In the introduction to my Trumplust Card Deck I hinted it was more than a design and illustration project. The concept goes far beyond and includes a fully developed mythology and a custom card game. After the completion of all the illustrations from the card deck, here comes the Trumplust World Map, which depicts the world featured in the mythology of the game.
The Trumplust world is divided in 4 continents, 3 oceans and 1 sea. Each continent has 2 islands, 1 mountain, 1 river and 1 city. In the center of the world is a mysterious city built on a landmass that doesn’t belong to any of the continents.
Hyperborea, the Northern continent, is the realm of the Spades ruled by the gods Osiris, Kali and Belus. It’s named after a mysterious country from Ancient Greek mythology. Pindar described it as a land of plenty where disease, war and labor are unknown. In Trumplust however, it’s a cold and barren continent, inhabited by a warrior race.
Its city Valhalla is named after the legendary Hall of Heroes in Norse mythology. Through it flows the river Vaitarna. The name comes from a Hindu myth about a river that separates the Earth from the realm of the dead, similar the the Ancient Greek Styx. In Trumplust, it’s a cold icy river which poisons every living creature that touches its waters. Only Kali, the Queen of Spades can resist its spell and come out of it alive.
Osiris, the King of Spades, lives on Mount Killaraus, named after a mythical Irish mountain, which is the source of the stones used in the construction of the famous Stonehenge according to the legend of King Arthur. In Trumplust, it’s a mountain of pure transparent ice, which makes it invisible to any mortal. Although all deities can see it, only Osiris can climb its slopes.
Off the Eastern shore of the continent lies the Isle of War, inhabited by giant warrior birds. Their bodies are said to be covered with blades instead of feathers and are the primary source of weapons for all the Spades. The island of Thule lies to the Southwest. It’s the only place in the realm of the Spades which is not covered by ice. In its cool misty forests live the spirits of all heroic warriors. Spades visit the island to seek advice from the spirits, who are said to possess the power to see into the future. Thule is an actual name of a northern land in medieval European literature, sometimes described as an island.
Antillia, the Western continent, is the realm of the Diamonds ruled by the gods Jörmungandr, Lakshmi and Mammon. It’s named after a legendary island in the Western Atlantic, frequently depicted on pre 16th Century maps, even though its existence was only hypothetical, originating from an old Christian legend about Visigothic bishops fleeing the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula. The Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean was named after it. In Trumplust, it’s a desert continent inhabited by a merchant race.
Its city Hesperidia is named after the legendary Garden of the Hesperides which according to the Ancient Greek myth was a blissful place, situated in the far western corner of the world. Through it flows the river Sillas. It’s the Hellenistic name of a non-existent Indian river hypothesized by the Ancient Greek ethnographer Megasthenes. He mentioned that nothing cast into its waters can float and sinks to its bottom. In Trumplust, this quality is preserved, whatever falls into its deep turquoise waters sinks immediately and can never be recovered. Because of that Sillas is also referred to as the “river of greed”.
Lakshmi, the Queen of Diamonds is said to be able to walk on the surface of its waters. Because the river cannot be directly crossed, it literary splits the continent in two and anyone who wishes to move from the northern to the southern part has to go around its spring, which lies to the far east.
Jörmungandr, the King of Diamonds, lives on Mount Judi, named after the mythical place, where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood. His palace is a giant sea shell situated at the top.
To the North of Antillia lies the Isle of Demons, the birth place of the god Mammon. It is named after a legendary land that can be found on some medieval maps. The island is surrounded from all sides by high razor sharp cliffs and according to Antillean legends beyond them stretches a flat valley full of treasures and gold. Off the Southern coast of the continent is the Isle of Jealousy, a place entirely covered by giant tropical forest. Its soil contains a lot of diamonds. Unfortunately those diamonds turn to water if they leave the shores of the island.
Its city Eden is named after the Biblical Garden of Eden. Through it flows the Lethe river, named after one of the five rivers of Hades from Ancient Greek mythology. According to the legend, everybody who drinks from it experiences complete forgetfulness. In Trumplust, it’s the river of ignorance. Everybody who drinks from its waters forgets everything he has learned in life and enters a state of blissful happiness. Because it’s the only source of fresh water on the continent, all of its inhabitants are under its influence. Rhea, the Queen of Clubs, lays her eggs in the river, from which all peasants are born.
Chronos, the King of Clubs, lives on Mount Penglai, named after a mythical mountain in Chinese mythology inhabited by immortals. His palace is a giant tree that grows on the top of the mountain.
Close to the Southern shore of Primordia lies the Snake Isle, inhabited by dragon snakes. Their poison is an antidote for the magical effects of the river Lethe. To the North lies the Isle of the Sexes. According to a legend, every peasant who reaches its golden sands turns into a man or a woman.
Ourania, the Southern continent, is the realm of the Hearts ruled by the gods Anteros, Astarte and Kamadeva. It is named after the Ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite which was known as Ourania in some ancient writings, as a reference to her father, the castrated Uranus. In Trumplust, it’s an enchanted world occupied by the race of the poets.
Its city Utopia is named after the philosophical concept of the ideal society. Trough it flows the river Malva, named after the mythical Malvam river in Northern Africa. In its waterfalls live the nymphs, the daughters of the Astarte, the Queen of Hearts. The songs of the nymphs are stronger than opium. Many poets come to the waterfalls to find inspiration in their singing. Some of them are so taken by the songs that cannot find the strength to walk away and die from starvation. Astarte takes their souls and carries them to Elysium, the island of the Eternal bliss, which lies to North of the continent.
Anteros, the King of Hearts, lives on Mount Meru, the sacred mountain in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, considered the Center of the Universe. His palace floats on a cloud around the top of the mountain.
Apart from Elysium to the North, there is the Fortunate Isle to the East, named after the legendary islands in Ancient Greek mythology, which welcomed the souls of famous heroes. In Trumplust, the island is known as the place of requited love. It is believed that any poet who is able to swim to it will find his muse in flesh and blood waiting for him at the shore.
Oceans and Seas
There are 4 of them. The Ocean of Doom lies between Hyperborea and Antillia. The Ocean of Obsession is between Antillia and Ourania. The Sea of Innocence connects Ourania to Primordia and the icy Bitter Ocean separates Primordia from Hyperborea.
In the exact center of the map lies the city of Agartha. It’s named after the legendary city that is exists in the Earth’s core according to some hollow Earth theories. In Trumplust it’s a mysterious place which is still unexplored. Anybody who tried to reach it never came back. The seas around it are notoriously stormy and hard to navigate.
The Four Winds
There are 4 primary winds in the Trumplust world. All of them are named after their modern geographical equivalents – the Northeastern Greco, the Southeastern Scirocco, the Southwestern Libeccio and the Northwestern Maestro.