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Forgotten Realms by Markustay
Forgotten Realms
Just a WIP of a map I started a LONG time ago and never completed - it was supposed to be the Eastern half of my Heartlands map ('The North' map being the mostly-complete other half). This turned into a separate project ('The Demonwrought Lands' - Vassa, Damara, Impiltur), which I DO plan to complete next, after the shining South is done. Perhaps when that is finished (which is a large chunk of this one), I will be inspired to complete this as well.
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Shining South Forgotten Realms Shaareach by Markustay
Shining South Forgotten Realms Shaareach
Another update. Since this project (like ALL my projects) wound up growing and will probably give birth to a map just to the east, I had to tweak the heck out of the Vilhon Reach/Chondath region, and also Luiren. Luiren is now much more like how it was in 1e/2e (even though nearly all of it falls off THIS map). I also backwards-engineered the lore out of Brian James' excellent 4e article on Chessenta. I just now noticed I forgot to turn on the layer with the country names... {sigh} There are some river names placed now, and I corrected one misspelling. The NUMBER ONE thing thats changed is that Nentir Vale is gone, and the terrain has been corrected to something closer to 1e/2e.  I am going to complete this map without it, but will paste it back in when this one is done, if there is any interest in that (or I could just leave it for the eastern map, since that actually falls out in both). ENJOY.
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Returned Maztica by Markustay
Returned Maztica
Something new I am toying with. Don't worry, I am still finishing the Shining South map - I just needed a break from it. Trying out some new things with this one - everything will be drawn by hand (or rather, by hand with GIMP). I am using the original Maztica map - slightly modified to make it work with the 4e Returned Abeir lore. I am pleasantly surprised how much alike the two maps already were. I am hoping for an amalgam version of this region come 5e; the original was Okay, but too derivative. The new stuff (Abeir)  is great, but redundant with a lot of what FR already had. I think by merging the two they can come up with some pretty unique - an Aztec like region that worships the dragon pantheon, with a sudden influx of newcomers from Abeir, all trying to cope with each other's existence. And who doesn't want Tiamat worshiping Jungle drow?
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Forgotten Realms Shining South + Nentir Vale by Markustay
Forgotten Realms Shining South + Nentir Vale
Another update. Got all the mountain and forest text done. Still a long ways to go before I can put a 'glow' behind the locale text, because I haven't placed river and road names yet, and things are going to probably shift around quite a lot as the map gets 'busy'. ENJOY
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The Southern Realms Campaign Map by Markustay
The Southern Realms Campaign Map
The latest update. I was away last week so I didn't have a chance to work on much. Still lots to do, but I think i have all the settlements placed and labeled now. I still have to wipe and re-label quite a lot of terrain, especially the Mountains. The 'Wastes' terrain type is compete, so you can get an idea of what the rest will look like when i am done. So are the settlements in the Dambrath region - you can see the lettering is a bit faded and there is a glow around the text - thats how it will all look when i am done. Also have to label all the roads and rivers, but its perfectly useable as-is. ENJOY.
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I was born. I did some stuff. I hope to do a little more stuff. Then I plan to die.

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smashmode Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Love your work! Especially the 5 shires on the Inner Seas
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sceluk Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Hey man, Amazing maps, I have to say.
I love the Shou Lung\T'u Lung\Hordelands maps, Wizards should make them official.
Have you ever thought about doing Zakhara?
Then we'd finally have a map of the whole supercontinent :)
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Markustay Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
As for the Misbegotten Realms - YES. With summer vacation on its way my home campaign will be going full-swing again, and I hope to be updating this soon. As for my other FR maps - I hope to finish/polish/update all of them as the year progresses. I've decided not to keep getting side-tracked by other projects and just go back to doing what I loved - making great Realms maps for the fan community to enjoy. I know official 'great things' are in the works, so there is much to look forward to for everyone. Thank you for all your support - its what keeps me going.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
:iconchristmas-tree1plz:Merry Christmas!:iconchristmas-tree1plz:
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mrwakka Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Any hope for an update on the misbegotten realms? I actually stumbled upon this and find the idea quite intriguing for a game I'll be running.
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Tattersnail Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Hey Markustay.

Im a big fan of you and I have been using your Chult map for a campaign that has been going on for little more than two years now. I was wondering if you had the font you use, so I could plot in my own locations.
Thanks in advance and awesome job.

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Markustay Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
When I did that one I believe I was using PS, and I don't recall the specific font. PS has a MUCH better font toolbox then GIMP (which I use now). The Font I us in GIMP is called 'small caps' (there are several versions) - 'small caps' was doable with ANY font in PS using their font tools.
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pvansteenoven Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Any chance making prints available? i would love a huge world map with every detail :)
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Markustay Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Can't legally make prints available. i see that now that is something that some artists are allowed to do for there commisioned WotC work, but since I have never been given an official commision (they just use my maps for reference LOL), I can't allow prints, sorry. But I offer it all for free, which means you should be able to take the files (on a USB drive) to some place that does do printing. You are more then welcome to do that.
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Kanaric Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Quick question, what is this "the dock" in those mountains near Tabot? I can find no information on that. 
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