Graven is a fictional island-city, set in an alternate Earth where mythical creatures and magic are real. Like real-Earth, however, people are moving into such a technologically advanced age that such creatures, and magic, are no longer believed in or looked for in life. In order to maintain and build their own way of life, a group of witches and wizards moved to Graven and started building. The city grew very quickly, and now has several districts, including a high-rise commercial & business district at the southern end of the bay area. Most of the north-eastern bay area is still a sort of “wild area” where many of the mythical creatures live. Those that aren’t dangerous, such as unicorns and the masked beasts, often roam the streets of the city along with “normal” animals like giraffe and sheep. This is the basic map showing the island and the buildings. I’ll be working on adding parks, natural areas, and key buildings (which I’m designing by hand), as well as labels, over the next month or so. I’ll also be writing up a description of the city (probably just short notes on the map itself, although I’m also working on a simple “travel guide” to Graven, which I’ll publish as a PDF at some point). For now, the easiest way to describe Graven is to think of Venice, old Florence, Paris, Tokyo, and any small towns or villages, mostly in Europe, with winding roads, lots of closely packed buildings, canals, and buildings arcing over streets and even over canals. I’ll be adding in those canals along with the parks and natural areas next.
Welcome to Graven