Wednesday, September 01, 2004

The Realm of Kerry

I have been Googling for a while through the KK portal (that's a land code for those who've never hacked google), and there's a wealth of knowledge on the world of Seared wherein the Realm of Kerry reigns supreme. And all of the information is available in archives without having to submit what is called FORM 081. (Whoda thunk it!)

Interestingly, I found an archive on wars of the Realm and stuff on maps.

Realm mapping was invented as a result of the war in Van Lang and are very hard to read. This was because the King, who served everywhere during this war and, it is told, was present in the only battles worth telling, insisted on drawing all the maps, such as this one ...

Some realm cartographers, of course, wanted to have information on where they actually were, mostly because the King was always getting them lost, and needed a method to relate to the larger world. Describing locations did not work because the King also inisted on writing all the important history of his realm. So these realm cartographers used an older system used by various other cultures. It was called the coordinate system.

The history of how this coordinate system was adapted to the realm maps is sketchy as the King disliked the complicated system and made his maps look funny. He also had to take orientation into account if he used this system. The King practiced very hard at his mapping skills so the official war maps would be good to show everyone who came to the Castle (which, incidently, was owned by the Queen.) Everyone liked his maps, even the official Realm Historian. Here are a couple of his practice maps ...


There is much to discover in this history archive but there is a very interesting Re-establishing Democracy in the Empire link I am looking through now. I'll let you know what I find.

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