So, I finished up the repairs I needed to make, which turned out to be easier to do than I thought it would (the method I had been going to use originally turned out to be problematic, but I figured out a better way to do it that was much faster). Thus, I can actually post this map, which has a lot of changes to the islands compared to previous maps. There are more of them, especially in the southeast and northeast, and I also moved some of them around quite a bit to make their distribution look a bit better and more natural. Changed the sizes of some of them too, for the same reason (there were too many big islands and not enough little ones). There are 159 Valocean landmasses visible on this map, counting the mainland. I defined 10 square kilometers as a cutoff point. Any island that is larger than that in total area is on the map; any island that is 10 km2 or smaller isn’t visible on it. Because A), they’d be too small to look right when the map is zoomed out, and B) there are probably TONS of islands that are 10 km2 or smaller, and I’m not detailing them all out because that would take years. Just think of it the same way you’d think of Japan: there are actually thousands of islands in the archipelago of Japan, but nowhere near all of them show up when you look at the country in Google Maps, only those large enough to be visible. Another change I made was the alter that big island in the middle of the central channel/inland sea, so that it reached much closer to the mainland in several spots. Reason being that I just really like the idea of people on the coastline near the island being able to see across TO the island while watching ships go by, so the landmasses needed to be close enough to one another to allow that.
Islands aside, there’s actually much bigger Valocea news for me to share: as you can see on the map, every region is now NAMED! Yes, it took months, but all twenty-two regions now have a definite name. I put em all on the map, partially just sort of to celebrate in a way. Of course, as I continue to add cities, natural features, etc (as well as names for all those things), the exact style, size, and placement of the region names you see now will doubtlessly change, but for the moment, the regions are the only things labeled on this version of the map. The names themselves are a mix of French, English, and made-up words that are supposed to be from the fictional languages of Valocea’s native peoples. At some point, I’ll make a post detailing out the origin of each region name.
Visually, the way this works is that all of the islands are considered to be part of one of the mainland regions (except for Shulanu Island and the Raeburn Islands, each of which are considered their own region), so every island has a region color corresponding to the main region it’s part of. This, by the way, is why I made one other change: I switched some of the regional colors around, because in one case, two regions that were next to each other were both similar shades of green, making it impossible to tell which islands were supposed to go with which region. On the new map, it’s pretty easy to see. Peruse it above!