Map A.03 - Jotunheim
Arctic region reaching from 82.34°N south to 72.51°N. An obscure seafaring region, known only to a few civilised captains, whalers, who have dared venture this far into the Barents Sea. There is no sea route north of Rusin, the larger of two islands comprising the Realm of Jotunheim, for the Barents Sea is forever frozen; likewise, no ship can reach the Dandanmoth Islands, the presence of which is limited to myth. The only passage on the map between the Barents and the Kara seas is the Vimur River, a misnamed strait whose narrowest width is 660 yards. Most years, the strait remains frozen; access to the Kara is safest around the south end of Gusin Island, not shown on the map.
Also shown on the map is the northernmost tip of the Yamal Peninsula, extending north and south 430 miles. This land, and the Yavey Peninsula, are collectively a part of Biyetia.
Hexes are 20 miles in diameter. Total area depicted equals 366,450 sq.m.
An almost completely landlocked body of water inaccessible from anywhere on the map. That part shown has never been seen by civilisation; it is a vast waste of pack ice that remains in place the year round, though in summer months stretches of water, called leads, occur spontaneously in places and freeze again without warning.
A portion of the Arctic Ocean, named after Willem Barents, who mapped part of the eastern sea in the 16th century while searching for the Northeast Passage to China. The greatest length of the Barents from east to west is 940 mi. Much of the sea is measurable, being less than 100 fathoms in depth. Eddies and currents are numerous and complex, requiring an expert navigator to safely venture here. Waters from the relatively warm North Atlantic Drift, a continuation of the Gulf Stream, enters from the Greenland Sea near Spitsbergen, raising the temperature of both water and air in that portion.
Although water temperatures vary in the eastern portion from year to year, they are coolest in April and warmest in September. The ice permanently covers the sea from Rusin Island in a line westward; the entire sea shown is frozen by December, except along the southern coast of Gusin, which usually freezes by March-April. During the summer, icebergs are common in all open water. Haddock, cod and plaice are plentiful and caught in large numbers.
Gusin & Rusin isls.
Two enlongated islands separated by the narrow Vimur "river," a continuation of the northern Ural Mountains. The surface is mostly rolling hills and hilly plateaus, with alpine mountains in the center and north. A permanent ice sheet covers much of Rusin Island, but the coasts are ice free. The highest mountain, Jötunn, rises 3,450 ft. The southern island carries less permanent ice. Vegetation is of the tundra range, while barren grounds are typical in the north. There are no trees. Cultivation of tundra soils is impossible.
An arm of the Arctic Ocean between Jotunheim and the mythical Islands of Buyan. The western part of the sea is deep, though in areas that are 120 mi. from the mainland, depths of 50 fathoms are common. Open navigation lasts from early August to early October in the northern part, while the southern is usually open for navigation in July. Ice may be met at any time during the navigation season, but open areas can be found. Fog is frequent during the summer months. Tides range from 1½ to 2½ ft., except where constricted by inlets.
Belyeye Island is located in the south Kara Sea. It's covered by tundra, with some lichens, grasses and dwarf willow shrubs; reports have been confirmed that the island is occupied by quaggoths, primitive ape-like humanoids.
The Haftsmark of Biyetia is the northernmost land of the Kingdom of Magloshkagok, a goblin realm in western Siberia. The Haftsmark is a military league of forts scattered south of the Kara Sea. The haftsmark is huge, covering 599.9 hexes, with a very sparse population of only 11,223; nearly every inhabitant is goblinish in race. Expanses of tundra are broken by the mouths of huge rivers (not shown on the map). A harsh climate, a permanently frozen subsoil and a sparse population preclude economic activities apart from hunting and fishing.
The Realm of Jotunheim is a largely unknown frost giant land, existing as an alliance of three reclusive tribes. Some have confirmed that both cavewights and ogres dwell on the island as a subordinate class. Some tales of European states sending ambassadors to Jotunheim have been written, but these give little reason to believe their authors made the journey themselves. The realm is described as 72.1 hexes in size, with a population above 2,500 — though it is questioned how many of these are giants.
|A2: East Spitsbergen||A3: Jotunheim||A4: Kara Sea|
|B3: Yak'Margug||B4: Ob Gulf|
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