In the cover sheet Frontiers of Alusia is described as "a thinly settled, semi-explored wilderness." In keeping with that there are only two settled areas within the Frontiers of Alusia: the Barony of Carzala and the Brastor Holding. They cover about 4% of the total area. If you've read any of my previous blog posts then you know that I like to dig into the numbers and I collected a few for the Frontiers of Alusia.
The map itself is 63 rows of 85 or 84 hexes each of which is 5 miles across. That's 5324 hexes at ~21.65 square miles per hex or 115,265 square miles. Subtracting out the ~774 hexes that are ocean/sea you end up with a total land area of ~98,508 sq. miles. Close to the same size as the state of Oregon here in the USA or a bit bigger than the United Kingdom. That's quite a bit of area to go adventuring within.
|Frontiers of Alusia Map|
The Barony of Carzala is described as "an area of rich pastures and fruitful plowed fields" and "about 12,000 people make their homes within the Barony". Counting only the hexes on the map identified as fields and thus within the barony and we get 124 hexes or 2685 sq. miles. This gives us a population density of ~4.5 people per square mile. That's really low for an area described as rich and fruitful and settled for somewhere between 60 and 100 or so years. That's only 11% of the population density of England & Wales during the Black Death. Remember also that I only counted the hexes identified as field which the cover sheet described as including "all cultivated fields, vineyards, moors, heaths, etc., (usually near inhabited areas)." Twelve towns are named within Carzala and the populations that are given for each conveniently add up to the 12,000 figure for the barony as a whole. So clearly that number is only for the those living in towns. Scotland during the middle ages was pretty sparsely populated and if we use its average density of ~13 people/sq. mi. then Carzala would have an overall population of 34,905 with 22,905 of those living in villages, hamlets and other outlying areas surrounding the identified population centers.
|Barony of Carzala|
The Brastor Holding is smaller with 65 hexes or ~1407 sq. miles. The FoA Travel Guide also provides the names and populations of the towns shown on the map which once again sum up to the total of 5000 given for the Brastor Holding as a whole. The guide tells us that Brastor Holding was settled 60 years ago and is likely more thinly settled than Carzala. Using the 11th thru 13th c. population density for Scotland of 10 as a base, Brastor Holding would have about 14,070 residents.
|The Brastor Holding|
- Medieval Demographics Made Easy
- Medieval Demographics - Wikipedia
- Historical Urban Community Sizes - Wikipedia
[2017-02-24] I should also mention that the Seagate Guild of Adventurers has a number of maps expanding on FoA available on their site.
Snafaru's web site has maps expanding the area just north of FoA.