Dissecting the EverQuest Next Map

For us, one of the most exciting things about EverQuest Next is the opportunity to explore a re-envisioned Norrath. We decided to try to guess some of the areas and cities on the map, compared to Norrath in the original EverQuest. How do you think we did?

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Our Thoughts

When we saw the map revealed at SOE Live, we initially had a difficult time seeing how parts of it fit with prior renditions of Norrath. The zones that we knew and loved have been re-arranged, re-envisioned, and in some cases removed entirely. We're not sure what happened to Faydwer and Odus, but we can only hope they're somewhere in Norrath for us to discover.

The easiest zone to identify is probably Lavastorm. It's the only volcano on the map, so it was a no brainer. Everfrost and Permafrost also stand out, being the only snow covered regions on the map. The area we picked for the Plains of Karana is the flattest, and is consistent with the characteristics we'd expect. The rest of the areas weren't quite as easy though.

Our pick for Innothule Swamp stands out, being covered in rivers. The Desert of Ro could be where we picked it, or possibly in the Southwest of the map. What do you think? The Commonlands were a major hub connected to Freeport in the original EverQuest, on the East coast. Based on the vegetation and its geographical location, we're guessing it's just North of Innothule Swamp. In the original EverQuest, Misty Thicket was surrounded by mountains. Anyone remember Kithicor Forest at night? Nightmares! We went with the center of the map for Misty Thicket, due to the mountain valley. 

We're excited to see what SOE reveals in the coming months about this exciting new addition to the EverQuest franchise.

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Comments

  • #30 SFF2000

    Hope someone can correct me on this with any new updates, but this is just a "sample map". :-(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr3yhrXo9cg - just past the 2:10min marker

  • #29 mpmslc

    Here's how I see Everquest Next's map of Norrath should be:

    http://i3.minus.com/iTtg7bYiUlCTb.png

    Everquest Next Map of Norrath

    Last edited by mpmslc: 8/27/2013 12:43:51 PM
  • #28 SFF2000

    This is my crude interpretation of the lore in the new history of EQN that we know of so far. My educated guess for the locations of places came from SOE videos, the two e-books and similar sources. I have noticed small errors within the e-books such as cardinal directions being confused and such, so I have taken those into account and every way I look at the map provided (so far), it doesn't add up to those given errors. However, I could be completely wrong and overlooking something major/minor. That said, please give feedback, draw your own map, and correct me.

    I do have a list of (chaotic) notes I made while researching that could be for a fun look through if any of you want to see them (major spoilers though!). Anyways, enjoy the maps.

  • #24 RonsonEQoA

    This is my take on the new land mass

    Norrath

    and am I reading to much into this or what? Look @ this one

    Odus

    Last edited by RonsonEQoA: 8/10/2013 10:49:53 PM
  • #23 RonsonEQoA

    Freeport

    Freeport would actually be farther north where I put it.

    Here is the first map from EQoA called Tunaria, before they added Lavastorm and Oggok

    Tunaria

    Later on they added Lavastorm, Oggok, Plane of Sky, & Odus

    The World of Norrath

    Last edited by RonsonEQoA: 8/10/2013 12:20:55 PM
  • #27 EQOAnostalgia

    Indeed! I think it's safe to assume we can expect the Faydwer to still be attached to Tunaria/Antonica or w/e they are calling it now lol. 

  • #17 EQOAnostalgia

    Please view this map of EQOA. It was called Tunaria, back then it was set 500 years before EQ1 and 1000 years before EQ2. I think this can help to fill in some of the blanks! Also i have reason to believe that Halas is not that far north this time. I believe it is south west of where they have it pinned. 

     http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/4527/satlasofnorrath.jpg

    Last edited by EQOAnostalgia: 8/8/2013 2:13:35 AM
  • #21 PriscillaEQ

    Quote from EQOAnostalgia »

    Please view this map of EQOA. It was called Tunaria, back then it was set 500 years before EQ1 and 1000 years before EQ2. I think this can help to fill in some of the blanks! Also i have reason to believe that Halas is not that far north this time. I believe it is south west of where they have it pinned. 

     http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/4527/satlasofnorrath.jpg

    Oh my GOD this map... EQOA forever <3 <3 <3

  • #22 EQOAnostalgia

    My whole YT channel is dedicated to EQOA and EQ1, some of EQ2 and now EQN. I miss EQOA so much lol. 

  • #25 PriscillaEQ

    Quote from EQOAnostalgia »

    My whole YT channel is dedicated to EQOA and EQ1, some of EQ2 and now EQN. I miss EQOA so much lol. 

    I think I subscribed to you :3

  • #26 EQOAnostalgia

    =)

  • #16 cursellar

    When I looked at the Original EQ map (Paper or Cloth) there are areas that were not playable or part of an existing zone.

    The centre mountain range is (As the new ebook mentions) the serpents spine.

    It's quite possible that some of the areas are generic because these places have not been built yet or some of the current in-game lore will be passed off as propaganda.

    The very north west area is "The Northlands" and "Everfrost Peaks" is the horizontal mountain range below that... however that is not very "frosty" but that is where the origional map would place it.

    There are some areas such as the Hatchlands which will more contain spiders, but this is small and uneventful. This spot isnt anything special than one big mountain with lots of "spiders"? what would be hatching there?

    The blue craggy area - i have no clues however there should be Unkempt Wood and Jagged Pine forest lurking close to that area. So that little mountain range I am guessing to be Black Burrow, with Jagged pine at the foot of the mountain above the river.

    The area listed as PermaFrost is the Fridig Plain and should contain PermaFrost as PermaFrost, most probably the mountain on it's own.

    The rest of the areas are probably very small on the map.

    Takish'Hiz is now the Ashfang which is supposed to be the Desert of Ro, I feel this will be sort of merged with the Common Lands and Nektulous forest... I  have a gut feeling that many of the towns will need to be built in public events.

    I am sure I saw pictures of Oasis as a flying island (Think Nagrand for WoW players.) so that could pretty much be close to any area with a river as I am sure it had a waterfall adding to a river below.

    Rivervale and Highpass i am going to take a wild stab and say are going to be relocated further south in the Serpents Spine.

    Greenblood river I feel will be the large river heading into the Innothule swamp, with Oggok between the mountain and the river.

    The area at the  south west is probably the dead hills which was not in game but is clearly a massive area on the map.

    The Feerrott would be the green areas at the foot of the mountain to the east of the Dead Hills.

    On the map above I believe that lake will be Lake Rathetear and not the Feerrott.

    Rivervale - upon a second glance I think Rivervale will be the valley area to the east of the Karanas and Highpass will be south of Rivervale joining the Commonlands to the Karanas. Kithicor will probably be at the foot of the mountain so may be long and thin North to South instead of East to West.

    Where the Commonlands is listed in the screenshot... I cant make up my mind if this is supposed to be SouthRo, Takish'Hiz, or the Ashfangs... as far as I remember Taskish'Hiz was a massive forest area with the Elven capital, Solusek Ro smited them and turned it to a wasteland, over time the empire crumbles and is buried under sand, earthquakes bring up rock from below and ruins... I just don't understand why it has a tree covering... maybe there will be an event that burns the forest.

    Very interesting discussion, some of the areas I change my mind daily on.

  • #19 Durost

    Quote from cursellar »

    Where the Commonlands is listed in the screenshot... I cant make up my mind if this is supposed to be SouthRo, Takish'Hiz, or the Ashfangs...

    They just have them switched, the commonlands is west of freeport and south of nektulos. with the desserts of ro being south of commonlands. the confusing part is that Georgeson stated Oasis was in the game, but the ro area on this map is forest. why would there be a dessert like oasis in the middle of a forest lol

  • #20 EQOAnostalgia

    Very interesting yes. EQOA had a place in Ro called sycamore joys rest. It was a forest in a magical green bubble. I'm starting to think they are taking a lot of notes from EQOA to make EQN. Which is a very good thing!

  • #13 liveitup1216

    They already said that the landmass shown in this picture is not Antonica.

  • #14 Haikon

    I can't deny the possibilities that it looks like it and has a lot of the terrain types, but yeah If they stated it's not Antonica then it kind of throws speculation out the window. It was my understanding that this was an example landmass for the game. Hell it may have even been just for Landmark for that matter (although why wouldn't you just procedurally generate each map). 

    Last edited by Haikon: 8/8/2013 1:33:52 AM
  • #15 Durost

    This map was almost identicle to the original Antonica map from EQ1, and I mean the map, not even the actual game world matched up with the map. The biggest examples were Grobb and Oggok. But that is besides the point. The map was just generated to show us a EQN style map to look at I think. Giving us something that matches the original EQ Antonica gives us an idea of what to expect without any spoilers.

  • #18 EQOAnostalgia

    That may be, but it doesn't mean it isn't simply called something else and with new zones. They confirmed that ashfang used to be takish hiz and is now buried under rocks when the wizard spire there exploded. 

    In EQOA Antonica was called Tunaria, but it was largely the same. Albiet some new zones and dungeons. Make no mistake, this is still the place we know and love, simply different. 

    Last edited by EQOAnostalgia: 8/8/2013 2:12:28 AM
  • #9 rinvarian

    Perhaps the bottom left "Unknown" area on the map is "Ashvane" ? The images of Ashvane appear to be desert like.

    Last edited by rinvarian: 8/6/2013 4:47:29 PM
  • #12 Durost

    That is very possible. 

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