attention as I was just starting the book, then I forgot about it.

          Now I look at it, and a lot of things make more sense now.

          The movie answers something I was wondering about, “why were they all living on islands instead of a large continent?” I see now, that most of the available land _is_ islands.

          And the glossary just came in handy so I could check the meaning of “Palotza!”

          As for the borders, I’m thinking photoshop, and tiling a piece ought to do it for you… 😉
          A bribe might work too.. 😉

          • Brad

            February 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

            Glad the maps and glossary helped. They’re paying dividends already! And yeah, I’m going with the bribery route for now. I could probably recreate it in Photoshop, but who has the time?