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Atlantis (Rifts RPG)
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Published: April 21, 2014
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[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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Atlantean6Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done.  I bet KS would be jealous.
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Actually, he included prints of this map in some of last year's holiday packages.
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Consty-THobbyist Photographer
cool
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Consty-THobbyist Photographer
You are welcome
Q99's avatar
So neat!

Atlantis is such a fun location ^^
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I agree, Atlantis offers some fascinating locations and themes.
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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-ErwinHobbyist 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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Ah, I guess I don't think about all that stuff, makes it all the cooler ^^
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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This is amazing, truely :heart:
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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OMFG!!! This is BY FAR the best RIFTS map EVAR!!! Blows me off my feet!
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the enthusiastic acclaim! I'm glad it made such an impression.
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AdventuresOfCharlieProfessional General Artist
This is awesome!!
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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arsheeshHobbyist 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-ErwinHobbyist 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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slowdog294Professional Photographer
Very well done. :winner:
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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slowdog294Professional Photographer
You are most welcome, indeed. :D
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KalshannHobbyist 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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