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Worlds of Chronicles of Man WIP (NEW MAP) by ChroniclesofMan Worlds of Chronicles of Man WIP (NEW MAP) by ChroniclesofMan
With the changes in CoM coming in CoM 2.5, I figured something that needed a rework was the map of CoM. I give you the new direction I'm going. Hope you enjoy it! (Small View only right now).

Background image courtesy of NASA.
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Looks great! I really like the inclusion of real-world stellar cartography. It helps with immersion in a fictional universe if there are real objects in association.
I've been following your 'Verse for quite some time now and it looks like you've put a tremendous amount of thought and time into it. It's so good to see that there's such creative energy being poured into what I think is a promising universe! The vehicles, the technology, and now the universe in which they reside have all been carefully crafted. Getting these vital components of a fictional universe polished is incredibly important to the internal consistency of future stories. With everything mapped out (argh...the PUN!!) it's easier to avoid continuity snarls ahead of time.

However, like any good critique there has to be a 'con' section. I have only one complaint with this map and it is as follows: scale.
Preferably, if you're going to follow through with a map of real-space and FTL routes, you're going to want to include a legend. Legends can help a reader identify just what all these little dots and lines are; and while a compass is not truly applicable in this setting (unless you've got a 'galactic north' situation going on) a scale certainly is. A scale can let the viewer know in no uncertain terms just how big or how small objects on a map are and, more importantly, how much distance is between two objects.

This goes double for military fiction, which I assume this 'Verse is based on all the various flavors of ass-whup you've drummed up. Things like consistent distance and scale are immensely important if you want to really give the audience a sense of verisimilitude. You want them to know enough about the exact nature of your 'Verse and its limitations so when you set up a scenario they'll be able to grasp the situation without too much clunky exposition on your part.

Ex: "A Coalition Battle Fleet has attacked (insert location)! Our largest force is at (and again), over (insert distance/time) away! Our fleet is closest, so we must hold them off until then!"

Strangely enough, simple reference points on a map can help you streamline a story and help you keep a mental note of where everything is. All the while giving the audience a bit of a participation bump for locating plot-relevant points on a dutifully drawn and well-conceived map.

All in all, a great addition to an expanding universe of awesome! Keep up the good work!
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Are these all Human empires? Are there alien races at all?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are all Humans. There are relics (both small and massive) of ancient alien races from various points in history; but none currently living. Humanity itself has gone down increasingly divergent evolutionary paths with different nations acting and even looking different from one another.
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
I assume there is quite a bit of transhumanism involved?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are diverging feelings about how humanity should evolve. So yes, transhumanism is present but its more that humanity is going different directions and at different speeds based on increasingly divergent cultures. 
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manticoran Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
wow Humankind has covered a lot of ground over the centuries. how did you get the background Image?
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Moelan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Apologies for such a late comment, but I'm slightly confused (Humour me please) -

I thought you decided to remove the Coalition from CoM? Has that changed? Or are they simply now insignificant, or is this an older map?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coalition came back in favor of dropping the Empyrean Empire. Seemed to be the more popular choice.
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Moelan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Ah I see, fair enough. I somehow missed that the Empyrean Empire wasn't there anymore.
Derp. :/
Anyway thanks for replying.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a prob mate. Hope you enjoy the rest of the work.
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap O.O...u reworked this alright....my computer almost had a heart attack loading thist XD
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sirgrimtaz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Josh, I don't know how to even begin to tell you how beautiful and realistic it is. I see the line drawn thru out the galaxy and read that those are the "G" termini routes. Excellent my dear boy, EXCELLENT!!!!!!
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I'm curious, What about the Small Ships and Stations that inhabited this area of space that are mostly salvage and are maintain for food production and sciencetify purposes?
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breizh87 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Good work ;)
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shilka86 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
My god this looks so great that i am speechless fantastic job josh
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dbrought Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
And now I finally get to see how the big nations are in relation to each other. Nice map. So are the lines the paths of the graviti termini? Also what is that circle region in the middle of the kingdoms of the 4 crowns?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lines are going to be the Gravity Termini. There had been versions of the map before this but this is by far the best I've done.

The circular region you are talking about is the Realm of the High King with the world of Coronet at its heart. Established following King Edvard the Great/Conqueror's (depends on which history book you read) defeat of the Isharan and Leonian forces 1000 years before the events of CoM, Coronet is the seat of the High King of the four Crowns, a position and title that rotates between the ruling Houses/Clans of the four kingdoms ever half century. It is protected by the Highguards, the rulers sworn to the seat of Coronet and no particular kingdom or house.
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MonCappy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Did you change when the story takes place, then? If the story take place in the 28th Century, how could that battle have taken place 1000 years before?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because, as it said on the site, CoM has been shifted to 3780.
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MonCappy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Ahh. It's been a while since I visited so that must've been why I missed it.
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dbrought Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
So kinda been working on an idea, but If I were to be a fringe world, that had the roots of a monarchy nation offshoot, I would be on what edge most likely?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most likely left upper. Part of the Kingdom of Eirangard that broke off during the Rebellion of The Northern Lords (when House Brandt overthrew House Stahl for control of Eirangard and Albion broke off to become its own Kingdom).
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