THE BOOK OF ATLAN

“Faster than thought could he travel, for Atlan knew all the ways of the seas and all the paths of the land,”

Book IV, ‘The Journey of Tirees’, Prajan

This particularly rare copy of the Book of Atlan is divided into two main sections. The first contains copies of all of the maps produced within ‘canon’. By this I refer to the definition found within the vast Book of Minutes of the Rebuilding Titan forum (to whom I owe many thanks), stipulating that ‘canon’ appertains to all those books published in the late Third Century AC detailing the great feats of the heroes of the second Time of Heroes, referred to by some as ‘Fighting Fantasy’ (and its associated publications). By use of uncomplex magical incantations (in which I was aided by the wizard Thryx Tepe, to whom I am indebted) readers are able to jump from some maps to others, if it so happens that those maps are linked geographically.

Section One - The Maps from Canon

The second section contains maps produced outside of canon. These maps range from small maps, such as the lay out of Fang’s original Deathtrap Dungeon, to vast maps covering whole continents in more detail even than the original maps provide. These larger ‘continental’ maps contain all of the information from the canonical maps BUT ALSO are supplemented with those place names and features mentioned in the texts but not appearing on the original maps. They even contain some place names not mentioned in the canonical texts but that have subsequently been explored by adventurers.

Section Two - The Detailed Maps

 

“Faster than thought could he travel, for Atlan knew all the ways of the seas and all the paths of the land,”

Book IV, ‘The Journey of Tirees’, Prajan

So Prajan of Carsepolis wrote in 1617 OT of the emissary of the gods in his epic poem,  ‘The Journey of Tirees’. Atlan’s purpose was to represent the Gods of the Celestial Court on matters of great importance and convey their consensus to mortals and Gods alike.

Atlan's Boots?

Does this image represent the boots of Atlan? This fragment was found on the Isles of Refuge in the Sea of Tempests and is all that appears to remain of an ancient tablet

As the son of the mighty sea god Hydana and of Throff, the goddess of the land, Atlan was granted everlasting freedom and unrivalled speed to travel over the realms of Titan unhindered. As such, his sons Fulkra and Solinthar became the patrons of travellers and mariners respectively.

Atlan’s knowledge of the world’s terrain is supreme and to attain but a modicum of this wisdom is the aspiration of Titan’s cartographers. It is Atlan’s lore in which they immerse themselves and so is revealed the source from whence the Book of Atlan gets its name.