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 →

Southeast Hartise


Our next map in the Map Tour is Southeast Hartise, the Rift River Region. You may note that, more so than on the preceding two maps, there are a multitude of cities. That’s because the southeast represents the most fertile lands in the country. Some locations to note:

Southeast Hartise, The Rift River Region.

Southeast Hartise, The Rift River Region.

  • Transgamete. The largest city in Hartise and also the capital. In ancient times it’s lone significance was its location at the halfway point between the Empire’s capital in Emprensa and the ora’ean capital in Forstava. Union Arch, which marked the halfway point, still stands. A narrow land bridge allows entry from the east. A massive natural bridge allows westward travel where the two lakes join.
  • Carba. The largest city in the east. Set upon high ground amidst vast grasslands, it’s visible from a considerable distance.
  • Vernathia. Named for Vernathia Pammer-Barst the most beloved queen the country ever had and a woman treated as a daughter by the then senior most wizard, Argus.
  • Horthure. College for the sylvans that was destroyed during the 4113 overthrow. In the valley there, known as the Land of Lands, anything can be grown because of residual magic caught in an infinite loop owing to unique stone formations.
  • Barrier Range. Mountains that are aptly named because they help minimize attacks from the southeast.
  • Lowlands Forest. Boggy lands that greatly minimize travel and attack from the south. There are paths through the forest, but moving an entire army through is far more problematic.

Central Hartise Map


I promised information on the novel and background seems like a good place to start, and a visual offering an even easier place to start. This is the middle of a larger map that was created over ten years ago. The country is Hartise (pronounced Har•tize) and it’s located in the center of a continent that the Old Empire, The Emprensen Empire, dominated for nearly 3,000 years. That empire fell about 1,000 years before this story and Hartise remains the largest human civilization after its demise. When the Empire was at its height Hartise was considered a backwater province, significant largely because The Great Lake was central to river travel to the south and because one of the few east-west mountain passages was located on its eastern border.

There were other, smaller reasons why it was important, but most of them weren’t recognized until after the Empire’s demise…

This map is relevant, not just to the novel and its sequels, but to the journal I’ll start here that will eventually tie to the series. Enjoy exploring!

Central Hartise

Central Hartise map by Christina Anne Hawthorne