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With a little help from a graphics program, you can spot certain interesting items on the map of Tyria that comes with the “Ghosts of Ascalon” novel.

To start with my little bit of nerd geography, I used a graphics program to create an overlay of the new map from “Ghosts of Ascalon” and the old in-game map of Tyria. I could not get a complete accurate overlay, as certain fixed spots (e.g. Rata Sum) could not be kept in line with others. I had to stretch the map a little from west to east. Here is what I could spot

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To start with my little bit of nerd geography, I used a graphics program to create an overlay of the new map from “Ghosts of Ascalon” and the old in-game map of Tyria. I could not get a complete accurate overlay, as certain fixed spots (e.g. Rata Sum) could not be kept in line with others. I had to stretch the map a little from west to east. Here is what I could spot

There are some constants
Rata Sum, Lion’s Arch and Bloodstone Fen are still there. We know Rata Sum is the capital of the Asura nation, Lion’s Arch will be hideout for scoundrels in the future and Bloodstone Fen … might be a link to some not so dormant Mursaat remains or a centaur town. Of course there are also the Ruins of Denravi.

New places in old spots
The Grove – the place of origin for all Sylvari – is around the same spot, where the seed was planted by Ventari, Divinity’s Reach is located on Divinity Coast (well, kind of obvious) and Ascalon Catacombs are still there on the map. The Crucible of Eternity is located very close to what has been Droknar’s Forge, so it might be some remembrance to the Dwarves. Sorrow’s Embrace might be a new Dredge capital, after the Summit have been driven out of Sorrow’s Furnace in the future.

New places to look forward to
Hoelbrak, the new Norn capital is located far more south than I had expected, but it makes sense as the rise of the dragon in Drakkar lake has most likely driven them away from the Northern Shiverpeaks. The Black Citadel, the Charr capital is located south of the Nolani Academy area and the Flame Citadel lies very close to the old Flame Temple Corridor. Ebonhawke, the human fortress holding out against the Charr is in an area we have not been able to reach in Guild Wars.

Other stuff? I guess a lot more, like the Dragonbrand valley, which does seem to originate around the place we saw Glint for the last time. And will the Dominion of Winds be connected to Galrath and the floating castle?


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