As the title of the older map suggests, Iqralic Ur is another name for Scriptural World; a world as described in scriptural writings pertaining events that happened on locales which may no longer exist.
However, my intention is for the newer art to supersede as the main map. I may change some rivers and valleys and place names but the coastlines should now remain the same.
Wow I love it, itīs awesome! I think you needed lots of time to do all that details! So on your world, the high-cultures live at the equator? The illustrations are also very beautiful, I like the city at the sea, the kings and everything XD
Well I always take a look at the real world, what would be logical. For example there canīt be a long and good high-culture in the desert...only when thereīre huge rivers (like the Nil or Euphrat and Tigris). But in a subtropical or mediterranean climate were often high-cultures and later also in mild climates like Europe or Japan.
And never forget colonies, already the old Greeks had colonies.
I would say the Indian civilization that lies in the tropics is a high culture.
There are many factors to what makes a civilization a high culture, and the climate is only one of them. Better agricultural technologies and expansionist philosophy in government and religion are the two main factors to Rothmenar's status as a high culture and great world power.
That's because with the founding of Islam, the Ancient Arabs also inherited the expansionist/evangelist philosophy of the Abrahamic belief system. They have to spread their religion, and military force was the caliphs' favourite method. Before Islam, the Arabs were disparate groups of nomadic, pagan tribes.