I’ve come to realize that maps, like novels and conworlds themselves, are never really finished.
All my older maps are just drafts of my newer maps. I change the place names as I gain a better feel for the language; I change the features as my understanding of geography improves; I realize that they’re not quite what I wanted, and start making revisions…
So, here is my map of the Yanbukan province of Kuarake.
If you look at the Yanbukan map I published a few weeks ago, you’ll see no Kuarake, but you will find a place in the south called Quasakeo.
First I decided that there was no ‘qu’ in the Yanbukan language. Although the land’s original name was Quasakeo, it’s been part of the Yanbukan empire for over a thousand years, and its name will have been changed to something its conquerors could pronounce.
In fact, I decided that the land was originally called Qualo Aeo, after it’s main stronghold, Qualo (now renamed Kuara by the Yanbukans).
Like Ekusha, it is a region with a lot of history. Its people still feel a deep-buried resentment against the northerners who slew their kings – I can imagine that many Kuarakens / Qualoans are keen to recover their cultural heritage and revive their old language.
If you look at this older map of Ekusha, you’ll see it’s not only place-names that have changed. On the new map above, the south-west coast is raised and the river Yebukor has carved out a gorge.
This is because I felt like the mountains at the eastern edge of the inland sea should connect with the mountain range in Kuarake. I think they were all formed at the same time (it will be easier to see when I produce my revised map of Yanbuku). With such impressive natural defenses, the old royal stronghold of Qualo can’t have been easy for the Yanbukans to conquer!
Further west are lowlands which flood during the rains. The Sea of Chasuwa has no outflow, so surely all that extra water must go somewhere?
As you see, I’m still trying to make my world plausible with my limited knowledge of how things work!