Stumbling Over the Timeline

Lake Seclusion.

Sometimes you step around the corner and realize the road is taking you in an unexpected direction… I have to admit to feeling a little lost right now having concluded Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Asbray

Map: CA Hawthorne

Much in my writing life is changing lately. Last Word Before Dying, my online fantasy serial, is written and the last installment will appear online on July 8th. With my Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Lorne

Much in my writing life is changing lately. Last Word Before Dying, my online fantasy serial, is written and the last installment will appear online on July 8th. With my Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Meacine

Much in my writing life is changing lately. Last Word Before Dying, my online fantasy serial, is written and the last installment will appear online on July 8th. With my Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Vistus

Vistus

Much in my writing life is changing lately. Last Word Before Dying, my online fantasy serial, is written and the last installment will appear online on July 8th. With my Continue Reading →

A Day for Reckoning

Photo: CA Hawthorne

So many changes in such a short time mimicking the magic that is seasonal change… It’s been three months since my move to Missoula so I’m going to catch my Continue Reading →

#mywriting Process Blog Tour

Christina Anne Hawthorne

A treasured friend, Kath Unsworth, from Australia’s south coast where she lives with her family and countless animals, kindly asked that I participate in the #mywriting Process Blog Tour so Continue Reading →

Central Hartise

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Our next map in the Map tour is Central Hartise, a map that doesn’t show new lands, but is instead important because it’s convenient. This is especially true in regards to the longer novels that come later like Where Light Devours and The Other Side of the Aperture. H’m, might it be that saving these locations until last means they’re especially important? Some locations to note:Central Hartise.

Wilder Hills. In days of old before the Emprensen Empire when Hartise was a part of the Kingdom of Aramon there existed a large ora’ean population in the Wilder Hills. After the Empire moved in most ora’ean migrated to Forstava. But not all. A modest population remains in those dense forests that cover the majority of the hillsides. Though the ora’ean interact with few humans, their forests hinder the Ministry’s efforts to suppress the north.

Sprawn. The largest remaining ora’ean settlement (“frond” to the ora’ean) in the Wilder Hills. Situated beside the Farien Stillwater, it’s a frequent destination for Becker Nigh, the leader of the Keepers.

Baris Plains. A vast, predominantly barren region stretching across central Hartise known for its devastating Reaper Storms in late spring and in the summer. Like the Wilder Hills it helps separate the Ministry dominated south from the Keeper dominated north.

Baris. During the days of the Emprensen Empire it was a thriving crossroads city largely because of the nearby mysquan mines. Over time the mysquan yields dwindled and later magic was outlawed, which shut down all mysquan mines. In present day it’s a dry, dusty, windswept impoverished city better known for its corruption, violence, and dungeons than anything else.

Southwest Hartise

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Our next map in the Map tour is Southwest Hartise, The Triad Hills Region. In large part its’s sparsely populated, but there are a few locations worthy of discussion. Some locations to note:

Southwest Hartise, the Triad Hills Region.

Southwest Hartise, the Triad Hills Region.

  • Sentinel Tower. Built in 3314 to commerate the victory at The Battle of the Sentinel Forces in 3285, a victory that helped save the nation, at that time all that remained of the once vast Emprensen Empire.
  • Oaken Castle. It originally belonged to one of those who helped save the nation when the empire collapsed, but in present day it was given to Ard Rurlington after the Ministry was formed. It’s used as a training ground for new practitioners.
  • Sentinel River. The valley surrounding the river is one of the most fertile in Hartise and is well known for the gin produced there.
  • Key River. Once the premier in western Ontyre for commerce in the days of the empire and the kingdoms that bordered it in the days before the empire. Its waters flow south to the ocean. Where it and the Graythor River converge are the ruins that were once the ancient city of Meldenphire.
  • Knar Range. Another barrier along Hartise’s southern border. Unlike the Barrier Range, it’s far more arid. Too, though the mountains aren’t nearly as tall, they’re rocky and jagged. This mountain range is the natural habitat for the brown gargoyles that are traded in Hartise as home protection.

Northwest Hartise

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NW Hartise.

Northwest Hartise and Northeast Forstava. Chill River Region.
Map: ©2014 Christina Anne Hawthorne

In our exploration of Hartise maps we’ll start in the northwest since that’s where River Rock is located. In case you’re unaware, River Rock is where Last Word Before Dying takes place, my free online story. Some places of note:

  • Chill River. The principal river in western Hartise that flows out of an unexplored region.
  • Talonton Keep. Northernmost military outpost and home to the Talonton family after its construction in 3942. “Lost” in the 4113 overthrow of the government.
  • Transgamate. Largest city and the capital of Hartise.
  • Vistus. Ruins of the seer’s college. It was destroyed during the 4113 overthrow.
  • Meacine. Ruins of the healer’s college that was also destroyed during the 4113 overthrow.
  • River of No Beginning. In ancient times it was named by humans unwilling to determine its origins since it flowed out of dense forest (Forest of Shadows/Orsa Thail) they weren’t willing to enter. The ora’ean consider it the Thail Water.
  • Wurn Grasslands. The one location in Hartise where plains unicorns live.