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Dawn of Permid Civilisation-PW by Neethis Dawn of Permid Civilisation-PW by Neethis
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!
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BudCharles Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Well this civilization isn't going to last very long :P
Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Oh wow, this is really cool! Are you going to sketch up a picture of how these therapsids (gorgonopsids?) look?
Neethis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I would love to, alas I havent the skill :D
DJaked Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Your maps make me wish I could play civilization building games based on them. This is awwwwwwesome.

Have they done any complex masonry yet for temples or fortifications? Or are all structures still being made of mud and reeds?
Neethis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Thanks! :D I've wished many a time that I could build games out of them myself... any ideas how? :P lol

Building is still primitive; the civilisations shown are still at the level of mud huts, dry-stone walls, cave paintings and the most primitive pottery. The wide spread fern-trees aren't quite as good for building materials as our own woody trees, but the ferns themselves are good for weaving covers and baskets. The civilisation around the Houte River is experimenting with some forms of irrigation though, and the Dourne people are at a critical crossroads of cultures and ideas in their mountain passes...
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Aenek-Lycaon beat me to it, but my first thought after seeing this was "the Great Dying being caused by a sapient species ravaging the environment! Yes! Someone should write a novel about that!" :)
Neethis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I considered it, but wrote it off as too cliché... I'll see how it goes, might be a good route to head down :P Otherwise I'm planning to just run with their attempts to first stave off, then just survive, the Great Dying...although it does sound like a good novel :D
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Well, if it's a story about survival, then we already know the ending in advance: they fail and everyone dies. It would be a very tragic story...
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Interesting... I was thinking about a map in the far future with something similar to this... our future inheritors of the world :P
Neethis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
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