The isle of Ynes has long been considered a revered island, as it is believed to be the place where the earliest pre-Ylan peoples landed when they arrived at the lands of Skenara.
For almost the last thousand years, Ynes had been the home of the Order of Ysk; monks and teachers, servants and guides of the Deeper Way - the great knowledge and magical skill of the Ylan peoples, particularly as it relates to the natural world.
The Order of Ysk was originally established as a center of learning and of the arts of healing and preservation. They held records of great antiquity, and also preserved natural samples of many natives species of flora and fauna.
It was here on Ynes that the original seeds of destruction were created that would one day overrun nearly all of Skenara.
That one is a dark tale of hubris and humus; a twisted and tangled tendril of a tale from long ago that snagged and dragged down a brilliant son of the House of Gyr and made of him a horrid hollow husk, empty yet ever seeking to devour.
I'm still working on that story. ;)
I started this map back in 2016, just a little while after making the Skenara map. The design and sketch came along quickly, but the linework took a long time. Partly due to a lot of starting and stopping and just generally letting it sit on the back burner for too long. I didn't get back into it until maybe a month or two ago. Maybe June? or July even.
It's great to have it completed though.
Mapmaker, illustrator, and imaginer of worlds
Illustration and Cartography by J.Stevenson
I create stories and fantastic places to go along with them. Here I am offering prints of some of those places, in the form of maps and scenes and architectural renderings.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.