I've read through Chapter 1 of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and have not found any guidance on how to judge distances between the settlements of Ten-Towns.

Other than a good old fashion ruler compared to the map scale, is there a quick way to determine the distances between the settlements of Ten-Towns?

The actual travel time by road is discussed in the section for each town, but the introduction says, in the section Overland Travel (pg. 11):

Travel is less time-consuming on the snowy roads and trails that connect the settlements of Ten-Towns, as discussed in chapter 1.

So it is not enough to know the travel time via dogsled and convert to miles. We should expect it to take less time when traveling on roads, but it is never explained how much less, so the travel times are insufficient for guessing distances without use of the map scale.


One dot marking the roads between towns represents 1/4 of a mile.

I've verified this using microsoft paint. First, note that 1 mile is 63 px wide:

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Next, I found the nearest-to-horizontal stretch of road, just east of Torgos and measured four dots:

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Also 63 px wide.

So four dots on the roads represents one mile, or 1/4 of a mile per dot.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does the spacing between the dots remain consistent throughout the map? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Oct 11 at 21:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast There appears to be some ambiguity around the circles which are immediately adjacent to the circles representing the towns and cities, but all the circles representing the roads appear to be pairwise tangent. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Oct 11 at 22:37

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