I recently started storytelling a game of Exalted for my boyfriend and some friends. In case some of you don’t know, Exalted is a tabletop role-playing game based on White Wolf’s storyteller system, just like Vampire: the Masquerade or Werewolf: the Apocalypse. Exalted is inspired by a lot of anime movies like Mononoke Hime or Ninja Scroll with a healthy mix of wire-fu movies and shinto philosophy. The gameplay is epic and the setting is monumental but the maps are somewhat crappy. That is probably on purpose to allow the storytellers to fit in a lot of their own stuff in between everything that is cannon. That’s how I started noodling with maps of the north, and going in more and more detailed, and I ended up just making up this topographical map out of frustration with the inaccuracy of regular maps with their sideways mountains and it turns out it was a lot of fun. Creating a terrain that makes sense with rivers that go in appropriate directions and placing fields in the right places is a good challenge.
I thought it might be useful to Exalted players and storytellers so here it is.