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Atlantis (Rifts RPG) by Will-Erwin Atlantis (Rifts RPG) by Will-Erwin
[UPDATE: I've re-done the regional borders in color to make them stand out more. Hope you like it]
This was a 'Just for fun' map of the Atlantis continent from the Rifts RPG. I created it with GIMP, Wilbur, and Inkscape, and it reflects as much mappable information from Rifts canon material as I could find. My goal to try portraying the supernatural, physical, and political geography of the setting with some thematic elements associated with the Atlantis of the Rifts RPG: demonic aliens, bio-wizardry, great supernatural power, and the slave trade. I also wanted to try a more photo-realistic technique for forests.

For those unfamiliar with Rifts:

The setting takes place several centuries after an apocalypse brought on by an event known as 'The Coming of the Rifts'. Humanity was brought to its knees by the eruption of mystical energy lines (Ley Lines) all over the globe, along which the fabric of reality ripped open into rifts: gateways to and from other dimensions. The long-lost continent of Atlantis reappeared in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which raised the sea level around the planet by several meters. Fast-forward a few centuries, and the ley lines are still around, rifts still open, and Atlantis is ruled by a monstrous quasi-lovecraftian Splugorth known as Splynncryth and his vast hordes of powerful minions. Humans in Atlantis are mostly chattel slaves or livestock in the great inter-dimensional market of Splynn.

I used the following Arsheesh tutorials as references (with several variations) to create this map: Eriond, Photo-realistic forests, city icons, and curving labels. Special thanks to Arsheesh for these helpful guides! You can find them on his Deviant page or at the Cartographers Guild website.
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:iconatlantean6:
Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done.  I bet KS would be jealous.
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Actually, he included prints of this map in some of last year's holiday packages.
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Consty-T Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
cool
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Consty-T Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome
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:iconq99:
Q99 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
So neat!

Atlantis is such a fun location ^^
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I agree, Atlantis offers some fascinating locations and themes.
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:iconq99:
Q99 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
It's one of the most developed and interesting villain-locations in any RPG I know, there's so many cool places and cool stuff!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's certainly got a rich backstory. Creating this map, though, I came to the realization of how little actual geographic detail there is: cities that are named, but not located; cities that are located, but not named; no names for the islands, rivers, or lakes. Most of the details in the map were pieced together from assorted passages and mini-maps scattered throughout the book. That was my motivation for making this: to provide a single frame of reference showing where everything is in a single map (or as much as I could fit in).
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Q99 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Ah, I guess I don't think about all that stuff, makes it all the cooler ^^
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Great stuff :)
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Tris-Marie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
This is amazing, truely :heart:
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Elcastar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
OMFG!!! This is BY FAR the best RIFTS map EVAR!!! Blows me off my feet!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the enthusiastic acclaim! I'm glad it made such an impression.
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AdventuresOfCharlie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is awesome!!
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey don't know how I missed this.  Great map.  I really dig how you've done the runic symbols along the borders here FeroceFV, very nice man!  

Cheers.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually wrote an inscription in English, but I tried a Klingon font on a whim, and it fitted the theme much better.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Photographer
Very well done. :winner:
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
You are most welcome, indeed. :D
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Kalshann Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've played Rifts for a while now, but this is (I think) the only good map of Atlantis I've come across. Kudos to you and thanks for the awesomeness!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I hope you find it a fun and useful addition to your games.
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zyanitevp Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Really well done!
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lumi-Natis Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
I really like the way you linked it to still-existing islands! ^^
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't claim the credit there; this map is based off about 10 published hand-drawn maps which label Bermuda and the Azores. Neither reference point matches the present-day islands, but it gave me enough to do some other referencing and realize that Nova Scotia should appear in the northwest corner.

Take a look at my blog for a version of this embedded into Google Earth (there's a link at the bottom of the latest entry), which gives it a bit more perspective than I wanted to squeeze into the space.
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Lumi-Natis Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Okay, I will check it then.
Thank you for the explaination anyway.
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome.
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:iconzyanitevp:
zyanitevp Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Great work!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Qismah Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
The final version looks terrific :) Keep up the great work!
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll see what I can do.
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osereterno Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply awesome. Good job!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Nicely done.
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tokobauzsos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This is absolutely fantastic!
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:iconwill-erwin:
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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MADMANMIKE Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, you should join the Rifts-Artwork group.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't aware of it, but I just applied to join. Thanks!
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Slight001 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Totally badass.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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