Today we visit the trackless East – land of mystery, off the edge of the known world.
Where Westeros is detailed down to the last inch here the map is almost sketched in by the Maesters – with places such as the Land of the Shrykes, the Cities of the Bloodless Men and the Grey Waste.
This is a map of vibrant colours – from the thick green patchwork farmland of Yi Ti and it’s verdant rainforest, to the purple-black jungle of Ulthos, pink ghost grass of Asshai and the reds of the Bleeding Sea and the Red Waste.
The terrain is epic – built on a grander scale than the West. Perhaps this is the natural result of the exaggeration of travelers coming back with tall tales, or perhaps the Bone Mountains really are this large, perhaps the Great Sand Sea could swallow nations.
The roads tell their own story. Three routes penetrate the Bone Mountains – the Steel Road, the Stone Road and the Sand Road. They connect the lands we’re familiar with – the Dothraki Sea, Qarth – with the unknown and exotic lands to the East.
Finally, far to the East, at the tip of a peninsula dominated by a towering mountain range, and on the edge of the plains of the mysterious Ghost grass, sits Asshai. The ruined city of Stygia is upriver, nestled in the river valley, but Asshai stands alone.
This map, along with the others, can be picked up in full size in the Lands of Ice and Fire poster map folio.