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The Northern Reaches, 8 miles per hex

by Thorfinn Tait
The landscape of the Northern Reaches is a tilted plane sloping down from the high southwestern mountains to the low northeastern coast and offshore islands. The climate ranges from a cool, moist, maritime-temperate clime along the coast, to a cold subarctic climate in the higher elevations of the southern and western mountain ranges.

About one-fourth of the land is suitable for agriculture, most of it in the Ostland Islands and along the mainland coasts, rivers, and fjords. Another one-quarter of the land is only suitable for grazing, primarily in the mainland interior of the foothills. Half of the land is raw wilderness entirely unsuitable for human habitation. The wilderness includes regions of rugged alpine, dense forest, and marshy terrain.

from GAZ7 The Northern Reaches, by Ken Rolston


Replica of poster map from GAZ7, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, replica map 1 February 2016; original colours map July 2008

GAZ7 presented not one but three different realms, occupying the northeastern corner of the Known World.  The poster map showed few villages, but lots of towns throughout the map.  The main peculiarity of the map is that the town of Landersfjord is not in fact on Landersfjord — the river or the fjord itself.  GAZ7’s book included a map showing dominion divisions in all three nations.


Updated map of The Northern Reaches, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, July 2008


This map combines the colour maps with descriptions and black and white maps given in the text of GAZ7. Additionally, it shows the forests of the region as predominantly evergreen, as described in GAZ7 and shown on the Wrath of the Immortals map.


Notes on Updated map (GAZ7)

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 GAZ7, X3, X13 and other relevant sources for geographic details and write notes on the updated map.
  3. Create replicas of X13 maps.
  4. Create replica of Rules Cyclopedia maps and write notes.
  5. Create replica of TM2 and finish notes on this map.


  1. Ostland at the Vaults of Pandius
  2. Soderfjord at the Vaults of Pandius
  3. Vestland at the Vaults of Pandius
  4. Northern Reaches map thread at The Piazza

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:

Thanks to

Jesper Andersen (Spellweaver), Mike (metal), Sheldon Morris (Hugin), Andrew Theisen (Cthulhudrew)