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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mapping Kobol, Part II

As I showed you back in July in a post titled Mapping Kobol, quite a bit of effort went into plotting the geography of the world for me to place my characters and events.  That was Book One; this is Book Two.

The majority of Descent is a flashback that takes place some 5,600 years before the Final Exodus of mankind from Kobol (as detailed in the forthcoming Book Three, due in October).  The arrival of the Olympians comes at a time when much of humanity existed as tribes scattered across the main continent.  These individual groups were organized into tribal confederations (not unlike Native Americans did).  Oh, and there are twelve of these groups.  So, I had to place the Twelve Tribes around the continent, each identified as they were in Book One (Capricorn, Aries, etc.), but with an ancient name.

I decided early on to "explain" the alternate names for the gods (Zeus/Jupiter, Ares/Mars, etc.).  These alternate names would, in fact, be an ancient name for them, from the native language of the humans on Kobol, with the Greek names being from the language of the Lords themselves.  In-universe, this language would be called Kobollian and it was a tongue shared by four tribes in close proximity in the western part of Galatia.

Sorry.  At any rate, the native names for the Twelve Tribes are actual names for the zodiac from Sanskrit.  Capricorn is Makara, Gemini is Mithuna and so on.  Also, you'll see the lands of the Draco in the South.  They play a big part in Prometheus' story and the later growth of the Twelve Tribes.

And you can't help but notice the insert map for the Battle of the Elysian Fields.  Hundreds of thousands of soldiers on the Draco side; nowhere near as much for the Olympians.  Originally, the size of the Draco army was smaller, but I decided to study up on the Battle of Philipi and saw that both sides had 200,000+ men, tens of thousands of cavalry, etc.  The gods are still outmatched, though.  The story is brutal and exhilarating.  I see camera moves and action beats in my head when I read it.

So.  Here's the map.  A smaller, black-and-white version is included in Lords of Kobol - Book Two: Descent, which, if you haven't noticed is available for free download now.  Click the image for a much bigger version.

(In case you're wondering, "200 PD" is how all dates are measured by the Twelve Tribes in the books.  "PD" means "Post Diluvian," or "after the Flood."  The Great Flood (as recounted in Book Two), marked the descent of the gods from Olympus and the assumption of their dominion over humanity.  Just so you know, the Final Exodus of mankind happens in the year 5,610 PD.)


  1. You've really thought this out. I enjoy seeing how much work and time you've put into carefully drawing from Earth cultures to really get the same type of flavor as the 'original new BSG' did.

  2. I like how it reinvokes the ancient Earth texts and weaves in the numbers of Precessional Planetery movement (12/36/54/72/108/2160/4320)