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My party has relocated our 'base' to the island of Lantan, and I'm wondering what latitude it's at in the Forgotten Realms setting.

According to the Forgotten Realms Wiki, in 3e Waterdeep was at about 45 degrees north latitude, and I've found another source suggesting that Chult was assumed to be at the equator...but I need more info!!

I'm interested in any WotC/TSR published material that can pinpoint the latitude for any major city or geographical area. I'd even settle for ballpark information.

What information is there on the latitude of different countries/cities in the Forgotten Realms setting?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ There exist the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas: which is "including a globe of the entire Forgotten Realms world". I do not possess such atlas (nor I know if it is possible to obtain a legal&free copy) but @Roflo has it (see comments here and they may provide some precise infos. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eddymage
    Sep 25, 2022 at 10:29

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What we have is documented with references to sources on the Forgotten Realms Wiki, and several people have created globes of Toril with the map of Faerun projected onto them.

Toril was comparable in size to the planet Earth, with an equatorial circumference of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers). Its polar circumference was slightly smaller, at approximately 24,900 miles (40,100 kilometers)

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting on page 4 states:

Abeir-Toril is an Earth-sized planet dominated by a large continent in its northern hemisphere as well as a number of other large landmasses scattered about its surface. This northern continent is called Faerûn in the west, Kara-Tur in the east, and Zakhara in the south.

That means if you know the latitude of Waterdeep and Chult, you can estimate the various location's latitudes (although these maps do not state the type of projection that is used).

From what it looks like to me, Chult is somewhat north of the equator. There are several maps that show the equator south of Chult, for example here, or, as a globe projection, here.

The only canon map from a TSR/Wizards of the Coast published source that shows latitude and longitude lines is this one from 1996's Faiths and Avatars.

It is not clear from it what degree the various lines represent, but you can clearly see the equator (on the widest point of the globe section) running through a good bit south of Chult, as in those other, fan-made maps.

If you also consider that all known maps end in the north in section of ice wastes, you can conclude that that would be the region of the north pole, and grid your longitude lines accordingly, and that is what most of the fan projects appear to have done, with relatively comparable results.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Absolutely fantastic finds!! I have a copy of the Ice & Fire map, but somehow didn't notice the obvious equator - but the other two maps are new to me. That Faiths & Avatars map is exactly what I'm looking for!! \$\endgroup\$
    – aaron9eee
    Sep 24, 2022 at 17:52
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It should be noted that the scale of the maps for The Forgotten Realms changes from edition to edition, so while the relative latitude should remain constant if you know any latitude, trying to extrapolate based on distances - as the wiki does - is a mistake. We simply don’t know if say, Zakhara still exists as part of Toril in 5e canon (let alone One D&D canon which May shift). Is Al-Qadim still grafted on as an explanation for Calimshan? Or is Calimshan just the Arabian Nights-inspired part of the Realms now on its own? It’s hard to say. Things change.

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