after Baldur's Gate has been acquainted with Heroes of Might and Magic 3
(HoMM3), now would be the time
to introduce its little brother, Icewind Dale, to HoMM 3.
Only this time I am going one step further: Icewind Dale is going to meet Horn of the Abyss
(HotA), an unofficial, fan-made add-on to HoMM3 that stays so true to the original game that it might just have been an original, official add-on.
This allows me to use new elements for shaping the landscapes some of which come very much in handy when modelling the areas of Icewind Dale. And I think I may have found an interesting way to include the Cove Town faction, a new faction exclusive to HotA.
I would like to show you my first drafts. They are work in progress and not finished yet.Easthaven:Kuldahar and Kuldahar Pass:Wyrm's Tooth:The Severed Hand:
If you'd like to help out on this project, I would very much appreciate that. I am always looking for feedback, positive and negative one alike.
Also I would like to know what Icewind Dale in general means to you. And then I would like to know what each area in Icewind Dale means to you. What feelings does an area evoke in you? What kind of atmosphere does an area convey? Think about Easthaven, Kuldahar, Kuldahar Pass, Vale of Shadows, Temple of the Forgotten God, Dragon's Eye, Severed Hand, Wyrm's Tooth and Upper and Lower Dorn's Deep and also the Fields of Slaughter from Icewind Dale 2.
Since Icewind Dale doesn't nearly feature as many areas as Baldur's Gate 1, I'll also have plenty of free room to fill on the map. Can you think of a anything that is mentioned maybe in IWD1 or IWD2 but we couldn't visit it? For example we know that there is a Drow city somewhere near, it just isn't featured in either of the games.
Also take a look at the world map:
What do you think is on the map between the areas? The parts that we can never visit in the game itself. Can you think of any interesting locations that could be there? The vale that the Severed Hand lies in is rather big and on my map it is going to be HUGE. So what else could be in that vale besides the Severed Hand?