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High Resolution Tamriel map (Elder Scrolls series)

Location  Tamriel
UPDATE - March 30, 2020: 8 years later, I'm back! And with great news: I've decided to enable the purchasing of prints, after doing some research and checking that all the resources I used are under the Creative Commons license that allows for commercial use (and because I'm an independent artist in dire need of money to pay my bills). I really hope all of you who have asked for prints over the years enjoy the map.
I've also opened up a RedBubble shop where you can find the map on lots of products aside from prints: notepads, bags, mats, duvets, clocks, phone cases, pillow cases, laptop covers, and many more!:…


This is a -very- high resolution map of Tamriel from the Elder Scrolls game series. I made it in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

I prioritised aesthetics over detailed information, so I left out rivers, small villages, and mountains' and forests' names (it was meant to be hung on my bedroom wall as a big nice map, and definitely not to be used as a source of information while playing the games).

The text included is the foreword to the fictional book "Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition"(…). This map is supposed to be part of the book and as such, it is signed by the organisation that wrote the book (the Imperial Geographic Society). The date is the (fictional) date the book was published. 

I added data which wasn't included in the original map, such as oceans, seas and small islands that were not labeled. There were also some islands who didn't even appear in the original map, so I drew them from scratch.


1. "The map seems imprecise / does not coincide with the map in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim!"

Firstly, as I said, this is not meant to be used as a detailed source of info or guide for when you're playing, just as a nice decorative map to hang on your wall.
Secondly, I based my map on the low-res map included with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (literally, the retail version of the game when it first came out included a print of that map). The events in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion take place around 3E 433, and the "Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition" is meant to have been published in 3E 432, while the events in Skyrim take place around 4E 201. It stands to reason that lots of things should happen in between the two games and naturally, that is reflected in the maps (think of the real world, wars and shit). Also, old-timey maps tend to be imprecise. Deal with it.

2. "Please do this or other map"

I'm flattered that you liked this one, but unfortunately I don't currently have the time. I will consider your suggestions for the future, though.

3. "Can you tell me the actual size of the map for my print?"

The real size (and max size you can get without things becoming blurry) is 120 x 75 cm (or 47.24 x 29.52 inches / 7087 x 4429 pixels), 150 DPI. You should use the PNG file to avoid the compression and quality loss that usually occurs when saving as JPG (unless you know what you're doing). You need to give the print place the exact size and they will tell you which paper types they can print it on according to sheet or roll size.


All the cool stuff I used:

Calligraphy brushes…
- city icons

Distressed brushes…
- Used to add texture to the background paper

Waterstains brushes…
- Used to add texture to the background paper

Compass Rose tutorial…
- Same compass rose

Banner + Scrolls brushes…
- "Tamriel" banner


You are very welcome to feature it in DeviantArt groups, a blog, a wiki, or whatever as long as you credit me (with a link back here or my DeviantArt profile). And please let me know you uploaded it and where to. I'ts important to me to know where my stuff is. If you see this somewhere else being claimed by someone as their own (with or without any modifications to the file), please, notify me by PM.
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Can I purchase a high res file of this to turn into a wallpaper for our basement?