Re: Time Zones
1. Yes, Solar Times Officially, but I plan on developing an Unofficial map that has Time "Zones" based on Country Borders, set in 1000 AC of course.
oh? for what purpose, if I may ask?
2. Thanks for the info, will need to add that to the resources.
It's by Isabelle Sarikhan from 2006. Her discription of the the History of the science of Geology in Mystara, & a Mystaran geologic timescale are here
, the map itself is here
, and it's descriptive legend is here, explaining the stratigraphic surface units
. I'm not convinced on her names for the timescale, and I'd be tempted to change the specific dates she used to match it up closer to the RW Geologic timescale, but the work is otherwise very enthralling - I keep finding new tidbits in it everytime I re-read it.
3. Koppen will be the most accurate and detailed probably, DK uses what seems to be a Highly Simplified Koppen System.
yeah a Koppen map would be far more detail than we would need, even a simplified Koppen might be a lot.
(I think it's by LoZompatore, or at least it's based of one of LoZomp's base maps), could be a good starting point.
Re: Life Zones/Biomes
4. Sort of, it's also partially inspired by Koppen Climate Classification, but focuses on the way the biomes work, so yes. heres a list of the types used on the DK Map are:
yeah, I'd call those Biomes or bioregions (there's all kinds of different classification schemes for those). Really 3 & 4 could probably be merged.
still not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean the dominant race for a country? so for example all Human dominated countries (Darokin, Ethengar, Thyatis, Alphatia) would be red, elven realms (Alfheim, Vyalia, Shiye-Lawr) would be green, places like Wendar could be Green & Red stripes, humanoid lands (Broken Lands, Limn) would be dark grey, and so on?
but will also cover Average Life Expectancy.
umm... In a RW atlas that is there to show differences in a countries health (and indirectly development) levels- environmental polution, access to and quality of health care, nutrition, diet, infant mortality, sanitation, education level, etc. In mystara life span is determined by race, and within the same race there will likely to be negligible variation from place to place. (ie An Elf in Alfheim should have the same age span as an elf in Wendar or Shiye-Lawr, but all those elves would be far more than a human from anywhere)
From there I thought there should be Racial Maps that was more freeform than political.
Depending on the level of cartographic (& computer) ability, there could be several ways to portray this.
6. Personally I plan on this part to be a continuously developing part of the Project. I'd like to develop multiple maps based on different interpretations, and even possibly get input from original canon writers
ok, I think these could be fascinating to see. Even jsut one based on broad categories (ie Neathar/Tanagoro/Oltec/etc.) or one based on language families
7. Why not have one map for only the most major Immortal Cults, and "Pagan" religions? This one is going to be played with.
What definition of "Pagan" are you using? Of the various definitions of that word with which I am familiar, I can't picture how any of them could be used to map mystaran religions. I'm completely lost what you are talking about with this one I'm afraid.
8. Yes the Trail Maps did, and we can do an Estimated Wealth based on Resource and Trade for the whole World. Again Politically based, as opposed to regional or something similar.
I'm not convinced of the usefulness of such a map.
9. Global Conflict does not mean World War, it means any current conflicts around the world. For Example my World Atlas is Circa 1998, so what it lists it has countries in red that have been in International Conflict (conflict with another nation) since 1975, little black explosion symbols representing Civil Unrest since 1975, red diamonds over areas that are disputed territories, tightly dotted red line for Disputed Borders, and looser dashed line for Undefined Border. We will be using SIMILAR but not necessarily exact forms.
But Mystara is notably (largely) lacking in most of these in the century or so leading up to WotI, unless you count the internal squabbling to become supreme ruler/khan of, and traditional internal hostilies and raiding within both the Ethengar Khanates and the Broken Lands Hordes (And I've never been able to figure out the timing of the events leading up to Thar's rise as Supreme ruler). In the RW in 1998 they had enough material to make a worthwhile map going back just 23 years - the 20th century was soo full of conflicts. In mystara in the whole 50 or so years prior to WotI you've got:
International Conflict- Thar's invasion of Glantri 992-994. I suppose the Heldannic Knights conquest of the Freeholds would count. Depending on your exact cut-off date you could include the Alphatian Spike Assault. (959-962). Some smaller raids- ie Hayavik, Black Eagle Baron, etc.
Even if you go back a whole century, about the only thing that adds would the conquest of Traladara in 900.
If you add some fannon and non-cannonical stuff way back then you might be able to add the Bogs War, and some of the last of the internal Darokinian wars, both in the 910s.
Am I missing any? I think the Savage Coast/Red Steel would add some.
Civil Unrest- almost non-existant in Mystara, unless you count conflicts with humanoids in the wilderness but then EVERY country would be marked as having such. The Marlinev Rebellion is the only thing coming to mind. If you add in fannon I suppose you could add the Almarrand Rebellion in 936-938. There's not even any examples of Irredentalism in mystara unless you use the five shire alternate gaz or play up Thyatian ambitions to reclaim Ierendi.
Disputed Territories- none come to mind. In fact, the Orclands could be a case of the opossite "Unwanted territories" - maps assign it to darokin, but even they don't really want it nor control it.
Disputed Borders- none come to mind. Border changes could be interesting, but asides from Ylaruam I can't think of any.
Undefined Borders- outside of the Known world there's probably a lot, as forces control however much they can patrol.
maybe you could do something at a smaller scale - ie a map of tradition relations (ie friendly vs. hostile, neutrality pacts, etc.).
All Maps should be large enough that the intricacies of the Known World can be seen on the Global Scale (because it's too damn small of an area IMHO)
Some of them are appropriate at the global scale (ie Climate, etc.), but for a lot of these you might be better off focusing on just the Known World (or the Known World + some surroundings) as otherwise you'll run into several issues:
* A) lack of info- both in terms of hard facts and sometimes areas are completely undeveloped
* B) deferent interpritations, ie competing and/or contradicting info
* C) questions over whether to stick just to cannon (which makes A) even worse) and issues of how much if any, and which, works of fannon to include (which makes B) even worse)