Sunday, January 3, 2016

Arden - Worldbuilding - part 4
Can you guess where this might be from the book?
This time round, I though I'd take a look at some of the sights that inspired various parts of Arden...You know, those places you've read about in the story and from which you might have conjured a word picture in your mind.
Here's a little snapshot of what I envisioned. Compare them to the scenes within each chapter, and you'll see why Arden would be a wonderful world if it were not for the Horde menace.
The Sengennon Strait
Welcome to the purple/mauve grasslands that surround the precincts of Rhomane for at least ten miles in every direction
Asterlan Lake
To the east of the city lies the vast inland sea - the Asterlan Lake. Its aquamarine waters are often stained a deep scarlet due to the reflections of the nearby Garnet Mountains along its northern shores.
Garnet Mountains
Lying to the northwest, this ruddy barrier catches the first rays of Soleíl (the Ardenese sun) and reflects its glory in a breath-taking way. Here's a close-up shot of the picture above.


The Grisson Gap
As you will know from the story, the Grisson Gap sits to the north of Rhomane at the border of the Garnet Mountains (northwest) and Erasan Mountains (northeast).

The Erasan Mountains
Home to the Targens (eaglelike creatures of Arden and the Boradan snowbeast) This impressive range lies to the north and west of the city.

Southern Grasslands
As you travel south of Rhomane, past the Starport and then slightly east, you hit these beautiful plains.
Tar'e-esh Forest
Far to the southeast lies a huge expanse of purple-green forests where a major part of the story takes place. Here's the inspiration behind that magical place.

As you can see, it would be a wonderful fantasyland to stroll through

Shilette Abyss

Of course, the Shilette Abyss is a vast edifice that can be seen from space. When I saw this picture - and others like it - it created an image in my mid of a huge scar, scores of miles wide - gouging its way across Arden's surface. A place that the colonists can turn to when the fight against the Horde takes a turn for the better.

So there you go. These are the building blocks to how Arden and the land about Rhomane were born.

I don't know about you - but I'm hooked.



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