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Chronicles of Coran

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Break and Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be interesting. I’m looking forward to school – please don’t hurt me. It’ll be nice to get back into a regular routine again . . . and I miss working. I haven’t really written a lot over the break. I sent “The Orb of ‘Unlimited’ Power” to four beta readers, and I’m just waiting to receive their comments and suggestions. It’s a bit nerve-racking, to 810-z5hue5l-_sy679_be honest, knowing someone out there is reading, judging, and questioning what I’ve written. I just have to take a deep breath and remind myself that what they’re doing is going to help me to make my story better.

But seriously, how was your Christmas? Did you stay in town, go visit relatives, or go out of the country? My family and I went to our grandparent’s for the day. One favorite gift I received was this dragon iron bell. Let’s just say I can’t wait to have my own house because this will be the doorbell. Did you get anything fun or interesting for Christmas? Okay, I should probably get on with the main purpose of this post, which I am super excited about!

Chronicles of Coran is a working title until I can think of something better. I want the series title to be . . . I don’t know . . . more meaningful? How about The Coran Chronicles? I know, I shouldn’t overthink this, but I can’t help it. But here is a map of my beloved Coran! And some specific fun facts about it. Enjoy!

new-map-of-coran

Coran

  • Origins: The world was created by the deity Chora.
  • Continents: Only two major ones, but lots of little islands. There may be a third, but no one has ventured out further into the Gloating Sea – there are rumors of sea monsters. The second continent is east across the Wailing Sea.
  • Kingdoms: Alder, Caledonia, Dolvar, Frostlight, Kineallen, and Zelyndra.
  • Time: Of the present (500 C.), the people of Coran have established a calendar. Each year is called a cycle, so don’t use the term year around them or they won’t know what you are talking about. There are six seasons they account for: Bloom, Seed, Harvest, Showers, Frost, and Snow. Each season is roughly three (Earth) months long.
  • The Land: In the south you have a bit of dryer land between Alder and Caledonia. In the north is the Snowpack Mountains and along the eastern coast is Chora’s Chain. Just below the Snowpack Mts. is the tundra – The Flatlands. Then below the tundra is the more greener and vegetation-filled part of the continent with lush fields, forests, and woods.
  • Creatures: Coran has its array of birds, insects, sea and land creatures. As for larger animals, the dragons and wyrms live in the mountains, the hornets, or what we call unicorns, live mostly in the woods. Warlens are bears with scales instead of fur that live mostly in caves they dug out. And the yelk are rather large reindeer, but with very elegant and decorative antlers. They live in the Hallowing Woods.
  • Major Island(s): Southwest of Alder is an island the locals call Dragon Island. The dragons migrate from their territory by the King’s Peak every two cycles to the island and stay there from the First Bloom till the First Frost. The other larger islands are occupied by a few handful of people who wish to live a simple life and stay away from the drama and fighting from the mainland.
  • Languages: Everyone speaks the same language on this continent, though everyone’s dialect is a bit different depending on where you are.

There it is! My wonderful Coran. Is there anything else you’d like to know about it that I didn’t mention? What would you like me to go into more detail about for future posts? Do you want to learn more about a specific kingdom? And I still want to know how your Christmas break went:)

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6 thoughts on “Chronicles of Coran

  1. Okay, I am officially jealous of that dragon bell!!! That will make an incredible doorbell! πŸ˜€ For Christmas, all I really asked for was Amazon cards to buy books. I ended up getting almost 200 dollars worth of Amazon Cards. I ordered a bunch of my favorite book in paperback and a bookcase. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, I enjoyed this post so much!! I can tell you put a alot of hard work and effort into creating this world, and I admire that so much! I struggle with world building. Do you have a certain system or way that you do it?

    Also, I love your map so much!! πŸ˜€ What did you make it with?!?

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    1. Oh, I love ordering books and getting them in the mail:) One of the best feelings in the world!

      And thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      As for system, start simple, really simple, rough outline, and overtime make your world more detailed and complicated. If it ever becomes overwhelming, and it will, take a step back and admire what you have and done. And sometimes even making a map, drawing pictures of the creatures or buildings, or collecting pictures of the land can help so much, especially when you’re able to visualize everything.

      For the map . . . I don’t know why I get so embarrassed when mentioning this, but I first made the map using Microsoft Word . . . yeah. Then after I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator, I moved the map there and simplified it down. I found a nice, tanned background, found all the hills, trees, and shapes on Google. It’s actually really simple to make, but a bit tedious! And it takes time.

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      1. I know right!! πŸ™‚

        That is actually really helpful! Yeah, I always have gotten really overwhelmed when trying to do world building… I think that those tips will really help. And, if you don’t mind, I would like to take your idea and do a similar post on my blog, because I think that it will really help with my world building too.

        Is Adobe Illustrator free?? Were the mountains and trees and everything free on Google?? If it is free, I will have to try it. I don’t mind it being tedious and taking time. One thing that I have learned about writing novels is that it is usually tedious and time-consuming… πŸ˜›

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  2. Glad it was helpful! And go right ahead!
    And . . . Adobe Illustrator isn’t exactly free. Since I’m a student at a community college, it’s about $20 a month for all of Adobe’s applications, but I only use Illustrator and Photoshop. And I got the mountains and trees from Google images. Just type in Mountain Clipart, and you should be able to find some images without the faded copyright logos. But if I ever find I have a free afternoon, I might just completely redraw the map so I don’t have to use so many copies of one image. I might even simplify it down even more . . . huh . . . uh, I’ll work on it later.

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