Now that we have both the Outer World and the Hollow World close to being locked in, it’s time to go back to the 3D model and explore the results of our labours.

But first, let’s take care of a couple of loose ends.

Companion Set Brun map

The Companion Set included a continental map of Brun before the Master Set presented the whole world.  It’s significant for two reasons: it presents a more detailed coastline for the continent, and it adds a few small details that we can use.

Locked in hex maps with Companion Set map coastline in red

Locked in hex maps with Companion Set map coastline in red

I have adapted the coastline to my Outer World model by using three different placements: one for northwestern Brun, from top of the Arm of the Immortals all the way over to close to Frosthaven; one for the Arm of the Immortals itself; and finally one for Norwold that extends down to Kamminer Bay.  This last one showed part of the Orol Island archipelago, with more detail than the Master Set, so I have decided to change my base reference for these islands from Skothar to Norwold, with the Companion Set map deciding the location for the islands:

Companion Set coastline is red, Master Set is black

Companion Set coastline is red, Master Set is black

The other details are in Ochalea, which showed a small island off its southwestern coast, and the two small islands between Dwair and Davania:

Ochalea's extra island is just visible off its southwest coast, and also two more Pearl Islands next to Dwair

Ochalea’s extra island is just visible off its southwest coast, and also two more Pearl Islands next to Dwair

All of these have now been locked in, to be incorporated into future maps.

Hollow World Set Outer World map

Next up, let’s put the Hollow World Set world map into place.  The fit is not perfect, but it’s more than enough to act as a nice guide to expand the world map’s locations:

Placement 5 graticule with all of the terrain, including the Hollow World Set Outer World map

Placement 5 graticule with all of the terrain, including the Hollow World Set Outer World map

Looking good.

And that’s us done!  There are very few sources left to add to either this or the Hollow World map.  That means that all we have left to do is decide which placement to use, create a 3D model for it, and take it for a test drive.  Once that’s done to our satisfaction, the Lining Up Mystara project will officially be over!  So close now…

Looking Ahead for a Moment

A word on secondary sources (i.e. fan-made maps): these will come into play in full force during my next project, when I come to deal with all of the stuff this project has generated, and expand the maps to cover the whole world.  My ideas have changed over the years somewhat, and my current feeling is that it’s better to adapt (or even adopt) fan-made maps than for me to come up with yet another version of something.  Let’s face it, whatever we do it will never be the “official” version, because there was, is and will likely never be an “official” version of these things.

Besides, who cares?  This has never been a big issue in our community, and it has been fading more and more into the background, I think.

So my current plan is to make up terrain based on my above collage where there is nothing else to refer to, and to adapt fan-made maps where they exist — and simply adopt them wholesale if they fit into the above map nicely.  There will undoubtedly be some exceptions, and I’ll likely avoid using some maps if I already have my own strong ideas about an area, but in general I’ll try to choose the most accepted sources and work from them.

One last thing about this: I hadn’t planned to do the world map in 72 miles per hex, but looking at the sheer size of this map, I’m now reconsidering this.  Would you like to see me do a full world map for the Outer World at 72 miles per hex?  If I do it, it won’t be an Equirectangular projection, but rather something much more appropriate for hexes — likely either an equal area projection of some sort (to keep the areas of each hex constant) or else a conformal projection (to keep the shapes — but not the relative scales — of terrain constant).

I can’t talk timescales yet.  Once Lining Up Mystara is all wrapped up, I have a number of other projects waiting in the wings, including of course Bruce Heard’s upcoming Calidar book.  So all I can say for now is that I hope to start the next project sometime later in the year.

Up Next: Placing the finished maps on the 3D model.  Will Placement 5 do the job?  You’ll have to wait and see!