When I first released the printed version of Dreigiau Book 1, I recreated the map of the Inner Realms. It was a neat color map that I spent a good bit of time working on, but when I went to actually publish the book, I was disappointed at how small the map printed out. So with the remake of Book 1, I decided to create a new version of the map, as seen in this post. Though the color map was attractive, I realized that I would have to put it in grayscale if I’m going to eventually reprint this book, so I went ahead and made it in black and white from the get-go.
A previous post discussed the importance of creating maps and how to approach it for your world. My maps tend to be somewhat simple in contrast with more elaborate fantasy maps. Part of that is due to the fact that the Inner Realms doesn’t have cities or established towns. The little town markers on this map indicate locations where seasonly migrations tend to gather — thus the name “Gatherings.”
For anyone who is curious, I Photoshopped this map from scratch and it didn’t take too long to do. This was created using the AWESOME free Tolkien-Style Map Brushes pack. There’s also an add-on to the pack called I Want More Mountains. Both are highly recommended for putting together some really neat looking maps, be it for your own fantasy book or just for your story reference. GIMP versions of the map brushes are available, too.