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Known World, 24 miles per hexby Thorfinn Tait
Replica maps of the Known World, 24 miles per hex from the Expert Set.
Replica map of the Known World, 24 miles per hex from the Rules Cyclopedia.
Replica map of the Known World, 24 miles per hex from X1 (1983).
Replica map of the Known World, 24 miles per hex from X1 (1981).
Replica map of the Vestland area, 24 miles per hex from X3.
Replica map of the Known World from X10.
Combined replica of maps from Wrath of the Immortals, 1004 AC, 24 miles per hex by Thorf, July 2008
Replica of map from Wrath of the Immortals, 1010 AC, 24 miles per hex by Thorf, July 2008
Updated map of the Known World, 24 miles per hex by Thorf, February 2005 (Out of Date)
As far as the Atlas is concerned, the Known World consists of the countries shown on the original Expert Set map. Heldann, Wendar and Sind are considered borderland countries, which may be counted as parts of their own regions as well as parts of the Known World.
Sources: X1 The Isle of Dread (1981), X3 Curse of Xanathon (1982), Expert Rules Set (1983), X1 The Isle of Dread (1983), X10 Red Arrow, Black Shield (1985), Rules Cyclopedia (1991), Wrath of the Immortals (1992), Champions of Mystara (1993). Also X4 Master of the Desert Nomads (1983), XSOLO Lathan's Gold (1984), X8 Drums on Fire Mountain (1984), GAZ1 The Grand Duchy of Karameikos (1987), GAZ2 The Emirates of Ylaruam (1987), GAZ3 The Principalities of Glantri (1987), GAZ4 The Kingdom of Ierendi (1987), GAZ5 The Elves of Alfheim (1988), GAZ6 The Dwarves of Rockhome (1988), GAZ7 The Northern Reaches (1988), GAZ8 The Five Shires (1988), GAZ9 The Minrothad Guilds (1988), GAZ10 The Orcs of Thar (1989), GAZ11 The Republic of Darokin (1989), GAZ12 The Golden Khan of Ethengar (1989), Dawn of the Emperors (1989), TM1 The Western Countries (1989), TM2 The Eastern Countries (1989), PC1 Tall Tales of the Wee Folk (1989), PC3 The Sea People (1990), GAZ14 The Atruaghin Clans (1991), PC4 Night Howlers (1992), Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure (1994), Glantri: Kingdom of Magic (1995).
Notes on Combined Replica Known World AC 1004 map (Wrath of the Immortals)
- This map was created by combining the original map showing the Known World in AC 1010 with a small detail map showing the Lake Amsorak area in AC 1004 before the Great Crater was made.
- Alfheim was of course replaced with Aengmor on the 1010 AC map, and was not shown on the detail map for 1004 AC. It has therefore been converted back from the original map's Aengmor, with town names added back in.
Notes on Updated map (Wrath of the Immortals)
- Atruaghin islands - the islands in the bay are in different positions from those in GAZ14, and are larger too.
- Atruaghin plateau - this map shows the whole Atruaghin plateau for the first time in this scale. It confirms the inaccuracy of GAZ14's 8 mile per hex map.
- Borders - the borders for most countries on the map are inaccurate when compared with the 8 mile per hex Gazetteer maps. They are also very different from the borders in the original Expert Set map. Indeed, the borders shown on this map are inconsistent with virtually all other maps.
- Chandbali trail - this trail leading off the Akesoli-Mahasabad road/trail is missing.
- Glantri-Wendar border - the border shown on this map is very different from the GAZ3 border. Large sections of mountains and forested hills have been ceded to Wendar.
- Jaibul's border - the southern border of Jaibul goes too far south when compared to the Champions of Mystara map. Since this map shows only the edge of Jaibul, it's likely that this map holds the mistake.
- Jaibul trails - the two trails leading south and west from Jaibul are missing from the edge of this map.
- Landersfjord - incorrectly labelled as Landesfjord.
- Latehar - this Sindhi town is shown as a city. Both other sources have Latehar as a town. Additionally, it is shown as a plains town in the mountains. In Dragon 169 it was a hill town, and in Champions of Mystara it is a mountain town.
- Latehar trail - the trail leading northwest from Latehar, which should be visible leaving the edge of the map, is missing.
- Misspellings and Typos - Bengarian Hermitage (Bensarian Hermitage), Briddleton (Bridleton), Cinsa-men-Noo (Cinsa-Men-Noo), Forth Cruth (Fort Cruth), Surra-man-Raa (Surra-Man-Raa), Tel-al-Kebir (Tel al Kebir).
- River Devoki - this seasonal river on the Adri Varma Plateau is missing. Presumably it was added in Champions of Mystara.
- Shipping lanes - the shipping lanes along the Sind and Jaibul coast have been moved one hex out to sea. Champions of Mystara later puts them back in their original Dragon 169 position.
- Sind-Jaibul border - the Jaibul border extends two hexes further east into the sea, and the Sind border one hex further east than either Dragon 169 or Champions of Mystara show.
- Other points include the positioning of settlements (Thyatis City and the towns along the coast, for example), the hex type chosen for numerous hexes, and so on.
To Do List
- Create a replica of X8's Known World map excerpt showing the location of Teki-Nura-Ria.
- Create a replica of X10 poster map.
- Create a replica of DMR1 Known World map. (It looks to be nothing more than an excerpt of the Cyclopedia map, but I'm being thorough.)
- Finish the First Era updated map, bringing it in line with all the pre-Gazetteer sources.
- Create replicas of Gazetteer trifold cover and in-book Known World maps (GAZ1, GAZ2, GAZ3, GAZ4, GAZ6, GAZ11, GAZ12).
- Create a replica of Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure Known World map.
- Create an updated Known World map that incorporates all of the official sources, especially the 8 miles per hex Gazetteer series maps.
- What is the "Known World"? - discussion thread at the Wizards MMB.
- Known World - and Not-So-Known - Lost Woodrake's discussion thread at the Wizards MMB.
- 24 miles per hex vs. 8 miles per hex: Oh Dear - discussion thread at the Wizards MMB.
- Thorf's Secret Project: Stage One - the original Atlas of Mystara thread at the Wizards MMB. Post 229 contains the 1010 AC replica map, while post 248 has the 1004 AC combined replica and post 348 gives the original colours variant - the first original colours map I released. Post 349 contains the Rules Cyclopedia replica.
Thanks to: Marco Dalmonte (DM), Mike (metal), Simone Neri (Zendrolion).