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5E How small could Faerûn be?

Oxylepy

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How small could Faerûn be?

I know roughly how large it is, however from the maps it looks way too big, 400 mile wide forests that look comparibly dinky. So how small could it be made and still be realistic? While I don't think it can handle being the size of the UK, maybe all of Europe?
 

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Saelorn

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Find the least common race on the continent (probably some sort of elf), and shrink down their native habitat to the point where it can barely sustain an independent genetic population, and then scale everything relative to that. If that 400 mile wide forest is the only place where electrum elves exist, then you can't shrink the world at all without it becoming unsustainable.
 

pukunui

Adventurer
I can't tell you how small it *could* be, but I can give you a sense of how big it actually is ...



IIRC Toril is meant to be slightly larger than Earth.
 


Parmandur

Legend
I can't tell you how small it *could* be, but I can give you a sense of how big it actually is ...



IIRC Toril is meant to be slightly larger than Earth.
Heck, that's not even Faerûn, that's just the Sword Coast: Faerûn is much, much larger.
 

pukunui

Adventurer
Heck, that's not even Faerûn, that's just the Sword Coast: Faerûn is much, much larger.
I know. That's just like the northwestern quadrant of it. Mike Schley made that image, using his 5e map from the SCAG. (I have a feeling he's done the whole of Faerûn but isn't allowed to show us the rest of it yet.)
 

Oxylepy

First Post
I aim to shrink it down and use it as a part of my own world. As it stands it is pretty huge and could definitely be trimmed up so I'm looking for a size where I shouldn't shrink it to smaller than that size. Then just find a happy medium in between
 

Parmandur

Legend
I aim to shrink it down and use it as a part of my own world. As it stands it is pretty huge and could definitely be trimmed up so I'm looking for a size where I shouldn't shrink it to smaller than that size. Then just find a happy medium in between
You could check out the 3E maps: it shrunk the scale of the continent before 5E reexpanded it.
 

SkidAce

Adventurer
Supporter
I aim to shrink it down and use it as a part of my own world. As it stands it is pretty huge and could definitely be trimmed up so I'm looking for a size where I shouldn't shrink it to smaller than that size. Then just find a happy medium in between
3 thousand miles across. That give you plenty of room on your world for other continents.
 

Coroc

Hero
I believe even the coastline has been modelled with the one of the coast lines of the USA, but I cannot say if it was to scale.
 

gyor

Legend
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Compare this map, which is a FR 5e map covering everything, except the most southern regions of Chult, Lantan, Nimbral, Samarach, and the Shining Sea region, with the map already posted in this thread.

It suggests Faerun is at least 15 million square feet, perhaps as high as 20 million square feet, which fits with what happened during the Sundering.
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
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Compare this map, which is a FR 5e map covering everything, except the most southern regions of Chult, Lantan, Nimbral, Samarach, and the Shining Sea region, with the map already posted in this thread.

It suggests Faerun is at least 15 million square feet, perhaps as high as 20 million square feet, which fits with what happened during the Sundering.
I'm pretty sure my town is bigger than 15 million square feet, let alone all of Faerun. :)
 

aco175

Hero
All this and each of my campaigns managed to fit into the area between the High Moor and Luskan out to the desert.
 

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