Atlas   Rules   Resources   Adventures   Stories       FAQ   Search   Links

Athenos Harbour

by Mike Phillips

This is the map of Athenos Harbour, as presented on the Darokin Gazetteer poster map. The scale seems a little iffy -- that bar is supposed to be one inch, and that should be 1/2 mile. That implies that the canal (1/2 bar, give or take) is 1/4 mile or 1320 feet.

The map itself appears to be building-scale, and it implies that there's a lot of the city left unmapped. If the scale is correct, the area depicted is about 2.5 miles by 2.5 miles, or a bit larger for this part of the city than the entire Darokin City map. (Athenos population: a little under 15,000, Darokin city population: 250,000)

The only maps I found in my collection which were on a comparable scale are the map of the City of the Stars (1/2 mile per inch, city population 250,000) and Tarthis (HWA2, 1 mile/inch, city population 350,000).

To me, this scale does not make sense at all.

For comparison, Threshold (5,000) is in GAZ1 at 500'/inch, with very small squares for buildings.

I think the scale on this should be one of: 100', 150', 200', 225', or 250' per inch, based on other map scales. My gut reaction is to make it 150' or 200', based on the buildings and canal width. The canal is 1/2 inch, the entrance to the harbour is 1 inch.

For historical comparison:
Erie Canal: originally 40' wide, 2-way, later expanded to 70'
modern NY Canal system: 120' wide
Panama Canal: 110' wide (constrained by locks, not canal)