Tavauru 2.0 - Redesigning the islands

Posted by 2amCereal on 24 September 2020 in English (English)

I've taken the difficult decision to redesign the entire territory of Tavauru. This decision has been made as the quality of my mapping has increased, and it has become increasingly difficult to work with the relief and topology of the island.

I previously gave the physical landscape a lot less consideration, but now as my mapping moves away from the lowland areas it has become increasingly difficult to create a realistic landscape that I am happy with.

The island will still retain its shape for the most part, but the landscape is set to resemble something more like Reunion or Tahiti. In my current plans for Tavauru 2.0, Faiai'ita and Raiangua will remain in their place but will be completely overhauled to fit the new geography of the island. The culture and language of Tavauru will remain the same, and once the new version takes shape many specific features will be returning.

Happy mapping,


Location: 10.439, 86.486

Comment from Lithium-Ion on 24 September 2020 at 20:45

Your mapping on the island right now is quite good, so I hope that as much of it stays as possible! On the other hand, good luck with the redesign, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Best of Luck!

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Comment from Aiki on 25 September 2020 at 10:30

Your mapping around Faiai'ita feels really realistic. The topography is definitely felt in the mapping! You might want to reconsidered the size of the airport/terminals and the extension/classification of the motorway though, due to the size of the island.

I can't really talk about Tahiti, aside from what can be found on the Internet, but I can for La RĂ©union, on a personal level. What you may need to consider is that almost anywhere on the island, the terrain is really steep. For example, around St-Gilles on the west coast, the land reaches 1000m only 7/8km inland. The shape of the slope isn't as elegant as a stratovolcano such as Mount Fuji. It's more like an inflated bell. You start from an extremely narrow coastal plain (coral origin?), then you have a really steep slope for maybe 1km and then bit less steep until you reach the edge of the cirques. The relief affects the precipitations and consequently the vegetation: more forest in the east and some kind of humid savanna in the west. I don't mean it should be the same on your islands but that's a thing to consider for landcover.

Good luck!

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Comment from KTheBritMC on 25 September 2020 at 16:20

I'm getting vibes of New Zealand? I like it

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