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This the Forum official discussion page for the Castellán collaborative project. Any questions, suggestions, feedback, and discussions will be held here. For more info on the state of the collab, please go to the collab page --Martinawa (talk) 00:31, 9 November 2021 (UTC)

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Physical planning

Here we will discuss and suggest what the Castellán physical geography will look like.

As the Cleanup phase is finished for now, I'm going to close off proposals for physical plannings soon as we try to work out the final result. This is a shout-out to give people who have had ideas for coastline and physical geography an opportunity to post their suggestions now, as there's going to be an election of the final physical geography of Castellán soon --Martinawa (talk) 05:06, 19 December 2021 (UTC)

Coastline plan

After watching the different suggestions and the discussions we had about them, This is my final plan for the eastern coastline of Castellán. It is mainly the plan from Lithium-Ion, with the southern coastline and islands taken from my Northern Strait plan. I will start implementing immediately it if there isn't a very big red flag about it.

Eastern coastline

Orography sketch

After seeing all sent proposals and having reflected onto them and adapting to the new coast, I have made some temptative orography for Castellán as a base. The amount of detail shown is because this is procedurally generated (except for the rivers), but all mapping here shouldn't be followed very closely and treated more like a broad idea of what the country is going to be like, as things like scale and detail might just not be right for the size of the country given the features. The general idea, with a western plateau and parallel mountain ranges going roughly east to west, with graben-like plains in between. Placing is mostly inspired on the shape of the coastline. --Martinawa (talk) 01:10, 19 January 2022 (UTC)

Base Orography proposal
How high do you think the tallest mountains would be? Maybe that northern range could have a few noticeable "offshoots" or parallel ridges like the Alps, since it's the southernmost part of a large mountain range similar to them. Otherwise looks really nice, no complaints at all.--Lithium-Ion (talk) 01:20, 19 January 2022 (UTC)

Orography suggestions

As we will be working with pretty much a blank canvas, we accept suggestions on how the orography (mountains, rivers, plains, basins, plateaus, etc...) of Castellán should look like. They should have a signifficant degree of independence with whatever the coastline ends up being, and should be rather schematic, as they will be the basis for later development. Like before, please post any suggestions below.

My proposal:

Lithium-Ion's Plan

Rivers are just to give an idea of basins and how much there might be in any area. It's pretty rough, so a lot of changes could be made. --Lithium-Ion (talk) 02:40, 9 November 2021 (UTC)

Huachachi ideas: Have tall mountain range between Castellán and Mperiye/Sathriada. This two countries are very different and we should have a border difficult to cross in ancient times. That way we could explain why the countries have so much differences and no influence in each other.

I am going to send here my ideas for Castellán. They are pretty diverse and could work in some sense, and I want to see what the ideas from other people align in this proposals.

First, these are the mountain ranges that I would keep regardless of the plan:

Base Orography proposal

The mountain ranges on the borders both with Mazan and Sathria would be kept (No idea on how the border works on Mazan, if it's in the top of the range or somewhere else, but still a good idea to keep some mountains there). The border with Sathria would host the highest mountains (In the place where the Egyt mountains used to be, should we reuse that name?). The area where those mountain ranges meet would be a kind of hilly plateau. It could be interesting to play with some unique geological features in that area (lakes, volcanos, large waterfalls, ice-shaped landforms in the highest areas...) It also makes sense to me for the southeastern tip to have a mountain range, as the coastline arrangement, not only in Castellán, but in the lands around it, suggests a big geological fold in the area.

  • Idea 1: Parallel arrangement.

All rivers and mountain ranges would generally follow the general direction of the peninsula, that is, east to west, probably deriving from a large, old fold (think the Appalachians in the US, maybe larger in both size and height). In-between the folds would sit the river basins, that would generally flow west-to-east.

Parallel arrangement
  • Idea 2: Radial arrangement.

This would feature a large, tall mountain chain or massif in the center of the country, from which all major basins would radiate from. Some minor ranges around some trams of the coast would have secondary ranges along them to more carefully justify their shapes. Geologically, the easiest justification for such a configuration would be volcanism, which would make Castellán a country prominent for its volcanoes. My idea would be similar (but again, bigger) to the Central Massif in France.

Radial arrangement
  • Idea 3: Perpendicular arrangement.

This one would rely on a large mountain chain north of the country, running along the coast, with a gentle southwards slope, creating small mountain ranges between the river basins. That would create a rather rugged terrain in general, as geologically it should be explained by a large sedimentary plateau that's been carved out over time by the rivers flowing down on it. Lots of terraced terrain, and a relatively low average height outside the main mountain ranges. The soil should be very soft to allow for this kind of orography, so have in mind this when considering it (unless there is a better solution for such a terrain geologically)

Perpendicular arrangement

--Martinawa (talk) 20:02, 10 November 2021 (UTC)

I would personally leave the mountain ranges where they are, after all I've created them that way. They play a role in the shape of the country and the Mediterranean Sea (all the coastlines north of Catania are drawn by me) and are continuations of bigger mountain ranges coming from Alora and Gobrassanya --Stjur (talk) 17:24, 12 November 2021 (UTC)
Do you have any schematics of them? Despite being the current arrangement, the forest covers will have to be basically remade, so it would be a good idea to know what was the general structure of it. Or if it matches one of my suggestions, you can point it out. --Martinawa (talk) 23:34, 13 November 2021 (UTC)
They can be seen here: - something along these lines: --Stjur (talk) 07:46, 14 November 2021 (UTC)


The cleanup phase is now finished. Please head to later sections to know about the state of the collaboration and to know what to do on it. The areas you might see on the map that are not blanked are intentionally so and will be treated specially by the coordinators for now.

The first stage mapping-wise will be the complete clean-up of the mapping of Castellán. All mapping previous to the setting of the collaborative stage is expected to be removed. The only mapping that will be pre-emptively conserved will be whatever is on the border with Mazan, specially land cover that spans both countries. Coastline is not to be changed either yet. --Martinawa (talk) 23:10, 18 December 2021 (UTC)

Many thanks to TCC and Rustem for helping clean up the area. You three have done a great job, and the help is very appreciated! — Alessa (talk) 15:33, 23 December 2021 (UTC)