Mystara questions

Solon

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I recently purchased the reprint of the Rules Cyclopedia. It has a little info in the back about the Known World/Mystara.

There seems to be a pseudo-Mongolia and a pseudo-Byzantine Empire as well as other lands. Do any of the old supplements have a China or Tibet analog?
 

tsadkiel

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Ochalea is mostly China, and is detailed in the Dawn of the Emperors boxed set. As is the way of Mystara, kinda-China is nowhere near kinda-Mongolia.
 

kracht

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Also, GAZ3 "The Principalities of Glantri" has Krondahar, which is pretty much a pulpy/fantasy Tibet.
 

Solon

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Also, GAZ3 "The Principalities of Glantri" has Krondahar, which is pretty much a pulpy/fantasy Tibet.
I just looked at a map on Pandius. I would say that based on names like "Krondahar" and "Singhabad" that Krondahar is meant to be more like Afghanistan. However, I did see a city called Lhamsa in the mountains East of Krondahar and that sounds an awful lot like the real Tibetan city of Lhasa.
 

Doctor Futurity

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I just looked at a map on Pandius. I would say that based on names like "Krondahar" and "Singhabad" that Krondahar is meant to be more like Afghanistan. However, I did see a city called Lhamsa in the mountains East of Krondahar and that sounds an awful lot like the real Tibetan city of Lhasa.
Mystara is noted for how it hyper-compresses broad swathes of cultures (over space and time) into agglomerations of the source inspiration. One of the more amusing ones that I quite like despite how refined it is: The Atraughin Clans, which takes a few hundred distinct Amerind cultures over an entire continent and compresses them down to five tribes on a large plateau.

This is cool, though; it's best to think of Mystara as a weird pulp universe that exists because of the logic of the Immortals and not apply real-world realities to it.
 

Solon

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I seem to recall seeing somewhere the notion that the Mystara map is based on a conjecture of how Earth's continents looked many millions of years ago. Certainly, I recognize the shapes. Roughly what year is that supposed to be based on?
 

Davies

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I seem to recall seeing somewhere the notion that the Mystara map is based on a conjecture of how Earth's continents looked many millions of years ago. Certainly, I recognize the shapes. Roughly what year is that supposed to be based on?
Roughly 150 million years ago, as depicted on this map.
 

Airk

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Also, Kinda-Japan is on the Moon.

No, really. With catfolk.
 
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