Cartography – Aeratul Inkarnate and World Anvil

Greetings travelers.  Welcome to a new bit of art form the world of Tellest—a new map in a place that we haven’t spent much time, but will be integral to the Tellest tapestry after some time spent in some more familiar places.  Here’s what we know about today’s continent: Aeratul is a place with some variety that we don’t see in modern Tellest in a lot of places.  First and foremost, it’s got flying islands high above one of its kingdoms, and that’s going to be the focus of one of our new story threads.  But more on that later.

Let’s look at the kingdoms next, starting from the top right, with the violet archipelago.  Yzma is, in fact, a place that we’ve seen some of our characters before.  Rhianna’s April Fools and Halloween stories featuring Edmond and Cassandra take place there (at least in the first story).  As we head west to the orange kingdom of Calcedonia, we find those floating islands, and honestly, the ones we see there practically don’t do it justice.  You’ll love the stories we plan on telling there.  We also know of one city there, but we’ll touch on that in a moment.  Making our way southeast, we have the kingdom of Merrosa, in green.  It’s a swampy area that most people wouldn’t want to spend too much of their time, but the elves of Aeratul are peculiar, so who knows.  Then, in the mustard orange sort of color, we have Brattam.  There’s not too much known about that yet, but Novistrus is the place where The Whispers takes place in (although I’m marginally sure that I also placed it in another continent, so that will be some fun clean-up later).  Finally, in the teal, we have Firth, which is the southernmost kingdom in the world that you can stand in besides the entirety of the Frozen Abyss.  Realistically, a great deal of Aeratul is far to the south, but it does manage to stay mostly temperate.  Also, one other thing: though we don’t see it on this map, there is another kingdom that is either coming to be, or it has fallen apart, and I just wasn’t sure of it yet.  That is the kingdom of Esken, which sort of takes up the space between Firth and Calcedonia.

Now, without the color overlay, Aeratul looks fairly tame.  Yes, there’s the floating islands, and the swamp, and the archipelago, but outside of that, there isn’t too much that is going on by the way of explosive features.  That just means that I have to tell the story within the confines of what we have—for now.

With Aeratul, we have a couple of bits of previews to show you, as there’s been some work put into this continent from a few different avenues.  Obviously we have our first image, with our future characters that we intend on using.  For as far back as we can remember, we’ve had the artwork for Alura done, and we’re looking forward to telling her story when the time is right.  The second image shows where one of our Quantum Quest characters, Alexander Baron, is from.  He features pretty strongly in the Quantum Quest novella, so it’s cool to put a home to his character on the map.  And of course, we see the sigil that aligns with that, the crown of Kingsly.

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Now, as I mentioned before, there’s already been a lot of work in Aeratul, thanks to the short stories we told with Edmond and Cassandra, as well as with Declan of The Whispers (who I’m hoping to spend more time with this year).

Now we’ve got just three more weeks before our penultimate continent, so please be on the lookout for that.  After that, we’ll head to the largest continent on Tellest!

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Michael DeAngelo

Michael is the creator of the Tellest brand of fantasy novels and stories. He is actively seeking to expand the world of Tellest to be accessible to everyone.