This is a large map (a couple of MB for the full image if you follow the link), but I know some people are very interested in maps and other details about fantasy worlds. I have had the map printed on poster board and will have the 2’x3′ image with me at Planet Comicon coming up this March 14th-16th. (I hope to see some of you there, it will be a perfect change to get the new Daughter’s Revenge signed!)
The Heirs of Cothel Series takes place across a number of countries on the western side of Tet and later books in the series will have the characters traveling north.
There are a number of significant features in this part of the world. Several of these aspects may appear in the Heirs of Cothel Series as well as other stories I intend to write in this setting.
A couple of items to note:
- The mountain range that is referred to as the Rim Mountains has isolated this section of the world from other parts of it. Around the Sea of Tet, humans have ruled and lived for hundreds of years, having driven the elves out of what had been their homeland into the Rim Mountains (which serve to further isolate the humans around Tet).
- Many of the countries around Tet are in a temperate climate zone. The further north one goes, the more tundra and arctic the landscape. Along parts of the norther border of the landmass, sea ice does not always melt each year.
- The Lost Kingdoms are what is left after a series of countries collapsed from internal and external strife. Mostly the eastern side of the map is ruled by warlords and people declaring themselves “prince”. Quite a bit of pirate activity comes out of the islands in that area.
This is a map of Cothel, Midland, Calis, and part of Kynto. The areas north of Cothel will be featured in the upcoming novel Daughter’s Justice.
Map of Kynto, Midland, and Cothel
The Sea of Tet is a large inland sea. Most of the known countries use Tet for commerce and travel. Its waters are often contested and piracy is common, especially in the East, where all recognized countries have fallen to internal strife and war. This eastern area, too close to the mountains, is often referred to as the “Lost Kingdoms”.
The long mountain range stretching from the Southwest to the Northeast is known as the Rim Mountains. Long ago, at the close of the Elven Wars, the elves were driven into these mountains. Human leaders today proclaim their greater dominance and strength in keeping the elves, known as the spawn of the Demon God Elrin, held in check. In truth, the elves, still rife with internal struggles and hatreds, have never recovered their numbers and are unlikely to unify a force to contest the human control of the lands around Tet.
Because of the long running hatred between the elves and the humans, no one, at least no one respectable, lives in “The Bad Lands” which are close to the mountains. Only those fleeing persecution as witches or warlocks, criminals who’s lives are forfeit, and people with nothing left to live for may try to survive in those untamed wilds. Those that do try, always keep their numbers small to avoid the notice of the elves.
The Endless Sea is much more treacherous than Tet and while the histories talk of people coming from lands across its never ending waves, there has been little to no trade or communication with those whole live there.
Nothing is known of the area on the other side of the Rim Mountains. Most believe it to be a great desert of sand, nothing more than a wasteland.
Map of the countries around the Sea of Tet
This is the area around The Sea of Tet. Country borders are marked in green with Cothel’s country name listed. Mother’s Curse is set primarily in Cothel.
This is Antar Castle as it stands today and featured in Mother’s Curse. Over the years it has been expanded many times.
The current layout of Antar Castle
This is Antar Castle as it stood many generations ago. Some buildings remain today, while others are gone.
Early layout of Antar Castle
This is a map of Cothel and the surrounding countries featured in Mother’s Curse.