Cities, Rivers and MountainsAs I showed in the previous post in this series, I've added a layer which I've added a layer named "Player_Knowledge" to the xcf file. On this layer, I'll site the large towns and geographic features that the players will know about when they arrive.
The first question I need to answer is - what do they know about? For my primary source of information, I'm going to use Strabo's Geographica (See Appendix N) Book 7, Chapters 5 (Illyria and Pannonia) and Chapter 7 (Epirus). Fortunately, the footnotes embedded in the translation give the modern names for the cities and features, well modern as of 150 years ago. Anything that I can't google, I'll use Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (Appendix N) to find an intermediate place name.
Throwing it into a table we end up with.
|Lissa (Lissus)||Leshe||Also known as Alesso. Large town.|
|Acrolissa||Not a town, but a reference to the citadel at Lissus. I'll use that piece of information and declare that it's a legionary or at least an auxiliary fort protecting the area against the Illyrian tribes.|
|Epidamnus||Durres||By Strabo's time the Romans had started calling it 'Dyrrachium' after the promontory, as the Greek name had inauspicious overtone in Latin. Small City.|
|River Aous||Vjose||Apollonia is situated about a mile from it.|
|Apollonia||Destroyed||The only remains of Apollonia are part of the Temple of Apollo on the hill. Small city.|
|Mons Candavia||Shebenik||Searching Smith's, it's located on the road from Epidamnus to Lychnidus. The biggest mountain along the way is Shebenik.|
|Lychnidus||Ohrid||Over the border into Macedonia. Small town.|
|Pylon||Unknown||As this marks a Roman boundary, I'm ruling that it hasn't been determined at this point. Determining the boundary may become part of the campaign.|
|Mons Ceraun||Mal i Kanalit||Derived from the Greek 'Thunder Split Mountain' - sounds like an adventure location to me.|
|Panormus (harbor)||The Pasha's Harbor||The harbor for Oricum|
|Onchesmus||Sarande||Had to chase this one through Smith's to 'Forty Saints' to Sarande. Large Town|
|Cassiopae||Kassiopi||Actually on the coast of the island of Corfu. Looking at the map, it's just off the southern boundary, so I'll skip it.|
|By using the Modern names, I was able to place the cities and towns on
I had said that the names showed up as mini-layers in GIMP. I have since found that I can 'Merge Down' the mini-layers into the lower level, so I now have them all in the Player_Knowledge layer.
The gray line represents a known major road.