Preview: Map of the Northern Provinces of Tianxia

Here’s a quick preview of the map for the upcoming War, Iron & Stone book. This map was illustrated by Marco Morte. The labels may change in font and effects as it goes into layout, but I wanted to give everyone a peek at the last piece of art created for Tianxia: War, Iron & Stone!

Tianxia: War, Iron & Stone was written by Jack Norris and Mike Olson, and will be going into layout next week.


4 Responses to Preview: Map of the Northern Provinces of Tianxia

  • Zach says:

    Will a general map of all of Shenzhou ever be released? I’ve been aching to know the names of all 9 provinces

    • James says:

      Hey, Zach!

      We have two more maps of provinces that connect to the region showcased in Blood, Silk & Jade that we’ll be releasing in upcoming books. War, Iron & Stone covers the two Northernmost provinces, while Strife, Fire & Smoke covers the Southern part of the map. We have more of the setting we want to do once we’ve finished these books, including the Imperial City itself, but those are a little ways off. Once we have all the smaller maps done, we’ll be better able to put them together into a map that covers the full setting!

      The names of the four new provinces detailed in the books I mentioned are: Huangzhou and Dongzhou, which are in the North, and Gaozhou and Guangzhou in the South.

      • Zach says:

        Nice! Thanks for the reply! From the names and my knowledge of Chinese history and geography, I think I can guess what the Guangzhou and Gaozhou provinces will be like ahead of time. Not that that’ll stop me from buying the books or anything!

        (Since we already know of Jiangzhou and Zhongzhou, that leaves 3 more mysterious and unknown provinces — but I suppose they map nicely to 2 provinces per book since Zhongzhou is still also mysterious!)

        Also, just so you are aware, I noticed a distinct lack of tone marks throughout “Spirits, Beasts & Spells” as opposed to Blood, Silk & Jade. It’s probably too late to fix (if it was an oversight to begin with).

  • James says:

    That was a conscious choice, actually. We talked about it a bit on our podcasts, but the reasoning behind it was that words without context didn’t really need the marks… plus, they made it harder for people to search a PDF to find words. So we decided to do away with them in everything after the original book.

    Thank you for your enthusiasm! We’re really excited about bringing you more Tianxia!

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