LBTL Distances Nov 23, 2008 19:30:28 GMT -5
Post by Taos on Nov 23, 2008 19:30:28 GMT -5
I was bored at work today, so I decided to try and finalize the distances from Point A to Point B in the currently settled and mapped area of the Land between The Lands. I have treated the primary practice locations of each realm as being representative of a fairly central training area in each realm’s town/encampment/village, and measured the distance between them. Where this wasn’t possible, I measured the approximate center of each realm’s mundane town or city. Distances and travel times are as follows.
For reference, average walking speed is 3 mph. Average hurrying speed is 5 mph. This is essentially jogging all day long, which is achievable by average people, though probably not by characters in armor and equipment.
Average horse trot speed is 8 mph. Any faster, and the horse will tire and need to be switched out.
Mittelmarch to Dragoon Encampment: 113 miles as the wolf runs
Walking: 37 hours. Given 10 hours a day of walking, a 4 day trip.
Hurrying: 23 hours. At 10 hours a day, a little over 2 days.
Riding: 14 hours. A little over a day. Hard riding would bring the distance down to one day’s ride.
Mittelmarch to Kanthea: 38 miles as the wolf runs
Walking: 13 hours. A little over one day of travel.
Hurrying: 8 hours. A trip that can be made in a single day.
Riding: 4.75 hours. Kanthea is practically an outlying village of Mittelmarch.
Mittelmarch to Fangorn: 172 miles as the wolf runs
Walking: 57 hours. 6, almost 7 days travel.
Hurrying: 34 hours. 4 days travel.
Riding: 22 hours. 3 days travel.
This is where it gets interesting. Up until this point, all destinations have been connecting points east of the Iron Mountains. Because of this, I haven’t really taken travel difficulty into account. There appears to be one major pass through the mountains on the LBTL map. (It’s in the south of the range.) I’ll consider this “The Easy Road,” or the route everyone takes during winter, when time is not of the essence, and the route large movements of men and materials would have to take.
I’ll still provide direct point to point distances, to take into account solitary travelers or small groups, forging their way through the mountains.
Mittelmarch to Dunland: 65 miles as the wolf runs
Dunland and Dragonspire are both quite close to the “The Easy Road,” so in almost all instances, it would be easier to go the extra 30 miles round trip and not go over the mountains. These cities are pretty important strategically, too, as they stand quite close to a major travel area.
Walking: 22 hours. 3 days, plus over the mountains travel time.
Hurrying: 13 hours. A little over one day, plus mountain travel.
Riding: 8 hours. One day, although you would walk ahead of your horse in the mountains.
Through The Pass (+30 miles)
Walking: 32 days. 3 days travel time.
Hurrying: 19 hours. 2 days travel time
Riding: 12 hours. Just over one day away.
Mittelmarch to Dragonspire: 78 miles as the wolf runs
Walking: 26 hours. 3 days travel time.
Hurrying: 16 hours. 2 days travel time.
Riding: 10 hours. 1 day travel time.
Through The Pass (+ 10 miles)
Interestingly, Mittelmarch to Dragonspire is basically a straight shot through the pass. Very slight divergence.
Walking: 30 hours. Arrival at nighttime on the 3rd day.
Hurrying: 18 hours. 2 days travel.
Riding: 11 hours. One day, if you push it.
Mittelmarch to Stormhaven: 97 miles (Going around the mountains.)
Stormhaven is weird. It’s mostly surrounded by the Iron Mountain’s central bulge. The terrain of the mountains here is generally considered the most forbidding and treacherous terrain in the land. This is where Dragoons seeking advancement hunt the mountain’s dragons, and where Grish’nak retreated after defeats. As such, almost all travelers will travel around the mountains.
Walking: 32 hours. Between 3 and 4 days.
Hurrying: 19.4 hours. 2 days travel time
Riding: 12 hours. One day, two if you’re in no hurry.
Mittelmarch to Aethenu: 141 miles (Across the mountains)
Not advised. Not only does this take you across the central Iron Mountains, but you’d come out of the mountains right into Jovian territory. But…if you must.
Walking: 47 hours. 5 days, with the terrain, more like a week and some days.
Hurrying: 28 hours. 3 days. Extremely optimistic. Going over mountains, after all.
Riding: 18 hours. Not at all likely. Probably more like 1 day over the plains, 3 or 4 in the mountains.
Taking the Southern Pass: 218 miles as the wolf runs.
Walking: 73 hours. 8 days travel time.
Hurrying: 43.6 hours. 5 days travel.
Riding: 27 hours. 3 days by horse.
The entire explored area of the LBTL is a large, squarish rectangle. According to the map, the explored area is slightly larger east/west than north/south. It is bounded on all sides by ocean, or at least, extremely large bodies of water. Rough north/south distance is 300 miles, east/west is 350 miles. 105,000 square miles of surface area. The mountain chain running down the island would be about 300 miles long as well, with the River of Flame being in the vicinity of 250 miles, taking its curves into account. This makes it roughly the length of the White River. The River Isen is approximately 100 miles long. It’s become a fact through years of background expansion that there are other islands scattered throughout the oceans, with at least one other, much larger continent somewhere on the planet.
What we can take away from this, is that all of the settlements of the land are, in fact, within reasonable defensive distance of each other. While it may be a month or more before the Dragoons could be warned of trouble at, and get to, say, Aethenu, Dunland is only a few days ride from the Aethenric. Mittelmarch, by virtue of its central location, could have almost every able-bodied soldier in the Land at its gates within 2 weeks, and most much sooner than that.
If there’s interest, I’m willing to determine distances from any realm to any other realm, with probable travel times included.