Overworld maps - Provinces and Regions
In "The Crystal Crown" there won't be a single overworld map with every dungeon, city, town and minor locations. Instead, there will be many, many overworld maps (each slightly different than the others so as to represent change in environment, like jungle, desert, mountain, snowy, etc) that will depict Regions and Provinces.
The action takes place in a enormous continent dominated almost entirely by the Ark-Empire ("Ark" meaning 'power, might'). The Empire is divided into 21 Provinces, each one governed by one of the 21 Great Houses. Each Province is further divided into several Regions, governed by a House that pledged loyalty to a Great House and the Crown.
Archduke is the title of the Lord of a Great House.
Great Duke is the title of the Lord of a House.
Dukes are the title of the Lord of a Clan.
Of the 21 Provinces, the player will only be able to travel and explore around 12 in total, including main quest, secondary quests and extra stuff. I will explain this further via images, spoilered so as to not screw up with the formatting.
This is the Golden Province, the first place you visit in the game. I may or not change something in the future, but this is how it looks like:
The Golden Province is divided into 4 Regions:
Krastornaban Region, where the capital, Krastornaban, is located:
Nainmaqar Region (Nainmaqar means 'Bright Forest')
Gentle River Region (The river is named that way because is navigable)
As you can see, there are, in reality, four overworld maps linked to one another to form one Province. The player will be able to travel freely through these Regions, entering towns, ruins, dungeons and places of interest. Some locations will only be unlocked via main quest, secondary quest or world events. This is how overworld maps will work in "The Crystal Crown".
TBD: I have yet to create a way for the player to open a map that shows the full province and marks the location of the player within it. Maybe with X, Y coordinates, layers and several images? I don't know.