Novel Colors / Faction Gradient
A just-for-fun project. Based on the faction colors at Kongming's Archives
(if you visit the site you've probably noticed the colors playing a strong role in the Three Kingdoms Encyclopedia
), for each chapter I took every character appearance in each chapter (multiple for someone who appeared multiple times), deciphered the color for that character (blue for Wei, green for Shu, red for Wu, etc.; mixed colors for multiple affiliations), and averaged the colors for each chapter to give the chapter itself a color based on the characters inside it (e.g. a Shu-heavy chapter would be shaded green; the Shu-Nanman conflicts come out in a lime green sort of color). With a color for each chapter, I then merged the colors for each chapter into a gradient spanning the composition of the entire novel.Three Kingdoms Color Gradient
(No images in the forum, I take it?)
I then created multiple version of the gradient, blurring it more in each appearance so you can see how novel themes gradually shift from one area of the book to the next. It is pretty entertaining to see how big different sections are and how dominant different factions were in terms of facetime. That bright lime green bar toward the end is the Nanman campaign (across multiple chapters). Purple at the end is Jin's gradual dominance, mixed with the Wu conflict. Han is strong at the front (light blue) but gradually plays into other factions and Cao Cao. You can see Liu Biao/Jingzhou/Shu in areas (sea-greenish), Wu sections, the Yuan Shao battles, and more.
Too fun to not share.