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World Building – Sarilo Star System Tapestry

I’ve been slowly writing and adding to my campaign world setting, I only really work on this when it’s late at night or if I’m very tired. The latest piece I’ve finished up is a solar system map. I decided to start right from the top and work my way down. So I had a feel for the Planets rotational period and year length etc I worked up a Solar System Map and a few Planetary Statistics:

Above is the Original image I assembled using elements from a few different NASA photos and images that NASA have made freely available. The planets are obviously not spaced out to any kind of scale. I’ve made the Sarilo System a dual Habitable planet system, although to start with I’ll only be detailing the Planet of Etena. Once I had the above created I ran it through a few filters to try and get a tapestry effect:

It’s not perfect but it does give the impression of a tapestry, I should have really added some aging like holes and ragged edges, but as it’s supposed to be a one of kind tapestry made by a famous Astromagus. It should be well looked after and protected so aging didn’t seem very appropriate. I pulled together rough statistics for each planet:

Name Sihnon Etena Ilvaya (ilvaya) Ceninia Onayel Aran Tevasi
Position 1st Planet 2nd Planet 3rd Planet 4th Planet 5th Planet 6th Planet 7th Planet
Type Hot Gas Giant Terrestrial (Life) Terrestrial (Life) Frozen/Ice Gas Giant Liquid Gas Barren Rock
Distance from Star 0.41 AU 1.24 AU 1.76 AU 3.2 AU 5.1AU 8.5AU 12 AU
Diameter (KM)
Day Length 7.5 hours 26 hours 27 hours 66 hours 16 hours 13.5 hours 350 hours
Days a Year 304 Sihnon Days 465 Etena Days 757 Hyrokkin Days 759 Ceninia Days 6306 Onayel Days 16081 Aran Days 1040 Tevasi Days
Equiv Earth Days 95 504 852 2090 4204 9045 15173
Moons 0 2 5 1 16 8 0
Rings 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Assuming I’ve understood it correctly I used Keplers third law to calculate Orbital timeframes and I included an equivalency back to earth days. I realize using Keplers third law wont be a 100% accurate as I’m pretty much assuming that the Sarilo System is then the same as our Solar system but I figure for a Fantasy game setting it should be fine. The other figures are all made up, I’m still working on the Planetary Diameters, need to be a little more careful with those.

As I don’t get to GM very much (or at all any more) and I really enjoy world building I’m just going to do this Campaign world building project as something fun to do when I feel like it. I will continue to add to the world and will make posts here of anything of note. I have begun to upload some of the Info to a wiki but I’m not quiet ready to post the URL as it’s very empty at this stage :).

I’ll get back to Mayhem city and Hinterland builds.

(The layout of my image above was based on this one, although mines a very poor imitation 🙂 . I believe it appeared in or on a magazine cover at some point)

Initial Mapping Finished for D&D Group

Well I’m finding the new projects page very useful, it lets me see what I could be working on and provides motivation to get a project finished so I can cross an item off. Seems the old Psychology of crossing items of lists still works on me. If it helps me finish more things I’m more than happy to use what helps.

These are the initial maps for the world my D&D group will frequent, half the fun for me as a DM is building a world and being able to throw whatever I need into a setting without me feeling like I’m breaking one of the predefined settings.

The World is called Etana and the main continent/island the group/s will start on is Mytivia. For the moment we are running 2 seperate sets of characters a primary set with full storyline and RP elements and a secondary set who are pretty much used for trawling around dungeons and receive double the experience award you normally receive as per 4ed. The Primary set will affect the geopolitical landscape were as the secondary set will be used for off the cuff adventures were I literally just sit with a laptop a pen and a piece of grid paper and make up some dodgy monster bash on the fly :).

A little info on the maps, the world map has been done in Winkel Tripel Projection, well as close as I could get doing it by eye in Gimp. Very few details are on the world map at this stage as I want to be able to use player input to add features details and names, it’s their world as well. The smaller continental map of Mytivia itself shows the major cities and main roads.

The Continental map was made using a combination of inkscape and gimp. I had to move the map to gimp as inkscape began to have serious performance issues with the 200-300 mb file. When the map is open in Gimp it is 50cmx30cm @ 300dpi with a rather large number of layers and can take along time to refresh, but I gave the map a lot of space so that I can zoom in and add more details later on. I suspect I may just end up copying segments of the map out however and making more zoomed in local maps in a new Gimp file to help with performance.

All of the icons etc I drew up in inkscape with the exception of the Compass rose which I downloaded from wikimedia commons. Again names of some places etc have been left off so that my players can suggest names and help build the world up and they feel more attached involved with the game world.

I’m fairly happy with the resulting maps, although there no were near as good as what some of the people churn out across at the Cartographers guild. If you want to learn anything about mapping check out their forums.

I’ll post up more detailed/geopolitical information about the world later on as time permits, I have far chunk of info written down and some still in the old brainbox. In the long term I’ll put all the info into a wiki so I can sort the information in a more logical fashion rather than just a pile of loose Blog posts and make it easier on me to reference when DM’ing.

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Etena

Mytivia

I think I might do some miniature painting next 🙂


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