View Full Version : The Arlor Cartographer

08-29-2014, 04:21 AM

This is a project i have been working on for many months now.
It started out as a Pheonix guild challenge to see which Elite maps are different to the normal maps. So the first thing i did was to try to find existing maps of Arlor online .... i couldn't find anything accurate enough to base my findings on, so began to artwork all the different maps within Arcane Legends so i could then rerun the Elite maps to check for differences (there are a few)
Of course what started out as a simple challenge became rather large?!?!?!?!?
This project is still very much work in progress ..... i am finding the city's particularly difficult to artwork because of the amount of info needed in there is large, so some of them are a little confusing .... but im working on that. I also want to add images and locations of the Elusive Four mini boss .... and apparently there are still one or two mini boss in Rockhorn Summit i have yet to screen grab. Plus Bael II and Krunch II and any other fine details. And of course i still have to artwork several other areas ..... just in time i suspect for an expansion and more artwork?!?!?!?

I like to screen grab anything interesting, was particularly pleased to grab Remiem in one of the towns (though Remy wouldn't come out from behind the leaderboard) ..... haha .... its so rare to see one of STS own in game these days ..... easier to find one of the elusive four ;)
Anyhow .... enjoy ...... i can babble for hours if left to my own devices with a blank page in front of me ....

08-29-2014, 04:25 AM

08-29-2014, 04:30 AM
Ydra Forest

08-29-2014, 04:41 AM
Dead City

08-29-2014, 04:43 AM
Kraken Isles

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08-29-2014, 07:58 AM
So awesome. Beautiful work, Greo.

08-29-2014, 10:20 AM
Well done!

Awesome work!

08-29-2014, 11:08 AM
I've never been so impressed with game-related artwork before. This is absolutely stunning - professionally done, and comprehensive.

At a loss for words - this is simply amazing. I'd almost say this is a player guide, so it'll be seen more. Just my opinion.

08-29-2014, 11:32 AM
This is amazing! And so much hard work! Great job. Might I suggest submitting this to the Community Spotlight? This month's competition ends in just a couple of days.

08-29-2014, 11:58 AM
Wow! Those are some professional looking maps.

Very nice indeed!

08-30-2014, 01:50 AM
Awesome work Greo!

09-01-2014, 01:45 AM
Thankyou for the kind comments :)
The quest continues ..... adding Watchers Tomb and the Kraken Mines

09-01-2014, 01:48 AM
Watchers Tomb

09-01-2014, 01:52 AM
Kraken Mines

09-01-2014, 05:52 AM
Kraag Tombs

09-01-2014, 04:29 PM
Wow!.., this is amazing.., great job Greo..

Sishir Rana
09-02-2014, 02:15 AM
niced one bro..this map willhelp lodsa players ty

09-02-2014, 02:48 AM
Kraken Isles

09-02-2014, 04:52 AM
Believe it or not, I have never seen maps from 2 last map of kraken, all nordr, 3 maps of shuyal and 3 maps of tindirin, thanks for your effort!

09-02-2014, 11:38 AM
This is just WOW!!!

09-02-2014, 11:56 AM
Great job, professional aiming at the picture, make it so interesting to see. ;)

09-02-2014, 12:10 PM
Great job! So beautiful.

A mistake :)

09-02-2014, 12:11 PM
Greo, this stuff is truly amazing. Fantastic job my good man!

Also, I think this should be in the guide section. It is very helpful for all new players. It shows the layout of every map and the location of all points of interest. Move this to the guide section please STS.

09-02-2014, 12:21 PM
Kinda interesting seeing how you visualize all the areas we've all gone through... I'm curious how you determined the maps... was it from looking at the overlay screens or??? Just from sketching it out?

09-02-2014, 02:25 PM
They are compiled minimaps. You take screenshots all the way through, then cut them out in photoshop and merge them together like a jigsaw puzzle (at least that's how I did it for my guide maps). It's a painstaking process.

09-03-2014, 01:55 AM
The Gladiators Dimensional Arena
The piece de la resistance ..... Here are all the required Elite Boss matched with the correct environment needed for all the Gladiator APS .... tick em off as you go, and dont bother squishing anything you dont need, waste of time, just jump in, check boss, if you have killed already then frag out and reset.

09-03-2014, 02:02 AM
OK, updated the Dimensional Gladiator map to represent all AP requirements. I pretty much spent all day yesterday and half the day before to find all these bunnies, but there they all are, jump in, jump out, jump in, find the required boss, squish him and move on ... bounce bounce bounce drove me nuts :) But i think its my favourite image.
I found the Replacement Challenger early on in actual fact, just lucky i guess? At the time there were only two other guildies online, but at least they got the AP. Many thanks to them for hiding in the corner while i screen grabbed?!?!!?? LOL ... was funny as it was vortex crystal on the Challenger, so we were bouncing around all over the Arena, chaos incarnate HA!!

In conclusion (almost)
What started out as a simple map and an idea became a bit of a monster actually ...... its taken months, literally, to run all the maps, grab all the mini map outlines (usually about 6 or so pictures) stitch and blend them together, then roto around the map outline to create a very accurate, correctly orientated layout of each map. Then run all the maps screen grabbing the fights and toying with captions .... getting the right shot was hit and miss, but i got many interesting results!
The captions were a mood thing .... sometimes playful ..... sometimes business like and straight to the point, a quiet concentration ..... at other times tinged on madness (Watchers Tomb was a confused space) LOL ..... and whats entertaining is that each map refelcts the time and place i was at mentally through out the long arduous journey to insanity ;)
Near the end i now feel overwhelmed with my immersion in Arlor, lived and breathed it now for too long, and the real world seems faded ... gotta get out more .... lol ....

I ran all maps solo, some boss were impossible to kill alone (Shuyal Innesh for one, and Wraith Heart of course, and Arena Bloodhammer plus a few others, basically any boss that self heals). It was an interesting journey, when i died i screen grabbed, when i found stuff i screen grabbed, like the locked crate ..... everything that happened revealed itself as i progressed through the maps at level 41, and its all been artworked as a tapestry of the adventures of The Cartographer of Arlor ;)

What i find interesting now i look back over all the artwork is the simplicity of the first maps, and how it was hard to screen grab anything exciting simply because the fights lasted less than seconds! You can see overall when the going got tough, more mobs swamping me, and the more complicated the attacks and visual results became as i moved through into the higher levels. You can see how things didnt really start to get interesting until i hit Shuyal?!?!!?!?

There are still things i am missing and a few maps that need doing .... Hauntlet for example ..... also the Elusive Four .... and Krunch II .... and there are a few boss to add as and when i find them , plus i want to map out where the safety statues are in Shuyal Undim Fields, so this is still work in progress .... it never ends ... UGH xD

The Cities were the hardest ... so much information, so little space?!?!? So i might work on these if i have the time. Also what i am doing is photo bombing guildies in different environments and adding them into the maps .... i might add those updates here, or i may just keep those maps in the guild (on our forum at pheonixguild.com ) We are in taverns, in cities, on some maps, dotted around the place :) keep a look out, kinda like wheres wally.

Back to screen grabbies ...... i screen grabbed near 6000 images to create these maps over the last few months, thats one hell of a lot?!?!? What struck me now i look back at the images is how stunningly beautiful some of the photos are ... the graphical effects of weapons and pet abilities, and the different characters through out Arlor were breathtaking .... ive sorted through all the photos and compiled a best of the best that numbers around 350?!?!? I may well post some of them at some point so you can all see what a stunning job STS have done with the graphics in this game. You will have to forgive the over saturation of myself, Greo, in all the pictures .... hehe ... quite simply there was no way to screen grab things without me in every friggin picture?!?!?! So apologies .... and hope you are not too sick of the sight of me :)
It took a long time to screen grab empty areas with no other characters, sometimes i had to wait 30 minutes for everyone to leave just so i could take a snap ... sigh ..... lazy and sometimes frustrating days xxxxx

Arlor is Astoundingly beautiful and fascinating .... amazing job STS!

Hmmmm .... and at the end of all that i had to run all maps on elite mode (pretty much all maps solo) just so i could check to see if any elite map is configured differently to the normal map .... and there are a few that stray from the path .... not saying which ;) Killing Elite Boss was ok till about Nordr, then i just had to run and pot run and pot run and pot and run faster faster faster.

Hope These maps help people in some way, or inspire them to artwork, or simple to provide information, like where can i find Elite Bael II for example, or the Elusive Rockhorn Summit Mini Boss (still missing at least one) OR maybe you want to know what the Dimensional Arena Replacement Challenger looks like because you have never found him .... well look closely at the images and location and happy hunting :)

Oh ... and if you see me in the field do say hello!!!


09-03-2014, 09:29 AM
Thumbs up :)

09-03-2014, 09:56 AM
Thanks Greo - I referenced your maps on my most recent Ashral Tower walkthrough because I recognize the effort and quality of your work here.

Man, I would have loved to see these back when I was new to elites and just starting to write up guides - it would have saved me a ton of time, and I probably would have written up my guides a bit differently, since you already did the bulk of the work in screenshotting everything.

09-04-2014, 06:12 AM
Pheonix has a history of being pro. I know. :P Anyways, Great work Greo! Your hard work surely paid off.

09-05-2014, 10:12 PM

09-07-2014, 09:11 AM
Minor updates and amending mistakes to Ashral Tower map title LOL :)

09-07-2014, 09:13 AM
As many have said before, awesome work Greo! It's something different than staying at these awesome islands etc :rugby:

09-07-2014, 07:40 PM
Are you gonna do planar? That would look epic they way you do things :)

09-08-2014, 07:21 AM
That must of taken you ages nice work

09-08-2014, 01:49 PM
Wow nice!

09-08-2014, 01:54 PM
This is the best thing since sliced bread! Amazing!

09-08-2014, 01:54 PM
Grats on the Community Spotlight award.....

Glad you got the recognition (and plat) for a job done exceedingly well!

09-08-2014, 02:09 PM
I must say that this is truly a superb work! Gratz on winning community spotlight :)

09-08-2014, 02:51 PM
Excellent work greo! Congrats.

09-08-2014, 04:38 PM
Hats off to you sir. This is beyond awesome. Congrats on winning the Community Spotlight! :)

09-08-2014, 05:21 PM
wow nice

09-08-2014, 10:05 PM
Amazing job!!!

09-08-2014, 11:49 PM
How amazing...
Screenshots and the design is astonishing to look at.

Sundar Moorthi
09-09-2014, 02:39 AM
Nice work bro

very easy to find all things for new comers also some end players

09-09-2014, 06:38 PM
Congratulations Greo, you deserved to win the contest. :)

09-11-2014, 05:24 AM
Great Art Wrk bro...I appreciate your consciousness to take the screen shots with those timely signs.

And by the way WAtcher Tombs 1::::: time _ 24hr 51m 15 sec 243ms ...what were you doing bro... hehe..And it says a new personal record on screen ..waha wahawahaa.

09-11-2014, 10:56 AM
Great Art Wrk bro...I appreciate your consciousness to take the screen shots with those timely signs.

And by the way WAtcher Tombs 1::::: time _ 24hr 51m 15 sec 243ms ...what were you doing bro... hehe..And it says a new personal record on screen ..waha wahawahaa.

haha ... someone noticed .... ;) .... some of my other "times" were a lot faster LOL
I got lost in Watchers Tomb 1 for a while, plus fell asleep due to lack of mobs to squash .....

09-11-2014, 07:37 PM
Congratulations for winning the Community Spotlight, you so well deserved it for your work is truly commendable. Hats off to you, Sir. :)

09-12-2014, 07:11 AM
This is so much stunning artwork!
Omg..how tempting it is, you have made me want to re-download the app and go back in game!

09-15-2014, 11:37 AM
WOOOOW You should be awarded 100k of gold and 100 plats

10-18-2014, 07:34 AM
Beautifully artiistic maps Greoatef! Thank you for sharing!

10-18-2014, 09:03 AM
a true art of skills with effort , congratulations on your new guide , hope you win the spotlight contest

10-20-2014, 11:48 AM
bro this is awesome! no i can find the ahral heart...although its gonna take some fire power to beat them

11-09-2014, 02:47 AM
Grats Greo, superb mapwork. Best guide to date.

11-21-2014, 06:07 AM
I like this initiative!

Would help if you organized each zone into spoilers so we can Ctrl+F to find the map of the place we want.

11-25-2014, 10:24 AM
Fantastic work.

03-04-2015, 01:56 AM

04-27-2015, 04:00 AM
How do you open them O.o

09-16-2015, 02:54 AM
just bouncing thread so i can find it easily ..... been off game about 9 months, probably burnt me out of game doing all the maps?!?!?!?!
Hmmm .... game update and new maps to run.

09-21-2015, 06:38 PM
Ty for bump. I never saw this o.o

Its beutiful.. you did amazing job!

09-23-2015, 03:45 PM
I wish I woulda thought of this before. Great job! Might I suggest adding some for Ren'Gol?

02-15-2016, 03:47 AM
This shouldn't get buried under trash..

02-15-2016, 04:27 PM
Best thread ever. Always loved this.

05-27-2016, 10:18 PM

07-05-2016, 04:32 AM
A thing of beauty is joy forever...bump 8)

07-06-2016, 11:15 AM
Yeah best thread ever..And this greo is back playing after year break:)..

07-07-2016, 01:36 PM
Yeah best thread ever..And this greo is back playing after year break:)..

yeah mapping everything took an intence amount of time and real life kinda disappeared !!?? lol
Travel bug hit me and i disappeared into asia for most of the year ....
But im back in game mapping new areas, in process of screen grabbing ..... if you see me in game and want a screeny of you in the new maps then say hello and ask me ... can go to a place of your choice, but first you gotta find me :p

Potato is me
07-08-2016, 08:07 AM
This shouldn't get buried under trash..

Now I'm finding a map that leads me back to you

07-10-2016, 09:24 PM
Cool work! Bump!

08-10-2016, 10:26 PM
I know this is old now, but beautiful work. Now if only I could track progress on achievements like the elusive four!

08-12-2016, 02:55 PM
i will add new maps and bring up to date ... took a game break but back in the fray, chasing leader board status at the minute so aps taking up my time, plus real world heavy work schedule!!!
have photo bombed krunch II, elusive 4 and dev justg ... watch this space lol

08-12-2016, 02:59 PM
i will add new maps and bring up to date ... took a game break but back in the fray, chasing leader board status at the minute so aps taking up my time, plus real world heavy work schedule!!!
have photo bombed krunch II, elusive 4 and dev justg ... watch this space lol

Good to know you're continuing working on this project. Your maps have been extremely useful. I've used some of them to mark pull and kill points for my guildies, with credit to you and link to this thread.

09-10-2016, 03:02 PM
so this is what u had done :), awsome work!

05-09-2017, 07:42 PM
Bump bump bump

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05-11-2017, 04:28 PM
Awesome work!

06-25-2017, 11:27 AM
Awesome bro

07-25-2017, 04:20 PM
Wow thats so amazing

08-10-2017, 02:02 PM
Okies ..... filling in the gaps.
I would like to dedicate this thread in memory of the guild Pheonix and all its members, specifically to Serancha who was the inspiration that made me begin this journey ... miss you in game Sera and hope you are travelling well in real life love xxx
I am now with Crisis of Faith, lovely bunch, so further maps shall be liveried accordingly ... thank you all for welcoming me into this fun guild.

oh ...something special in the Gnomish ruins for you ... Korgar Goretusk and Northal having a chat ... he he .. this isnt a photoshop merge its an actual screen grab!
Many thanks to Avaree and Asphynxia for this opportunity .... miss you in game Asp bro, hope you doing well

08-10-2017, 02:04 PM
Glintstone Maps

08-10-2017, 02:06 PM
Somberholt - Arlorian Twilight

08-10-2017, 02:08 PM
Planar Tombs

08-10-2017, 02:10 PM
Demon of the Dreamscape

08-14-2017, 06:06 AM
maps place holder

08-20-2017, 07:42 AM
maps place holder

08-27-2017, 07:30 AM
Events ... got some old screenies of various, so will add when i can. Heres Ursoth event 2017 ... waiting on Bloodgrub @_@

01-12-2018, 11:46 PM
Amazing work Greo