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Draft Map: Duchy of Amblehock


This is a draft map of the Duchy of Amblehock. It is the area for the various Fibb stories, such as “Goblin Hollow Cave”. The Duchy is also the neighbouring region of Veldon, which lies to the south of the Duchy, from the “Bounty for the Taking” series.


Duchy of Amblehock

Pen (Letraset 0.7 fine line, Pilot V5 Hi-techpoint, Sakura Micron #02) on Ikea kids roll-paper. Digital camera photo. Sepia filter. Contrast alteration. Otherwise completely hand-drawn.

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More Fiction for Khara Thel

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A close friend, and best man at my wedding, has been writing up a storm of steam-fantasy novels. When he’s not doing those he’s found time to write a swathe of fantasy stories that are inspired by Khara Thel and RPG’s in general. When they’ve been typed up and edited I hope to get them on this site in the shop as well as in the upcoming store on

It’s very good to have another writer in Khara Thel and one who writes with a different tone to me. His novels are much more light-hearted and friendlier yet still capture the magic of the world in the way I love. I’d have to say that his style is like the first half of the Fellowship of the Ring movie, and my style is more like the second half. I think they’re complimentary.

On top of all this Bounty for the Taking book two is shaping up nicely. Sea-captains, cursed earrings, bandit wars, and the beginning of a conqueror are all to be revealed on its completion.

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Big PDF: from disorganised to organised

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Taking the work of Khara Thel from a bunch of disorganised Word, Open Office, Text, JPG, PNG and PSP files is a bigger task than I anticipated. The current file has bloated out to nearly 13Mb and I have now idea if it will compress or get fatter when it is PDF’d. One thing I am thankful for is using headings and sub-headings from the outset. Thanks to the old style guides for that tip.

The organised PDF draft should be ready to download in a week. In it will be many maps and a few quaint little illustrations by the author (yes I draw and make the maps). What has become apparent is that after the draft is assembled I have a few styles of maps. The style needs to be unified and that means remaking most of those maps to match. It also means choosing a style and should I decide a new style is required; then I have to remake all the maps. Who said it was easy? Certainly not me or it would be completed and polished already.

Al Hadir general 

Al-Hadir topographical features map

Ferromaine Port Hacking and Wood Eton

Port Hacking & Environs, Ferromaine

Iron Claw Barrowlands Ferris

Barrowlands, Iron Claw

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Visualising Khara Thel

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These posts will be about drawing and visualising Khara Thel’s various places and landscapes. Their main thrust is to show what it looks like in mine, and others, minds. Have a gander and enjoy.

mountain fastness town

narrow house

medescas house

jakes pier-house

converted seatower

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