Comic 335 - The Voyage of the Anne Bonny's Revenge (Mid-1944)
23rd Jul 2018, 12:00 AM in Parabellum
The Voyage of the Anne Bonny's Revenge (Mid-1944)
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
I don't know about you, but one thing I that I always like is when historical fiction novels have a map included!

So here is the map for this chapter!

- I added all cities mentioned so far, plus other places important to this chapter.

- If I were to describe the location of Gernsbeck (the fictional city in which my stories usually take place) verbally, it would be: Somewhere in modern day north-western Germany, but not directly at the coast. ;-)

- Also, even though it has nothing to do with this chapter, I threw in Autumn Bay for good measure, because it's location is known...
(Thanks for ProfEtheric for the kind permission!)

- Though I admit that I do neither know if the path drawn in here would actually be plausible for a sailboat (which is dependent on the wind directions after all), nor if it would be possible for it to sail up the Rio Grande that far...

And next: This chapter's grand finale!
User comments:
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Nice map! Reminds me of James A. Michener’s works.
Microraptor edit delete reply
I am afraid I am not familiar with James A. Michener though.
(While I didn't have any specific map in mind, what the end result reminds me a bit of is the one from Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.)
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
A more pertinent comment: why the ambiguity about the location of Gernsbeck? Obviously Autumn Bay is a well-defined location, and I can point you at much smaller places called Spoon Lake and Winterbrook, Wisconsin... why protect your primary city?

Also, doesn't it have a harbor for seagoing vessels? That narrows it down a bit.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Good question - I am not even entirely sure of the answer myself.
Yeah, I am a bit hesitant to narrow down the location too closely, perhaps because that still allows me to have a bit more freedom for future story-telling.
For now, I excluded every part of Germany were Gernsbeck is not: Not the former GDR, not the south (which includes Bavaria), not directly at the coast.

Of course I could simply follow the "write what you know"-principle, and pin down Gernsbeck to be around my own neck of the woods. Except that I kinda already ruled out that possibility for plot reasons, namely because I needed their university to become 200 years old. (None of the currently existing universities in my region was founded before the end of WWII, not by coincidence, but on purpose: It was the industrial heartland of Germany, and back in the Kaiserreich, they didn't want all the working class people living here to study and... get ideas.)

And yes, a harbor would necessitate a location adjunct to a reasonably sized river. There are enough rivers (Rhine, Weser, Ems, Elbe), plus their largest branches, that could qualify, though.
Cooke edit delete reply
Nice page. Great map details.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Thank you! :-)