Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Urals, Ob & Irtysh

A call out to all those who are still following this blog; I'm still doing a bit here and there on my world, still making maps, which I will probably do all summer as I concentrate on writing.  Here, however, is an update of the Ural Mountains map, now colored:

The Ural Mountains are less stark in the above image; it shows that the 'mountains' are rather low, and narrowest in the center.  Still, they divide the rivers from those going west and south, and those going east and north.  On the east side of the Urals there are two big rivers, the Tavda above and the Tobol below, which meet the Irtysh River just off the map, which then flows along the edge of the map to debouch into the Ob River top right.

The Urals at this point correspond two the modern oblasts of Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk - on the map they appear as 'Eykhoth' and 'Kord.'  This is one of the richest mineral producing areas in the world, which was why I decided to assign the area to the Dwarves.  Thus, these are both big Dwarven cities, and the central part of this map is under the Kingdom of Hoth.  The lands around Great Bolger, on the west of the mountains, is 'Bulgrastan,' which is a left-over territory from the Mongol raids, always remembering that the Mongols were orcs (urukai).  Bulgrastan is controlled by a hierarchy of ogres ruling urukai, so it's a mean little region.  North of Bulgrastan is the Kingdom of Bjarmaland, land of the gnolls, while south of Bulgrastan, and showing partly on the southeastern corner of the map, is the great Jagatai Empire ... which I've linked to the real thing. My Jagatai, however, is occupied by orcs.  The history comes pretty close to matching up, although the exact borders are a bit different (my version is larger, as it includes parts that Russia never seized in my game).  Finally, the northeast corner of the map is occupied by the Kingdom of Magloshkagok, or that of the goblins.

The dwarves, then, are in a sea of enemy races, but the dwarves are easily the strongest, most protected force in the region; except for Bulgrastan and the ogres, Hoth is well able to manage their own affairs ... and there is always a way to stir up the orcs or the gnolls against Bulgrastan if need be, as the dwarves are very rich.

Very well.  Further east, I've begun working on this map:

This shows the enormous flatlands between two great river basins, the Ob on the north, and the Irtysh on the south.  Both rise in the mountains that border on West China, and as was shown on the previous map, they inevitably meet.  The rivers are highways through central Russia ... and indeed create a means of travel that extends to the Yenisey, the Lena and the Amur, right across the Asian Continent.  Each of these rivers flows generally north, and are deep.  They have tributaries that are deep as well, and the tributaries run east-west; thus, the Russians in the 18th century were able to ride up a tributary of the Ob, portage to a tributary of the Yenisey (showing in the very top right corner), then ride down the Yenisey in order to find another tributary going even further east.  Roads were unnecessary, as the whole continent could be travelled fairly quickly by water.  This was the manner in which Russia conquered the top of Asia.

Of course, there were no orcs, hobgoblins, goblins and other creatures in the real world, so Russia wasn't met with formidable enemies.  My world, on the other hand ...

The map above is divided into three entities; Magloshkagok on the northwest, the Jagatai Empire in the south, and the great Vostoch Empire, controlled by hobgoblins, in the northeast.  Of these, the hobgoblins are the most warlike; but they are chiefly concerned with threats to the east of their Empire, and the great swamplands (shown above in yellow) of Vasyugan are virtually uninhabited.

I trust the reader is enjoying these.  When I finish the Ob & Irtysh map above, I'll post it again.

1 comment:

  1. Content like this is always very hard to comment on, but please do not assume this means that no one is reading/watching. I love all of the content and especially when taken in conjunction with the comments on your book is a wonderful glimpse 'under the hood' as it were.


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