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Thyatis, 8 miles per hexby Thorfinn Tait
Replica of Dawn of the Emperors poster map, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, replica map 1 February 2016; original colours map March 2009
The Dawn of the Emperors boxed set contained two double-sided poster maps, one of which contained mainland Thyatis in all its imperial glory. The map itself followed the trend of not showing any villages, nor mines, lighthouses, battlefields, or anything other than basic towns, cities and forts, and it ended up looking a bit bare. TM2 added some much-needed detail, but still left it looking a bit less imperial than we might like it to.
Nevertheless, it remains an iconic map for Mystara’s fans. The shapes of the coast here — the very southeastern point of the continent of Brun — are very distinctive and memorable.
Updated map of Thyatis, 8 miles per hex by Thorf, March 2009 last updated 17 January 2016The nation of Thyatis is made up of the southeast corner of the western continent and several nearby islands. North are the Altan Tepes mountains, which protect Thyatis from desert winds and raids by the Ylari warriors. West is the thick Dymrak Forest, haven of elves and goblins. South and east is the sea — a shield from foreign ground-troops but a road for Thyatian vessels.
from Dawn of the Emperors Book Two, by Aaron Allston
The hills in the western Imperial Territories have been changed to mostly forested hills, in line with the changes to Karameikos. Their proximity to tree-loving Vyalia also suggests that they would most likely still be forested.
I also redrew some of the dominion borders to follow the rivers where they were doing so anyway. Rivers tend to form natural borders, and there is no need to conform strictly to the hex grid when these are available.
- Dawn of the Emperors (1989)
- TM1 The Western Countries (1989)
- TM2 The Eastern Countries (1989)
- Rules Cyclopedia (1991)
- Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure (1994)
- Joshuan’s Almanac (1995)
Notes (Dawn of the Emperors)
- Battle of Tel Abdallah, AC 827 — the Thyatis map adds this label to the Thyatis-Ylaruam border, albeit without a battlefield icon.
- Blackpoint — “…the fort of Blackpoint Citadel … sits opposite from Karameikos’ Rugalov Keep.” (DM’s Sourcebook page 14c) Blackpoint has a label on the map, but the symbol next to it is Rugalov Keep across the border. While it’s possible that the two keeps are in the same 8 mile hex, this makes the map unnecessarily complicated. Therefore the Atlas marks Blackpoint in the hex south east of Rugalov Keep, where the road meets it on the Thyatian side of the border.
- Case Discrepancy — while most settlements were listed in Title Case, the following were displayed in capitals: CUBIA, TAMERONIKAS, TORION. These have been standardised to Title Case for the Atlas.
- Central Thyatis — generic as it is, this name is used in Title Case in the Player’s Guide to Thyatis (page 6b).
- Cubis — this Emirates town was incorrectly labelled Cubia. The error originated on GAZ2’s map, and was repeated here.
- Kerendan Plains — “The western region of mainland Thyatis is called the Kerendan Plains.” (Player’s Guide to Thyatis, page 6a) The description goes on to mention three main communities: Foreston, Greenheight, and Kerendas itself. It seems therefore that the Kerendan Plains stretch from Vyalia and Machetos in the west to the eastern limits of Kerendas.
- Mesonian River — the Player’s Guide to Thyatis (page 6b) spells this “Mesonion”. However, the poster map has Mesonian, and this spelling was used on TM2 and in the Rules Cyclopedia. In the absence of further references, the Atlas has gone with the map’s Mesonian spelling.
- Mount Mositius — “A famous adventuress … investigated Mount Mositius and discovered the truth: The volcano was long dead…” (DM’s Sourcebook page 15) Mount Mositius was not marked on the Dawn of the Emperors Thyatis map.
- Trade Routes — page 22 of the DM’s Sourcebook provides some amendments to trade routes: “First, the island of Terentias is on the Vorloi-to-Kerendas stretch; most ships hug the northern coast, while many jump down from Rugalov to Terentias and then up to Kerendas. Also, the Minrothad-to-Gapton route continues on to Terentias and then to Kerendas.” I have therefore added a route from just off Rugalov down to Crossroads on Terentias; another from Crossroads up to Kerendas; and another coming from Gapton up round Terentias to Crossroads.
- Villages — no villages were marked on this map. This is perhaps an indication of the population density, but it would be good to add some villages.
- Ylaruam — the sections of Ylaruam appearing on the Dawn of the Emperors Thyatis map are largely undeveloped. The plateaus and other details do not appear, and the terrain is radically different from GAZ2’s map. Clearly it should be ignored.
- Altan Tepes Mountains — the word “Mountains” was dropped from the label on TM2.
- Battle of Tel Abdallah, AC 827 — the battlefield symbol, which was missing in Dawn of the Emperors, was added in TM2. However, the label was also changed, and now reads “Battle of Tel Abddallah”. The change was carried over into the Rules Cyclopedia, but it seems likely to be an error. The Atlas considers the original “Tel Abdallah” spelling correct.
- Century Hills — the hills of central Hattias, which had no name marked in Dawn of the Emperors, are named the Century Hills on TM2.
- Coastal Waters — Dawn of the Emperors didn’t show shallow and deep water on any of its maps. TM2 showed coastal waters for the first time for Thyatis, neighbouring Ylaruam, the Northern Reaches, part of Heldann and the western Isle of Dawn.
- Fort Nicos — TM2 spells this “Fort Nikos”. However, the Dawn of the Emperors Thyatis map, and the DM’s Sourcebook (page 8a-b) both use “Fort Nicos”. The Atlas accepts the original spelling as the correct one.
- Greendale River — this tributary of the Kerenda River was renamed to Grendale River in TM2, and this was then repeated in the Rules Cyclopedia. Located close to Greenheight, it seems reasonable to accept the original Greendale spelling.
- Grey Bay — while Dawn of the Emperors labelled this Hattian town “Grey Bay” using the British English spelling, TM2 changed it to the American English spelling “Gray Bay”. The Atlas uses British spellings throughout, and therefore keeps the original Grey Bay.
- Imperial Territories — the bracketed “and future dominions” which appeared on Dawn of the Emperors‘ map was removed from the label for TM2.
- Kantridae and Kerenda Rivers — the original Dawn of the Emperors map has “Kantridae River” and “Kerenda River”, while TM2 and later the Rules Cyclopedia both use the inverted forms “River Kantridae” and “River Kerenda”. Presumably both versions are extant uses of the names, probably used interchangeably.
- Lighthouses — TM2 added six lighthouses around the coast of Thyatis: Abukir Watch, Cuneus Tower, the Hold of Euglenos, Nortis, Portus Pilum, and the Tower of Aes.
- Makrast — this dwarven town is marked as Markrast on TM2 and the Rules Cyclopedia maps. Dawn of the Emperors has it as Makrast both on the poster map and in the text (DM’s Sourcebook page 8c), where it is listed as “Makrast (Broken Mountain). Moreover, GAZ6’s Dwarven Language Glossary (pages 28-29) includes both “mak” (meaning broken) and “rast” (meaning mountain). Both books were written by Aaron Allston, so it seems very likely that Markrast is a mistake. This Atlas uses the original Makrast.
- Mountain names — Two new mountains were marked in Thyatis: Mt. Tarsus, Alt. 11,380 ft., and Mt. Legio, Alt. 935 ft.. However, Mt. Legio’s altitude is surely a mistake. The updated map amends it to Alt. 9,350 ft.. Thanks to ‘Brizio for spotting this.
- Mount Mositius — this mountain, which was detailed in Dawn of the Emperors but not marked on the map, appeared on the map for the first time in TM2.
- Stegger River — this river was changed to the River Stregger on TM2, and the same caption then appeared in the Rules Cyclopedia too. The updated map uses Stregger for now.
- Thyatis City — the capital was relabelled “City of Thyatis” on TM2, and this change was repeated in the Rules Cyclopedia. It seems a trivial change, and both names are likely in use — as well as the name “Thyatis” on its own.
- Trevonian River — this river was changed from the Dawn of the Emperors poster map’s Trevanion River; the A and the O were inverted. This change puts it in line with the nearby Mesonian River, therefore the Atlas accepts TM2’s version as most correct. The Rules Cyclopedia repeated the changed caption, Trevonian.
Notes (Joshuan’s Almanac)
- Acestes Village — on page 222, Klarmont 15 entry (left column), the text says: “Triumphant, a young stallion owned by Priam Iphisius of Acestes Village, wins the Kerendan Derby by 10 lengths (at 30 to 1 odds). Priam refuses an offer of 100,000 gp for the horse.” As per Simone Neri’s suggestion, the Atlas places Acestes in Kerendas.
- Thyatis at the Vaults of Pandius
- Thyatis map thread at The Piazza
- Battle of Tel Abdallah, AC 827 - discussion thread at the Piazza.
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