Monday, January 7, 2019

Mappi Monday: Forgotten Ruins of the Middle Hyborian

For some time now, the minds behind the acclaimed military-space-opera novel series Galaxy's Edge, Nick Cole and Jason Anspach, have been working on a fantasy setting. There's not a great deal of information yet, although some bits can be gleaned from the Facebook page and the dedicated website. For example, yesterday the former revealed this amazing map:




It's Europe, of course, although with a few key differences such as the English Channel being filled in.  There's also that Mordor-like mountain ring in Ukraine, which is a bit east of the real-life Carpathian Mountains that are usually used to align Middle-Earth and modern Europe:

Map Source
It's fitting, somehow, that Sauron's domain should end up being the homeland of Count Dracula. 

I also notice, on the Forgotten Ruin map, that the Egyptian area is labeled "Kingdom of Sut", which to me sounds very much like Set, the patron serpent-deity of the Stygians of Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age. Handily, they also correspond roughly with Egypt:

Map Source
Of course we have no idea yet if the Forgotten Ruin setting is a prehistoric Europe - it might be more post-apocalyptic, or just a heavily-inspired-by-history setting like Theah in 7th Sea or the Old World of Warhammer Fantasy. Whichever it is, though, I'm sure with the talent behind it - which also includes James M. Ward of TSR and Troll Lord Games, by the way - it will turn out terrific.

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