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The Five Shires, 8 miles per hex

by Thorfinn Tait


Replica of poster map from GAZ8, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, replica map, 2 February 2016; original colours map, July 2008

GAZ8’s was arguably the first in the series to be crammed full of detail.  The Shires occupy a small area already, of course, but the map seems full of settlements, labels, and so on, to an extent that had not yet been seen in Known World maps.


Updated map of The Five Shires, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, 1 February 2016

The Five Shires are green and pleasant with rolling fields, dark woods, and little wasteland.  This is due in part to the position of the Shires between mountains and sea.  Moist air blowing inland cools and must leave its moisture behind as it rises over the peaks, making the Shires often wet and misty.

from GAZ8 The Five Shires, by Ed Greenwood




This map was already very dense in its first instance in GAZ8.  Most of the updates are to bring the map in line with the text, as the two had a number of inconsistencies.

Notes on Updated map

To Do List

  1. Expand updated map - I'm working on changing the format of all my maps to make them rectangular by including neighbouring countries.
  2. Check GAZ8 and other relevant sources for geographic details and write notes on the updated map. (GAZ8 seems to have a lot of contradictions between the text and the map, as well as quite a few extra details. As you can see from the notes above, I have checked up to about page 47.)
  3. Create replica of Rules Cyclopedia maps and write notes.
  4. Create replica of TM1 and finish notes on this map.

About Replica Maps

Unlike Updated mapsReplica maps are exact (or sometimes colourised) replicas of primary source maps.  These source maps form the main source material of the Atlas of Mystara, from which all of the updated maps are made.  Put simply:


  1. The Five Shires at the Vaults of Pandius
  2. The Five Shires map thread at The Piazza

Thanks to:
Michele Carpita (LoZompatore), JoeNotCharles, Andrew Theisen (Cthulhudrew)