Cartography EssayReturn to: Skills and Professions
|By Petra Fyde, March 2010|
While most people only think of cartography in terms of decoding maps to find buried treasure the skill can also be used to create maps of your surroundings. Sea charts can be used by fisherman, either to plot a circular course to bring them back to shore at the end of their fishing trip or to sail to an area where they might find sunken treasure.
So, how do you get started on the road to becoming a grand master cartographer? First visit the local mapmaker and ask him to teach you, for a small fee you’ll gain skill up to around 30. You’ll find this individual in one of the following locations:
|Britain||The Oaken Oar||10º53’S
|Buccaneer’s Den||Pirates Provisioner||55º11’S
|Moonglow||The Scholars Goods||49º13’N
|Skara Brae||Superior Ships||57º13’S
|Vesper||The Majestic Boat||70º24’N
|Yew||Great Oak Vessels||51º30’N
|*Zento||Rokuon Cultural Center and Shops||32º0’N 45º33’W (Makoto Jima)|
You will need:
- Mapmaker’s pens, these can be bought from the Mapmaker or crafted by players using the tinkering skill. A pen made by a grandmaster tinker will have more uses before it breaks.
- Blank maps or scrolls (town maps bought from the Mapmaker can be overwritten).
- Blank scrolls can be bought from Mapmakers, Mages, Real Estate Brokers and Scribes or crafted by players using inscription skill.
Your location when creating a map is always the center of the map. The map will vary in range and quality depending on your skill. Minimum skill requirements can be found here. Double click your mapmaker’s pen and select the type of map you wish to create from the menu.
You will write many, many maps to gain in skill, beginning with local maps, then city maps, seacharts and finally world maps. This will take you to 99.5 skill, but the last .5 must be gained from decoding treasure maps.
The tattered wall map is made from a selection of completed treasure maps. These must all have been both decoded and completed by the cartographer. You will need:
- 10 Plainly Drawn Maps
- 5 Adeptly Drawn Maps
- 3 Cleverly Drawn Maps
- 1 Deviously Drawn Map
Last modified: January 3, 2014