As the new owner of AR053, one of the first things I had to do was rework the topography of the area. I didn't like the previous topography since it didn't fit my idea for the country, and I felt it wasn't the most realistic. So I took the topographic map the previous owner had made for the whole southern Astrasia, and built on top of it.
Since the northern nation is not currently being mapped by anyone, and the owner of the southern one hasn't been active in a while, it's not like I could coordinate with neighbouring mappers to rework the topography. Besides, I wouldn't want to impose my ideal topography on neighbouring mappers, especially when their areas are so developed already.
Thus, I pretty much kept the topography as it was around the borders, while also making sure it matched the topography of the rest of the area, of course.
I'm posting this mainly for any current and/or future neighbours, as well as admins so that they know why I'm doing what I'm doing lol. Anyway, here it is.
Ulihraad Topoguide Map | Enlarge
I call such maps "topoguide" maps, since they're not detailed or big enough. They're mini maps. They're maps which I make before making an actual topographic map, so that I have something to use a base, to guide me. It's really difficult to make a big (fantasy) map completely from scratch, you know haha.
I dunno, I was just looking at the coast and it all seemed to align in a way that looks as if it lies on an ancient rift. Think of the caledonian rift, something like that.
So the purple rift and the highlands around the border are the two main features I built the topography around.