I originally drew this map nearly a year ago, in January of this year. I finally scanned it and did the post-production work in September, around the time that I did the map of Tenkar’s Landing for Dead Rat Productions.
Most of my city maps seem to be coastal towns of late, so I specifically made this one on a river to break from that trend. My more recent urban maps reverse the scheme from these older maps – here the heavy fortress structures are done in outline and the buildings are done in black, whereas my newer urban maps use outlines for the buildings so I can have them abutting against each other without turning into a big blob of black ink.
This map was drawn in the mapping book I received for Christmas last year from some friends / fellow gamers. It’s a gorgeous hand-made book, but unfortunately the commercial bark-paper doesn’t take my regular mapping pens all that well (on the upside, the paper does take very well to a set of very cheap gel pens that I have that don’t work well on any of my other papers). It was drawn in a single draft, straight to pen.
Unlike most of my urban maps, I haven’t found a home for the Fortress at Hawksford in my game yet. I’m sure that will change soon.