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Great Northern Wilderness, Bare Geography by Will-Erwin Great Northern Wilderness, Bare Geography by Will-Erwin
A commission for some avid fans of the Palladium Fantasy Roleplaying Game, this map depicts the single largest region of the known Palladium world, the Great Northern Wilderness. The dominant power in this region is the Wolfen Empire, a new nation originally formed from twelve tribes of the canine humanoids known as the Wolfen.

This version of the map depicts the bare, un-labeled geography of the region to allow users to see it without obstructing labels or icons, and to mark it up as they see fit. I've also included ley lines and their nexus points (the blue lines and bright spots). Though they are not usually visible in the fantasy world and aren't natural in the strictest sense, they are important geographical features for the magic users and psychics in the game and are essentially forces of nature within this fantasy world.

Two other versions of this map are also available. The first is a natural geography version, which adds labels to the major geographic features. The other is the full-blown political map, which adds pretty much everything else I could put in.

Special thanks to Glen Evans, who has allowed me to include map information from his yet-to-be-published manuscript on the Inland Sea, its islands, and the surrounding coast. I'm also working with him to create a much larger map of the Inland Sea to the south to support his work. Also, thanks to the members of Palladium Message Board who have been following the development of this map and providing very helpful input. Finally, thanks to Arsheesh. Most of my techniques are variations off his tutorials, and if you haven't checked out his gallery, you should.

As a rule, I try to work in new techniques to my map-making process, and this map is no exception. The first new technique I tried is a method for depicting the sea floor and its texture. After a lot of experimentation in previous maps, I've developed a method which creates coastal shadows and deeper waters in a way that doesn't take an unreasonable amount of time and yields results that I'm happy with. I might write up a tutorial for this method later.  The second new technique was to include snow-covered forests to correspond with the tundra climate in the far north.

Palladium Books owns the copyright to Palladium Fantasy and the books that describe the contents of this map. Please do not use any part of this creation for any commercial purposes (unless you work for Palladium Books, in which case, please send me a PM).
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Tokobauzsos Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
This came out great!
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Great map. Really nice work with all the geography.
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it came out well.
Lespion1944 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Terrific set of maps and icons, even if I don't play the game.
Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, it's a bit of a niche interest. I ought to try my hand at something with more of a broad market appeal one of these days.
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September 30, 2016
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