Sketches – Planet Fenris Mk1


Unlike the previous bit of worldbuilding, I know exactly which planet this is. Fenris has gone through a few revisions, but this was the first time where I settled into a collection of landmasses I’m happy with. After doing a few other test drawings (that really were just practice runs) I ended up rolling with this rough guide for the continents, and I’m actually pretty happy with it. While it will undoubtedly see tweaks and adjustments, this represents the overall shape and layout.

This map makes uses of the older names of the proto-states (Koral, Siemens, and Masstricht), which were replaced with Kresy, Wäalen, and Groenvelt. Kresy is based in the central continent, whereas Wäalen has the larger right-hand continent. Groenvelt has the southern landmass, including that spot where it necks down tight (in fact it should neck down even tighter than it does). The colors are… generous ideas about the kind of climate you’d find there, but it’s better than nothing. This map hasn’t gotten enough love to push it farther along to actually take into account surface wind patterns, ocean current patterns, or approximate solar radiation (which all in turn would dictate the kind of climate that you’d be looking at).

Even with a map that’s a work in progress like this one, it’s actually possible to place several key locations on the planet. The planetary capital of Lowell is located on the far upper-left of Wäalen’s continent, right where that north-south channel ends in a tapered spit. The mouth of the Thaar River (almost invisible on the map) is located just up and right of where the Kresyian continent necks down tightest (Find the label that says “Old Mountains” on the southern side of Kresy, then follow the coast west until just before it turns south). This location also marks one end of the Aarhus Canal that cuts right across that isthmus. A canal that, incidentally, was the catalyzing force for both the industrial revolution and the creation of the State of Groenvelt (that is in turn the direct predecessor of the deWulf Corporate State).

Lastly, one can also find the Heiterkleit Valley. Going from that same “Old Mountains” marker, but instead go east as the coast slowly curves north. About halfway up that curve is a river mouth. Follow that river inland until it splits, and then take the west branch. Welcome to the Heiterkleit. While the industrial revolution might have been catalyzed in Groenvelt and at the mouth of the Thaar, the Heiterkleit was where it properly took root. Until the war that brought the deWulf to prominence, it was the single greatest concentration of industrial output on the planet.

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