All the Rivers Run
I need to do these entries more than once a month.
This month has been a sort of river month in Vodeo. Rivers are of significant historic importance to Vodeo - in the years before the railways and highways criss-crossed the nation, rivers were the only efficient way to get around. Rivers like the Rabe, Tarrack, Pralack, Corm, Grable, and Loudran are celebrated not simply because they are the longest, but also because they allowed settlement to proceed further inland from the coast, much to the chagrin of the native tribes. Cities like Silverton, Endorie, and Brynderwyn owe their success at least in part to their rivers and the boats who once sailed along them.
Today, though, there's virtually no freight moved along the rivers anymore, the waterways long having been adopted by pleasure craft which cruise gently along, enjoying the fine equatorial weather. As we cruise along, cast your eyes to where I've been working this month, mainly in two places: Vadiorare, and the Bay of Longlac.
Most of this month's work has been related to the vast Rabe-Tarrack drainage basin that takes in much of central, southern, and western Vodeo. The basin is named for the country's two longest rivers, the Rabe and the Tarrack, although some would argue that it should be named the Rabe basin, but the two names were adopted long ago and they've sort of stuck. The map above focuses on the upper reaches of the Tarrack and Loudran basins, which flow from the Vadiorare highlands down through the plains; the Loudran meets the Rabe at Silverton, while the Tarrack will eventually meet west of the St Austellian border. I've tried to model the rivers on those found in rugged mountain ranges, and for this I've been looking around rivers from Australia to South America. Still, I'm not sure about how they've come out - they still seem a bit too jagged, despite how many redraws of the river courses I've done. I'll just have to keep chiselling away at them.
The other main work this month was unplanned, but a welcome change all the same. Far to the north, on the Avalon-Cambria border, we find the Bay of Longlac, a long waterway that saw the first Ulethan settlement established on its shores back in 1498 (it didn't last for a variety of reasons, but let's just say kidnapping a chieftain's daughter to marry her doesn't go down well even with the usually placid tribes of Vodeo). The Bay of Longlac is where two of the country's longest rivers, the Pralack and the Corm, meet as they empty into the Sea of Uthyra at Longlac. The Pralack drains western Avalon and northern Prihor, while the Corm takes in western Cambria and much of the rest of Prihor, flowing through Endorie and Crafers on its way along. While the Pralack had always widened into a broad river mouth, the Corm had some kind of marshy delta that didn't look quite right. As it happens, Ullanyé provided the answer. On the island's west coast, the city of Fíra sits on a long bay that splits into two that looks exactly like what I wanted the western end of the Bay of Longlac. A shilling was dropped into the honesty box before the entire bay was lifted out, replaced with a cardboard replica, and moved to its new home in Vodeo. I've got a receipt, be quiet.
It's not a particularly exciting entry this month, but I'm trying to do at least one a month. One of my main goals for 2019 was also to get to work on the Rabe-Tarrack basin, and while that's still got a long way to go, I'm pleased with how things have progressed. While a lot of the rivers are still pending completion, I've planned their routes and can now start planning mapping the southern provinces; that part of Vodeo has remained empty simply because I wasn't sure where to put things. Soon, I'll be able to let the highway-builders, town planners, and baristas get to work, and we'll all get very rich indeed.
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The rivers looks good to me. I know, from bitter experience, they are right b**tards to draw properly. Just keep going until you get something that works. Also, when can we expect to see Sigrid Thornton to make an appearance? :D --Turnsole80 (talk) 01:47, 30 April 2019 (CEST)
- I like this. Xenica also started from a river, the mighty-yet-somewhat-boring Null. I still have to draw the full thing. And, the first question is, what happens if the citizens are unhappy with drinking Drabantian coffee? It'll be like Boston all over again. (The second question is where exactly the provincial borders go). FictiveJ (talk) 13:41, 30 April 2019 (CEST) Turnsole, really, we are of different generations, aren't we just?