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Shadow Elf Territories, 8 miles per hex

by Thorfinn Tait
The domain of the shadow elves covers one of the greatest regions of any country covered in the Gazetteer series. If it were suddenly moved to the surface, it would extend from Belcadiz in Glantri, east to the regions of the Ethengarian Yakuts and the Dwarfgate Mountains, then south to the Cruth Mountains and west in a line below the city of Darokin as far as Lake Amsorak.

The shadow elves, spread out over their underground expanse, number about 550,000, with more than half of these concentrated in the clans’ four major cities.

from GAZ13 The Shadow Elves, by Carl Sargent and Gary Thomas


Mystara’s second major foray into the underground realms produced this amazing masterpiece of a map.  It’s full up with opportunities for adventure, with a huge set of labels scattered throughout which provide extra character that complements the labels found in the text.  It really feels alive.

The colour palette is also worthy of a mention, as it took a drastically different route from GAZ10’s established underground colour scheme.

Replica of poster map from GAZ13, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, replica map 1 February 2016; original colours map May 2009


Updated map of the Shadowlands, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, May 2009



This was always one of my favourite maps, and it’s easy to see why: almost every section of the map has its own label, and there are so many locations for adventures just waiting to be used. Also, it revealed a whole new world existing right below the world we had all come to know.

The updated map is an adaptation of GAZ13’s map, implementing cavern walls similar to those seen in GAZ10’s underground map. The walls mean that there is actually a little less land area, but they seem a lot more realistic, and much less general than the hex edges.

The cavern of the City of the Stars has been adapted from the 2 mile per hex map, which is why the style is different. The walls of this cavern conform much more to the hex grid, and they’re much smoother; the Shadow Elves have presumably smoothed out the walls of this cavern more than any other.




  1. Shadow Elves’ Territories at the Vaults of Pandius
  2. Shadowlands map thread at The Piazza
  3. City of the Stars, 2 miles per hex 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

John Calvin (Chimpman), Kheldren, Lost Woodrake, Sheldon Morris (Hugin), Andrew Theisen (Cthulhudrew)