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Merridia 2.0 by Luned Merridia 2.0 by Luned
Merridia is the capital of Mérindar, a very standard-fantasy (=european-like) country in Alvarania. It's quite important not only because its the capital and an important commercial town, but because the members of my rpg board seem to feel at home there quite much :)
Read more here: [link] (german)

Here's the older version: [link]
The river (which is now the canal crossing the city) was far too narrow in the older maps, as it's one of the longest rivers of the continent. I now compared it to the Elbe river in germany (about 2km wide at the river mouth). As I did not want to change the design of the city too much (the writers are used to it by now), I had to think of a way to keep the small "old" river while showing the "new" broad one. So that was my idea:
The small river course once was much broader (also about 2km) and covered the space where the southern part of the city later was built. Two hamlets were built north of the river on slightly higher ground (now Merridia and Kahnweil).
Eventually the river changed it's course to the north; the old course silted up and could no longer be used for fishing/merchant ships. The new river course is very shallow and has constantly changing river banks, so it was not suitable for shipping, too. The inhabitants of the villages began to build a canal where the old river course once was, drained the land where the southern part of Merridia now is and ended up with a navigable, strait canal which also is one of the reasons why Merridia is now a capital.

Spent about 20-25 hours on it. My computer nearly surrendered...
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storm3510 Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't mind my asking, what program did you use to make this?
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Luned Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Photoshop CS2 for all my maps :)
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storm3510 Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning... I may never be able to do this but it's great to know that even with a program that some call outdated, you can make something like this! :iconawwwplz:
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Luned Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just a matter of practice, I suppose... and I don't think that a newer version of the program can outweigh this completely :)
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storm3510 Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work. I've only ever made one or two maps for my rp's but they're NOTHING like this! Stunning! :iconawwwplz:
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Luned Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Awesome, but i feel sorry for the town if that river floods, xD
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Luned Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merridia is situated on a low hill and protected by a dike (and some magicians)... but nevertheless you're right, they have a good chance of getting wet feet every few years :D
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Fallen-Immortal Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I'm curious, did you have an estimate of the population of the town? I have trouble deciding how large a town should be for amounts of people.
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Luned Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it's really hard to estimate that. Merridia is supposed to have about 25.000 inhabitants. You may look at this thread at cartographers guild for some hints on calculating this number :) [link]
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