Martoise World Map (Survey Date: circa 20 SC)
The Ántouist monks of Dántaine periodically produce cartographical surveys of the world, and the majority of these surveys are done by Martois monks due to Lamielle's status as an international trade hub. This is the most recent such map, and contains features such as improved terrain detail in the Sybjyr, the addition of Koh as a political entity, and adjusted land borders for many surrounding continents.
The Dántaine belief is that the world is centered around the Sybjyr continent, with four outer continents and six distinct oceans surrounding it. While the monks are aware that the earth is round, they believe that only the Sybjyr and its surrounding coastlines are habitable -- the rest of the earth must be barren and lifeless, since otherwise why would Ántou focus so much attention on one spot in the world?
The Six Seas consist of the Grey Sea (the ocean next to Dántaine), the Sea of Storms (a name common to many languages in the area), the Sunset Ocean (located in the distant and mysterious west), the North Sea, the South Sea, and the Boundless Sea (surrounding Inoa Ranas). The Boundless Sea is the source of many myths and legends, and it is named as such because it is the only ocean whose far borders have not been found.
The four surrounding continents are Arcos (located to the north, and home to the old Empire), The Dawnlands (located to the west, and home to a mythical civilization of holy knights), Fleurite (located to the southwest, and home to Calledonia and the Great Southern Plains), and The Beyond (located to the east, and home to several civilizations that have only been documented through travelers' tales). It is of especially great interest to the monks to locate the civilization of holy knights and to investigate rumors of clay beings in The Beyond -- but again, these are only legends, and may not even be real.
The territories marked on the map are the major civilizations that Dántaine knows about. Anaetyr and Obrexia are located to the north, past the Shallow Pass which connects the Grey Sea to the Sea of Storms. To the south, trade partners include the Dwarven Valley civilization, the Kirran Mercantile City, and Teltebhann. Further south still are Coghan, Inoa Ranas, and the dangerous Ganche tribes. This map severely overestimates the extent of Ganche rule, as Dántaine considers many of these tribes to be their principal political rivals in the Sybjyr. Dántaine is also familiar with three western realms: Añora, Calledonía, and Sogadar. Through their trade with Sogadar, they also know of the realm Koh, although Dántaine travelers have never actually visited this distant land.
The map looks amazing!!!
Minor nitpick, but would Calledonia / Obrexia be better gallicized as "Calledonie" / "Aubrexie" respectively?
@Kalo Thank you! And I think you are right -- thanks for pointing that out!