Forests of giant fern trees and spindly conifers wave in the breeze, vast fields of deeply rooted vegetation cover the lowlands, and baking yellow-red sands stretch from horizon to horizon in broad desert expanses. A thick polar cap sags over the southern continent, and one large ocean stretches around half the planet. This is Earth, 250 million years before our time, and the planet is alive with the sound of a species of creatures working, competing, exploring, and building civilisation....
Well now, it's been a while since I posted anything, so here we go
This is the first map of a series I plan to do following the Permid civilisation, set in the Permian Age around 250 million years ago which will (hopefully) follow them from the dawn of their culture to their eventual extinction as the environment of their world collapses around them.
This map is of that dawn; the Permid species, a type of therapsid, has begun to expand across their world, and in a few places begin a collective drive towards civilisation. Three of these places have already achieved a level of structure and organisation only alotted to a complex society; the wide deltas of the Houte support a civilisation which hugs the river, sheltering from the harsh desert and praying to deathly gods; the broad and lush Naa'Dow valley holds an industrious and creative culture, producers of complex pottery and sculpture; and the eastern passes through the high equatorial mountains have forged a cultural metropolis built around trade, a crossroads where ideas and innovation can be shared.
Across the rest of the world, the Permids live and thrive to varying degrees, from tough and nomadic herders roaming the tundra near the south polar cap, to sedentary farming groups growing tilled fields of tough root crops which can be harvested throughout the winter, while the northern and eastern lands are still primative, and relatively sparsely populated; Permids aren't as good raft builders as ourselves, and the lack of large woody trees in many places of the north hasnt helped.
Comments and questions are welcome as always
This will hopefully develop into a series, so let me know if you like what you see and read!