The north of Utterland is beginning to take shape, with the first major town now on the map. Welle has an ornate former palace in the city centre, with a lovely park area with ponds behind it. The city fronts Schuttelermeer (lake), and is overlooked by the dark hills of Wellerwoud forest to the east. The border area to Koban (excuse absence of diacritical marks) is marked by wooded hills, whilst further east the forest boundary to Isztiarnoszag is an area for logging. The villages of Loosteren, Schering en Inschlag and Peringen are all centres for this.
I've made a start on the city of Solsburg, the biggest conurbation I have mapped in the week since I acquired Utterland. Solsburg stands at the southern end of Lake Hetzer, and straddles the mouth of the river flowing into it. The west bank has Fort Solsburg standing proud, surrounded by the old city, still within its ancient city walls. Also contained is Solsburg Cathedral, midway between the Fort and West Burgh Museum. West Burgh used to be the palace for the rulers of Solsburgh. The modern railway passes to the south of the city walls, after crossing from the east. The old railway, now a preserved line, runs from the northern end of the city walls to Woudendijk. This line is not exactly scenic, as it now passes through an industrial estate and under the towering edifices of the West Solsburg power station.
As I start to build the eastern part of Solsburg, I hope to be able to flesh out on the area's history - which I expect to be very interesting. Solsburg lies only 15 km south of Ligota in Szlunsk and 35 km south of Kirchenburg in Welstand-Westrijk, a border town and a garrison town. Watch this space.
The eastern part of the city of Solsburg in western Utterland is beginning to take shape. It has a fortress, Fort Merken, which is glowering west, across the water at Fort Solsburg. The two fastnesses used to belong to two different and hostile factions. The western faction tried to cross the river many a time, but always ran up against the ramparts of Fort Merken. These are now clad in parkland, but the riverside street, De Bierkaai, is an obscure reference to this animosity. Fighting "De Bierkaai" means engaging in a futile battle, which you'll never win.
I have now begun some mapping in the far west of Utterland, against the borders of Vinnmark and Szlunsk. A valley has taken shape, just north of the city of Galmosen (itself yet to be mapped), with another valley coming south from Szlunsk at Blankendaal (also yet to be mapped). The valley is gouged out among highish hills, rising to 750 metres at the triple point with Vinnmark and Szlunsk. The Galmosen Valley is an mining area, bisected by roads and railways linking the two other neighbouring territories.
Have mapped Lake Galmose with its two powerplants, as well as the minor townships of Isgem and Calmui nearby. The major conurbation of Galmosen, with the suburbs of Elkern and Doumen, on the lake's eastern shore, will be mapped next. The town of Blankendaal, between Galmosen and Solsburg, will also be added.
Utterland's flag, showing the white of the sky, the green of the fields, the orange/brown of the hills and the blue of Lake Hetzer.