Rise of the Thrall Lord
Travel in Thac
The Orllon tourism board has recently been asked a lot of questions about travel in Thac. So we’d like to provide some general facts.
Travel Calculation Examples:
- The definitive source of all geographical information is the grand and magical Map of Thac.
- The map is created by using millions of small magical creatures called Pixels. (These tiny relatives of the Pixie are quite colorful.)
- On the full-scale map each Pixel is 1500 yards wide and high. So at its widest point of 3027 Pixels, Thac is 315 miles across. (This is somewhat larger than Ireland which is only 174 miles at its widest… but remember it’s not the size, but what you do with it.)
- The roads are three Pixels across. This is not to scale. The roads in Thac are not really a mile wide! We used extra Pixels to represent them so you can see them. (We knew you’d ask.)
- The rivers are also only representational. You may not know how wide they really are until you get to them. (Note, anything that is small enough to wade across easily is not shown on the map.)
- The great Wizard Gimp keeps the magical Pixels separated into Layers (Rather like the planes of Hell or the Abyss, but nicer.) This makes the pixels easy to count via magical selection and the Histogram spell.
Travel Calculation Examples:
- The road from Restenford to Garrotten is 363 pixels long, or 114 miles. The slight elevation changes on this road are not enough to worry about.
- A riding horse with standard load (150-450 lbs), or a riding dog, both travel at 4 miles per hour, or 32 miles per day. So it is 3 and 1/2 days from Restenford to Garrotten by horseback.
You can try to ride more than 8 hours a day, but it requires progressively difficult constitution checks each hour to avoid damage… generally not a good idea for long-term trips unless you like walking the last few miles. (The Druidic council, good sense, and your rear, forbid riding mounts for more than 8 hours a day.)
Hustling is possible with a proper riding check, but will also rapidly kill your mount, especially mere riding horses.
See http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Movement for more info on movement options.
- As the Hippogriff flies, it is 257 pixels from Garrotten to Restenford, or about 80 miles.
A hippogriff flies at 14 miles per hour, so it would be just under six hours from Garrotten to Restenford. (Hippogriffs don’t like to hustle unless chasing something tasty, and can get quite testy about being asked.)
- Most dragons fly at 20 miles per hour, so it would only take 4 hours for a leisurely flight between villages. And a dragon could easily hustle between the villages in 2 hours and shrug off any damage from the second hour. (Dragons only hustle when they feel like it, but aren’t any more or less likely to eat you for asking.)
- An airship of the ‘Cloud Hammer’ class has a maximum cruising speed of 20 miles per hour. It can’t hustle, but doesn’t need rest, so it can travel 480 miles a day.
So it could travel to Palt, the capital city of Lanfor which is 353 miles away (further than the other side of Thac), stop over for a complete day of partying (the ship doesn’t actually party, we meant the passengers) and be back in less time than horse riders could comfortably travel between the villages.
- The road from Restenford to Dunwynn is 130 miles. But the rough terrain through the hills around Bardon’s Gap increases the effective distance travelled by 10% so it feels more like 143 miles. It would be almost five days travel on horseback.
- It is 97 miles by air from Restenford to Dunwynn; which is 7 hours by hippogriff, 5 hours by airship, and 2 and 1/2 hours on a hustling dragon. (Dragons are more likely to hustle away from Dunwynn than to it!)
- Note it is 213 miles from the Darkwood Monolith to Dunwynn, the airship should have been able to make it in 11 hours. (Why they told you two days is a mystery to us at the Travel Bureau. Perhaps they were stopping at Bendenwood for some greenberry jam, or Serpents Hollow to hobnob with some snake, or just planning some dragon hunting along the way. You never know with those charter flights!)