My story takes place in a fairly small zone (an academy, a few castles, and a town mostly), but I'd still like to make my own map, because I like drawing and knowledge of locations opens up much more opportunities for plots. Problem is, I know little to nothing about the rules of such mapmaking, other than the obvious "Don't Put a Tundra Next to a Desert Next to a Forest" rule, but, I have some questions, about mapmaking in general as well as some misc. stuff that I've always wanted to know that would help my understandin of my universe greatly. If you know the answers, any help would be appreciated, and any other tips would be awesome. First off, do both ends of a river ultimately end up connected to the open ocean? Cristopher Paolini has been criticised for having rivers that lead to nowhere, but I've seen plenty of other authors do it. If they're in the right, where does the water... um... go? ...that's all I'm curious about, apparently, since that's all my summer-fried brain can come up with. But still, help!