Maps of Styria, from Abercrombie's "First Law" series

As I mentioned before, I love Abercrombie’s books and I am adapting his world to a D&D 5e campaign setting. After creating a Circle of the World map, I chose Styria to be my first detailed map of a region. This region figures predominantly in Best Served Cold. I decided to do the map in two styles, one in muted tones and one in color.

Styria in beige

Styria in color

The Circle of the World, from Abercrombie's "First Law" series

I’ve loved Joe Abercrombie’s books ever since I picked up The Blade Itself about 10 years ago, and since then I’ve read everything that he’s put out (in many cases, more than once). He’s voiced his aversion to including maps with his books, though eventually there was one included with his short story collection Sharp Ends which showed a rough view of the Circle of the World, where all of the First Law books take place. Beyond that, Adam Whitehead put together a nice clean map on his blog, which is very helpful.

I’ve been mulling over the idea of adapting his world to a D&D 5e campaign setting, so I figured one of the first things that I’d like to do is to create a decent-looking and colorful world map for my players. I recently purchased a copy of Wonderdraft since I don’t have much experience with making maps on a computer, and thus far I’ve been pretty happy. Using Adam’s map as a source, I put together the below. Moving forward, I’ll also be putting together detailed maps for different regions and continents.

Circle of the World