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Even in its early days, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against the dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time the world has changed. With the Anointed order eroding away and new powers rising, another war looms on the horizon, a war brought on by Man's own actions. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.

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FilthyGreg
FilthyGreg Aug 10 2013, 3:44pm says:

I cant see the inspiration from the middle earth maps here at all

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Aug 10 2013, 5:03pm replied:

Not sure how to take that but there are only so many ways to draw a map :P

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FilthyGreg
FilthyGreg Aug 11 2013, 7:38am replied:

I was being sarcastic not to be negative but for humorous effect it wasn't an insult at all it looks resplendent I can only hope the rest of the game has as many influences from Tolkien's masterpiece.

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Yiio
Yiio Aug 14 2013, 5:38am replied:

How did you draw this map? some program or what? :D

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Aug 15 2013, 3:34am replied:

Originally, this was a hand drawn map. Cliroj, one of our concept artists, created this using the hand drawn map, our heightmap, and lore info. I am not sure what program he used, but I think it might have been just Photoshop.

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Yiio
Yiio Sep 3 2013, 11:01am replied:

okay... thanks :D

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names_are_useless
names_are_useless Aug 13 2013, 1:04am replied:

We are fully aware of it ourselves (we can probably name every one of them more then most old MERP fans could). Blame Nuvendil if you want to blame anybody :P

But in all honestly, the shape of a continent on a map is not what is so important, but what the continent looks like on the surface. At least from my perspective.

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Dessel11
Dessel11 Aug 29 2013, 12:20pm says:

How big is this map compared to (for comparison measures) Skyrim?

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Aug 30 2013, 2:57pm replied:

Landmass, it is several times the size. Thenodar is about the size of Skyrim.

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Sep 3 2013, 9:28pm replied:

WOW! That makes this map much more massive. There's quite a difference between saying, "It's about 32km^2" and "That small region you see up there called Thenodar is about the size of Skyrim"

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Dessel11
Dessel11 Aug 30 2013, 3:47pm says:

Oh my... Nerdgasm.

Am I being too eager to ask for a release date? Hahaha..

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names_are_useless
names_are_useless Sep 1 2013, 5:47pm replied:

@Dessel11: You are, yeah :P

We are nowhere close to having a date yet ...

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Dessel11
Dessel11 Sep 1 2013, 7:51pm replied:

Damn... I wasn't being serious haha, it's looking good so far :) Hope you guys make it this time, have to admit the news about Merp was a big blow to me :/ Can't imagine what you guys must feel like, glad you decided to get back on that horse :)

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AeonMatrix
AeonMatrix Oct 20 2013, 1:36pm says:

Wow, wait. If Anorthile is kind of the size of skyrim... that woodland area in the western Faralands would be huge. Humongous. ****, so excited for some first eyecandy from the engine.

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Oct 20 2013, 10:54pm replied:

Yes Vrossothos, the forest in the western Feralands, will be very large. About the size Mirkwood was going to be in MERP. So yeah, insanely massive.

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Riley33
Riley33 Nov 28 2013, 10:30am says:

If Andorithile was only one of the 3 annoited kingdoms where were the others..? It seems like the 2 nations here already cover up the whole map. Also will the islands be used in game? If so I think it could make for some interesting stuff.

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Riley33
Riley33 Nov 28 2013, 10:31am says:

Also will the feraland have any civilization in it?

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arieas
arieas Dec 6 2013, 9:50pm says:

How will you be developing the world?
As one whole map, or areas per level etc with persistence per level?

There is that segmented world feature that's currently locked out in the SDK, reckon we'll see it in an update sometime, maybe something you are anticipating?

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Dec 8 2013, 1:33am replied:

That is the system we are anticipating ;) . It is in use in Star Citizen. We want the world seamless. Althas will be released episodically, with each episode or "chapter" being a self contained experience that opens up new regions. So as the game is released, the playable area will expand until the whole map is open to you.

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Jan 6 2014, 4:33am replied:

Hmmmm. Depends on what you mean. Magic, yes, but not in an over abundance. If you look under "News," there are three First Look: Magic posts. They explain magic's history and such.

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Feb 12 2014, 3:40pm replied:

Aerial would be rare if it was present at all. That would be a magic thing. We want naval combat; it is certainly possible in the engine. Whether that will appear in the first chapter or not we don't know. But naval combat and travel we do want in the game. Other types of things like fighting in the trees is not something we have discussed really.

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Aralvar
Aralvar Feb 17 2014, 3:58pm says:

I would love to see you guys release this map printed out like what they did with Elder Scrolls games, it'd look great on my wall. :)

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