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Map of the Lands of Dream (B&W Version)

One of the things I’ve been working on for the Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath graphic novel is a map of the Dreamlands, as described in Dream-Quest and other Lovecraft stories. The results which will appear in the book are here, or here if you want a closer to full-size version.

Just to reassure everybody, this map *isn’t* the same as the poster map which will be included for “Journeyman Dreamer” and up level backers — that map will be a 24″x36″ color map which will more or less look like a color version of this but will also include some other stuff off the edges of the map, including some locations I couldn’t squeeze into this version. But for this book version I tried to include all the important stuff from “The Doom That Came to Sarnath”, “The Quest of Iranon”, “Dream-Quest”, “The Other Gods”, “The Cats of Ulthar,” “Celephais” and some of his shorter stories and poetry. I’ve also included some areas described by other authors who inspired or were inspired by Lovecraft — the incredible Lord Dunsany and the great Gary Myers — or in some cases, authors I had to include just because.

The most famous map of the Dreamlands is probably the one included in Chaosium’s “Dreamlands” supplement for Call of Cthulhu, of which the most recent version was drawn by Andy Hopp, but I didn’t look at that one so as to try not to copy it. If this map still has similarities to that one, hopefully it’s from following the same text, although I’ll never be able to forget all my years playing Call of Cthulhu. It’s interesting how the continents of the Dreamlands mimic that “T-O” shape used in Medieval European maps, which usually depicted the world as a circle with a T-shape drawn in it, with the world divided into three parts: Africa, Europe and Asia. Here, that would be the North, the West and the East, all of which have their own character, from the jungles of Parg to the vast and dusty deserts of the east, from the Basalt Pillars of the West the fearsome icy heights of the North. I’m looking forward to coloring it and expanding the map out to the southern edge of the Earth and beyond. This is fun! Hope you like it!

More Dreamlands Map Sketches

Here’s some more sketches of what ended up becoming the Map of the Dreamlands. A “globe floating in space” design could have been interesting, but it would also leave too much empty space around the world for my taste. The fact that most of my sketches and designs are drawn on scrap paper and the backs of envelopes is one reason I don’t post more of ’em… should I show ’em anyway?

Dragons of Babylon: The Cities

Over the course of the campaign, I drew a lot of maps of the various cities the players passed through. Most were drawn on the backs of 19″x24″ sheets of artboard for easy reference at the table. Of course, walking into a town, the player characters don’t necessarily immediately “know” that here’s the wizards’ school and here’s the temple, but I think it was nice to give players something to look at to make the setting more immersive.

Here are those maps, in case anyone finds them useful! Some of them are also posted on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

These maps are mostly completely imaginary, of course, but for the real-world cities (that is, not Nagqu or Ararat) I started with historical info when possible before going nuts with the taverns and brothels. There’s little data available for most of these places, but Hattusa and Babylon have full 3D reconstructions available online based on archaeological digs (!!), and Colin MacEvedy’s Cities of the Classical World, recommended by Kenneth Hite, had info on Assur and one or two others. This kind of “start with research before completely making up a bunch of nonsense” approach works for me.

If you like my maps, please check out more of them in color at! (plug plug)

Abzu City
Ararat City, aka Ararat Town
Assur, capital of Assyria
Mighty Babylon. The scale here is 2x that of the other maps.
Eridu with its sacred pool (now destroyed)
Failaka Island
Girsu, before the pirate raid
Nagqu, secret city of the lizardfolk
Tarut Town on Tarut Island, where it all began
Uruk, city of the dragonborn, children of Gilgamesh

That’s about all I can write about “Dragons of Babylon”. For my next post, I’ll write about my current RPG, Dreamland.

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