Mar Tesaro

By Shamus Posted Friday Sep 2, 2005

Filed under: D&D Campaign 10 comments

Mar Tesoro is the setting of our current campaign. It is a large island (It would take a little better than a week to walk from the north shore to the south) that is inhabited by two seperate groups: The Northerners (also called “Lormanites”), and the Alidians.

On the south side of the island is a mountain called “Mount Khelberg”. It is apparently a very large and valuable mountain that contains a lot of precious metals and gems. From what the party has gathered, the war seems to be over who should control the mountain.


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10 thoughts on “Mar Tesaro

  1. Dagamoth says:

    I just stumbled upon this site a few days ago and was enjoying the “DM of the Rings” comic immensely when I decided to take a break and check out some other things on this site.

    That map is beautiful, what was used to create it? It almost looks like it was hand-drawn, but the little town icons are identical and then there’s the text on it. Speaking of which, what font is that? It looks nice and “Old World” but is still easy to read.

    Keep up the great work, the internet needs more of this =)

  2. Shamus says:

    I hand-draw the map, then elsewhere I drew the icons. Then I photoshpped the final thing together. I don’t remember the font. Sadly, I don’t have it anymore.

  3. Ben says:

    For me, map making was/is the best part. I always made my map first, then developed a story around it. Nice job on this one.

    I ran a campaign in high school (also from western PA) that spanned nearly 30 sheets of 8×11 computer paper. Yeah, I’m that much of a geek that I had to use computer paper.

  4. Anym says:

    The larger font seems to be Ondine. Not sure about the smaller one.

  5. Although the scale is different by a factor of ten (or more?), Mar Tesoro seems to be shaped very much like Westeros, with Mount Khelberg positioned not too far from where King’s Landing would be.

  6. zapp says:

    How did you come up with the name Mount Khelberg?
    Just asking as I find it a strange name because berg is the Swedish word for mountain.

  7. Davis says:

    Nice map, looks like you guys have great DnD campaigns.

  8. Brian says:

    Nice map. My favorite part of being a DM is drawing maps, then coming up with the history and politics of different nations, then working in the heroes and villains of the world. I find that the people I play with enjoy having a believable world to explore, it’s challenging but rewarding.

  9. Alan says:

    Hmmm… three miles per hour, eight hours a day, guesstimate ten days, about the distance from San Diego to Bakersfield.

    Or Portsmouth to Manchester.

    Four hours by car?

    About 2/3 the length of England, maybe 1/3 the length of the big island of Japan?

    That’s a good size…

    Wow, Burbank to San Clemente would be 1/3 of the island.

    Anyway, giving the campaign a read. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hitch says:

    Hey, Shamus, just because I figure you don’t get enough posts about 10 and a half year old posts.

    I happened to notice the thumbnail for the archive of this series was this map. In thumbnail form it made me stop for a second to wonder what you wrote about Game of Thrones, because I recognized the tiny map of Westeros.

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