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The Empire of Aversten by seredemia The Empire of Aversten by seredemia
Oh my god, it's finally done. I originally only wanted to make a rough map for my story, Desiderium, but I kinda got... carried away. I planned to add two more locations in this map (an underwater city and a floating island), but I got lazy. I'll make separate maps for those... This is my first map ever so bear with me if there are any geographical mistakes or anything. Aside from that, I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

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Aversten, also referred to as The Giant Kingdom, is believed to once be a large country that dominated much of the world, Duleris. As legend dictates it, after the Fall of Eden, the Creator in all His rage at humanity's mistakes, brought His fist down on the world. The very power of His anger split the lands of Duleris. Aversten received much of the impact. 

It should be noted that this map does not represent the entire empire. The hidden kingdom of Aquis Larivar lurks in the dark depths of the Forbidden Sea, and no one but the Aquis are aware of its whereabouts. The Aquis are waterbreathers who fear the rest of the world, thus they tend to stay in their seclusive kingdom. However, there were a few who were brave enough to venture into the upper lands. They molded ice into a whole country and rose it above the sea for them to reside in. This country is now referred to as Aquis Vol.

Ventuvia, The Floating Kingdom of Mages, hovers just above Noxval. Unlike Aquis Larivar, its whereabouts are made known to the rest of the world - perhaps because everyone lives in fear of its existence. The Mages of Ventuvia are not to be trusted. The kingdom is surrounded by a large atmospheric bubble that protects it from intruders. However, due to the magic that it requires to stay afloat, the kingdom is constantly met with extreme storms and natural disasters.

As Ventuvia floats just above it, the Kingdom of Noxval lives in constant darkness - hence its title as the Kingdom of Shadows. Due to this, the Nox have evolved to see better in the dark and have no awareness of night nor day. Noxval also has an infamous aura about it. Because of its proximity to Eden, many believe that Eden's curse, along with Noxval's constant night, is a foreboding sign that the kingdom has been abandoned by the Creator.

The largest kingdom in Aversten, Terrae, is not fully represented in the map. Half of it lies underground in the Undercity, where much of the poor and the diseased make their home there. Strong tension lies in this kingdom, as the fight for power is never-ending. The Mage Tower of Ambrosia is also found here; a tower where mages hone their skills to better themselves at the magical arts. There is a rumour, however, that the tower is merely a prison for mages to be kept from the outside world. 

Beside Terrae is the dying kingdom of Draconel. In the olden days, it is remembered as a strong land where dragons once roamed. As years passed, the dragons were hunted by humans until they eventually all died out. Legend says that Mount Fides, the Eternal Volcano, was revenge brought down by the dead dragons. Just a few years after their disappearance, Mount Fides erupted for the first time and destroyed Karasdel, the former capital of Draconel.

Surrounded by mountains and a magical field, the country of Celesval is inaccessible to outsiders. The Celes are superstitious folk who believe that their kingdom is blessed by the Creator and that one day, they will be chosen to live in His New Eden. The Emperor of Aversten resides in the Palace of Salvation; although, as the Road to Salvation is treacherous, few actually ever manage to meet with him.
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Drawn on Paint Tool Sai, coloured in PSE10.
copyright Francine Diaz
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zippymalone Apr 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous - this is the kind of map that just lights up my imagination, I love it! Hell of a first map :)
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seredemia 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU!! :)
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:iconnsam85:
I really like this.....very in depth and brilliant use of shadows and it  just has a lot of character,  which is an odd thing to say about a map but I stand by it.Great work!!!
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seredemia Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! Glad you like it :D
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diana6echo Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, simply wow. This is one of best maps I've ever seen. Amazing work :clap:
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seredemia Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaw, thank you very much!!!! ;_____;
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diana6echo Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome :la:
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Very nicely done, loads of interesting details. A lot of grim-sounding locations. Are the magicians in the tower (whether trainees or prisoners) from Ventuvia, or from all over? Seems a bit disunited for an Empire: it supposedly was united in the past, and it presumably will be united in the future if the True Emperor shows up or something? What's their relationship with the Puromi Empire? 
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seredemia Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :)

And nope, there are no Ventuvian mages in Ambrosia as they're usually executed upon capture. Aversten is highly superstitious and Ventuvians are known for worshipping the demons and Malys (equivalent to the devil in this world). Therefore, the mages from Ambrosia tend to be outsiders who are enthusiastic about the magical arts but also unaware of the tower's rumours. However, nothing is actually known about what happens exactly in Ambrosia. The only thing people know is that once a mage enrolls into the tower, they are never seen leaving it ever again. 

Yeah, Aversten is not the most united of all Empires... One of the main reasons for that is that the Emperor simply refuses to be seen in public or even engage in public matters, thus it's difficult for the people to decide who the true ruler of the Empire is. 

And Puromi is just a nearby empire. There's not really a relationship with it as the other Empires in the world tend to be wary of Aversten due to its proximity to Eden.
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Fozzilicious Feb 23, 2014   Traditional Artist

I love looking at fantasy maps :D

This is beautifully detailed.

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