Monday, December 22, 2008

Arabel (Cormyr)

Situated on Cormyr's northern border and nestled against the rough and wild Stonelands, Arabel has always been a frontier city. Throughout the years it has been an independant hold, overrun and occupied by Orcish hordes, and, briefly, served as the seat of government for Gondegal the Usurper King.

Arabel today is a booming, prosperous center of growth. Both newcomers and young Cormyreans are settling in the lands all around it, making Arabel, as the only practical place where they can hire services, ever richer and busier. It's a city of opportunity that is still lacking many of the sophistications of Suzail but not consumers' appetites for them.

Often referred to as the Caravan City or Overland City of Cormyr, Arabel is dominated by land transport. It is a city of trading costers, warehouses, caravan companies, wagon makers, horse- and bullock-traders and merchant investors. All these are ably governed by ex-adventuress Myrmeen Lhal, the king's lord of Arabel

soon to be available on the vault


Jclef said...

Very nice work on that city, Wyrin - bravo!

PJH said...

That's going to be a pain to populate properly. No city is a city if it looks empty but I still send you props for creating it.

Keeping an eye on you. Two eyes.

Wyrin said...

thanks guy. Yep It's fine just strolling around it, but how it'll handle with ambient life in is a different matter. That's where terracoppa comes in.

I might put up alternative versions which are populated and have more of the decor added, but wanted a blank city for a start

Raith Veldrin said...

you HAD to have been working on this before the hiatus. At least from a research standpoint. If you did this in a matter of days, I doubt I could wrap my mind around it.

This is awesome work. You could take Volo's and place just about every location. I have to warn you, the downside of Arabel is most of it's coolest assets (From a design perspective) are Inns. Trying to mix them into the fold with persistant storage and database driven rentals was a freaking nightmare back in the day.

If I had to do it all over again, you'd be able to visit the inns, see/do the cool stuff each had (like the Sword Herald Hold in the Elfskull), but not rest there.

Look, there you went and made me all giddy with excitement about building from a map again. If you ever want to do a Highroad, Arabel to Eveningstar...Holla.

Now back to dinking with a mini-map before you infect me with building in the Realms again ;)

(Seriously bro, nice work!)

Jazhara7 said...

Wow, this looks great! Cities really are difficult to do. You did a great job at it though. :)

Oh, and a happy new year to you, Wyrin! ^_^

(Here's me still hoping you'll one day continue the Dark Avenger modules... :( )

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Phoenixus said...

Holy balls Wyrin,
This one is very nice, about the only thing I could recommend would be to lower the road portions to and put some small "roughing" of the terrain to give it a less flat look, but the overall picture is very very good.