Welcome back adventurers!
It’s been a while now, but I have a lot of articles on the way for you guys. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Durmand Priory in the first few days of the game. A lot of interesting New Krytan can be found in there.
This article will focus on a giant map of Tyria (the continent) found on the floor of the Priory.
On this map we can see that Tyrians have come a long way in the art of cartography even though some mistake can be seen but I will talk about that later on.
The first things we can clearly see is the implementation of the cardinal points other than on a compass rose.
We can also see that Tyria now has a concept of the different parallel to divide the planet.
All of this is really great progress on a geographical level but as you can see on the first map, only one continent is on this map. This creates a problem on a perspective level. By only putting a part of the world in this type of perspective and making the map in a circular way, it seems like Tyria is the only place on the planet. In my opinion, Arenanet intentionally put this in-game since from a lore stand point, we haven’t had communication with Cantha and Elona, the other known continents, in a few generations. Geographers wouldn’t know what they look like now and could think that only Tyria is left and is now ”the only safe world”.
That is all about this awesome map, stay tuned for next week’s translations on the floating stone slabs you may have noticed around the Priory.
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