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Hyrule Map - The Dark Deluge

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This is a fun little addition to my tabletop Zelda game, which I've entitled "The Legend of Zelda: The Dark Deluge." The game is situated about 300 years after the events of Ocarina of Time in the Adult Link timeline and the events of the game lead to the legend mentioned in the prologue of The Wind Waker (specifically, the return of Ganon from his imprisonment, no Hero of Legend there to defeat him, and the people resorting to praying to the Goddesses to save them... resulting in the flood). Personally I felt it was the perfect place to create the setting because I would be able to feature a lot of classic Zelda stuff while still retaining the timeline (in the end, Ganon cannot be defeated by the players, only fought to a point where he loses his chance to completely take over Hyrule). I'm a sucker for keeping things canon.

Anyways, I wanted the game to feel very real because it would indeed be based on the Dungeons & Dragons template and using those books as guides. I spent a lot of time setting up creature stats, dungeons, and artwork to go along with this game... enough that I felt I should probably publish the thing online when I'm done with it so others can use it if they so choose.

This is the map of Hyrule I created, which is sort of a combination of the maps from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, while introducing places that will eventually become islands in The Wind Waker. Some of the towns are named after the Sages of Ocarina of Time, in the same way many towns in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link had these same names (though in a completely different place and probably different timeline). Even the ranch is named after Link's horse, Epona. Overall I wanted to establish much more immensity to the land, make it feel much larger, uncharted, and epic while also creating the atmosphere of a Hyrule that has long prospered and rejoiced in the memory of the Hero of Time and the Sages that saved them long ago, but now darkness creeps back, threatening to undo it all.

A few other places are my own invention, like the Flood Temple. Since there was an Earth Temple (probably in honor of Din) and a Wind Temple (in honor of Farore), there would probably have been another one for Nayru. I put it near the peak that would eventually become Great Fish Island, a place that Jabun (presumably Lord Jabu Jabu) had once lived. I included a structure from Four Swords Adventures, the Pyramid, but dubbed it the Forsaken Pyramid because it would not only be the housing place of the Trident of Power (which I decided is a creation of the Dark Interlopers) and therefore a stronghold for Ganon when he returned to the Light World, but also the name would be retained when the nearby peak becomes the Forsaken Fortress.


You can purchase a more classic version of this map as a print here: 
- Square Market: squareup.com/market/matthew-le…
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So this is set pre-flood? Nice, but I do have to wonder what that means for the end-game situation! How are you going to handle that?
Linkmaster101's avatar
Dude, if they made a game like this, breath of the wild style, with both worlds, light and dark, that would be amazing o.o
77madman's avatar
A very well made map, love the effort poured into it. May I ask what the name of the writing style is?
AcridTlaloc's avatar
Thanks! This shall help me in my Fan Fic Conquest.
Belfalf's avatar
This has to be one of the best maps for Hyrule I've ever seen.  It finely combines maps from OoT, TP and TWW so well that your inclusions of original designs are only accentuated better-- in other words, you made something special!  I'm proud and impressed :D  Great work!
Dragonlover2170's avatar
i don't see the hidden village..... oh i get it.
al130's avatar
By any chance, would you kidnap me, let me play this game, then send me on the next train home? All of these pictures relating to it at very compelling and very wonderful and beautiful. I love your maps you have here. Ahha. Zelda for the win<3
Chibidrow's avatar
Both of these pictures are gorgeous! I had to fave these and can't wait to show them to my husband!
4-CtY's avatar
Send this over to nintendo, new world for new game? Yes yes.
onlinewarrior094's avatar
Do you think it would be at all possible to release the brushes you used to create your maps? If I could use these for my Zelda campaign, it would be amazing.
Eugenito88's avatar
hey! this is is awesome. It just makes me feel as if Hyrule is a real place. You could as some locations from Skywars Sword, that would be epic!
COOL-GUY-DEVIANT's avatar
Oh my gosh, this is so amazing... I love it, I really get the feeling that this is an actual place, not just something drawn from a video game. Everything makes sense geographically, the names are too perfect, and it's just amazing!
mattleese87's avatar
Thanks a lot! That's what I was going for :D
COOL-GUY-DEVIANT's avatar
Ha ha good! Cause I got the full effect!
SkullCroos's avatar
Wow ... is this the map of the Lord of the rings ??? jejeje
Starfox2o12's avatar
This is an incredible map. I get a sense of depth and vastness from looking at it. Wonderful job.
hollarity's avatar
Hello- I realize I should have contacted you before hand about this, but I used this in a picture for a friend of mine's birthday.
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I understand if you'd like me to change the background, but I must say yours was the best map of Hyrule that I could find with all the familiar locales. Very good job.
mattleese87's avatar
Oh no problem at all, I like your Roman rendition of Link! Nice design!
hollarity's avatar
Well then, thank you sir :)
hadece's avatar
you put much effort in this map, conceptually and techically. I love it!
ChibiProwl's avatar
Nice map! But you goofed a little. Mido isn't a sage, Impa is. There's no Impa on the map.
mattleese87's avatar
Thanks, I know Mido isn't a Sage, hence "some of the towns". Mido was a town in Zelda II, however, I wanted to take that. In the same way, Impa wasn't the name of a town in that game but rather a character. These locations are not the same as the ones in Zelda II, but are meant to be reminiscent of that game which takes places in a different timeline, the Young Link Timeline, whereas this one takes place in the Adult Link Timeline. Certain characters were apparently remembered throughout the ages in one so why not the other?

And besides, if Impa had a city, it would be Kakariko.
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