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Saventh-Yhi by butterfrog Saventh-Yhi by butterfrog
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The name of the city means "The City of the Seven Spear" on an old Golarion dialect (Aztlani?). This city is the equivalent of El Dorado in the Pathfidner roleplaying game. This one is for the AP Serpent's Skull and appeared on the #3 issue.

"Sister" city of
You can check the building process in here: [link]

The biggest changes in final version of the map, Rob's version, are that the city surrounded by colorful trees and has his neat hand-made look.

As Pitax, this one was a city design only but this time James Jacobs asked me to do a "final" map, all neatly finished and shiny. You can see the difference as this one has sharper colors and nice and crispy "inked"outline, thou I didn't had any key names or any other detail except the name of the wards, which was pretty much generic. This map had one BIG requirement: it needed seven spots/temples that were to match a city that lied exatly undertneath this one. The other only points/requirements I was asked for was that one ward was "isolated" from the other districts by mountains and accesible by mountain trails, that the central isle was removed from the main land by broken bridges, that one district were overrun by jungle. Everything else was left up to me.

My original idea was to have this city entirely out of city carved into a huge rock mountain worn down by running and filtering water. You could say that the entire city lies in a single (fragmented maybe) block of stone, hence the scarce vegetation on top and on the cliffs, that was my excuse for the city to be "lost" and not easely accesible other than walking into it inside one of the rives that run into this basin throug carved out rived caves and tunnels, if you see one of the rives on the from the "east" pops out of nowhere, that would be a cave. I added some round caves on the edges as to note some sort of "cenotes" formation, round pools of deep running water which sometimes lie underneath the surface. Also, a main feature of the map are a couple BIG dams, which were used to harness the rivers and control them on rainy seasons, thou now that the city is abandoned you can see several rivers running wild all around the place, circling the city's "control" measures. I flooded the lowest distric to denote the city's various height levels and to add a little flavor to the place (having a temple sunked into water) and I had a few blocks of the city liyng entirely under water for flavor too.

regarding the water, as you can see is all clear and sparky despite the fact of the city beign a big lake with rivers running in but none running out. This means that either the water is all pure and magical, or the water is running out fast somewhere or else it would be all stagnant and swampy, not to mention all entirely flooded! There is a very good reason for this and you can find out where the water goes on the AP Serpen's Skull adventure #5

Regarding the buildings, the architecture is Aztlani which is a micture of Roman with Aztec, so you can see lots of piramids and domes with plenty of square buildings around.

This version of the map says "abandoned", which was a the mildy "destroyed" city. The origianl map is all crispy, this is the second version with some buildings damaged (not entirely visible unless you Zoom in) and there is a third version with most of the buildings destroyed and many of the roads damaged too.

I think I abused a bit some filters (effects) and it makes it look way to digital... I'll try and avoid entirely this effects on future maps.

I'll shut up now and let you check it out!
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Qoff Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
I have to say that I don't look much at city maps since I'm learning world maps first but this map is awesome.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it. I hope you find it inspiring :)
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Qoff Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Yes indeed very inspiring, can you take a look in the map on my page and give me some advices?
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
The amount of detail in this map is amazing
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Hellain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This is awesome.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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le---sorcier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Very awesome. Its like an oasis city
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, and full of gold and monsters! :D
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le---sorcier Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
expected no less from it
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so much detail! I love the design of the city!
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HMLegarreta Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_O
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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HMLegarreta Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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CinnamonWinner Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I love this map--we're playing our campaign on it right now. Shame the campaign is less than satisfying.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

I haven't play that AP yet but I do hear that is the "least great" of them all so far :(

I do hope that doesn't have anything to do with the cartography of the two cities
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CinnamonWinner Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Oh, heck no. :) The map is my favourite part. :p I mean, our objective right now is the explore the whole thing so it's pretty awesome.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Makes me real happy to hear it :D
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Davinci975 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
what did you use to make this
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure and simple Photoshop. There's a link to a step-by-step process in the description.
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jackalmoth Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
This is an excellent piece ofrtogrphy (not that I'm anything resembling an expert), but the link in the description now leads to a "502 Bad Gateway" page. I would like to know how to make maps like this. Any idea where I should look?
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The link it's fixed now :)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
featured in my latest journal because this is so great :hug:
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Regen20 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Beautiful map for the Serpent's Skull Adventure Path. My Pathfinder group is about to play this adventure. Can you please tell me what the scale for this map is supposed to me? Awesome work! Thanks!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both maps are supposed to be on the same scale, but I didn't got it when I was asked to made the maps. The scale must be in the published adventrues.
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metehansirin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
its just awesome with one word!!!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been :+favlove:featured:+favlove: here: [link] :)
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Zarkaus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
X.X nice work!!!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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ionsandatrophy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Love it :D
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ionsandatrophy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Welcome! ^_^
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
This is amazing. How did you achieve all the little details in the city grids? Very meticulous!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the details are done by a looong hand-made proess and a few basic photochop filters (I's such a cheater!) :D
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
PS filters are only bad if its obvious! ;)
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SiriusArtWorks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is gorgeous!
Fantastic work :D
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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tilt-dk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
looks fantastic. You got really good depth to those valleys, the surrounding terrain is a little plastique though - but cool map :)
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, abused the depth filther in there... well, live and learn :D
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tilt-dk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
hmmm... so after i wrote my comment again, it decided to show the original *lol* - sorry about the double post :)
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tilt-dk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
looks great... you got a really nice depth in those valleys.. the terrain is a little plastique though, but cool map :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome man! I have this adventure! :D I like how the Azlanti are styled of the Romans and Greeks! :D

lol. Isnt it named after Savith?
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure, but as I remember Saventh Yhi means seven spears
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll take your word on it, after all, you worked on the project! :)
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TheGreatNickInTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, great work!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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CrescentMoon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Otro estupendo trabajo. Tus mapas están perfectametne elaborados!
Personalemnte, creo que la única parte donde parece que se haya abusado de filtros son las tierras rocosas de alrededor de la ciudad, que no son tan importantes. Creo que la ciudad está perfecta.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, exactamente ahi es donde abuse de más, pero bueno, echando a perder se aprende :P

Gracias!
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jingobingonfinky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Excellent, crazy level of detail.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crazy indeed... :D
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