Map of The Kingdom of Norshires-From King Eochaidh The Horse Warrior- World Building in Fantasy Novels.

Whether your fantasy world is earthy, sci-fi or otherworldly world building is very important in any Fantasy Novel to give full details of the characters surroundings. Town, village or even other worlds. It gives the reader a clear idea of your character’s, environment and the world they lives in and how they interact with others. It doesn’t always have to be a wholly invented world. It can be your own addition to the real world. Places that do not exist or fictional usage of place that does exist. The material use in building a world tells a lot about the characters. It’s tell a lot about their society. What Norshires together-4 croppedkind of people are they. Whether they’re wealthy, poor, combative, placid, it all can depicted in the world building.  When one isn’t good at drawing you have to depend upon others. I was sent this today for an inspection to see if it was going along the image I had in mind. The artists said they aren’t finish yet. But  I think she did a marvelous job. Even down to the great central sandstone castle and the surrounding castles of nobility and neighborhood of the next class. Norshires doesn’t look exactly the same in this era as it does in Queen Erin, Tearleach and etc from “King Eocaidh the Horse Warrior.” This is Norshires in the  days of giant deer and bears. Settled shortly after the last Ice Age. The artist captured the true essence of the place. I didn’t want it completely like a medieval styled castle because Norshires long predates the Middle Ages by thousands of eons. It was more of a city nation or city state like Athens and Sparta. 

I can see farms, lakes, or loch if you prefer. There are trees, fields,  ponds, the ocean to the right and even the legendary tree with the golden apples right outside the door.

Norshires redone

The two illustrations are showing how the place grew with the passage of time.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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45 Responses to Map of The Kingdom of Norshires-From King Eochaidh The Horse Warrior- World Building in Fantasy Novels.

  1. It is looking very good indeed!!! 🙂

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  2. Brendan says:

    I love the way she showed the daily and farm life living beside the royal and military life You can tell there are noble estates within Norshires. I’m assuming Norshires is a city-state like Athens.

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  4. shankjoejoe says:

    I’ve recently finished writing my first novel. I still need to finish the editing before the editing, but otherwise I’m happy with my 187K word creation. I invested quite a bit of time into creating a small town in Nebraska. I hadn’t realized how much work it would take in order to be accurate. Everything from the plants, trees, weather, and how many police officers work in a town given its population. I enjoyed the work immensely. Something about creating my own world and people does it for me. I went all out, especially on my characters. Right down to the details of their advanced educations and what songs were playing on the radio during their senior year in high school. Yes, there’s nothing like writing a novel. 😊


  5. Lisa says:

    I loved King Eochaidh, never heard of him before reading your book. The book gave a good description of Norshires.

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  6. Louvre says:

    You best to hold on to this artist and get her to do all your maps. Most novel’s maps are nothing more than Medievalist gray drawings with names and squiggles. Never seen a novel’s map like this. I’m impressed.

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  7. Louvre says:

    Why not? I’m not saying you can’t get a traditional publisher to accept your novel but from I hears it’s a long wait and even long line of rejections. Do you have an agent yet? Good luck. Look forward to reading your novel.

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  8. Hadley says:

    Love the details.

    On Sat, Sep 17, 2022, 10:14 AM The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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