September 4, 2011

Hari Ragat: Jangalan Isles Map

This archipelago constitutes the main arena for Hari Ragat adventures.  I’m bad at scaling so I’ve no exact idea just how big this map is in miles or kilometers, but it should be quite big.  Larger than the area covered by the Philippines or even Indonesia.  After all, it’s supposed to be made up of 10,000 plus islands.

Some notes:

  • On most islands, the Vijadesans only occupy a few points along the coasts; population density is extremely low, as the seafaring Vijadesans simply find it easier to settle new landings rather than try to expand into the forbidding jungle;

  • The Vijadesans came from the kingdom of Maha Vijadesa, far to the east;

  • The first Vijadesan settlers landed at Bannang, but after a brush with its giants, sailed north until they reached Irayon; from thence colonists made their way to Tundok, Namaya, and so down the chain to the south and west;

  • The Bakonawan Chain is named for the shape of the archipelago, said to have come from the sinuous skeleton of a colossal bakonawa dragon-fish;

  • There are two great powers the Vijadesans occasionally have dealings with, the Singawarna Empire to the west, and the Tien Xia Empire to the far northeast;

  • The main trade routes run south to north from Murogan to the great kingdoms on Namaya, Irayon and Tundok, who then trade with merchants from Mahanagara and Tien Xia;

  • The Bantuan Chain, named after the Rajah Bantuan, became notorious as a base for raiders from Maha Vijadesa until they were quelled during the Burning Wars; now, however, the pirates are gathering power again;

  • Pirates from the Bantuan Chain, specially Pirai, are notorious for ambushing merchantmen as they thread their way up the Bakonawan Chain;

  • Kasumuran means ‘watering place,’ and is the first island encountered by sailors en route from Mahanagara that has reliable sources of fresh water;

  • Save for Kuta Galura, Zamba’il, Kasumuran, Lakambaran and Tabon, the Upper and Lower Mapawikan Islands have little water nor vegetation; they constitute the most sparsely inhabited region of the Jangalans;

2 comments:

  1. Gorgeous map work. Really impressive.

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  2. Thanks! I plan to revise it, make some of the islands bigger.

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