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Uru Cartographers Guild Seal by HylianJean Uru Cartographers Guild Seal by HylianJean
Myst Online: Uru Live was so enhanced by its fan community that occasionally the game borrowed elements from fan-art, instead of the other way around.

Way back in... holy cow, was it really in 2004? Fans of Uru started contributing by creating maps and diagrams of game locales. Often those were lovely works of art in themselves. In the immersive spirit of Uru, they set up the Guild of Cartographers and became one of the first unofficial guilds to find a really useful niche to fill.
They wanted a guild seal to represent them, so I made this one in Photoshop. Looking back on it, I think it's a little busy and a little dull, but they appreciated it and used it, which warms my heart.

The more exciting thing happened in 2007 when the D'ni Restoration Council (Cyan's in-character counterpart) decided it was time to encourage real guild structure in the cavern and officially recognized five guilds. The Cartographers were one of them. This meant that they would get access, as each guild did, to an exclusive meeting hall decorated in carved stonework and the colors and seal of each guild. Cyan had already established seals for the other guilds, but they honored the efforts of the fan Cartographers and adapted the seal I made into their own version. They simplified it, made it bolder (which improved it, I think), and placed it in the game's textures.

This is just another little example of why Uru was so deeply personal an experience for me and for many, many of its players. I'm still grateful I got to be part of all its incarnations, however short-lived.
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TheMuseofChaos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Hi there! I'm very new to Deviant, so I'm sorry if this is the wrong way of contacting you. I'd like to ask you about making this lovely design into a cross-stitch pattern. Could you please let me know the best method for a conversation? Thank you!
Faeliscity Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Perfect guild seal...
It is awesome to have fan-based real guilds, and doubly awesome that you gave them such a beautiful emblem!
HylianJean Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I thought we were really on track toward good community involvement with the guild thing. I would have loved to see how far Uru could take it. I hope we still may, someday.
I'm still tickled when I see the seal being used. Makes me feel like I've left my mark somewhere. ;)

Thanks so much for your fave. :aww:
E-Derby Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Ah... so you are good with the high tech tools (Photoshop) and the low tech (needles & thread).

Art is a part of your being I think :nod:
HylianJean Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
::grin:: I'm sort of a Jack-of-all-trades. (Yes, I know how the rest of that saying goes.)

I would definitely agree with your last statement. :D
Artoveli Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, again that's incredibly awesome! I think I heard about the guild of Cartographers thing.
HylianJean Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
That's nice of you to say. :) I feel like I could make it better if I redid it now, but Cyan already produced the version which I think is preferable to use.
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