An early map of the Lunar Empire

This isn’t going into the Guide, but is presented to show how much Gloranthan geography has evolved since 1975. This is one of Greg’s original maps of the Lunar Empire and beyond. The key elements are still there, and I like to think this is the sort of map you might see in Furthest of Mirin’s Cross.

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Old School Sword and Sorcery Art from the 1970s

9 Responses to An early map of the Lunar Empire

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    Martin Helsdon September 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    ‘Heretics Country’ is referenced in White Bear and Red Moon/Dragon Pass (Lunar Empire), and apparently in Wyrms Footnotes 7 (which I don’t have a copy of). It is shown on the map in the Avalon Hill version of the Dragon Pass rules (page 30) as to the north east of Oraya and the Blue Moon Plateau.

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      Scott Martin September 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Wonder if the Heretics Country became the territory briefly labeled “Hykimi” in the old Runequest rulebook and which corresponds geographically to our modern Ignorance. No sign of it in the very large-scale “Introduction to the Surface World” in WF 4.

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        Peter Metcalfe September 23, 2013 at 3:53 am #

        I think Hykim refers to the Shan Shan mountains which are inhabited by Hsunchen.

        As for what Heretics Country might be now, the Guide intruigingly mentions the Mad Sultanates (in plural) and the Beyond Nightmares. It could also be the City of the White Heart in Oraya.

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          Martin Helsdon September 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

          Looking at the Atlas, what was Heretics Country is now forest – north of the Blue Moon Plateau and the Glowline. An apparently empty wilderness…..

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            Jeff Richard September 24, 2013 at 8:35 am #

            Heretics Country is H’har As Jing beyond the Red Hair Place.

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    Joerg Baumgartner September 22, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I suppose the question was whatever became of Heretics Country. Given the distortion of the map, it could point to Kingdom of Ignorance, Kralorela (with its Red Gardener), Pent (with its reverance of Sheng Seleris), the Elder Wilds (no idea who would be the heretics there).

    There are a few other locations that invite speculation. Does the Desert of Fear refer to Ramalia?

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    Peter Metcalfe September 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Heretics country lies beyond the Redlands at the extreme right of the map.

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    Keith Nellist September 21, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Whatever happened to Heretics Country? and what do those direction squiggles mean?

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    Erick Eckberg September 21, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Wow! That is old! I’ll give it to my players and say, “There, that’s your knowledge of the world!”

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